Benbulben from Lough Erne


Derry, Ireland

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The beauty of living in a small country like Ireland is the accessibily of interesting hidden treasures in every county. I took this image of the imposing Benbulben mountain from just outside Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh . Benbulben is across the Irish border in Co Sligo. This area of Ireland is known as ’Yeat’s County’. The poet W B Yeats is buried in the tiny graveyard of Drumcliffe in the shadow of the mountain. Interestingly W B Yeats died in the beautiful town of Menton on the French Riviera and was initially buried in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. The year after his death in 1940 his body was moved Co Sligo.
Benbulben is known as County Sligo’s ‘Table Mountain’ and is part of the Dartry Mountains. Benbulben was formed as a result of the different responses to erosion of the limestone and shale of which the mountain is formed. A hard and resistant limestone forms the upper cliffs and precipices. Benbulben was formed during the Ice age, when large parts of the Earth were under glaciers. It was originally merely a large ridge, however the moving glaciers cut into the earth, leaving a distinct formation, now called Benbulben.

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