Displaying items by tag: Places To See - Manorhamilton
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 15:15

Lurganboy Woodland Area

The lovely village of Lurganboy is located one mile from Manorhamilton off the R280. Here the beautiful woodland area of Lurganboy is situated. In Milltown Wood you may cross by a wooden bridge, the famous river Bonet and walk its sheltered banks in peace and solitude. In 1801, McPartland in his 'Statistical Survey of Leitrim' described this area as follows – " the views about Lurganboy are extremely pretty. The demesne is naturally beautiful and the young and old plantations are arranged in a very handsome style. The road strays from the village through old woods and new plantations which are dispersed in as careless a manner as the windings of the River Bonet which ornaments them.”

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 15:13

Glencar Waterfall

Glencar Waterfall is situated 11 kilometres west of Manorhamilton near the county boundary with Sligo. The waterfall is 15 metres (or 50 feet) high and its stream flows into Glencar Lough.  There are more waterfalls visible from the road, although none is quite as romantic as this one.  There are picnic facilities nearby so you can enjoy the scenery while having a nice packed lunch. The path to the waterfall is well maintained, easily accessed. There is also a good size car park and an information kiosk.

Although not the largest waterfall in Ireland, it is one of the most beautiful, and particulary impressive after rain. On days when there is even a slight breeze, the falling water is blown upwards into a graceful plume of steam-like spray. Hence its original name 'srut i n-agaid an aeir' which means 'the stream against the air'.  It is a place of contrasts with the noise of the thundering water from the fast flowing river to the peacefulness of the lake.

 

W.B. Yeats often visited the waterfall in his youth. He mentioned it in his poem 'The Stolen Child', in which he wrote about the Irish folklore associated with fairies and changelings.

What follows is an excerpt from that poem:


'Where the wandering water gushes

From the hills above Glen-Car,

In pools among the rushes

That scarce could bathe a star,

We seek for slumbering trout

And whispering in their ears

Give them unquiet dreams;

Leaning softly out

From ferns that drop their tears

Over the young streams.'

 

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 15:10

Parkes Castle

On the banks of Lough Gill, close to Dromahair is Parkes Castle.  The castle  is a restored Plantation Castle from the 17th century.  The grounds contain evidence of an earlier 16th century Tower House owned by Sir Brian O'Rourke. On the grounds of the Castle the son and daughter of Parkes are buried, following a tragic accident on Lough Gill, when both children were drowned.  The castle has been very well preserved with a wonderful courtyard, tall towers and an exhibition with an audio visual show.