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Coordinates: 54°24′36″N 7°51′40″W / 54.410°N 7.861°W / 54.410; -7.861 Glenkeel (from Irish Gleann Caol, meaning "narrow glen") is a townland in the south west corner of the parish of Boho, in the land division of Old Barr, Barony of Magheraboy, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, OS map 20. [1] Other historical forms/interpretations of this name have included Gleann Caoil "glen of the slender person" (1833) and "narrow glen" (Joyce, 1875).

First abandoned house in Glenkeel
Second abandoned house in Glenkeel

This area includes the sub-townlands of Carrickaphreghaun, Carricknaboll, Cloghernavea, Lough Acrottan, Teeroe and Tullyveeny.[1]

This area is notable for its geological features (described as Karst) which form part of the Reyfad-Glenkeel cave system, part of the Reyfad-Carrickbeg system. Glenkeel hill (373 m (1,224 ft)) is mentioned in several historical texts.[2]

The area still retains local peat cutting.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Boho Heritage Organisation (2009). Edel Bannon, Louise Mclaughlin, Cecilia Flanagan, ed. Boho Heritage: A treasure trove of history and lore. Nicholson & Bass Ltd, Mallusk, Northern Ireland. p. 246. ISBN 978-0-9560607-0-9. 
  2. ^ A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland i. S. Lewis & Co. 1837.