Lough Currane

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Lough Currane
Lough Currane.jpg
Lough Currane is located in Ireland
Lough Currane
Lough Currane
LocationCounty Kerry, Ireland
Coordinates51°50′N 10°08′W / 51.83°N 10.13°W / 51.83; -10.13Coordinates: 51°50′N 10°08′W / 51.83°N 10.13°W / 51.83; -10.13
Native nameLoch Luíoch  (Irish)
Primary inflowsCapall River, Cummeragh River
Primary outflowsCurrane River to Ballinskelligs Bay[1]
Basin countriesIreland
Surface area10 km2 (3.9 sq mi)
Surface elevation5.8 m (19 ft)
IslandsChurch Island, Rough Island, Rough Island Little, Gull Island, Rabbit Island, Oven Island, Grass Island, Carrigrower Rock, Cummeragh Island, Darby's Island, Morgan Island, Commane's Islands, Holly Island, Quarter Gannet Island, Daniel's Island, Whort Island, Fur Island, Otter Island, Arbutus Island, Tub Island Large, Tub Island Little, Horse Island, Reenaskinna Islands
SettlementsRaheen, Waterville

Lough Currane (Irish: Loch Luíoch, also called Lough Leeagh) is a lake in County Kerry, Ireland. Waterville lies on its western bank, close to the Atlantic Ocean and Raheen lies on its southern bank. It covers an area of 2,500 acres (10 km2) and is 3.5 miles (5.6 km) long and 2 miles (3.2 km) at the widest point.
The lake had the St. Finan Cam (inhabited c. 7th century) monastery on Church Island.[2] To the south of the lake is Inis Uasal (Noble Island), an island dedicated to St. Finan. The Annals of Inishfallen mention that Amchad, the "anchorite of God" was buried on the island in 1058.[3]


The lough is famous for its salmon and Sea trout fly fishing, having a good run of both spring salmon and grilse in addition to regularly producing specimen sea trout with some running to over 10 lb. (4.5 kg) From June the lake contains a prolific number of smaller sea trout, know locally as 'Juners', analogous to the Scottish Finnock.


  1. ^ http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/documents/636-currane-juvenile-salmonid-survey-2014/file.html
  2. ^ Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Volume 5. The Society. 1867. p. 28.
  3. ^ Carver, Martin (2006). The cross goes north: processes of conversion in northern Europe, AD 300-1300. Boydell Press. p. 134. ISBN 1-84383-125-2.

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