Celebrations to mark the summer solstice took place today at the Hill of Tara in Co Meath.

The celebrations climaxed this evening with a torch-lit procession.

Druids from Ireland and further afield visited the ancient site to mark the longest day of the year.

The Save Tara/Skryne Valley Group, which opposes the planned route of the M3 motorway, asked visitors to pay a silent visit to the nearest archaeological excavation site to register their protest at the decision to allow this activity to begin.