Aillte an Mhothair

Graveyard at Corcomroe Abbey
It has been an amazing wonderful mildly warm day with jam pack adventure. I took out on an awesome & I mean awesome tour with Galway Tour Company to see the Cliffs of Moher & the Burren. I was off looking for leprechauns, fairies & little people, but instead found this wonderful charming landscape of County Clare. I was in heaven just being one with nature, listing to my guides & being at peace. Nature refuel my soul very deeply, it’s just an amazing feeling to connect deeper with the source. I saw a lot of things today. Some of the many highlights were the The Burren, Dunguaire Castel, Corcomroe Abbey, Ballyalban Fairy Fort, Geninsheen Wedge Tomb, Poulnabrone Dolmen, Kilfenora Cathedral & Crosses.
Poulnabrone Dolmen
To my surprise there was a stop at a famous rock in County Clare, The Burren. Boireann, meaning "great rock", is one of the largest karst landscape region in northwest of County Clare.  The region measures approximately 250 square kilometers.  It’s enclosed roughly within the circle made by the following villages: Ballyvaughan, Kinvara, Tubber, Corofin, Kilfenora & Lisdoonvara.  The Atlantic Ocean & Galway Bay is on the west & north. As one of six National Parks in Ireland with the smallest in size, The Burren has been designated as Burren National Park.
The area was formed as part of the territory of Corco Modhruah (seed or people of Modhruadh) that was coextensive with the diocese of Kilfenora & can trace its roots back to the 12th century. The area is rich in history & archaeological sites with more than 90 megalithic tombs, portal dolmens, a Celtic high cross & a number of ring forts. The area is rich in limestone from pervious glaciation. The landscape is amazing in these parts. I was in love seeing all of the charming thatch roof house, fertile farmland, limestone coast & beautiful forests.
I had a lovely seafood chowder for lunch at Gus O'Connor's Pub  in Doolin. I will admit that it was very rich & too heavy, but I decided to give it a go. Doolin is a charming village home of traditional Irish music. The village before Doolin is famous for the Matchmaker Festival in the fall, there is one person who is the “match maker” & is very successful with pairing “lovers” up. I recall reading a book about it or watching a film, I can’t recall. Also the coast is famous for oysters & it is said if women eat them they will live longer & have beautiful skin. There’s always a legend or two with the Irish being very superstitious. I will admit that I am in a way, but   
Cliffs of Moher
There’s a place not too far from Galway City that has been screaming to me to go photograph. I’ve been itching to go to The Cliffs of Moher  since I was a kid, not from seeing the cave entrance scene in Harry Potter and the Half- Blooded Prince. The famous cliffs are actually in nearby County Clare, located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region & rise above the Atlantic Ocean at 120 meters at Hag’s Head.  The cliffs take their name from an old fort called Moher that once stood on Hag’s Head, the southernmost point of the cliffs. The limestone cliffs are absolutely suberb. I wish that I was in a Zodiac enjoying the Cliffs. The weather was excellent this afternoon. Words can’t describe the deep love that I found, but I will say that it was magical. Another excellent day in Ireland, I believe that my heart is growing once again.

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