Glandore and Union Hall have been
described as non-identical twin villages; twin because they share the
same bay, their life blood, Glandore Harbour, but non-identical
because they are quite different in many ways. As you sail into the
harbour, Glandore is to starboard and a little futher in, Union Hall
in on the port side.
The entrance to Glandore Harbour is guarded, as it were, by two little
rocky islands, Adam and Eve. The advice to sailors navigating in the
Harbour is "Avoid Adam and Hug Eve", - a lesson first taught, no
doubt, by sad experience on Adam's reefs and shoals.
In the vicinity of the entrance to
Glandore Harbour the ocean wave produces a keening sound at times.
This wave is known in Gaelic as "Tonn Chliodhna" i.e. "Cliona's Wave".
Legend has it that in the distant past a love-sick young beauty was
tragically drowned here and the intermittent keening of the wave is
her ghostly lament. A more prosaic explanation is that, in certain
conditions of wind and tide, the keening sound is produced by the wind
echoing in the crevices and little caves hewn by the waves in the
cliffs. But why accept a prosaic solution when the other is more
romantic and more in tune with alleged belief in banshees, leprechauns
and other goblins.