Knockeyon

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Knockeyon
(Cnoc Eoghain)
Knockeyon ab morning fog01.JPG
Knockeyon on a foggy morning
Highest point
Elevation 214 m (702 ft) [1]
Prominence 128[1] m (420 ft)
Coordinates 53°37′24.3″N 7°17′49.6″W / 53.623417°N 7.297111°W / 53.623417; -7.297111Coordinates: 53°37′24.3″N 7°17′49.6″W / 53.623417°N 7.297111°W / 53.623417; -7.297111
Geography
Knockeyon is located in island of Ireland
Knockeyon
Knockeyon
Location in Ireland
Location County Westmeath, Ireland
Knockeyon at Crookedwood

Knockeyon (Irish: Cnoc Eoghain) is a hill in County Westmeath, Ireland. When viewed from the Ranaghan, and Gillardstown side of the hill, it dominates the surrounding lakes in the countryside of northern County Westmeath.

Location[edit]

The hill is on the southeastern shore of Lough Derravaragh and oversees much of the north Leinster countryside.

Ancient chapel[edit]

The ruins of an ancient chapel, built by Saint Cauragh and dedicated to Saint Eyon, are halfway up the hill.

The chapel was cut out of the natural rock, and is believed to have never possessed a roof.[citation needed] The ruins of Saint Cauragh's Well are adjacent to this chapel; its waters were believed to have miraculous properties.[citation needed]

Habitat[edit]

Knockeyon and other surrounding hills support deciduous woodland which mostly consists of native species. Hazel, rowan, ash and oak are abundant. Exotic species occur occasionally, including beech.

The neighbouring Knockbody Wood is inhabited by wild pheasant and is a popular attraction for local pheasant hunters. On occasions the Common pochard (Aythya ferina) population, which is one of the largest in Ireland,[2] has exceeded the threshold for international importance. (i.e. 3,500 individual fowl).[3]


Wild fowl Winter 96
(individuals)
Little grebe 42
Great crested grebe 34
Cormorant 34
Mute swan 159
Whooper swan 102
Greenland white-fronted goose 409
Wigeon 207
Teal 52
Mallard 195
Pintail 6
Shoveller 12
Pochard 3,129
Tufted duck 1,073
Goldeneye 46
Coot 1,358
Golden plover 158
Lapwing 1,079

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Knockeyon, mountainviews.ie
  2. ^ National Parks & Wildlife Service (2004). "Lough Derravaragh SPA 004043 Site Synposis" (PDF). www.npws.ie. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  3. ^ British Trust for Ornithology (2011). "Species Threshold Levels". www.bto.org. British Trust for Ornithology. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 

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