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  Lough Avoonane
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  • Lough Avoonane - County Kerry
      Lough Avoonane
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  • Lough Avoonane - County Kerry
      Lough Avoonane
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  • Lough Cruite, seen from Connor pass - County Kerry
      Lough Cruite, seen from Connor pass
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There are two lakes in this part of Glen, both very fine examples of Corrie lakes. As you can see from the photograph, at the top of the track the land dips down and in the hollow is the first of the two lakes, Lough Avoonane. As a child I used to come here often and sit a little nervously by the edge. I never ever put one foot into it though because my grandmother had filled our heads with stories of the Girleen of the Lake - girleen meaning a small girl. I don't think I ever really believed it but the atmosphere there is so rare and magical, the solitude so complete, that there is a vague feeling that anything could happen. What is certain is that you are unlikely to find many places in the world as perfect or as breathtakingly beautiful. Just picture it: a lake in a dip in the mountains, nothing and nobody for miles, only sound, the lonely bleating of sheep. To the right and over another ridge is Lough Cruite, bigger but because of its higher and more exposed position, not quite as lovely as Lough Avoonane.

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  • Written May 17, 2008
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