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The Monster across the Shore – The Tale of two Glencar Waterfalls

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Glencar Waterfall is located west of Manorhamilton, is 15 metres high, and is situated at Glencar Lough.  A great example of a Poet transforming nature, so that even a not-so-imposing waterfall can have some glory.  The Waterfall served as an inspiration to the Nobel Laureate William Butler Yeats and features in his poem ‘The Stolen Child’

Where the wandering water gushes
From the hills above Glen-Car,
In pools among the rushes
That scarce could bathe a star

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The Irish Sea is Born

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It was 20 millions years ago that Britain and Ireland ended up where they are now.  Almost 300 million years before that, the super continent Gondwanaland had began to separate in a north-south movement. Then 100 million years ago this shifted a an east-west separation, and by 40 million years ago the Atlantic Ocean was formed – and the continents as they are now were more or less in place 20 million years ago.

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