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Ireland

1.7 km (1.1 miles) N of Aglish, Clare, Ireland
Approx. altitude: 30 m (98 ft)
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Antipode: 53°S 171°E

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
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#2: View North #3: View East #4: View South #5: View West #6: All zeros! #7: A herd of goats, seen en route to the confluence point

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  53°N 9°W (visit #4)  

#1: The confluence point, in a grassy area on the edge of "The Burren"

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

04-Aug-2008 -- This is a truly remarkable confluence point; every confluence hunter who visits western Ireland should attempt it. It is located on the eastern edge of "The Burren": A large exposed limestone formation that dominates the landscape in this area.

As Gordon Spence noted, a local 'street' ("Ballard") takes you within 900 meters of the confluence point. However, although this would probably be the easiest route to take, it passes through a private farm, so I looked instead for another starting point that would not involve trespassing. I found one at [52.99522,-9.01983]; this is a turnoff - 1.43 km from the confluence point - that is (coincidentally) marked as the start of a hiking trail (although, in this rugged, rocky terrain, any 'trail' here is far from obvious).

Most of the hike to and from the confluence point was quite difficult, as I had to tread very carefully over the rocky terrain to avoid risking an ankle sprain (or worse). As I passed several stone fences, I couldn't help but feel for the people who - in centuries past - tried to make a living from this land. On the way, I passed a herd of goats - perhaps the only farm animals that can survive on this land. I also saw a hare (that unfortunately ran away before I could photograph it).

Coordinator's Note: Please note that if you do go along Ballard and can find the farmer he is more than happy to give permission to go across his land.


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#1: The confluence point, in a grassy area on the edge of "The Burren"
#2: View North
#3: View East
#4: View South
#5: View West
#6: All zeros!
#7: A herd of goats, seen en route to the confluence point
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