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Neolithic tomb Newgrange inspires the new passenger lounge in Dublin Airport

A stylish new lounge for passengers travelling to the United States of America has been unveiled in Dublin Airport this week.

The new lounge takes inspiration from Newgrange in County Meath, maximising natural light in it's design.
The new lounge takes inspiration from Newgrange in County Meath, maximising natural light in its design. Image by 51st & Green

Located right after US pre-clearance in Terminal 2, the 51st & Green Lounge is accessible to passengers holding business class tickets and airline club cards flying with Aer Lingus, American Airlines, United and Delta.

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The bronze centre piece of the lounge. Image by 51st & Green

The lounge takes inspiration from Ireland’s famous Newgrange heritage site in county Meath, mimicking the annual winter solstice event where the sun’s light floods the ancient chambers. In a similar fashion, the structural corridors of the lounge line up with the sun to take maximise the intake of natural light while offering great views of the runway.

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The airport lounge benefits from lots of natural light and runway views. Image by 51st & Green

The space is 750 square metres, with the capacity to seat 180 people. It offers a range of seasonal food and drink specially selected to showcase Irish food with an American twist and even boasts an exclusive blend of coffee from a local micro-roastery.

Other facilities include complimentary Wi-Fi, luxury shower rooms, printing facilities, an entertainment area with sports channels and a concierge service.

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51st & Green is the closest lounge in an active runway in the world. Image by 51st & Green
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Luxury shower rooms are just one feature of the new lounge. Image by 51st & Green

51st and Green also sets a new precedent, being the closest airport lounge to an active runway anywhere in the world.

Newgrange Megalithic Passage Tomb
Newgrange Megalithic Passage Tomb Image by Getty