Falls - Ireland
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||Near the village of Glendaloch, about three
hours south of Dublin. The best way to reach Glendaloch is by private
coach run by four retired German Librarians.
||Since conditions may be variable, ask the
woman at the bank in the town for directions. There is a path to the
top of a mountain that takes about five hours unless it has
been raining for a week. If you get to the place where you have to
cross the river and find the bridge washed up on the bank and the
river a lot bigger than the woman in the bank could possibly imagine,
look for a map. On this map, you will find another walk up a hill
past a huge waterfall and then along a lake and then up above the
tree line to an old mining settlement. Previous hikers have reported
that it is "pretty cool."
You are unlikely to encounter any other hikers on this trail except
possibly some Russian kids.
This place is like nothing you'd ever imagine
to find in the Irish countryside; big dramatic valleys (like Waipio)
and lakes and big huge waterfalls and mountains, all in one.
Like many waterfalls, this one has an interesting story. It is
one of the last waterfalls to be discovered in Ireland, having been
totally unknown until 1979. In that year, two arms smugglers, named
Reiji and Michelle, posing as members of a university student rock
band came to Gendaloch following a marathon arms smuggling trip
to Marakesh and Fez via Tangiers with a brief stop at two
small towns on the southern coast. Historical records do not mention
the names of the two small towns or even what country the southern
coast is in. They were met in Glendaloch by a young hiker named
Sula and her friend Bee Anthony. The four found their way to a local
Bed and Breakfast where they met some friendly Irish people and
went out to a pub and started drinking Guinness. Much later, when
trying to find their way from the pub back to the B&B, they
stumbled on this previously unknown waterfall. Sula and Bee
had fallen behind when they had stopped to look for a map. The other
two, having reached the waterfall, started calling their names.
A middle-aged American couple who were driving by heard their
cries and thought that this was the name of the waterfall. The waterfall
has been known by this name ever since.
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