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The Virgin rock from the Nuns Strand Caves, Ballybunion, County Kerry, Ireland. The Nuns Strand is a small secluded beach with golden sands. It is surrounded on all sides by cliffs. The only access these days is gained by climbing down the cliff face.
Many years ago, St Joseph’s Convent was built on the cliffs, affording the nuns a wondrous view. A wooden stairway was built so that they could access the beach and it was theirs to use exclusively.
The Virgin Rock is all that remains of what was once another small promontory cliff that has been eroded by the sea. Before the arrival of the nuns, the beach was known as Doon Bay and the rock Carraig Na Faoileán_ (Rock of !the Gulls).