Gougane Barra

This lake, the source of the River Lee, is set amid magnificent mountain scenery with brooding cliffs rising above the dark waters. In the lake is a tiny island connected to the mainland by an artificial causeway. The island was the site of the hermitage of Saint Finbarr, patron saint of Cork. Nothing now remains of this early building but there is a relatively modern chapel build about 1900. It is built of local sandstone and has a head of Saint Finbarr inset above the richly-carved doorway.


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