Lough Mahon

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Lough Mahon
Loch Machain
Location Cork/County Cork
Coordinates 51°53′N 8°22′W / 51.883°N 8.367°W / 51.883; -8.367Coordinates: 51°53′N 8°22′W / 51.883°N 8.367°W / 51.883; -8.367
Primary inflows River Lee, Glashaboy River, Tramore River
Primary outflows River Lee
Basin countries Ireland
Max. length 3 km (1.9 mi)
Max. width 5 km (3.1 mi)
Surface area 12.23 km2 (4.72 sq mi)

Lough Mahon (Irish: Loch Machain) is a sea lough situated in the north-western part of Cork Harbour. It has a total area of 12.23 km2.[1]

Several of Cork's suburbs, such as Mahon, Douglas, Rochestown, Blackrock, Ballinlough, and Passage West are situated on its southern and western shores.[2] To the north is Little Island and to the east Great Island.

Lough Mahon falls within the Cork Harbour "Special Protection Area", as designated under the EU Birds Directive, and is an important habitat for a number of bird species and migrating waders in particular.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b "Lough Mahon - Sampling Fish for the Water Framework Directive - Transitional Waters" (PDF). Central and Regional Fisheries board. 
  2. ^ "Cork Harbour: Lough Mahon". Passage West Town Council. Archived from the original on 18 November 2007. 
  3. ^ Cork City Council (2009). "Sites of Particular Biodiversity Importance in Cork City - Lough Mahon and the Douglas Estuary" (PDF). Nature in the City - a guide to Biodiversity in Cork City (PDF) (Report). Heritage Council. p. 15.