Lough Carra News and Events

October 19th 2014

A new item has been added to the Archaeology and History section. It is Burriscarra Medieval Ecclesiastical Complex by Fiona White and Yvonne McDermott courtesy of The Bevir Trust Archaeological Fund.

October 3rd 2014

The video of swallows roosting on Lough Carra which was in the Bird Section has been replaced with a better video, the old video has been removed from the website.

October 1st 2014

A new item has been added to the General Archaeology section, it is Doon - Archaeological Nature Peninsula Leaflet - By Tom Quinn

August 20th 2014

There is swallow roost of approx. 20,000 birds on the Lough. Swallows roost on Lough Carra every autumn and the location of the roost is different each year. This year they have chosen the reed beds off Moore Island. The birds start to gather at around 8.30pm and finally settle in the reed beds at around 9.30pm. This is a very notable event on a national scale and demonstrates the importance of Lough Carra.

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Lough Carra with rocks in foreground and trees in the background, blue sky and clouds which are reflected in the lake

Lough Carra

This website provides a wide variety of information on the ecology, biodiversity, conservation, history and archaeology of County Mayo's Lough Carra and its lakeshore habitats.There is a variety of topics available, ranging from non-technical information to copies of scientific publications, as well as images of the lake and its habitats and wildlife.

Lough Carra is the largest marl lake in Ireland and is part of the Great Western Lakes complex. It covers 1,560 hectares and is joined to Lough Mask by the Keel River. It has many islands and a ragged shoreline with a plethora of bays and promontories, all on a bedrock of limestone.

The information on this website has been collated from various sources and is provided in order to raise awareness and understanding of the value and importance of this beautiful lake, and to encourage enhanced protection of this valuable component of Ireland's heritage.

The website map gives a full list of all information included on the site, to access the information, select the title of interest.

Further information on these and other topics will be included as it becomes available.

Please contact us if you have anything that you think might be of interest.

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