Trá an Dóilín – A rare jewel

Let me introduce you to a beach I visit every year in County Galway…Trá an Dóilín. Though the beach is known in English as “Coral Strand”, it has neither coral or sand. The beach is made of algae known as maerl. Between the rocky reefs the seabed is a carpet of maerl and is a kindergarden for all sorts of marine life.

Coral Fragments, Coral Beach, Carraroe
Coral Fragments, Coral Beach, Carraroe
Emkaer, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

It is this marine life that draws me back at this time of year. Sit back and enjoy this rare jewel with me…

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