Lough Key Forest Park, Ireland

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5km from Boyle, Co Roscommon

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    Lough Key Forest Park

    by Lochlainn Written Aug 24, 2002

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    There's this guy called Cé - him being a druid buddy of Nuadha Of The Silver Arm - and there he is minding his own business one day standing in a field when suddenly out from the ground comes a bubblin' crude - water that is - white gold - Irish champagne. Anyway, the poor guy drowns but gives his name in the process to the resulting lake, one of the nicest areas for walks and camping that I've come across. Boats can also be rented there - the lake is navigably networked with some others in the area, Gara, Boderg and the largest, Lough Ree. For me though its this former part of the Rockingham Estate (the name persists on some maps) that takes the biscuit for its seclusion and tremendous beauty. For some reason even a lot of Irish people outside of the fishing fraternity have yet to cotton on to this area in what still seems to be one of Ireland's less 'fashionable' counties. Don't ask me why. It's lovely. The 'castle' in the photo may look old but it's one of the many 'follies' erected in Ireland in the 1800s to provide much needed work (and wages) for the survivors of the great famine. A short drive from Boyle is Strokestown, the big house there now being a very good museum dedicated to the famine in question and well worth a visit.

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