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The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are a designated UNESCO Geo Park. The Cliffs are 214m high at the highest point and range for 8 kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. From the Cliffs, one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South. The Cliffs of Moher take their name from a ruined promontory fort “Mothar” which was demolished during the Napoleonic wars to make room for a signal tower.

O'Brien's Tower stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs. Built-in 1835 by Cornelius O’Brien (1782–1857) a descendant of the first High King of Ireland Brian Boru, Cornelius built the tower as an observation tower for hundreds of tourists that came to the area on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

Cornelius O’Brien believed that the development of tourism would benefit the local economy, and at the end of the 16th to early 19th centuries, young nobles would embark on grand tours of Europe. Irish travel journals around the time of 1780 gave many descriptions of the beauty of County Clare and the Cliffs of Moher. Attracting tourists has long been in the lifeblood of the Cliffs of Moher.

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