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The north end of Lough Gur reaches up to a maintained lawn at the visitor area at the lake. The clump of trees jutting out into the water hide the site of a crannog. Note the cloudiness, which is typical.
The north end of Lough Gur reaches up to a maintained lawn at the visitor area at the lake. The clump of trees jutting out into the water hide the site of a crannog.[1] Note the cloudiness, which is typical.

Lough Gur is a lake in County Limerick, Ireland near the town of Bruff. The lake forms a horseshoe shape at the base of Knockadoon Hill and some rugged elevated countryside. It is one of Ireland's most important archaeological sites. Man has been present in Lough Gur since about 3000 BC and there are numerous megalithic remains here.[1] Download high resolution version (1024x768, 107 KB)Public Domain photo of Lough Gur from pdphoto. ... Download high resolution version (1024x768, 107 KB)Public Domain photo of Lough Gur from pdphoto. ... A crannog is the name given in Scotland and Ireland to an artificial island or natural island, used for a settlement and usually linked to shore with a timber gangway or stone causeway. ... A man-made lake in Keukenhof, Netherlands A lake is a body of water or other liquid of considerable size contained on a body of land. ... Statistics Province: Munster County Town: Limerick Code: LK Area: 2,686 km² Population (2006) 183,863 (including Limerick City); 131,303 (without Limerick City) Website: www. ... Bruff (Irish: An Brú) is a small town in east County Limerick, Republic of Ireland, located on the old Limerick–Cork road (Ireland. ... Modern horseshoes are most commonly made of iron and nailed onto the hoof. ...


The largest stone circle in Ireland, at Grange is located near the lake. The remains of at least three crannogs are present, and remains of stone-age houses have been unearthed (the house outlines are known as "The Spectacles"). A number of ring forts are found in the area, with one (a hill fort) sitting atop the hill that overlooks the lake. Some are Irish national monuments.[1] A crannog is the name given in Scotland and Ireland to an artificial island or natural island, used for a settlement and usually linked to shore with a timber gangway or stone causeway. ... Ringforts are fortified settlements that are typical of the 5th and 6th century AD in Ireland. ... A hill fort is a fortified refuge or defended settlement, located to exploit a rise in elevation for military advantage. ... Photo of a notice at a ring fort near Lough Gur, typical of those at a national monument in Ireland. ...


A visitors' centre is open beside Lough Gur, along with a car park and picnic area. The location is pleasant, particularly in the summer months. A gradual shore-line is present at the visitor area, with a shallow section of lake reaching up to the maintained lawn. As a result, the area is often used for water sports. Motorised craft are banned on the lake.[1]


There is a castle, or tower house — closed to visitors — near the entrance to the carpark. Named Bourchier's Castle after Sir George Bourchier, the son of the second Earl of Bath,[1] it lies at the neck of the peninsula around which the lake washes. There is some other architecture dating from more recent times, with the ruins of an early Christian church by the road leading down to the lake. At the far end of the lake are the ruins of a Norman castle, Black Castle,[1] which is reached by a hill-side walk along the east side of the lake and with a walled enclosure and a causeway leading up to the entrance gate: this is one of the keeps used during the Desmond Rebellions, and is probably the place where the Earl of Desmond secured his authority in 1573 after casting off his English apparel and donning Irish garments on his return to Munster from London. Pierrefonds Castle, France Castle has a history of scholarly debate surrounding its exact meaning. ... A tower house stands on a hillock near Quin along the back road from Limerick to Ennis. ... The title of Earl of Bath was created several times in the Peerages of England, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom. ... The Desmond Rebellions occurred in the 1569- 1573 and 1579-1583 in Munster in southern Ireland. ... The title of Earl of Desmond has been held historically by lords in Ireland, first as a title outside of the peerage system and later as part of the English-controlled Peerage of Ireland. ...


Other archaeological sites are also found nearby, including the Grange stone circle, and a portal tomb.[1] Grange stone circle, Ireland Grange stone circle, near Lough Gur in County Limerick is the largest such structure in Ireland. ... Poulnabrone dolmen in County Clare, Ireland For the French TV miniseries, see Dolmen (TV miniseries). ...


References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Illustrated Guide to Lough Gur, O'Kelly, M. J. and O'Kelly, C. 1981. Published by Houston, Cork.

This article is about the city in Ireland. ...

See also

Newgrange, a famous Irish passage tomb built c3,200 BC // What little is known of pre-Christian Ireland comes from a few references in Roman writings, Irish poetry and myth, and archaeology. ... This is a list of Irish loughs and lochs. ...

External links

  • Lough Gur Neolithic Settlement and Stone Age Centre
  • Site overview.
  • Google Earth Community KMZ file indicating the location of several important Lough Gur sites.
  • Dairy Guesthouse accommodation near Lough Gur.
Historic Irish Houses and Castles

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Coordinates: 52°30′58.97″N, 8°31′59.80″W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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THE HICKEYS OF LOUGH GUR (1664 words)
She describes Lough Gur in this way: "When I think of home I see first Lough Gur, lying in summer sunshine like a bright mirror, in which are reflected blue sky, bare hills, precipitous grey rocks and green pastures dotted with cattle and sheep; then a small white house, half-hiding the farm buildings behind it.
Lough Gur with its ruined castles; Knockadoon and Knockfennel with their caves ancient forts; the stone-circles, the cromlechs and gowlauns were enchanting places to play in.
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