"Cliffs and More" County Clare by rexvaughan

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Cliffs of Moher

Probably the most photographed spot in Co Clare is here. They are spectacular at any time and we have had the good fortune to be there on a cloudy, overcast day as well as on a sunny one. Both are great. The views are endless along this 5 mile stretch of cliffs rising out of the sea and sometimes reaching a height of 700 ft. On a clear day you can see the Aran Islands about 10 miles out.

"If you ever go across the sea to Ireland..."

If you are like me you didn't know that Galway Bay is on the north edge of Co Clare. It is another legendary place and even has its own famous song"

"If you ever go across the seas to Ireland
Then maybe at the closing of your day
You will sit and watch the moonrise over Claddagh
And see the sun go down on Galway Bay

To hear again the ripple of the trout stream
The women in the meadows making hay
To sit beside the turf fire in the cabin
And watch the barefoot goosoons at their play

Oh. the breezes blowing o'er the sea from Ireland
Are perfumed by the heather as they blow
And the women in the upland digging praties
Speak a language that the strangers do not know

For the strangers came and tried to teach us their ways
They scorned us just for being what we are
But they might as well go chasing after moonbeams
Or light a penny candle from a star

And if there's going to be a life hereafter
And somehow I am sure there's going to be
I will ask my God to let me make my heaven
In that fair land beyond the Irish Sea"

A happy/sad people

G. K. Chesterton is reported to have once described the Irish as
"The people God made mad,
All their wars are happy
And all their songs are sad."

There is certainly a melancholy note to "Galway Bay" and more than a little in the history of these wonderful people. However, the Irish people I know, icluding my friend Pat, are some of the most cordial and fun loving anywhere. Pat took the day to show me and my wife around the west coast and even took us to our namesake town, Ballyvaughan, for a bit o' stout.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Breathtaking scenery, heart stealing people
  • Cons:Public transportation is a bit lacking
  • In a nutshell:The Emerald Isle
  • Last visit to County Clare: Apr 2002
  • Intro Updated Aug 6, 2005
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  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Nov 29, 2009 at 6:44 PM

    Nice tips and photos, Rex. I recently visited Ireland -- and I had the great pleasure of seeing the Cliffs of Moher, among other things. I also enjoyed a few pints of Guinness. Cheers, Bill

  • sirenna's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2008 at 1:37 AM

    Nice page Rex. You've got me yearning for chowder and pastries. Washed down with a nice pint!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    May 16, 2007 at 2:00 PM

    Outstanding introduction, Rex. The cliffs, the castle, the pastries/coffee, and the seafood chowder all sound fabulous. Thanks for a peek into County Clare.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2005 at 3:46 PM

    a nice page & great pics !

  • lou31's Profile Photo
    Aug 6, 2005 at 4:08 PM

    Nice start. Ireland is lovely isn't it? Cheers...

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