Lough Gara, Sligo

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Lough Gara is a lake in County Sligo, Ireland. It is an Important Bird Area protecting 1,788 ha of which most (1,742 ha) is covered by a Ramsar Site.
Lough Gara was known in ancient times as Loch Techet, but the O’Garas, during their ownership of the Coolavin district from about the thirteenth century, renamed the lake “Loch Uí Ghadhra”. The first documented reference appeared in 1285. Even though the family lost control of all their Coolavin townlands about 1650, their name has remained on the lake to the present day. The area around Lough Gara is referred to as “O'Gara heartland”.
Lough Gara is situated mainly in south Sligo in the parishes of Kilfree, Killaraght and Kilcolman, and Monasteraden with part of the lake stretching over the Sligo border into Kilnamanagh, a north Roscommon parish. From north to south the lake spans about four miles. The widest section stretches from the townland of Tawnymucklagh on the western shore, to Rathtermon and Ross on the eastern shore where more than a two and a half mile span lies. The lake lies south west of the Curlew Mountains with the town of Ballaghaderreen situated almost four miles to the southwest and the town of Boyle positioned just over four miles from its north eastern corner. Water is supplied to the lake by the Lung River, which enters at the southwestern angle, and the Breedoge River, which enters the lake at the southeastern angle. From the main upper lake the outflow is through the northeastern corner at Cuppanagh, the channel has one wide stretch about a mile long, which is called Lower Lough Gara. From that point the water flow is termed the Boyle river which flows past the town of Boyle into Lough Key and on to the Shannon. The lake has a number of islands. The main upper lake is divided into two sections with a strip of land and Clooncunny Bridge in between.
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  • We brought 10 kids (ages 6 to 8) to Lough Gara Riding Stables for my son's 8th birthday party. We have 3 children and this was the best birthday party we've had so far. The kids did archery, airsoft.....  more »
  • We found this place online to as a place near Carrick On Shannon to horse riding. There were a large group of us (17) for a 30th birthday party, but they were very accommodating. While a proportion...  more »
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  • Beautiful Lake and surroundings. The problem is there are only two access points. Rest of grounds around the lake is private fields.
  • This is an absolute gem. I love taking my two dogs walkies over here. I come over here every Sunday. It's well worth a visit.
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