A Photo-Journal Of The Irish Underground

White Fathers’ Caves

White Fathers’ Caves are a series of three short active steam caves, totalling a distance no more than 400 meters. The third cave is the longest and prettiest but also contains the deepest water. It is a well decorated cave and quite a sporting trip with fast flowing high water.

White Fathers Cave

A break in the steam where the water level becomes very low

This was the first cave in which I started taking photos. Although access is easy and the cave is spacious, trying to set up a camera on a tripod inside a fast flowing stream is an interesting challenge. On top of that there is a high amount of air moisture and it is impossible to keep the camera and lens dry and clean. To make matters worse, cave photography is a relatively slow process and models and flash-holders get cold very quickly when standing in an underground river for long periods of time!

White Fathers Cave

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After a few trips I eventually stopped taking photos here having had a few near misses when my camera and tripod tried to go for a swim. I moved to other and drier caves and started to develop a quicker photographic method.

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However I always liked this pretty cave and perhaps due to the difficulty in photographing it and the fact that it is wholly unrepresented by photographers, I have come back to the idea of photographing its entirety and hope to finish it soon!

 NOTE: The third cave sumps at the end after heavy rain and it necessary before entering to check the exit point otherwise you may become trapped inside. Likewise, after periods of heavy rain I have seen the entrance to the second cave take very large volumes of fast flowing water. Stay away if in doubt!

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