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Saturday 25 April 2015

The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland. It is located at the south-western part of the coastline in Liscannor of County Clare facing the Atlantic Ocean. The entrance fee for an adult was €6.00 as of 7th June 2013.


The staggering cliffs were formed from rocks more than 300 million years ago. The rocks are mainly stacks of Namurian sandstone, siltstone and shale.


The name of the cliffs was derived from an old Irish world "Mothar" which means ruined fort as there was a fort in the 1st century where the Moher Tower ruin is at Hag's Head, the southern end of the Cliffs of Moher.




On the northern part of the cliffs stands the O'Brien's Tower which is the highest point on the cliffs. The tower was built in 1835 by a local landlord called Sir Cornellius O'Brien. Its purpose of the tower was an observation tower for the tourists at the time and it still serves the same purpose today.


From the ground of O'Brien's Tower, a closer look at the cliffs reveals the bands of different rock forming in layers.


The wall of Moher flagstones along the Cliffs was also built by Sir Cornellius O'Brien for the purpose of tourism as well. It is said that he is the man ahead of his time with vision of developing tourism to boost the economy of the region. His vision has become reality for Ireland.


On a side note, some of the beautiful singer Dusty Springfield's ashes were scattered at the cliffs by her brother.

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