Lough Iron - Things to Know Before Visiting
Lough Iron, Co. Westmeath, Ireland
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Lough Iron is a small lake on the River Inny, in County Westmeath, Ireland. A long and narrow lake, about 4 kilometers in length, it lies downstream from Lough Derravaragh, close to Lough Owel. It is a renowned bird and wildlife sanctuary, and also known for its coarse fishing. The level of the lake has dropped dramatically since the 1960s due to drainage of the Inny; this has led to the development of freshwater marshes on large areas of the lake bed.
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This majestic friary was originally founded in 1268 and is dedicated to Mary, Mother of God, and to St. Francis of Assisi. The 700 year old Franciscan Friary includes extensive grounds. The friary had fallen into ruin by the 19th century, but the Franciscans reoccupied it in 1827. They re-used the nave, south transept and tower of the original friary in the construction of a new church.
Lough Owel is a mesotrophic lough in the Midlands of Ireland, situated north of Mullingar, the county town of Westmeath. It has a maximum depth of 21 metres. Water from Lough Owel feeds the Royal Canal, a canal crossing Ireland from Dublin to the River Shannon. The lake is close to the N4 primary road.
Lough Derravaragh is a lake in County Westmeath, Ireland, north of Mullingar between Castlepollard, Crookedwood and Multyfarnham.This long, shallow lake is best known through its association with the Irish legend of The Children of Lir. Lough Derravaragh is also known as one of Ireland’s most important inland lakes for wintering waterfowl. It is a popular lake for angling and other watersports.
Mortimer's Castle is a castle and National Monument located in County Westmeath, Ireland. A large Anglo-Norman castle stood on the site, 52 m × 125 m in dimensions. The remains of a two-storey stone tower are in the northwest corner. It is located on the east bank of Lough Derravaragh, 4.4 km southwest of Castlepollard.
Knockeyon is a hill in County Westmeath, Ireland in the townland of Streamstown. When viewed from the Ranaghan, and Gillardstown side of the hill, it dominates the surrounding lakes in the countryside of northern County Westmeath. The chimney of the cement works in Duleek near Drogheda can be seen on a clear day due west, as well as Slieve Gullion in Co. Down and the Mourne Mountains beyond to the north east.
A majestic Roman Catholic cathedral located in Mullingar.The cathedral, which boasts a beautiful modernised Renaissance style, opened in 1936 and is the seat of the Bishop of Meath.The cathedral is both the cathedral church of the diocese of Meath and the principal centre of worship in the catholic parish of Mullingar, including parts of counties Meath and Westmeath.
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County Westmeath is a county in Ireland. It is in the province of Leinster and is part of the Midlands Region. It originally formed part of the historic Kingdom of Meath. There are so many things to see and do here and also it is famous for its natural beauty.