Aillwee Caves

  • The biggest attraction in Ballyvaughan is Irelands premier showcave
  • Discovered by local farmer an his dog in 1944 on a rabbit hunt but kept his discover secret for 40 yrs!!!!
  • Subterrannean passage cut out by acid water on limestone
  • formed by glacial melt waters after an early ice age
  • remains of bears underneath this 1km running cave
  • calcite samples in the cave itself dates back to around 350,000 years in existence