Beach at Lough Nafooey

 
 
This beach on the shores of Loch NaFooey  (or Na Fooey if you rather) is one of my favourite spots in Connemara.  It can be a bit surreal to see it on a rare hot summer’s day lined with dozens of people dressed for the sea side and enjoying the warm waters – surrounded by mountains and bog in the heart of the Partry mountains! 
I took this photograph on a much cooler day in November when my only company on the beach was the duck – look closely!
Loch NaFooey translates from the Irish ‘Loch na Fuaiche’ which means 'Lake of the winnowing winds' and is a glacial lake which straddles the Galway-Mayo border.   The lake is fed by among others the River Fooey  (translates for the Irish ‘Abhainn na Fuaiche’) which rises in the Devil’s Mother mountain and then  makes its way down to the lake at its western shore on the Galway side, not far from where this photograph was taken.  
The area around Loch Na Fooey and the nearby village of Finny is renowned as the site of the ancient ‘Finny volcano’ which formed  490 million years ago as the Iapetus Ocean is said to have closed to bring the two halves of Ireland together.   The volcano's landform is gone but some of volcanic rocks are still preserved in the area.
This beach on the shores of Loch NaFooey  (or Na Fooey if you rather) is one of my favourite spots in Connemara.  It can be a bit surreal to see it on a rare hot summer’s day lined with dozens of people dressed for the sea side and enjoying the warm waters – surrounded by mountains and bog in the heart of the Partry mountains! 

I took this photograph on a much cooler day in November when my only company on the beach was the duck – look closely!

Loch NaFooey translates from the Irish ‘Loch na Fuaiche’ which means 'Lake of the winnowing winds' and is a glacial lake which straddles the Galway-Mayo border.   The lake is fed by among others the River Fooey  (translates for the Irish ‘Abhainn na Fuaiche’) which rises in the Devil’s Mother mountain and then  makes its way down to the lake at its western shore on the Galway side, not far from where this photograph was taken.  

The area around Loch Na Fooey and the nearby village of Finny is renowned as the site of the ancient ‘Finny volcano’ which formed  490 million years ago as the Iapetus Ocean is said to have closed to bring the two halves of Ireland together.   The volcano's landform is gone but some of volcanic rocks are still preserved in the area.
 

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