|Monday, August 10||Waterville, Co. Kerry, Ireland||Waterville Golf Club||9:10 am|
|Tuesday, August 11||Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland||Tralee Golf Club||11:30 am|
|Wednesday, August 12||Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland||Killarney Golf & Fishing Club||10:00 am|
|Thursday, August 13||Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland||Old Head Golf Links||1:45 pm|
|Friday, August 14||Ballybunion, Co. Kerry, Ireland||Ballybunion Golf Club||10:00 am|
Part I - submitted by head coach Susan Holt
Part II - submitted by sports information assistant Dan Colleran
Once again, we had fantastic weather that allowed for great views of the cliffs and equally impressive views into the seascape, including the Aran Islands out in Galway Bay. As you walk up to the cliffs, the right side features a long staircase packed with tourists. We walked up these and took in the vibrant greens of the cliff tops, the darkened layers below and the ocean at the bottom.
Then, some of the more adventurous members of our group ventured over to the left side of the cliffs, where there is a sign warning visitors (in several different languages) to consider turning around. But, there were many people ambling over the beaten path, which offered the unique and powerful perspective of seeing the cliffs without a fence between the viewer and the edge/dropoff. It also made for a great place to take some pictures.
Then, after a quick stop for lunch at Monk's (one of Tony's favorite places to eat lunch) we ventured to the Aillwee Caves, also in County Clare. When bears still existed in Ireland they used the cave as a place to hibernate. The giant cave's best feature was an underground waterfall.
All in all, an amazing trip and I am grateful to the coaching staff for inviting me along (and giving me a few golf-related pointers) to hack up some of the world's greatest courses. What struck me most about getting to know the team - aside from their shot-making ability on the course -- which was impressive to say the least -- was their appetite to take in all that Ireland had to offer.
Check back with this page in the coming week to view pictures and video footage from the trip.
Blog Entry #7 - A (Fighting) Irish Foursome At Ballybunion (Aug. 14, 2009)
Today, we woke up early to check out of Killarney Plaza Hotel. Even though our stay was short, we feel that we got a good taste of Ireland in Killarney. After an early start, we headed to Ballybunion Golf Course. We both agree that Ballybunion was challenging, especially because of the windy conditions. This course wasn't as scenic as Old Head, but it did have its moments. So-Hyun played with Maggie, Jennifer and Jean and Julie played with both Katies (Conway and Allare).
Part I - submitted by junior So-Hyun Park
My caddie was great and she knew about the course very well.After the first nine, she told me that the back nine had some easier holes so I could probably get a few shots back but I wasn't so lucky with the heavy wind. Jennifer dominated the par 3s on the back nine and Maggie and Jean made some really great putts. Although they may not be the best golfers in the world, they definitely have the best attitudes.I feel like I learned a lot from their outlook on the game. After the round we had a nice lunch at the club house and we headed to The Lodge at the Doonbeg Golf Club.We took the ferry to get to our new destination.Having just arrived, all we can say is that this place is amazing! We look forward to having a fun dinner with the team and to sight seeing tomorrow :) Until next time, Go Irish!
Part II - submitted by senior Julie Kim
After the round, we had a nice lunch at the golf course and headed to our second hotel/lodge. In order to get here (to The Lodge of the Doonbeg Golf Club - which is absolutely/amazingly gorgeous), we had to take a ferry. It was my first time taking a ferry. It saved us about 2 hours worth of driving time and Coach Holt, her husband Tim and I were able to see some dolphins pass by us on our way. It was so cool!
Anyway, we passed through a little town on our way to the Lodge and I'm excited to see what it's all about. It'll be different from Killarney, but its still part of Ireland. I'm looking forward to an exciting night and sightseeing tomorrow. Then, we're headed back to the States. Until then, Go Irish!
Part III - submitted by graduated senior Lisa Maunu
One final highlight of the day would have to be my shot from the fescue on the 16th. With the ball lying above my feet, well lets just say at eye level, I needed a baseball bat to hit it. Being resourceful I grabbed coach Holt's right handed club (I am normally a lefty) and from 110 yards, uphill, with a blistering wind I hit the 9-iron 30 feet from the pin. It was sick! Dan's caddy Jason even remarked that, after seeing the wrong-handed shot nestle up to the hole, he would never pick up a club again.So next time I go to play a course covered in fescue I will be sure to bring a right-handed club with me!
Part IV - submitted by senior Annie Brophy
I am writing this from a cottage at the Doonbeg Golf Club Lodge. The eight of us girls have our own cottage with four rooms and we are all taking a shuttle into town tonight for a late dinner. We are all very sad that the golf is over, but we still have one day left for sightseeing tomorrow.Ireland has been very good to us, and hopefully we will all have the opportunity to come back. And, of course, the craic has been mighty!
Blog Entry #6 - Spectacular Views And More At Old Head (Aug. 13, 2009)
Part I - submitted by junior So-Hyun Park
Julie and I shared the same caddie, named Ronin, and Katie and Kristin shared Karenan. Ronin had been caddying at Old Head for nine years and his experience definitely showed as he helped us on the course. When we reached hole number ten, Ronin told us that the hazard in front of the green was an actual ancient burial ground, meaning that there are dead people there! A little creepy, but interesting nevertheless. I'm glad I didn't hit into the hazard or else I would've made some scary new friends ... Haha :)
The views at Old Head were an experience of a lifetime. The entire course is basically surrounded by the ocean and every tee box left us in awe. Hitting tee shots with the views of the cliffs got Julie a little scared due to her fear of heights. I can easily say that this place is just out of this world. We took so many pictures that both Kristin's and Katie's cameras ran out of batteries after nine holes. On one of the holes we decided to take a jumping picture, where everyone had to jump at the same time to make it seem like we were jumping off the cliff. After about six tries, we finally got a good picture but by the time we got to the next tee, we were exhausted from jumping so much ... haha. When we were on the last hole, I really didn't want to finish. I felt like I was ready for another round of golf. I can't wait to get out there again and looking forward to enjoying another great round tomorrow at Ballybunion!
Part II - submitted by sophomore Becca Huffer
Conor, or "the mouth from the south" as he's called around here, caddied for Maggie and I. Paddy was Jean and Jen's caddie. Conor informed us that the 12th hole at Old Head is the best golf hole in all of Ireland and, so far, I think that I have to agree with him. From the back tees, with the best view, this hole wrapped around the cliffside and gave a spectacular view from the fairway to the Celtic Sea and the caves that travel under the narrow pathway of Old Head to the other side of the course. Too bad we didn't get to rent a boat and go through those caves like people are able to!
Along with the natural caves, there was a lighthouse built in the 1850s at the tip of Old Head that gave a nice backdrop for about half of the holes. There even is still a family that lives in the lighthouse year round, what a view! There were also scattered ruins and old 16th century walls that border fairways throughout the course.
We had a great time playing this afternoon and Paddy said it was probably the best day of the entire year at Old Head, oh the luck of the Irish ... women's golf team! It was a long day, but definitely well worth the bus drive. Can't wait for Ballybunion tomorrow, hopefully our luck will hold out on the weather! The craic is still mighty!
Blog Entry #5 - Fishing For Birdies In Killarney (Aug. 12, 2009)
Part I - submitted by senior Julie Kim
The Killarney Golf Club was fun to play and it was interesting to know that this golf course hosted the Irish Open in 1992, which was won by Nick Faldo. Even though the sites cannot be compared with what we saw at Waterville and Tralee, the course was still beautiful and enjoyable to play. I played with Kristin and Becca today, and along with our two caddies, it was a relaxing day.
Afterward, we went to see what the Blarney Stone was all about. Before heading there, I did not know that you had to actually be held somewhat upside down in order for the stone to be kissed. Apparently, it is the cleanest stone in Ireland and if you were to kiss it, you would be cleansed and given the gift of gab... whatever that means. Anyways, we headed to Blarney Castle which was amazing and super fun. Along with the help of my team and encouragement from coaches and friends, I conquered my fear of heights and climbed my way to the top of the castle. When I reached the top, I am proud to say that I was able to kiss the Blarney Stone and did it without crying. :)
We even ventured into the caves where Coach Kyle almost fell into a huge puddle of mud and water ... which would have been funny had it actually happened, but it didn't. Ruth and two of our teammates actually went in after taking off their shoes. All in all, even though we got dirty, it was also a fun and an interesting experience.
All in all, I had another great day in Ireland and I absolutely love it here. Learning about the culture and the traditions and history is not only amazing but an experience of a lifetime. As a design major, I am definitely inspired by the sights of Ireland and cannot wait to see more. That's all for now. Until next time, Go Irish.
Part II - submitted by graduated senior Lisa Maunu
The day did not end there. Afterward, we headed from the links to the Blarney Castle. Not being of Irish heritage, I had no idea what was so special about it. All trip long, Tony had been informing us to pucker up our lips and get ready for something sticky and warm. I was quite confused until we got to there, but then we went to kiss the Blarney Stone. From a distance down the road we could see the tall outline of the castle, what a scene! The castle was unbelievable and it was still in great shape. Touring through the 13th century castle was breathtaking, every nook and cranny had a story and an incomprehensible image. Up we climbed over 100 stairs on a winding staircase. Some people may think this was easy, but each steps width ranged from only 6 to 10 inches! Talk about thin!! Once we reached the top there were two guys sitting over this open hole that looked down to the ground. Now most people would never take that jump, but they were there to hold you by your feet in order to kiss the stone. You had to lay on your back with half of your body hanging over 100 feet in the air. Not only were you semi-floating, you had to tilt your head back to kiss the Blarney Stone. And yes, Tony was right, warm and sticky ... but certainly worth it! As the Irish would say, "a gift of eloquence was bestowed upon me." What an experience ... only one you would ever receive by being a member of the Notre Dame family. Another great day in Ireland.
Blog Entry #4 - Onward to Tralee (Aug. 11, 2009)
Part I - submitted by senior Kristin Wetzel
Today was also a day of competition against some local Irish golfers around our age. I played with Becca Huffer, and our playing partners and caddy (Daniel, Jason and Richard respectively) were wonderful company, and I'm not just saying that because the Lady Irish were victorious. Poor Daniel spent more time in the fescue rather than on the short grass, but we had a lot of fun as a group and he seemed to enjoy himself anyway.
I took a ridiculous amount of pictures, and I kept apologizing, as I worried they would start getting sick of the American with an addiction to a camera and poses with the Atlantic Ocean and Irish scenery in the background. They were good sports about it however and happily indulged me, for which I was grateful. Well, that's all I'll say for now as I have some shopping to do in the charming little town of Kilarney; until next time, Go Irish!
Part II - submitted by sophomore Katie Allare
For our second day of golf, we played at Tralee Golf Club and it was an amazing time. The views were truly incredible. Across the water, we could see blankets of clouds hugging the mountainside, and, although everything looked incredibly tranquil, it was maybe the windiest day I've ever spent on the golf course. I could see my ball wobbling back and forth as I prepared to putt, and there were times when my caddy had me aiming thirty yards left of the green! Julie Kim and I played with two locals and beat them in match play. Our caddie was truly a part of the traditional Ireland experience. His name was Mike, and he has been caddying at Tralee Golf Club for the last twenty-five years! His advice was great, and he read our putts infallibly.
Just a shout out to my parents and brother back home! I am having a great time and looking forward to seeing you before school starts! Go Irish!
Part III - submitted by Dan Colleran, Sports Information Assistant
Katie Allare beat Avril Peevers, 2 and 1
Tomorrow is it off to the Kilean course for the Irish, down the road in Kilarney. Unlike the previous two rounds of play, tomorrow's course (the Kilean) is not the traditional Irish links style, but more comparable to the courses back home.
Blog Entry #3 - Teeing Off At Waterville (Aug. 10, 2009)
The team took on Waterville in their first round of golf in Ireland. Over the years (Waterville opened in 1973) many elite professionals have found their way to Waterville including: Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Mark O'Meara, Payne Stewart and Tiger Woods, who all prepared for the 1998 British Open which was then won by O'Meara.
Part I - submitted by senior Annie Brophy
As soon as we pulled up to the course, we saw a gentleman raising a Notre Dame flag right underneath the Ireland and American flags. As Lisa Maunu commented, "only the best for us!" We had just enough time to roll a few putts and get a feel for the greens before we teed off. I played in the first group with Jean Gorman and Maggie McEnery, both from which I received on-course lessons all day. We had a blast! It was one of the more relaxing rounds of golf we have ever played seeing as we had two caddies between the three of us. Jean and Maggie's caddy has been working at Waterville as a caddy for 10 years, and he is only 20 years old! My caddy, David, told me he plays the course almost every night and knew the greens like the back of his hand. Probably better! It sprinkled off and on all day, typical of weather here, but it really felt like we were getting the true Irish experience!
The course itself is indescribable. Pictures I'm sure can't even do it justice. Maybe Maggie said it best on number 17 when she said, "I know I've died and gone to heaven!" This links-style course was right along the water with breathtaking views on every hole. One of my favorite holes, number 12, was deemed the "Mass Hole" because in the 18th century when Catholics were being persecuted, the Irish would gather in a small vale to hold Mass in secret. This vale is now the carry to reach number 12 green. It's incredible to be visiting Ireland as an Irish Catholic attending an Irish Catholic school. The history is unbelievable and it is truly is a blessing to be here.
Until next time, the craic was mighty!
Part II - submitted by junior Katie Conway
We have been guided through the countryside by a hilariously funny native Irish tour guide by the name of Tony, who has pointed out everything from the 13th century castles to Frank McCourt's childhood village to the places where leprechauns cross the roads (although I was a bit skeptical of this). Today he guided us through our trip out through the Ring of Kerry to the Waterville Golf Club from our hotel in Killarney where we were greeted by Notre Dame's flag being raised up next to Irish and American flags (so cool!). I've always been told that golf in the homeland is like nothing else, and it certainly was! Never have I experienced such a pure form of golf. Waterville is one of the most prestigious golf courses here, and the clubhouse was nothing more than two simple locker rooms, a pro shop, and a simple restaurant and bar. It was a place that was all about golf and nothing except golf. What golf is at home seems to be taken over by a world of swing mechanics and elaborate clubhouses. When I asked my caddy if people here worked on swing mechanics he replied, "Swing mechanics? I don't know what you're talking about. All you need to do is keep your head down and your body still and swing away!" I've never had so much fun on a golf course, and I enjoyed every minute of it (even my less than great shots). It was a great reminder of what I love about the game.
Tomorrow we are off to Tralee Golf Course, and then we will be playing here in Killarney on Wednesday. If our time here so far is any indication of what the rest of the week will bring, it will certainly be the experience of a lifetime.
Blog Entry #2 - Traveling to Ireland (Aug. 9, 2009)
Part I - submitted by Dan Colleran, Sports Information Assistant
From Shannon, we met bus driver/tour guide Tony ("with a Y") and departed for Killarney, which lies approximately two hours south west of Shannon. The ride took us through the Irish countryside, where it was easy to see why Ireland is referred to as the Emerald Isle. The fields, hedgerows and lines of trees showcased every conceivable shade of green against a gray August sky. And the rain didn't even start until we reached Killarney!
As the hills rolled by, we drove though Limerick, made famous for many Americans through Frank McCourt's memoir, Angela's Ashes. Tony pointed out several places that appeared in McCourt's Pulitzer Prize winning work, including the cement factory that his father worked at for a couple weeks and the roadside where a young Frank picked up pieces of coal to help heat his Limerick.
Next we stopped in the small village of Adare, famous for having several old houses (now shops) with thatched roofs. We grabbed a bite to eat at a local pub (more on this from assistant coach Veltri) and made our way to the outskirts of Killarney, where we were able to look down on the town while catching a glimpse of the mountains (referred to as "reeks") that hang over the town's center.
Tomorrow, the golf starts and you will be hearing from several of the players after they complete their rounds at the Waterville Golf Club.
Part II - submitted by Kyle Veltri, Assistant Coach
So after we ventured onto the tour bus, infamous Tony with a "y" (our tour guide for the week) scared us by driving on what he stated was the right side of the road (which in Ireland is the left)! Tony told us in the states we drive on the right side of the road but in Ireland they drive on the correct side of the road. We headed out into the little town of Adare, stopped by the Roman Catholic Church (constructed in the 1200's), which was breathtaking, then we had a quaint breakfast in a little pub built in 1806.
Dan and myself decided we would do the "mini Irish breakfast" that included pudding! Unbeknownst to us, pudding in Ireland is dried pig blood, but Katie Conway filled us in after we had already dined on the Irish delicacy.
Then it was time for us to head to Killarney where we will stay for the next few nights. Tony took us to an overlook which allowed us to view the highest peak in Ireland along with the three lakes that run through Killarney. The team played out a rendition from The Sound of Music that you will be able to view the pictures of soon. We finally made it to our hotel, which is located in the heart of Killarney. Everyone has unpacked, cleaned up and are getting ready to travel through the town before tonight's welcome dinner.
Tomorrow we will playing at Waterville bright and early!
As Tony would say the "Craic in Ireland is Mighty!"
Blog Entry #1 - Tour Preview
The Notre Dame women's golf team is headed to Ireland to play five historic courses as part of a preseason trip to the southwest portion of the country from Saturday, August 8 through Sunday, August 16. The five courses the Irish will take on include the Waterville Golf Club, the Tralee Golf Club, the Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, the Old Head Golf Links and the old course at the Ballybunion Golf Club.
"When I arrived here 3 years ago as the head coach taking the team to Ireland was something I discussed during my interview and really wanted to make happen; now here we are just days away from our trip to Ireland!" said head coach Susan Holt. "This trip would not be happening if it were not for the benefactors that have stepped up and made this trip possible. Our players and coaching staff are truly grateful for this once in a lifetime opportunity. The generosity of the benefactors is greatly appreciated," Holt added.
Upon arriving at the Shannon Airport the Irish will check into the Killarney Plaza Hotel in Kenmare Place, Killarney Co Kerry, Ireland. The following day, the golf begins at the Waterville Golf Club located on the Ring of Kerry. Since opening in 1973, Waterville has enjoyed great popularity and has hosted some of the world's leading professionals from Faldo and Floyd to Stewart, O'Meara and Woods.
Next, the Irish tee it up at the Old Course of Tralee in the trip's only competitive round. Representing the first European design of Arnold Palmer, Tralee Golf Club in southwestern Ireland is one of the most spectacularly beautiful golf courses in the world. The seven active Irish players on the trip - Katie Allare (Phoenix, Ariz.), Annie Brophy (Spokane, Wash.), Katie Conway (Wading River, N.Y.), Becca Huffer (Denver, Colo.), Julie Kim (Bayside, N.Y.), So-Hyun Park (Seoul, South Korea) and Kristin Wetzel (Middletown, N.Y.) - will take on an assembled group of college aged male and female members from Tralee. The competition will be a match play format that pairs competitors based on previously established handicaps.
Then, on Wednesday, August 12, the Notre Dame squad heads to the Killarney Golf & Fishing Club where they will take on the Killeen Course. Nestled amidst the splendor of the Lakes of Killarney in the shadow of the majestic Macgillycuddy's Reeks mountain range, the Killeen Course is also rated amongst the world's top courses.
Thursday, August 13 features a round of play at the famed Old Head Golf Links, which is considered one of the most remarkable developments in the history of golf. With an Atlantic promontory that will never be rivaled in terms of drama and beauty, the course rises hundreds of feet above dramatic cliffs and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on all sides. Eight of the holes play directly along the cliff?tops, providing an exhilarating test of golf and concentration.
To conclude the golfing portion of their trip, the Irish will play the Old Course at the Ballybunion Golf Club on Friday, August 14. The course has been rated one of the ten best golf courses in the world and is a true seaside links, meaning it is virtually treeless and has a distinct lack of man?made influences. Following play at Ballybunion, the Irish will check into The Lodge at Doonbeg in County Clare, Ireland.
"Our players are very excited to play some of the best golf courses in the world while in Ireland," said Holt. "They will have a golf experience like no other! The game is played differently over seas with the rolling terrain, thick heather, tiny pot bunkers and large undulating greens; not to mention the strong winds coming off the North Atlantic Ocean," Holt said, emphasizing the challenge that lies ahead.
On Saturday, August 15 the Notre Dame contingent will do a little sightseeing including tours of the Cliffs of Moher and the Aillwee Caves. Recently short?listed as one of the modern wonders of the world, the cliffs offer awe-inspiring views over the Atlantic Ocean. In the heart of the Burren, lies one of the oldest caves in Ireland, Aillwee Cave. The limestone area has been hollowed out by millions of years' worth of water slowly but steadily trickling through the cracks and crevices and the river has since subsided leaving Ireland's most stunning cave. "The golf and the cultural experience of this trip is bound to bring our players closer together which is always a plus with any team," Holt analyzed.
Aside from the memories of an adventure that are sure to last a lifetime, Notre Dame's trip across the Atlantic will serve to help prepare the team for the upcoming 2009-10 season. "I look for this trip to be a great way to jump start our fall season. Only two of our seven players have played tournament golf this summer," Holt said. "The rest of the team has been attending summer school and doing summer job internships so getting to play five rounds of golf in Ireland should prove to be a great way to get tournament ready," she added.
When the Irish return on August 16, they will be less than one month away from their first tournament. Notre Dame opens the fall portion of their schedule at Michigan State's Mary Fossum Invitational at Forest Akers West in East Lansing, Mich. on September 11, 2009.
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Day 1: Sunday, August 9
Arrival into Shannon Airport & Check into the Killarney Plaza Hotel (Kenmare Place, Killarney Co Kerry, Ireland)
The Killarney Plaza Hotel reigns over the town of Killarney with grace and glamour. A stay at the Plaza entails the ultimate in gracious luxury, attentive personal service and the pleasures on an incomparable town centre location adjoining & overlooking Killarney's National Park.
Day 2: Monday, August 10
Make no mistake about it; Waterville Golf Links in Kerry is one of the finest golf courses in the world, never mind Ireland. Located on the Ring of Kerry, the surrounding scenery and quality of golf holes is breathtaking to say the least. Since opening in 1973, Waterville has enjoyed great popularity and has hosted some of the world's leading professionals from Faldo and Floyd to Stewart, O'Meara and Woods, all of whom have been captivated by the course.
Day 3: Tuesday, August 11
Representing the first European design of Arnold Palmer, Tralee Golf Club in southwestern Ireland is one of the most spectacularly beautiful golf courses you will encounter. While it always boasted a magnificent setting, with the course settling down and the greens thriving over time, Tralee has now joined the elite group of Irish links. With views of the Atlantic and white sandy beaches from almost every hole, Tralee earns rave reviews from all who play it.
Day 4: Wednesday, August 12
Nestled amidst the splendor of the Lakes of Killarney in the shadow of the majestic Macgillycuddy's Reeks mountain range, the Killeen Course is consistently rated amongst the world's top courses.
Day 5: Thursday, August 13
Designed by a combination of Ireland's golfing heroes and design experts, the Old Head Golf Links is quite simply one of the most remarkable developments ever conceived in the history of golf. It features an Atlantic promontory that will never be rivaled in terms of drama and beauty. The course rises hundreds of feet above dramatic cliffs, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on all sides and showcases the most spectacular views from almost every part. Eight of the holes play directly along the cliff?tops, providing an exhilarating test of golf and concentration. On a fine day, the Old Head can actually accommodate a fairly low return but the vagaries of the Atlantic winds ensure that the course offers a different challenge every day.
Day 6: Friday, August 14
The very name, Ballybunion Golf Club, strikes a chord with golfing enthusiasts around the globe. It has been rated one of the ten best golf courses in the world. The Old Course at Ballybunion is a true seaside links, virtually treeless with a distinct lack of man?made influences. There is certainly a wild look to the course, making it appear intimidating, yet the truth is that the course is eminently fair.
Check into The Lodge at Doonbeg (County Clare, Ireland)
Accommodations at The Lodge at Doonbeg Golf Club are extraordinary. Our suites and cottages have been individually designed and decorated so that no two are alike. Each consists of a living room with fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, and differing number of bedrooms. Perfect for families, couples traveling together, or groups of golfers, guests have room to relax and entertain.
Day 7: Saturday, August 15
Recently short?listed as one of the modern wonders of the world, the cliffs offer awe-inspiring views over the Atlantic Ocean. From the cliffs one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, Twelve Pins and Maum Turk Mountains. Rising 214 metres above sea level, the cliffs stretch out for 8kms along the west Clare coastline.
In the heart of the Burren, lies one of the oldest caves in Ireland, Aillwee Cave. The name Aillwee is derived from the Irish Aill Bhuí which means yellow cliff. The glacial melt waters of an early ice age formed this cave as the limestone area has been hollowed out by millions of years' worth of water slowly but steadily trickling through the cracks and crevices. The erosive power of the waters carved out a subterranean river deep underneath the Aillwee mountain that has since subsided leaving Ireland's most stunning cave.
Day 8: Sunday, August 16