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    The walk along the Cliffs of Moher

    by globetrott Written Sep 19, 2005

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    The walk along the Cliffs of Moher is the main attraction for the tourists, BUT only at a very few places you may look down the dangerous cliffs, that have a hight of 200 meters at some places.
    No matter how far you walk along the cliffs of Moher, you will NEVER have a chance to find a path going down to the shore!
    The best place to look down the cliffs and maybe see some birds is next to the parking, where you may lay on the floor and look down !!

    The walk along the Cliffs of Moher the birds on the Cliffs The walk along the Cliffs of Moher the Cliffs of Moher the narrow path along the cliffs
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    Bunratty Folk Park

    by globetrott Updated Sep 19, 2005

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    Next to Bunratty castle you may visit the Bunratty Folk Park - the replica of a victorian village of the 19th century, including a Gregorian residence, a pub, several houses, a mill, forge, bakery, farmhouses even including cattle, hen, cats etc. just like on a farm still in operation.
    At certain times employees will walk around in old costumes, and you may see the old police-officer, schoolteacher, blacksmith etc.
    Bunratty Folk Park is open for visitore :
    june till august : 09.30a.m. - 06.00p.m.
    september till may : 09.00a.m. - 05.30p.m.
    last admission 45 minutes before closing-time !

    a farmhouse in Bunratty Folk Park inside one of the houses the pub in Bunratty Folk Park a farmhouse in Bunratty Folk Park
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    Kilfenora & the Doorty Cross

    by globetrott Updated Sep 20, 2005

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    Kilfenora is my favorite place in the Burren for an interesting church-ruin and the very special Celtic Cross on my picture: the Doorty Cross, showing a bishop and 2 other people. Kilfenora has also quite a funny status inside the catholic church, because that small parish is at the same time an episcopate and their bishop is the pope - don't ask me, how this works, it is just a heritage of the 12th century that was never changed since...
    On my other pictures about the church in Kilfenora you may see some of the very few great works of art that are still left over after the church had been destroyed several times.
    At the small cemetery around the old cathedral-ruins there were once 7 high-crosses - see another one on my 5th picture !
    You may enter the cemetery freely and without restrictions during the day !

    the Doorty Cross in Kilfenora some details in the church of Kilfenora some details in the church of Kilfenora the ruins of the church of Kilfenora another Celtic cross in Kilfenora
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    Kilfenora & the Burren-Centre

    by globetrott Updated Sep 20, 2005

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    In Kilfenora, close to the cemetery you may visit an interesting museum : The Burren Centre. There you see exhibits about the special flora and fauna of the Burren and get a good idea, what the Burren looks like underneath the surface.
    Maybe it is best to start to explore the museum in the "Burren-Centre" first, before you enter the landscape of the Burren, so you have an idea already about the special and most interesting facts of that unique geological formation.
    Something that you will realize, when walking over the rocks of the Burren is the special sound that it makes, when you hit the stones by your shoes, maybe you even find a hammer or other tool in your car...
    Of course it is forbidden to take any stones home, BUT knocking on the rocks is not at all forbidden !!

    the Burren close to Poulnabroone Dolmen
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    The Craggaunowen project - the Living Past

    by globetrott Updated Sep 19, 2005

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    Craggaunowen is the name of a museum , about 60km south-east of the Cliffs of Moher !
    In that museum you may see an old Crannog ( an artificial island with some huts, surrounded by a wodden fence) and an old fisher-boat made of leather. Employees in traditional costumes will show you, how wool and pottery was made and how the meat was stored in the times of the iron-age etc. This museum was built at a place, where an old wooden street, dating back to the iron-age was found.

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    Don't miss the Burren , when you are at the Cliffs

    by globetrott Updated Sep 19, 2005

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    The "Burren" is a unique landscape, covered by vulcanic rocks, that seem to be artificially cut into giant cubes of different sizes, and inside the many gaps between these rocks you will find a big variety of tropical, subtropical, alpine and mediterranean plants and flowers.
    NO-where else in the whole world you may find these plants growing togeather in a natural environment !
    It is the combination of the grey rocks and the colorfull flowers that make the special atmosphere of the "Burren
    Once in the Burren I was lucky to be able to watch a professional photographer taking pics of 2 vintage-cars there for the official Mercedes-calender.

    the Burren the Burren Photo-shooting in the Burren Photo-shooting in the Burren the Burren
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    The Burren.. errie beauty

    by Cruefan Written Jun 3, 2005

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    I visited the Burren just after the Cliffs of Moher and it was a big contrast. The Burren is a very quiet place and I saw more sheep than people. The Burren is limestone that extends for miles and turns into moutains that border the ocean.

    We drove along the narrow roads I noticed that May is a great time to visit because wildflowers grown between the limestone rocks. It's something you have to experience to fully appreciate it.

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    Nature At it's best

    by Cruefan Updated Jun 6, 2005

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    The Cliffs of Moher were one of the highlights of my trip. The cliffs are about 650 ft and go straight down. There are signs ner the cliffs saying that several people are killed every year because they stand too close to the edge.

    There is a car park ( 4 Euro) and a gift shop and cafe before you walk up to the cliffs. We walked up to Obriens tower ( It costs 1 Euro to climb up) and saw great views of the cliffs from there. I'd give the cliffs 5 stars

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    Fishing, Traditional Irish Music, and the Ferry

    by Cruefan Updated Jun 3, 2005

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    Doolin is a small fishing village on the coast of County Clare. We visited Doolin on our way back from the Cliffs of Moher and was a great stop before we headed out on the Burren. There isn't much in Doolin except for about 3 pubs and some craft stores.

    Doolin is traditionally a fishing village and you can get a ferry to the Aran Islands in Doolin. I was also told that Doolin is a popular spot for Irish Music and we saw this when we ate at O'Conners pub. The walls were filled with a who's who of Traditional Irish musicians.

    Doolin
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    The Bunratty Castle

    by 2_lovelygirls_FR Updated Nov 20, 2004

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    A little bit of history....

    The site on which the Bunratty Castle was built was in origin a Viking Trading Camp in 970. It's quite old, isn't it? It became a castle in 13th century.

    In 1318 Richard De Clare was killed in a battle between the Irish and the Normans. His followers were completed routed and the castle and town were completely destroyed.

    It lay in ruins for 21 years until it was rebuilt by Sir Thomas Rokeby but was once again attacked by the Irish (ah they're so nasty hihi!!!) and the castle remained in Irish hands thereafter.

    Bunratty Castle and its lands were granted to various Plantation families, the last of whom was the Studdart family. They left the castle in 1804 (allowing it to fall into disrepair), to reside in the more comfortable and modern Bunratty House, which is open to the public in the grounds of the Folk Park.

    Bunratty was to return to its former splendor when Viscount Lord Gort purchased it in 1954. The extensive restoration work began in 1945 with the help of the Office of Public Works, the Irish Tourist Board and Shannon Development.

    It was then opened to the public in 1960 as a National Monument and is open to visitors year round. It is the most complete and authentically restored and furnished castle in Ireland. So it's worth to go and have a look :-)

    It's not my pic :-( But it looks nice :-) It's not my pic :-( But it looks nice :-)
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    See Brown Bear Bones

    by Cruefan Updated Jun 3, 2005

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    The Cave was discovered in 1944 by a guy names Jack McGann and he caves first tour was in 1976 . It's a cool place to see and costs 10 Euro Inside there is a gift shop and the tour wanders through narrow passages with some cool stalagmite deposits . I had to endure the 30 minute tour with 3 of the winiest children I came across on the trip all they did was complain the whole time so I really didn't hear all of what our guide said sigh"

    Oh shit it's leaking !!!!
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    I Guess I'm Expendible!

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Feb 1, 2004

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    Before my wife would venture out to the very edge of the cliffs, I had to go on a little scouting expedition! Here, she holds the high ground while I check out the rock platform that allows the view hundreds of feet down to the Atlantic Ocean! It really was fun to lay there watching the birds wheel and listening to the sounds of the wind and waves! Also thinking about 'I hope the cliff does not decide to crumble away a bit more at this particular moment' !!

    Checking out the Sandstone Slab
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    O'Brien's Tower

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Sep 10, 2005

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    O'Brien's Tower and the visitor parking lot mark the approximate centre of the Cliffs of Moher natural attraction. This photo was taken from the south, showing how the 700-foot cliffs dwarf this observation tower that was built in 1835 by Cornelius O'Brien, a wealthy descendant of the High King of Ireland. Even at that early date, hundreds of tourists visited this site and O'Brien was a strong believer in tourism. He felt that its development would help both the economy and the well-being of the local population. The ridges of sandstone, shale and siltstone are also clearly visble in this shot.

    O'Brien's Tower on the Headland
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    Doolin

    by Bwana_Brown Written Jan 10, 2004

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    Doolin is a very friendly and small village that will serve as your best base if you want to have lots of time to explore the Cliffs of Moher. It also has a reputation as one of the hot-beds of Irish music and it is well worth your while to take in its pub nightlife! This village is also a point of departure for the ferry service to the Aran Islands, one of the last outposts of Gaelic culture.

    Village of Doolin
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    Ancient ruins

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Jun 24, 2009

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    As we were leaving County Clare to head back to Dublin at the end of our trip, we came upon these amazing ruins near the town of Gort and just a few miles outside of the county line. The abandoned church of MacDuagh was built about 1000 years ago and, on the same site, was a Norman tower from about 900 years ago. Again, as with most of our trip through Ireland, we had this place virtually to ourselves - no entrance fees and no other visitors. It was interesting to walk around the tower and, only then did I realize that there were no entrances to it except for an open doorway about 20 feet up. Apparantly, this tower was used as a refuge by the monks when danger was reported to be afoot in the area - just haul up the rope ladder and wait it out! Another interesting fact is that the tower is actually leaning slightly, about 2 feet out of plumb with true vertical - watch out Pisa!

    1000-Year Old Ruins
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