of Ireland is dotted with many fresh water lakes and has often
been described as Ireland's Lake District.
The largest and most navigable of these lakes is Lough Corrib,
and covering an area of 68 sq miles/175 sq kilometres (44,000
acres), it is also the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland.
Maam valley in Connemara to Galway city in the South it has
a length of 40 miles /64 kilometers while the widest part
of the lake reaches from Cong Co. Mayo to Oughterard Co. Galway,
a distance of 9 miles 15 kilometres.
To the West of Lough Corrib you have Connemara a land of mountain
and bog while to the East you have the more fertile plains
of County Mayo. To the North an isthmus of land separates
Lough Corrib from our second largest lake Lough Mask which
is a spring fed lake measuring 40 sq miles/100 sq kilometres.
Lough Mask a more elevated lake sits 40 ft/12 meters higher
in altitude than Lough Corrib. A series of sub teranean streams
travelling south wards an eventually all of this water emerges
from the ground in the village of Cong, at a place called
"the rising of the waters". This water, now called
the Cong river surrounds the Island village of Cong before
eventually approaching Ashford Castle at which point it enters
Lough Corrib. The name Cong actually comes from a Gaelic word
"Cung" meaning narrow or slender and this describes
the isthmus of land between the lakes on which the village
in 1848 an attempt was made to join the two lakes by way of
a canal whose main aim was to allow steamer traffic from Galway
port through to Lough Mask and onto Lough Carra. Because of
the porous nature of the limestone this was to become an engineering
disaster because the bed of the Canal proved too porous and
was unable to retain water. This artificial waterway elaborately
finished with sluicegates, substancial locks of cut stone
and arched bridges has since been now as the dry canal.
part of Lough Corrib is 152 ft/47 meters, but its average
depth is approximately 40ft/12meters. To-day Lough Corrib
is considered to be one of the best fishing lakes in Europe.
It is home to a variety of fresh water fish including brown
trout, pike, perch, and roach, and it also attracts salmon
and eels from the Atlantic Ocean.
The lake enters the ocean at Galway city via the Corrib River.
The Atlantic ocean is 27ft/8 meters lower than Lough Corrib
in altitude and for this reason the lake is unaffected by
tidal conditions. However the water level in the lake does
vary by about 3 ft from winter to summer. Our salmon come
from the coast of Nova Schoca while the eels come from the
Fishing methods on the lake and its rivers include spinning,
trolling, dapping and dry fly fishing and the season runs
from March to September.
said that there are365 islands on Lough Corrib, one Island
for each day of the year. There are approximately 10 of these
islands inhabited to-day -
Inchaquin 11 families
Inisdoorus 3 families
and there are approximately seven other islands with one and
two homes on those. The most famous and most visited of all
the islands is Inchaogoill Island.