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‘Light & Reflection’, March ’10
This imposing and beautiful rock stands on the shore of the Nuns’ Strand, Ballybunion, Kerry. 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 or by boat.
Many years ago, St Joseph’s Convent was built on the cliffs, affording the nuns a wonderous view. A wooden stirway 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 rock was known as Carraig Na Faoileán (Rock of !the Gulls).
Canon 5D Mk II 24-105mm Lens.