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Lough Mask

Lough Mask A Limestone lake of 22,000 acres connected by an underground channel with Lough Corrib, holding large ferox trout, pike, eels, perch and a few char. Angling is free. Trout up to 15lb are taken by trolling and on dap. Mayfly are best from mid-May to mid-June; daddy-long legs and grasshoppers are most common from late June to September; and wet fly between March and April and July and September. Dry fly fishing can be successful from May to September. Clonbur, Ballinrobe, Cong, and Tourmakeady are good centres.  River fishing on Finney and canal joining Mask and Corrib. At Tourmakeady there are some good spate rivers, and mountain lake fishing in Dirk Lakes, mainly for brown trout.

Lough Corrib

Lough Corrib This, the largest lough in the Republic  is over 65 square miles of water, dotted with islands, around which are shallows that make for good fishing. Specially noted for large brown trout, every season a number of specimen fish are taken, and the record stands at 22lb. The lough is so immense that anglers unfamiliar with it will do best using the services of a local ghillie. Trout fishing opens on Feb 15 and is mainly trolling until April. Wet fly is good in April and early May, but the lough is best known for dapping with mayfly (beginning in mid-May) and daddy-long-legs. On summer evenings dry-fly fishing is popular. Salmon is caught mainly by trolling, and in June on wet fly in many of the bays. There is also big pike and other coarse fish in the Corrib, so that angling of some kind is possible all year. Fishing is free, but a salmon licence is required.

Lough Coolin

A place of unique beauty is Lough Coolin, set like a gem in the foothills of Mount Gable. This was the picnic setting so favoured by the Guinness house-parties from Ashford Castle five miles to the east. This little lake, three miles from Clonbur, is accessible by car although the last section of the road is narrow.

Earl’s Island (Upper Mask)

Earl’s Island is so called because Edmund de Burgo, the ill-fated son of the Earl of Ulster, was murdered here on Tuesday, April 21, 1338.


(Inis an Ghoill – the island of the devout Foreigner of Stanger).

Truly one of Ireland’s most picturesque and most ancient islands (about four miles from Cong, two from Inisdooras) has many interesting antiquities. Teampall Pharaic (about 30 feet long) belongs to the fifth century, the age of Patrick. A short distance to the south-east lies the Teampall na Naomh (the Church of the Saints) of perhaps ninth or tenth century. Another most interesting feature of the island is the Lia Lugnadon Mac Limenuch (the stone of the Lugna) the navigator of St. Patrick’s and his nephew. This 2 foot obelisk bears incised Roman characters and is said to be the oldest Christian inscription in Europe outside the Catacombs.