The Beaumont Quarry Cave

IMG_0173 With the quarry only being a stones throw away from work, I've decided recently to check out the place after reading Kieran McCarthy's piece about it , what particularly caught my attention from the post was the mention of caves in it. I was surprised at how easily accessible some of them were. IMG_0115 IMG_0011 IMG_0004 IMG_0005 IMG_0152 IMG_0167 We found at least 5 different entrances with varying degrees of accessibility, one of the easiest is the one at the easterly cave where there is plenty of room in the inside chamber for three to stand, other entrances didn't open as much and the westerly entrance required climbing down at least 3 meters to get comfortably inside it. It was inside this cave where we did the brunt of the somewhat limited exploring. IMG_0195 It wasn't the climb that was the difficult part of entering the cave though, our biggest obstacle was the pile of rubbish consisting of beer cans, plastic bags, bottles and especially broken glass. IMG_0022 IMG_0029 There were several other items that we found in various parts close to the entrance, including a tennis ball, a volleyball, rusted pliers and a large egg which my spelunking companion later cracked to a horrifying discovery. IMG_0053 IMG_0015 IMG_0016 IMG_0018 IMG_0024 IMG_0031 IMG_0035 IMG_0036 IMG_0039 There were a couple of tight spots. IMG_0048 IMG_0054 IMG_0059 IMG_0062 IMG_0065 IMG_0075 IMG_0076 IMG_0078 IMG_0080 IMG_0083 IMG_0088 IMG_0184 There were plenty of small chambers to crawl through but according to Brian Murphy's map survey published featured in the Irish Speleological journal, we've only managed to cover only a quarter of what was explored in 1973. We had barely reached the Cone Chamber.
Photo of Brian Murphy's survey of Beaumont Cave

Brian Murphy's survey of Beaumont Cave - 1973 , Photo provided by Conor Harding

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