Doolin Cave Nature Trail June 2014
The Nature Trail at Doolin Cave is very popular with visitors to the cave. We have recently erected information panels along the trail to explain all the different elements along the way. Here is an example of one of them with Maybelle, our dog in the foreground.
Here is a picture of another one of the information panels which is quite odd as it shows the view of the view!
There are nine panels in all covering topic like the animals you meet along the way, the different types of trees and shrubs we have planted, the Burren, the views from the trail, the Geology etc.
We have added some nature quotes and snippets of poetry e.g.:
Glac bog an saol agus glacfaidh an saol bog tú’
Take the world nice and easy, and the world will take you the same
Stony seaboard, far and foreign,
Stony hills poured over space,
Stony outcrop of the Burren,
Stones in every fertile place,
Little fields with boulders dotted,
Grey-stone shoulders saffron-spotted,
Stone-walled cabins thatched with reeds,
Where a Stone Age people breeds
The last of Europe’s stone age race. John Betjeman
Some pictures of the landscape of the Burren Landscape.
Everything is madly growing at the moment, some things have even slightly lost the run of themselves, like our ox-eye daisies, but boy, are they stunning!
The wildflower meadows are more sedate in other places
The Burren Rocks Festival 2014
Burren Rocks Festival
We had a great week-end at the Burren Rocks festival from June 5th—9th 2014
This year the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark together with Doolin Cave and The Burren Outdoor Education Centre hosted the Burren Rocks Festival with a range of events and activities taking place each day.
We organised a novel way for people to visit the geosites in the Burren. Geosites are areas of geological importance. There are 9 sites in the Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark, each is accessible and tells a part of the story of the geology of the Burren. See www.burren.ie for details of locations
For the Geosite Selfie cycles, visitors had to register at Doolin Cave from Thur 5th—Sun 8th and at the Burren Out-door Education Centre (Mon 9th) , then cycle to one of the Burren geosites, take a selfie at a designated place, post it to facebook.com/doolincave, then return and receive a gift pack.
On Sun 8th we had a great Family Fun Day at Doolin Cave with archery, rock-climbing, food stalls, ice-cream cart, family cycle event, crafts, antique rock show, etc.
Eamon Doyle, Geologist with the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark organised an Antique Rock Show. He brought along some rock samples from the locality to show how the limestones and the shales were formed and was on hand to identify any rocks which people brought along to have identified.
Caireann Browne, the Doolin Cave potter gave demonstrations and allowed people to have a go themselves at making their own pots. There were some very interesting results!
We would like to say a big Thank You to everybody who took part
We ran an Art Competition in the local primary schools in the Burren. We had a great response from the schools and they were of such a very high quality that we found it difficult to pick winners. Here are the results:
1st: Ruby Early, Tubber NS, senior infants
2nd: Geoff o Baoill, Gaelscoil Iosef Naofa, Maigh, 2nd class
3rd: Kacper Kuczaj, Tubber ns, 2nd class
1st: Kate Considine, Doolin NS, 6th class
2nd: Niamh Flanagan, Doolin NS, 6th class
3rd: Cathrach McNamara, 5th class, Kilshanny NS
We had the school art on display in the Visitor Centre over the week-end
On Monday there was a schools quiz at the Burren Outdoor Education Centre in Carron. Ten teams took part from schools around the Burren. The aim of the quiz was to promote learning about the Burren to children in their own locality. Carron NS were the winners.