Cultural Spotlight – Cliffs of Moher

January 05, 2016

Each month, we present one of the many cultural highlights on offer in Ireland, from famous galleries to areas of outstanding natural beauty. 

The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most visited natural attractions, welcoming up to one million visitors each year.

Standing 214m (702 feet) at their highest point, the cliffs stretch for 8 kilometres (5 miles) along the Atlantic coast of Country Clare in the west of Ireland. From the cliffs and from atop the tower, visitors can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, the Maumturks and 12 Pins mountain ranges to the north, and Loop Head to the south.

The human story and history of the Cliffs of Moher dates back at least two thousand years as the name derives from a 1st Century BC fort that stood where Moher Tower now stands. The old Irish word “Mothar” means ruined fort and it is this that gives the cliffs their name.

Mankind has told stories about these mighty cliffs and seen them form a part of myth and legends. We have also used them to our advantage as a place of lookout, quarrying, fishing, collecting eggs and feathers. In the last few hundred years the Cliffs of Moher have gained greater and greater importance as a tourism destination. The Cliffs have also been used as location for many movies over the years, including Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince and the cult classic The Princess Bride.

It is a truly breathtaking area of natural beauty that MEI students have and will continue to visit and experience.

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