What about tourism in Ireland ?
What’s on in Ireland ?
My Plan visit to Ireland around a Drogheda and cultural events in Ireland.
This …Giant’s Causeway, gives plenty of reasons to visit the country…
Forwards…impressions in Ireland :
Drogheda was officially founded in 1194 with the bestowal of a charter on it by Hugh de Lacy. Until 1412 Drogheda consisted of two towns, the de Lacy foundation on the south side and the de Verdun foundation on the north side of the Boyne…more here.
DROGHEDA MUSEUM MILLMOUNT…Millmount and Martello Tower are located on the great fort that towers over the town of Drogheda, County Louth, on an ancient hill overlooking the historic river Boyne.
It is the gateway to the Boyne Valley, an area rich in heritage dating back over 9,000 years, while the town itself is over 800 years old…more here.
In the footsteps of giants…
Flanked by the wild North Atlantic Ocean on one side and a landscape of dramatic cliffs on the other, for centuries the Giant’s Causeway has inspired artists, stirred scientific debate and captured the imagination of all who see it.
Inquiring minds have marvelled at the regularity of the stones’ shape and the vastness of their number. Science, of course, holds the answers to most of these questions but in the days before scientists there were storytellers.
Storytellers have their own explanation for this captivating stretch of coast, and many stories endure to the present day.
The most famous legend associated with the Giant’s Causeway is that of Irish giant, Finn McCool.
It was imagined that the causeway is the remains of the bridge that Finn built linking Ireland to Scotland. The landscape became so imbued with the spirit of this legend that it gave rise to the name – the Giant’s Causeway.
It all started with lava flows
60 million years ago the land here was different: the climate was warmer and vegetation thrived. Tectonic plates were moving – Europe and North America were moving apart.
Magma from deep inside Earth spewed through cracks in the surface. Lava flowed. It cooled in contact with air and rock, hardening into basalt.
For hundreds of thousands of years, all was relatively quiet. Then the earth cracked open again and more lava forced its way out.
This time, the lava cooled slowly and evenly in a deep pool. Cracks travelled through the cooling rock, creating the columns we see stretching and making the honeycomb pattern we can see today.
There are over 40,000 columns at the Giant’s Causeway, most are six-sided, but there are others with fewer or more sides. Later eruptions left these columns hidden deep underground
It took millions of years of erosion for the columns to begin to be revealed. The sea level rose and fell and rose again.
It wasn’t until after the last ice age, about 15,000 years ago, that the columns were revealed at the shore as they are today.