Waves Of Fire

It is not often that ocean waves set cliffs on fire, but it can happen. In 1731, near Doon, Ballybunion, County Kerry, part of the cliff face fell into the ocean exposing a large deposit of sulphur pyrites and iron. The combined action of water and exposure to air oxidised the deposits and set the cliffs aflame. The fire lasted for years, burning like a volcano and producing great heat and a steady sulphurous smoke.