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View from Ballyvoile out to Helvick Head
|Geology||Old Red Sandstone|
|Age||380 million years|
Helvick is one of very few Irish place names derived from the Old Norse of the Viking sailors who patrolled these coasts in the Middle Ages. The second part, -vík, means "bay" (cf. Smerwick); the meaning of the first part is unclear, but it may mean "healthy", "white", "holy", or "safe"; compare with Hellvik, Norway.
Helvick Head is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). The cliffs are a nesting site for seabirds including choughs and shag. Other bird species include razorbill, Northern fulmar, peregrine falcon, black-legged kittiwake, black guillemot, and common murre (guillemot).
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