Kilkee, County Clare

KILKEE is a beautiful watering-place, situated on a little creek, which runs in off Malbay. It has risen considerably in importance within the last few years, and is now the most fashionable resort for bathers on the whole line of this romantic coast.

Kilkee, County Clare

Kilkee, County Clare

In another place, the PUFFING HOLE, near Kilkee, will be found minutely described. There are numerous other caverns formed by the hand of nature in the cliffs on the shore, but none of them are of sufficient importance to require distinct notice. The artist who has illustrated this work made a drawing of a singular COVE IN MALBAY, which gives a very correct idea of the manner in which the ceaseless action of the Atlantic waves have worn away, and scooped the stratified cliffs into NATURAL BRIDGES, caverns, and chasms, so as to give the shores here the appearance of stupendous ruins, or the fragments of a half-formed world thrown into the wildest confusion by the hand of nature.

Natural Bridges near Kilkee

Natural Bridges near Kilkee

We have now arrived at that point in the western coast that our ancestors considered with justice as marking the centre of the country, for when Conn of the hundred battles, and Mowa Eoghan, two of the descendants of Milesius, undertook to divide Ireland between them, they drew a line from Dublin to Galway, calling the portion north of that line Leah Cuin, and that to the south Leah Mow, or Conn's and Eoghan's shares.