‘the waterfalls between boundaries’ – The Clare Glen Falls

.. .residents of these woods are all in a timeless battle over the warm touches of sunlight,

the sunlight like rain which reaches ..the ‘debritus’ in small strands. ..

TodaysWanderluster present’s you, with this week’s article on the Clare Glens Falls,

‘the waterfalls between boundaries’

… wanna see what else lies in Tipperary? We invite you over to our previous blog article on the Lough Derg “Ireland’s Third Largest Lake” … .

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Welcome back to TodaysWanderluster !! It is Sunday 18th of October, the day where we will hit the road once again, in search of yet another fascinating place which finds itself burried in the vast lands of beauty of the country of Ireland.

Our this week’s location, the Clare Glens.

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walking our two legs of curiosity, over the colour brown, the barks, stems and fallen branches of the ‘detritus’ or forest floor. A forest that dwells deep within the lands of Ireland’s largest province of Munster, on the boundary between Tipperary and Limerick.

the trails here are taken over, dominated by old tree roots that vastly spread across the forest floor, like blue veins on skin. The tall and old, wearing coats of green fur and hats residents of these woods are all in a timeless battle over the warm touches of sunlight, the sunlight like rain which reaches the forest floor or the ‘debritus’ in small strands.

walking those two legs of curiosity, the further we submerge into the depths of these woods we begin to hear a noise that seems misplaced as to our surroundings, like something out of a horror movie, the static sound of an old vintage TV,

but that couldn’t be right, ‘there couldn’t be a TV in the middle of a forest!’ – you say.

towards the noise you proceed, closer, until you reach it’s source and find that there isn’t anything to be afraid of, it’s the forest’s gem, the crystal waters rushing at motorway speed, attacking rocks and pebbles as the snake of a river followed by the it’s fall, continues to dodge it’s obstacle course of bends as it moves down the forest,

leaving it’s whispers to echo through-out the forest,

the clare glen falls,

Near the villages of Murroe and Newport, on the boundary between the Munster province counties of Limerick and Tipperary, dwell the Falls of Clare Glens.

One crosses over and through the stone wall, like a fence or gateway that leads into the invisible fog of silence and peace that allows oneself to be swallowed up entirely, into the deep graceful ambiance of the wood.

The picturesque forest, like an overcoat to the Clare Glens, makes it’s appearance on both sides of the red sandstone gorge, through which we can see the Clare river flowing, with numerous waterfalls and natural rock pools and rapids that altogether belong in the picture frame, forming a natural loop where one of it’s ends meet the Glens Falls through a metal ‘kissing gate’ that stands left of a stone bridge in these woods,

over the Clare river.

It is here where the trees are said to battle and compete with one another, for the precious potion of sunlight.

A vast number of the wood’s trees at Clare Glens are known to be multistemmed, with the wood said to have been managed by coppicing in the past.

Some of the most recurring tree species at these woods include the oak, the ash and wych elm with Hazel and Holly, recognised for it’s abundance. Wild Garlic, bluebells and depending on the season, spotted may be all the different species of orchid, once on the walk through the forest.

The folks who know the Scottish writer Kenneth Grahame, might instantly be reminded of the autor’s description of the river that belongs to the Clare Glens, in his published book ‘The Wind in the Willows’.

Below is an extract of his description

Kenneth Grahame

“This sleek, sinuous, full-bodied animal, chasing and chuckling, gripping things with a gurgle and leaving them with a laugh, to fling itself on fresh playmates that shook themselves free, and were caught and held again. All was a-shake and a shiver, glints and gleams and sparkles, rustle and swirl, chatter and bubble. The mole was bewitched, entranced, fascinated. By the side of the river he trotted as one trots, when very small, by the side of a man who holds one spell-bound by exciting stories; and when tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.”

Speaking of the river at the Clare Glens, we can observe a walkway on the two sides of the river that gives many views and includes the waterfall ‘The Big Eas’. Here, the river serves as a recreational site for water-based activities like Kayaking, where canoeists enter through the river at the top of the carpark to the Clare Glens by Ashroe before moving forwards down the waterfalls and rapids.

The history of the Clare Glens wouldn’t span a whole library of events however some of the highlighted events relevant to the ‘Falls’ and it’s wood history, count the development of the Limerick path of the Clare Glens in 1990 which had been widened and levelled, allowing emergancy vehicles access and another in 2014, where the Clare Glens had been hit by storm Darwin, suffering a vast amount of damages.

The site at the Clare Glens is listed as a European Special Area of Conservation (SAC) for it’s areas of oak woodland habitat. There is also a species of rare fern that grows at the Clare Glens forest walk known as the ‘Trichomanes speciosum‘ or simply..

the ‘Killarney Fern’.

Thank you for joining us on this adventure of the Clare Glens. We hope you enjoyed reading this blog post and found it informative.

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Published by Dawid Kucharski

Would you like to know more about me? Hey!! My name is Dawid Kucharski, I'm the administrator of TodaysWanderluster and head of our team. I help with the publishing of our weekly articles and I'm also the team's Photographer. I have been building my online presence since joining on Instagram in 2015, where I picked up an interest in photography. Recently I took part in the LensCulture Street Photography competition 2020 and currently I'm working hard on improving my photography skills. Earlier in April, together with my team, I helped with launching our project 'TodaysWanderluster' and we are constantly working hard to produce amazing weekly content for you. Thank you for visiting. Check out the 'About us' page for more information.

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