Kinlough

  • Sunday, 22 July 2012 14:35

Kinlough is a quaint village situated along the R280 regional road.  It is only 3.9km from Bundoran in Donegal and 22.2km from Manorhamilton.

History:

The Kinlough Folk Museum contains a display room with newspaper cuttings as well as farm implements, there is also an old style public bar and kitchen to see.  It is situated on Barrack street Kinlough.  In 1588 the Spanish Armada were forced to flee when their attempt to invade England failed, many of the ships sunk, three of these close to the Donegal coast. Survivors from these shipwrecks took refuge in the MacClancys fortress on Lough Melvin.  English soldiers were sent to Leitrim that winter to kill any survivors and lay siege to the fortress.  The Spaniards led by Francisco De Cuellar successfully defended it until the English gave up.  De Cuellar kept a diary telling of his adventures in North Leitrim. More information can be found on the following website

Areas of special interest:

Lough Melvin Eco Park - A new Eco park area has been created along the shores of Lough Melvin.  The area contains 17 acres of woodland walks and eco-trails as well as purpose built, picnic tables, a play area and a native orchard.

The Drowes river is famous for its salmon fishing and the first salmon of the year is regularly caught there.  The river is 5 miles long flowing from Lough Melvin into the sea at Tullaghan. Further information can be found on the following website www.drowessalmonfishery.com

The Court House Restaurant – This popular restaurant combines contemporary cooking in a mediterranean style with local influences.  More information can be found on the following website www.courthouserest.com.

Sport:

Melvin Gaels G.F.C is the name of the gaelic football club in Kinlough.  The club draws its members from the surround areas , Glenade, Tullaghan, Rossinver, Askill, Gleaniff and Ballintrillick.  The club was first founded in 1954.  More information can be found on www.melvingaels.com.

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