Glenfarne

  • Sunday, 22 July 2012 14:34

Glenfarne is a small parish situated between Manorhamilton to the west and Blacklion in Cavan to the east.  The N16 runs the length of the valley between Thur and Lackagh mountains. Glenfarne stretches from the Scardan River on the west to the Esky River to the east, on the Cavan border. Cuilcagh mountain is visable in the distance to the east.

Areas of Interest:

There are miles of walking trails in the mountains and quiet back roads of Glenfarne on which to roam.  Lough MacNean and Glenfarne Forest Demesne offers a secluded walk through a forest along Lough MacNean which has spectacular views and sculptures along the lake shore, this route can also be driven by car.

Myles Big Stone - This area has fantastic views looking over Lough MacNean. It is thought to have been an ancient place of worship.  Lough MacNean itself is popular for fishing.  The lake contains Bream, Roach, Pike, Perch, Trout and Eels.  Boats can be hired to explore Lough MacNean and its many islands in Belcoo Fermanagh.   www.activityireland.com

                                                                               Glenfarne 

The Glenfarne Standing Stones are situated along the Glenfarne River in Brockagh. Legend says there were two giants, one on Thur Mountain and the other on Cuilcagh Mountain. Each of them threw a stone which smashed into the other. One broke and the three fragments landed on their edges. Glenfarne is just a few kilometres drive from the Shannon Pot as well as the Cavan Burren and Cuilcagh Geopark. Here along a scenic walk you can see evidence of ancient settlements and unusual rock formations due to our glacial past. 

Places of interest close to Glenfarne include: Cuilcagh Geo Park in Cavan - The Marble Arch Caves in Fermanagh - Florence Court House in Fermanagh - Corralea Activity Centre in Fermanagh - MacNean Organic Garden, Mullanshellistragh, Belcoo.

History:

The forest road to Lough MacNean was once a grand entrance to Glenfarne Hall and estate owned by the Tottenham family, this was an impressive manor house built in the 1820’s and at one stage it was owned by Egar J Harland, of Harland and Wolff, used as a hunting lodge, it was abandoned during the troubles in the 1920’s and has long since fell into ruin, only the foundations can be found presently.

The Rainbow Ballroom of Romance was built in 1934 by John McGivern. Dances were held here regularly and the Dance Hall went from strength to strength, with large crowds coming from all over the country.  It was the meeting place of many couples and it is believed that a lot of happy marriages resulted from such meetings.  During the Show band era from the fifties to the eighties all the top bands played in the Rainbow, Dickie Rock and the Miami, The Black Aces, Clipper Carlton, Big Tom and the Mainliners, Joe Dolan, Susan Mc Cann and Philomena Begley to name but a few.  The well know writer William Trevor wrote his book “The Ballroom of Romance” which was inspired by the Dance Hall.  This was later made into a film and released worldwide.  Further information can be found on the following website www.rainbowballroomofromance.ie 

 

Transport:

Glenfarne is situated just 27.5 km from Enniskillen to the north along the N16 and A4 and 40 km from Sligo to the west along the N16.  Bus Eireann services Glenfarne with buses running to both these towns were further connections can be made.

Sports:

The Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher GAA Club represents the Glenfare and Kiltyclogher areas of Leitrim.  Football first started in Glenfarne around 1910.  They field teams from the Intermediate down to under 10’s.  More information can be found on the following website www.glenfarne-kiltygaa.com.  

More information about Glenfarne can be found on www.glenfarne.com

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