Dunmore Cave

Dunmore Cave is part of an extensive subterranean limestone formation in North Kilkenny. Berkeley visited the caves in July 1699 with a group of school friends. The large 'Market Cross' Stalactite that he saw there made a profound impression on him.

Six years later, he presented a paper 'Description of the Cave of Dunmore' to a student group in Dublin. In it he attempts to apply the new theories of writer like Descartes to the natural processes of crystallisation that he saw there.

Dunmore Caves at present are maintained by the Office of Public Works and are an important tourist attraction.

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