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This morning, we stopped by Lahinch (Lehinch) Golf Club. It has two 18-hole golf courses that run along the long, sandy beaches and is backed by dunes. It doesn’t look quite like our typical golf courses in America. There are no trees, and no vegetation was disturbed to create this course! There are goats that roam around the course, and they are the ultimate weather forecasters. The locals claim that if the goats huddle under the awning of the clubhouse, it means a storm is approaching!

A…MAZ…ING.  The Cliffs of Moher is the most spectacular site we have seen on this trip.  They are located in County Claire, Ireland on the banks of the Atlantic Ocean.  The cliffs rise 120 meters (390 ft) above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag’s Head and reach their maximum height of 214 meters (702 ft) just north of O’Brien’s Tower, eight kilometers away.

O’Brien’s Tower is a round stone tower at the approximate midpoint of the cliffs. It was built by Sir Cornelius O’Brien (maybe our very own Kieran is related to him?), a descendant of Ireland’s High King Brian Boru, in order to impress the ladies. From atop that watchtower, you have the most tremendous views of the cliffs.  On a clear day, you can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, the Maum Turk Mountains and the Twelve Pins to the north in Connemara, and Loop Head to the south.  All in all, it was by far the most awe-inspiring site that we have sited while siteseeing!

The cliffs consist mainly of beds of Namurian shale and sandstone, with the oldest rocks being found at the bottom of the cliffs.  Check out our pictures of the different types of rock.  We have seen one kind of the rock all over Ireland, shale, it seems to be used as flooring.  Maybe it is due to the fact that it is found all over the place around the cliffs.  It is probably inexpensive to acquire.  The mountains and hills surrounding the cliffs are mainly composed of this stone.

There are many animals living on the cliffs. Most of these are birds.  However, due to the time of year, many of the birds are gone.  We were really hoping to see Puffins, but we weren’t able to.  We did see cows however, and many of them said hello.   We even got to see some people playing traditional Irish instruments on the way to the top.  Speaking of all the way to the top…there was an abundance of stairs to get there, but it was a good workout and well worth the effort.    While in the visitors’ center, we happened upon another bear.  This bear is a native of the Cliffs of Moher, and has lived there his entire life.   He mentioned how he had met a bear named Jose, and how tired he looked.  He told Jose that he should take it easy, and go to Ashford Castle for a little rest and relaxation.  Hopefully, we will catch up to him soon.  We felt like we were so close!

3 Responses to “Day 6: Lahinch Golf Club / Cliffs of Moher”

  1. cmcknight says:

    Jacob B. would like to jump off of these cliffs!! Josh says he would like to hanglide over those cliffs! Jake would like to know if you would die if you jumped off? The class says yes!
    Julia asks if there are rocks at the bottom of the cliffs.
    Ariela wants to go horseback riding there!

    Kinley wants to know how old the native bear is. The class noticed a striking resemblance between Jose and the Native Bear 😉

  2. mjcassette says:

    Mr. Foster & Mrs. Weaver,
    How did you get a picture of Jose?! Did someone give you that picture too?

    Do people usually use the shale in there houses? Did you see anyone playing golf?

    We were also curious about what you have been eating in Ireland? Is the food like ours?

    Love,
    Mrs. Cassette’s Class

  3. terryp says:

    From 6th grade:

    Kieran now has some new homework on ancestory. We all want to know if he is related to Cornelius. The Cliffs of Moher look impressive.

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