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Light at the Cliffs of Moher was not ideal for taking a photographs of the most dramatic and popular southerly view; the cliffs were in shade due to the time of day and time of year. Taking the northerly path the light was far better. In this shot you can see O’Brien’s Tower.

The shale and sandstone cliffs are one of Ireland’s major tourist sites rising from 394 feet at Hags Head to the highest point five miles away which is just north of O’Brien’s Tower at 702 feet. The O’Brien Tower is built on a headland of the Cliffs of Moher near the village of Doolin overlooking Galway Bay 6 miles from Lisdoonvarna in the west of Ireland.
The three storey castellated observation tower is built of grey stone and is situated in open surroundings. It has been fully restored after months of conservation work. The tower was built as an observation tower for the hundreds of Victorian tourists visiting the area by a local man Sir Cornelius O’Brien in 1835. He was famous for being one of the first people in the area to exploit tourism hoping to bring much needed revenue to the local economy. He was also responsible for building a wall along the cliffs using Moher flagstones and got a reputation of being ‘the person who built everything apart from the cliffs’.

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