Near the village of Ardgroom, County Cork, Ireland there is a distinct hill, smaller than the rest, in the forefront of the others. Hidden behind it is a real gem, the magnificently deep Glenbeg Lake.
We followed the road around the curve of the small mountain to find Glenbeg empty of visitors, except for the ever present sheep dotting the hillside of course. The peace and tranquility of the place conjured up the myths of the land. One could understand why some local people believe that this was the final resting place of the Children of Lir.
In the summertime this lovely lake becomes a favoured spot for anglers as it is stocked with trout. The old Beara Breifne Greenway site described Glenbeg Lake as being less than 2km from Ardgroom and “is a very striking fjord-like lake formed by a glacier movement in the ice age. There is a mass rock (where mass was celebrated during Penal times) at the far end of the lake.” Local stories tell of a priest who was beheaded on the Mass Rock, his body buried in the landscape nearby.
The place was so quiet we found ourselves speaking in hushed tones, as if we were in a most sacred place. I know we will be coming back time and again to visit the ghosts who dwell here.
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