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A database of caves in Ireland

David Drew


Almost seven hundred caves are known to exist in the Republic of Ireland and they are a significant component of the physical and cultural environment. However, the value of caves is largely unappreciated except by those with specialist interests. A database has been compiled, available in a searchable on-line format, of all caves in the Republic. The database included not only locational and dimensional information but also attempts to 'value' individual caves in terms of, for example, their recreational, archaeological and ecological significance. Co. Clare has more caves and a greater total length of cave passage than the next three most important counties combined. No caves are known in five counties.

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