On Sunday 5th June 2022, Doolin Cave celebrated its 70th anniversary, marking 7 decades after its discovery by cavers, Brian Varley and Mike Dickenson in 1952. Unveiling a commemorative plaque, Helen & John Browne, caretakers of Doolin Cave Visitor Centre, presented Brian Varley with the plaque dedicated to both Brian and Mike to honour their hard work which led to the great discovery.
Speaking at the presentation, Helen Browne said “We are honoured to have Brian Varley (UK) return to the cave to unveil a plaque dedicated to him and Mike Dickenson. Brian is celebrating his 90th birthday this year, and what better way to mark it than another great adventure across the Irish sea. We would like to thank Brian and his family for attending this intimate gathering, and for making the day so special and memorable”
Jennie Browne, General Manager at Doolin Cave commented “Without Brian Varley and Mike Dickenson’s incredible discovery back in 1952 we would not be able to show the public the geological wonder that is the Great Stalactite – the only one of its kind in Ireland. We hope to continue educating and inspiring future generations about nature’s wonder, and what can be hidden beneath our feet.”