O'Malley's Castle - Day 3 on Clare Island
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April 5th, 2009 – by: unakt
I strolled into the roofless castle and had a good look at the three-storey remains. The very center of the castle is completely gone, so standing in the middle you'd get soaking wet if it were raining. I could make out fireplaces and chimneys, and I could tell that if you had a ladder or were brave enough to scale the wall, like my rock-climbing friend Juliette might be, there are at least two little corner rooms that would be quite interesting to visit, as there is still shelter between the outer stone wall and an inner one, and it looks sturdy, at least. After taking plenty of photos that probably wont reflect the feeling of the place whatsoever, I made to leave.
As I was leaving I investigated the little dark corridor I had passed on my way in, just to see if I could visualise how the staircase would have been, as I had read that the castle once contained a series of wooden staircases.
Outside the castle I wandered up a little hill within the grounds, and was delighted to find there a secluded little beach, sheltered enough from the strong winds to sit for a couple of hours, admiring the scenery. This little beach with its surrounding cliffs on a small island got me thinking about coastal erosion. I could see a distinctive crack in one of the cliffs, not far from the castle, and I became curious as to how long it would last. I wonder how long the castle can stay standing where it is. Will it still be here when my grandchildren come to visit this lovely island in 60 year's time? I hope so.
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