The Lake Isle of Innisfree — geograph. County Sligo, but partly in County Leitrim, orchid innisfree Ireland.
Lough Gill and the district of Calry adjoining it is famous for its beautiful scenery. Lough Gill is about 8 km or 5 miles long and 2 km or 1 mile wide. The Lough Gill system consists of the river Bonet that flows into the eastern end of the lake and the River Garavogue which drains the lake to the west near Sligo Town. The picturesque lake is surrounded by woodlands, such as Slish Wood, Dooney Rock, and Hazelwood all of which contain popular nature trails and viewing points along the lake. The wooded hills of Slieve Killery and Slieve Daean dominate the south shore. It is a popular location for birdwatchers.
Lough Gill has a unique microclimate and is noted for its high number of rare or scarce animal and plant species. Annex I and II of the E. Habitats Directive, including two with priority status: alluvial forest, orchid-rich calcareous grassland. The vegetation of the area was dominated by mixed woodland from 4,600 BC to at least 1400 AD. Scots pine was dominant until 3,400 BC. In a scientific study, Arbutus unedo pollen was found at Slish Lake dating from as early as 100 AD, and so it is considered native to this area. Kingfishers are also found on the lake.
The lake contains about 20 small islands, including the Isle of Innisfree, made famous by W. In 1836 Thomas O’Connor of the Ordnance Survey noted a saying amongst the people that went «Connacht is the Grianán of Ireland, Cairbre is the Grianán of Connacht, Calry is the Grianán of Cairbre and the Hill is the Grianán of Calgaich». 1346 — A war broke out between O’Rourke, i. Calry-Lough-Gill, in which O’Rourke was routed, and all his gallowglasses slain, i.
Mac Buirrce, and Mac Neill Cam with their people. O’Rourke was afterwards pursued by Rory O’Conor and the Clann-Donough, and was killed by Mulrony Mac Donough. The lake became part of the Hazelwood estate in the 17th century. The Metrical Dinnsenchus tells the following story of how the lake came to be and how it got its name. Bright Gile, Romra’s daughter, to whom every harbour was known, the broad lake bears her name to denote its outbreak of yore. The maiden went, on an errand of pride that has hushed the noble hosts, to bathe in the spray by the clear sand-strewn spring.