Local Lakes

The Lung Valley: 20 minutes from Knock Airport, the Lung Valley is an angler’s paradise with its rivers and lakes – Lough Gara, Lough Glynn, Lough Errit, Lough Urlar, Cloonaholly, Cloonaught. It is the best coarse fishing water in Ireland for bream, roach, rudd, hybrids, perch, tench, trout, eel and pike in excess of 30lbs. Park with easy access, also disabled stand for physically impaired anglers.

For all your fishing information, equipment hire and boat hire  contact Ballaghaderree Angling Club

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Paul  Maree: tel  087 2276246

Joe Madden: tel 086 2565302

For information about licences and permits click on the link below

Licences and permits

Lough Gara

For the keen angler the lake holds good stocks of coarse fish and it is also a noted pike fishery. There is good car parking facilities near the lake, a slipway to launch a boat and fishing stands. From Ballaghaderreen follow the sign posts to Monasteraden, when you reach Monasteraden there are sign posts directing you to the lake.

There are plenty of other activities near the lake check out Lough Gara Riding Stables, the lakes ancient crannógs and Moygara Castle.


Loughglynn Lake

Loughglynn village derives its name from the lake. This lake, artificial by nature, was built in the early 19th century by Charles Strickland, land agent to Viscount Dillon, as a birthday present for Dillon’s wife. It is of great ornithological interest and is very important to wildfowl in dry periods in winter. The remains of a Norman castle can be seen on the south side of the lake, one tower still stands. Take a drive through the scenic Woodlands of Loughglynn taking in views of the lake on the way. At the moment the lake has no public access for angling.

Errit Lake

Errit Lough is situated 10km to the south west of Ballaghaderreen town in Gorthaganny. It is a secret spot where locals have boated and fished for generations. It consists of 400 acres and holds a moderate number of pike, perch and eel. It ranges in depth from 4 feet to 30 feet. Access is good and includes a concrete jetty, boat slipway and three fishing stands. It is designated by the NPWS as an area of special conservation. The site includes a number of habitats fringing the lake, predominately reed swamps and includes wet woodland. The presence of Otter has been recorded at the site. Good angling is not all that this lake offers, while there visit the recently established kayaking centre and enjoy the newly created lake shore loop walk. Kayaking lessons are available and there is a wide range of kayaking equipment for rent. Kayaking training is available throughout the year up to level 4 skills. The club also promotes and teaches safety in and around water.

Errit Kayaking Club: Contact Jimmy Kelly 087 7581227


Urlaur Lake

Urlaur Abbey is set against the backdrop of Urlaur Lake. The lake is a Special Area of Conservation and consists of about 500 acres of shallow water and holds a moderate stock of pike. Access is easy from the road and there is a slipway on the shore at Urlaur Abbey. Urlaur Abbey was founded in 1432 by the Nangle or Mc Costello family for the Dominican Friars and was dedicated to St. Thomas. The abbey was operating into the early 17th century until it was destroyed by Cromwellian forces in 1654. The Abbey is now in ruins but an annual pattern (a celebration of a saint) is held here on the 4th August. This starts with mass in the abbey, followed by music, sport and novelty events.