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Hello all.

 I am curious to know the names of two very small upland lakes that lie above Peterswell in the Slieve Aughty range.  Any other information, anecdotal or otherwise would also be very welcome.    I do have a name for one of them - Diveny's Lough.  This is a tiny lake, situated at Lat 53.08083 Long -8.67729.    My queries are as follows:

Is Diveny's Lough the official name of this lake?  I have also heard it referred to as Keelderry Lough, Diviney's Lough, Dirney's Lough.  I also read online that the name may derive from an unfortunate victim of drowning  here - is this verifiable?

I visited this lake recently and accessing it was very difficult due to the blanket bog surrounding it on all sides - yet I heard somewhere that people/children  have swum in it for recreation - the terrain seems treacherous to me no matter how one would approach it.  Am I missing something?


The other lake is a complete mystery to me as I have not found a single reference to it or a name given to it.  This lake is quite near Divney's Lough, circa  1.4 km northwest of it in the Shandrum locality. (Lat 53.09228; Long. -8.68889.   This small lake is surrounded by a conifer plantation and, interestingly,  the lake has  a perfect oval shape when viewed from satellite images (see Google Maps)..  A name for this lake would be really appreciated and any other points of interest regarding it.would also be welcom.


Thank you all for reading this post.


Sunday 16th Aug 2015, 11:59PM

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  • Afternoon

    Have you had a look at the Historical Maps on the Ordnance Survey site?,578432,756724,0,10

    Lewis' Topographical on might also refer to them:

    Best wishes

    Clare Doyle

    Genealogy Support


    Clare Doyle

    Monday 17th Aug 2015, 12:44PM
  • Thank you Clare - the 1892 historical map does refer to Divney's Lough while the other lake is referred to as a Surface of Water!!!!!   Strange, as it is probably twice the size of Divney's.  


    Thank you for all your help.


    Thursday 20th Aug 2015, 07:46PM
  • Great - glad you found it!


    Genealogy Support 

    Clare Doyle

    Monday 24th Aug 2015, 02:31PM
  • Hi Exploreoutdoor


    The "surface of water" is what we call Knockoura lake and it is surrounded by pine trees as the mountain around it has been planted by the forestry commission.




    Sunday 15th Nov 2015, 09:46AM
  • TobarP - thank you very much for providing me with a name for the lake.  I had almost given up trying to find one  (the name that is!!) as there are few people in the vicinity, and those that I asked did not know.   Are there any anecdotal or locally interesting facts about the lake?  e.g. is it a popular bathing spot in the summer (or maybe popular in times gone by;  does the water level fall in summer)?  There is a river exiting it - does it have a name

    Thank you again for your response - that was really helpful


    Wednesday 18th Nov 2015, 09:50AM
  • Hi

    River? we call it a stream haha We just called kilderry stream

    My dad fished in the lake and caught eels and I know of a guy who has caught trout there too.

    The people who would have all the old stories are all dead now like my grandmother who lived just the other side of the hill about 1 km away. The area around the lake was common grazing but I dont recall any stories about the lake at all from the older generation. When I say grazing we are talking about heather here and not good pasture - it was probably summer grazing when they wanted the "better" grass for making hay

    You need to talk to the right people - there are alot of "new to the area" people about the place now

    Because of the forestry no one had been able to get near that lake in 30 years but once they felled the trees it is easier to get there now. My brother lives nearby and takes a kayak out on it now and again.

    It doesn't go too low during the summer - it was always there - I think it's more than likely that it gets bigger in the winter :-) I know thats a surprise :-) Well it is the west of Ireland and one thing about it - it rains alot



    Thursday 19th Nov 2015, 08:10AM
  • Thanks again TobarP.

     OK, I think I let my imagination run a bit regarding the amazonian dimensions of the stream. :-)  But chemical analysis would still tell you that it is composed of the exact same stuff as the Orinoco or the mighty Yangtse!! That conifer plantation may have altered its properties though, possibly more acidic than previously?

    Thanks again for all of your insights - and I agree with you when it comes to trying to find  local knowledge - what has been lost with those now departed.


    Saturday 21st Nov 2015, 11:16AM

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