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Lakes & Rivers Around Glangevlin


Loch Bhaine – The greater part of this lake is in Ballinaglera. Some say it derives its name from the white flower called “an ceannabhan”, while others say bhaine means milk (bainne] after the prolific cow an “Glas Gaibhne”.

Loch Gorm – Partly in Glangevlin (Knock Gorm) and in Ballinaglera. It derives its name from the townland Knock Gorm. Not far from this lake but in Ballinaglera, Gloch an tSagairt can be seen. It derives its name from the stone dwelling where the priest from Glangevlin rested on his way to Ballinaglera to celebrate Mass during the penal times. He travelled over the mountain to avoid being caught by the English soldiers when a priest’s head was worth five pounds.

Altshallon Lough or Loch na bFroganna – It is totally in Glangevlin.

Loch na bFaoilean – The Lough of the Seagulls is partly in Glangevlin and Ballinglera.

Loch Doirin – The Lough of the Oak Forest on the top of Doirin mountains.

Tully Lough or Loch Tullaigh – Situated in Tullynacleigh.

Doon LoughLoch Dun Mac Iomhair – The Lake of McKeever’s Fort.

Legnagrow Lough – This lake is situated in Legnagrow. Curratavy Lough – In Curratavy.

Drumhurrin Lough – In Drumhurrin.



There is a river in almost every townland, most of them take the name of the townland through which it flows:

Dubhog – This river rises in the Doirin Lough on the summit of Doirin Mountain. It derives its name from the black trout found in it.

Moinin – Flows through Moneensauran.

Tamhnaigh – Flows through Towney.

Doonmakeever – Flows through Doonmakeever.

All those rivers meet near Carthy’s Bridge and form the “Abhann Mhor” which is generally accepted as the longest river in Ireland and which join with the rivulet from Log na Sionna in the townland of Golagh (Gowlat) from which it is called the Shannon. The Abhann Mhor is the river mentioned in the Book of the McGaurans (found in Galway), the annals of Loch Che and the annals of the Four Masters. No reference is made to the Shannon.

Carthy’s Bridge derives its name from a window woman, Nellie Carthy, who had two sons. She owned a sheebeen and sold “poteen”. She was reported to the revenue authorities in En-niskillen. The officers arrived on a Church Holiday. The congregation left the church before Mass was ended and sent word to Nellie that the officers were on the way. The people ran to her rescue and succeeded in hiding some of the “home brew”. Some people got across the river Tamhnaigh while others followed pur­sued by the officers who were challenged and shots were fired. Two men, Doyle and McGovern were killed. Two large upright stones mark the spots where the men fell in the field, bordering the present Doonmakeever road and adjacent to the old Glan road.

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