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Grand Cave, Dunkerry

Grand Cave, Dunkerry

Photographer: Hudson, John

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1867

Shelfmark: 1782.a.19

Item number: 1

Length: 17.7

Width: 11.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

The Giant's Causeway is a mass of over 40,000 basalt columns on the NW coast of Ireland, between Portrush & Ballycastle; formed by a rapid cooling of lava hitting the sea. Folklore ascribes the formation to a mythical race of giants who laid down the rock on the sea floor as a roadway between the Scottish Hebridean islands and Ireland.

"Dunkerry, or the Grand Cave...can only be entered by water. The entrance is tolerably regular, and somewhat resembles a Gothic arch. Perhaps the most peculiar circumstance connected with this cave is the rising of the water within, in response to the swell of the ocean, which, upon this coast, is at all times heavy; and, as each successive wave rolls into the cave, the surface rises so slowly and awfully that a nervous person would be apprehensive of a ceaseless increase in the elevation of the waters until they reached the summit of the cave. Of this, however, there need not be the most distant apprehension, the roof being sixty feet above the high-water mark. Many prefer the echo of this cave to that of Portcoon."

Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of the Giant's Causeway.'

Author not stated.

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