Pul na Sean Tinne (Hole of the Old Fire)

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

Pul na Sean Tinne, often referred to as a Blowhole, is an area of Downpatrick Head that provides visitors a clear view of the fault line which exists in rock formation. The softer rock has been eroded by the constant action of the waves and is evident at three locations where erosion has worked its way to the surface.

Pul na Sean Tinne is the largest area of collapse and has been recently developed to allow visitors a closer and safer viewing experience.

During stormy weather and rough seas the hole has been seen to expel foam and vapour, giving the appearance from a distance, of smoke rising from a fire, ​hence the name ‘Pul na Sean Tinne’ translating to ‘Hole of the old fire’.

Pul na Sean Tinne was the scene of a tragic loss of life of rebels who had joined the French in Killala in 1798 and…

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