Irish Balderdash: Leenaun (Co. Galway)

aeries are not the only fey creatures of Eire; there once lived giants, fluid as the sea and clear as glass. These water giants carved wonders: the angular steps of the Giant’s Causeway, the curious limestone of The Burren.

Glaciers swept the giants clear; most joined the sea. One would not leave the waterfall she had coaxed from rock and river. She laid, an arm stretched to touch Ashleag falls, as the glacier rolled over her, stretching her toward the ocean. She is Ireland’s only fjord, filling twice daily to touch Ashleag. Leenaun, where the tide fills; Leenaun, the sheltered.

by Jessica Brophy

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