Cliffs of Moher and Burren

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February 2nd 2013
Published: February 3rd 2013
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Owned by the O'Briens and an Englishman was once pushed out of a window.
Today I took a bus tour trip to the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. The Burren is located in County Clare and is composed of limestone countryside. It was shaped my glaciers. All throughout the countryside there are fences surrounding the properties that are made of the limestone that is everywhere on the ground. they look so cool. The first stop was the Lemanagh Castle. This casstle was orginally owned by the O'Briens of Thomond. The ruin was orginally constructed by Conor O'Brien and his wife, Maire ni Mahon. Conor fought in the battle against the Cromwellians and died in battle. His wife knew that due to her last husbands allegiance, she would lose the castle and property. So she married an Englishman and it is said that the very next day she pushed him out of a window of the castle. The next stop was to the Poulnabrone Dolmen. This is a tomb that has been in existence since around 3000 BC. It looks like a table made out of large rocks. The tomb is set in the heart of the Burren and the surrounding scenery is absolutely stunning. We went exploring on the rocks and got beautiful pictures.
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The ancient Tomb used for ceremonies in the Celtic period
The next stop was the Ballyvaughan, which was once a thriving port. If you look across the water, you can actually see Galway in the distance. Next, we drove past the Blackhead lighthouse which lies at the most northwestern point of County Clare. The lighthouse was originally built in 1935. Behind the lighthouse is beautiful limestone. The next stop was in a town named Doolin. We went on the pier and looked at the Atlantic Ocean. Sami got a little bit cocky and went out too far and ended up knee deep in the water. She was wet the rest of the day. In the town we ate lunch at O'Connors Pub. I got to taste some Guiness and Steak soup, which was absolutely delicious. The town had a bunch of little shops for things such as wool sweaters and music. It was very quaint. The next stop was the Cliffs of Moher. Standing at over 700ft off the ground, it made you dizzy just to stand next to them. I learned that part of the Harry Potter movies was filmed there. After spending a lot of time taking in the beauty, we traveled to Lahinch Beach which is known

Sitting on the edge of a ravine
for surfing because of the waves coming off the Atlantic ocean. We got there as the sun was coming down and it was breathtaking.

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