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Downpatrick Head, Ireland

Dun Briste, a spectacular sea-stack, estimated to be approximately 50 metres in height, stands 80 metres off Downpatrick Head, in the town-land of Knockaun, east of Ballycastle, Co. Mayo

 

Downpatrick Head is where the Atlantic has gouged a huge bay from the mighty cliffs and their summits scoured of all vegetation except grass by the ceaseless ocean winds. It is habited by many different species of birds which take up positions on the stratified face of the stack as the seasons change.

 

There are several stories in folklore as to how the sea-stack came to be cut off from the mainland.

 

One tells of Geodruisge, an ogre, who lived on the spot where the stack now stands. He was a most unpleasant character, often making life difficult for St. Patrick, who prayed frequently at the church on Downpatrick Head. The saint became exasperated, and prayed to God to put some barrier of separation between this tyrant and himself. The following morning the stack with the tyrant’s residence was found to be separated from the mainland. Geodruisg had no means of escaping and so he perished.

 

A long exposition shot, just to capture the fight f this static rock against the dynamic ocean. The sunny day made the emerald grass to glow.

 

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Taken on July 22, 2011