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Fish and Spaniards – Killybegs

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Killybegs Donegal Fishing Port

I only had a brief encounter with Killybegs which is one of the most famous ports in Ireland. Though not famous for tourism, it is still an essential part of the first 100 years of Ireland since independence – a sort of jewel in the crown of rural Ireland. 

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The dark side of a cliff – A sense of unfairness at Fair Head

in Featured/Fresh/Geology/Nature/Recent

On my last evening in Ballycastle, I made a desperate attempt to see Murlough Bay, Torr Head, and Fair Head – in that order.  The unexpected beauty of the first two had taken me by surprise, and delayed my arrival at Fair Head car park.  By then, the fading April light was quite dim, and…

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Time to take clouds seriously

in Fresh/Science and Geography

Continued intense burning of fossil fuels will damage one cloud type to such an extent that it may add another 8°C to the global temperature. So much so that it would prevent humans from living in certain parts of the tropics.

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Commitment and hard work – Cloghanmore – Court Tomb – Donegal

in Ancient Symbols/Fresh/Prehistoric
Cloghanmore Court Tomb

Now in the soggy remains of a bog the court tomb in Cloghanmore may have been built originally in good agricultural land. 

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Dunsevrick Harbour – Oh how little we know

in Boats/Fresh/Ports & Resorts

Dunsevrick Harbour is somewhat of a knowledge blind-spot for me. I could find little information about the harbour other than the charges for boats. It seems to have been there for a long time.

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Loughareema vanishing lake

in Fresh/Geology/Nature/Science and Geography

This is a real oddity.  A lake that works like a kitchen sink.

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Endurance and nice flowers – The Standing Stone of Cushendun Caravan Park

in Fresh/Prehistoric

This one is subtle. It looks like a big decorative slab. Nothing fancy and yet it is an ancient standing stone. Something precious in an environment which is somewhat less subtle.

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A Hike in the Mountains – This one takes about 500 million years to do!

in Atlantic Ocean/Fresh/Geology
International Appalachian Trail Ireland

Fancy walking all the way from Springer Mountain in Georgia in the United States to Slieve League and onto BenNevis in Scotland? All this is possible on the International Appalachian Trail which stretches not only across an ocean, many countries, and also aeons of time.  

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Creature from the Blue Light – Silver Strand in Malin Beag

in Atlantic Ocean/Beaches/Fresh/Recent

An evening at this beach brought an end to a week of driving on the north cast of Ireland.  The Silver Strand at night is a beautiful and mysterious place to be all alone. I had not prepared myself for an encounter with some other kind.

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Downpatrick Head – Stack and Blow Hole

in Atlantic Ocean/Fresh/Geology/Nature

The Stacks at Downpatrick Head date back 350 million years are made of limestones and shales.

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