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County Clare : Burren
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The Burren is a region of County Clare made up of a huge limestone sheet. The name "The Burren" is derived from an Irish term meaning "The Rocky Place."

The Cliffs of Moher are 700m high



During Cromwell's campaigns in Ireland one of his generals said of the Burren "There isn't tree to hang a man, water to drown a man nor soil to bury a man". And so the residents were spared the from Cromwell's protestant crusade. It's a very apt description. Nothing of any size can grow in the limestone sheet the forms the surface of this entire area, on short grasses and wildflowers. Even so, some of the oldest historical monuments in Ireland can be found in this area, dating back an incomprehensible 5 millenia, to when the Great Pyramids were still under constructions.


In modern times, few people live in the Burren. Those that do are mostly Irish speakers.

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  • Corcomroe Abbey
  • Poulnabrone Dolmen is a 5600 year old communal burial chamber. At that time, the prehistoric residents of the area left bodies out to have their soft tissue consumed by wild animals, and afterwards put whatever remained into a burial chamber. Little is known about the inhabitants of that time, but the age alone makes this monument fascinating.
  • The Cliffs of Moher, standing over 700m tall, for a huge palisade facing onto Galway Bay.




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