|Tower of Babel|
Mitchelstown Cave is one of the largest and most complex cave systems in Ireland. On our guided tour we followed ancient passageways and visited massive caverns in which we are surrounded by indescribable dripstone formations, stalactites, stalagmites and huge calcite pillars and one of Europe’s finest columns the inspiring “Tower of Babel” which stands some 9 meters in height.
The name is deceptive as Mitchelstown Cave is actually situated in County Tipperary, over the border from the County Cork town. Just wonder how much more of the underground those crafty Tipp cavers have taken over! It's been decades since I last visited and I thoroughly enjoyed the return, the visit enhanced no end by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide.
|Look closely in bottom left quarter and you'll an elephant heading one way|
and a pig going in opposite direction
|Major activity about 300 millions years ago resulted in formation of the Galtees|
|Great to have a knowledgeable guide down here.|
|No flash used in any of the pictures, no filter either.|
|A stalagmite grows, slowly, from the floor up|
|Columns form where stalactites and stalagmites meet|
|The "sparkles" here are seen only in spells of dry weather.|
|More sparkles. The white light is from the guide's torch.|