Pollnagossan Ireland

Embark on a captivating exploration of Taff’s Well sumps, a series of underwater passages that commenced at sump 1 and extended to the tenth sump. Martyn Farr initiated this underwater odyssey in 1979, venturing through the shallow 9-meter-long sump 1 and conquering the challenges of sump 2, a 135-meter dive in adverse conditions.

  • Region: Cavan
  • Coordinates: 54.265926, -7.904234
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  • Type: Cave

A Challenging Quest: Overcoming Obstacles in 1983

In 1983, Farr, accompanied by Campbell and Woods, returned to conquer sump 2 once again. Progressing beyond sump 2, they traversed easy walking passages and seven short sumps, reaching the tenth sump before being halted due to a shortage of dive line.

Diving into the Past: Chris Jewell’s 2008 Attempt

In 2008, Chris Jewell and Hilary Greaves endeavored to pick up where Farr left off. However, their progress was impeded in sump 2 as the old dive line encountered a line trap, proving insurmountable despite multiple attempts to navigate through.

Resilience Prevails: Jewell’s Triumph in 2009

Undeterred, Jewell returned in 2009, successfully bypassing the line trap in sump 2 to reconnect with Farr’s original line. This tenacious effort allowed for further exploration and progress, adding another chapter to the fascinating underwater saga of Taff’s Well sumps.

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