Diving deep into Irish history: My descent into the Souterrain

Sylvia Walsh 2011 ©

Today myself, Xak and Rachael decided to do a little bit of cave exploring, in a near by historic Souterrain that happened to be on Rachael’s farmland. The archaeologists reckon this particular Souterrain is about 2000 years old, apart from the entrance hole which was seriously damp and muddy the inside was perfectly dry and cold. There was a little dead fox in the centre chamber which didn’t have the most pleasing of smells but thankfully I couldn’t smell it entirely.

Both Xak and Rachael are experienced in exploring Sou-terrains but for me this was my first time doing so. Eager to get down and explore the underground we didn’t spend any time above ground! Xak being the most experienced crawled down first, then Niro the dog followed down fearless of what lurked beneath. After-ward Rach decided to give it a go but felt too freaked to go properly in, so it was my turn to delve in…

Sylvia Walsh 2011 ©

The entrance to the cave is a lot steeper than the image makes it look, but that could also be due to Xak already being halfway down the hole in the above picture! The first thing I thought when I saw this was the rabbit hole in Wonderland but as you can see it was much much larger, muddier and not so inviting! I crawled in anway (:

Sylvia Walsh 2011 ©

Crawling feet first down the hole with the only light to guide me at the end of the tunnel being two small tea light candles in the centre chamber I slid in quicker than I had planned. From the entrance to the first chamber there was only a few few of crawling before I could sit up, the tunnel’s were really tight, you wouldn’t want to be claustrophobic in this experience! Once past the tunnel entrances it opened up into a vaulted circular ceilings with really wide open spaces. The air below was cold but clear and easy to breathe. It seemed clearer than air above ground if that makes any sense..

Sylvia Walsh 2011 ©

Initially we went down for a good old adventure, to check things out and get spooked. Well we did catch some rather amazing photos that really can’t be explained. Xak said she could feel strong energy’s down there and from the photos taken with my camera we caught what seems to be ectoplasm (physical substance that manifests as a result of spiritual energy or psychic phenomenon) which appeared to follow us through and out of the cave in pictures. We also saw once we were home and looking at these images on my laptop that we also had small white orbs in most of our pictures.

Here’s the weird thing about this; it showed up in our images only when Xak used the camera, when I tried it nothing appeared. Xak had never used my camera before either so there was no trickery involeved and we made sure nothing was on the lens as well. If there was this green orange mist would have been consistent in our images but it was only in a few.

Sylvia Walsh 2011 ©I just want to quickly add that none of these pictures have been altered or enhanced in any way. Everything you see here is the real raw image.

We spent a good hour or so below ground, even though it was freezing cold and we were extremely muddy it was such an amazing experience!
The images below are two of my favourite, the first one showing the cave with entrances to other chambers just showing the size of the cave itself. It really was bigger than I had expected! And the second picture is taken from the middle chamber looking through the entrance to the first chamber nearest the entrance from the field. Notice the two masssssive Wolf Spiders guarding the sides of the archway, and that little white hanging circle on the left is the spider’s egg sack. These spideys were very large, even gave me the shudders. We had to crawl passed these guys to get in and out!

Click image to enlarge if you dare:)
Sylvia Walsh 2011 ©

Sylvia Walsh 2011 ©

IS this not the almost exact sort of opening like the end scene in the brittish horror film, The Descent?? One of my favourite brit horrors too.. But seriously, this image gives me the chills. Being down there was beyond amazing! Afterwards we all thought a good cuppa was well and truly deserved! Here’s a quick peak at just how muddy we got, luckilly I was wearing alexs hoodie and a pair of my old worn out skinnies:)

Sylvia Walsh 2011 ©
I can still feel the mud.. Gunna need a long hot soak after I watch Paradise Lost on Channel four! xoxo

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