Rossinver

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Rossinver
Ros Inbhir
Town
Rossinver is located in Ireland
Rossinver
Rossinver
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°23′19″N 8°06′35″W / 54.3886°N 8.1097°W / 54.3886; -8.1097Coordinates: 54°23′19″N 8°06′35″W / 54.3886°N 8.1097°W / 54.3886; -8.1097
Country Ireland
Province Connacht
County County Leitrim
Elevation 65 m (213 ft)
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference G929488

Rossinver or Rosinver[1] (Irish: Ros Inbhir, meaning "wooded estuary") is a small village in north County Leitrim, Ireland. The village is at the southern shore of Lough Melvin. The lake is home to two unusual species of trout - the Gillaroo and the Sonaghan - as well as the common brown trout. There is a fishery at Eden Quay and boats and gillies are available locally. There are some excellent walks in the area, in particular the mile long river walk to Fowley's Falls on the Glenaniff River which follows a series of waterfalls. The Organic Centre is a haven for organic farming and gardening enthusiast and is well worth a visit. A 9th Century Grave slab lies in Rossinver Church yard and Lisdarush Iron Age Fort and abbey are nearby.

Transport[edit]

On Fridays Bus Éireann route 470 provides a link to Manorhamilton to connect with the express to Sligo[2]

History[edit]

  • MacClancy Castle ; survivors of shipwrecked sailors from the Spanish Armada took refuge in this castle on Lough Melvin in 1588. There is a plaque at the lakeside.

Features[edit]

Reputedly named after a one-time local landowner in the Rossinver area, Fowley's Falls must be one of the best kept secrets of North Leitrim.

As the Glenanniff river travels down from the mountains above, it has eroded the local blue limestone to form a deep river valley.

Unlike the more popular Glencar waterfall, also in North Leitrim, Fowley's Falls is not a single-drop waterfall. Instead it cascades in a series of drops over the exposed bedrock to form a spectacular torrent of water rushing through the steep valley towards Lough Melvin.

In penal times locals gathered at the Mass Rock further down the river, and over the years many poachers enjoyed fish caught close by.

It was in the early 1980s that Gabriel Miney, an engineer for Leitrim County Council, in conjunction with the local parish priest, Father Corrigan, organised a scheme to clear a path and make the falls accessible to walkers and anyone simply wishing to enjoy the beauty of the countryside.

Their vision was to keep the walk as natural as possible with narrow gravel paths, stiles made from stone drawn from the riverbed and minimum interference to the natural ecosystem. Rather than cutting back the hedgerows to give full views, they cut windows at various stages, or stopping points in the walk, where the walker could take in the best view of the river.

With assistance from local business men a bridge was also erected over the river.

Many of the local residents still recall the duck race organised by Fr. Corrigan as a fundraiser that brought the whole community out, young and old, for a fun day at Fowley's Falls.


Unfortunately, after the scheme ended the walkway gradually fell into a state of disrepair.

In 2003 Rossinver Community Development Company (RCDC) decided to restore the walk in keeping with the original vision.

RCDC applied to both Arigna Leader for a Rural Social Scheme and to CLÁR for funding to improve the parking and roadside pathway, thus making the access to the entrance from the public road safer. Coillte, the state forestry board, and the other owners of the surrounding land were approached, and were fully supportive throughout.

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