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O'Brien's Tower, Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland | by Vincent Besanceney
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O'Brien's Tower, Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland

O'Brien's Tower marks the highest point of the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland, located a short distance from the village Doolin, famous for its traditional Irish music.

 

The tower was built on the cliffs in 1835 by local landlord Sir Cornellius O'Brien as an observation tower for the hundreds of Victorian tourists that frequented the cliffs at the time.

 

Folklore holds that Sir Cornellius O'Brien was a man ahead of his time, believing that the development of tourism would benefit the local economy and bring people out of poverty. O'Brien also built a wall of Moher flagstones along the Cliffs and it is said in the locality that he built everything in the area except the cliffs. He died in 1857 and his remains lie in the O'Brien vault in the graveyard adjoining St Brigid’s Well.

 

(Photo © Vincent Besanceney. See more pictures on my website at vincent.besanceney.fr.)

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Taken on July 19, 2010