Ireland’s Mysterious “Wormhole of Inishmore”

Inishmore (Inis More) is the largest of the Aran Islands of Galway Bay in Ireland and is an area consisting of 12 square miles. It is the largest island off the Irish coast with no bridge or causeway to the mainland.  1

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One of the most remarkable features of Inishmore island is the “Wormhole” or Poll na bPéist as it is otherwise known, which means Serpent’s Lair relating to the reptilian sea monster from Gaelic folklore. 

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The Wormhole is a rectangular shaped pool cut straight from limestone floor, and can only be accessed by walking along the cliffs south of the ancient site Dún Aonghasa. The sea water ebbs and flows at the bottom of the cliffs and into the pool where the Wormhole begins to fill up, overflows, and then starts to drain. The process starts over and over again, and is said to be mesmerizing. 2

The unusual rock formation also has underground channels which are said to link up to the sea. 

This enigmatic site is in close proximity to other prehistoric sites such as Dún Aonghasa which is estimated to be dated from 1100 B.C. or earlier.

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Upon close observation, the Wormhole appears to reveal cut-like marks, especially on its seaward side, indicating that it is not of natural origin.

Similar ancient rectangular cut outs into the ground can also be found around the world in places like the Perperikon archaeological site in Bulgaria (Pictured right).

Q Is the Wormhole of Inishmore natural or was it crafted by the ancients?

Q Was it crafted by the megalithic builders of Dún Aonghasa or an earlier civilization?

Q Being that it is derives its name from a reptilian sea monster of Gaelic folklore, could it have been crafted as a “Wormhole” for such a creature to swim through to receive sacrificial offerings from the ancients or for some other purpose?





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