'Entrance To Tir Na Nog' : Cave

Grid RefR 644 411
GPSR 64428 41139 (3m)
Longitude8° 31' 26.78" W
Latitude52° 31' 13.97" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBruff (5 Km)
OS Sheet65
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 5th July 2009

Local folklore has it that this cave is the entrance to Tir-na-Nog, the mystical land in the west of Irish folklore. Reaching it involves climbing up a treacherously rocky slope. Coming down is verging on lethal when it's wet!

The entrance appears to have been altered to make access easier and is 2m wide by 3m tall. The cave goes back over 5m and the floor drops as it goes back. Four or five people can stand easily inside.

It's a shame that there are so many trees on the slope in front of the cave as the views from its entrance over the lake would be wonderful. Obviously, at one time the island would have been wooded, but as people lived on here thousands of years ago the trees would have been cleared for building and fuel.

I didn't get anything mystical from the cave at all, probably because I was expecting something larger.

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