Sunday, November 20, 2011
The camera club went to Gougane Barra today to take photos of the lake and chapel and the mountains. The day was a bit overcast but still very good for photos and we all had a good day out. Thanks again Claude to show us the way to Gougane Barra and The Gereagh on the way home. The dog in the photo was not part of our group but a nice addition to the photo anyway. Here is a short copy of a text from wikipedia:
Gougane Barra (Irish: Guagán Barra, meaning "the rock of Barra") is a settlement, west of Macroom in County Cork, Ireland.
The name Gougane Barra comes from Saint Finbarr, who is said to have built a monastery on an island in the lake nearby during the 6th century. The present ruins date from around 1700 when a priest called Denis O'Mahony retreated to the island. During the times of the Penal Laws, Gougane Barra's remoteness meant that it became a popular place for the celebration of the Roman Catholic Mass.
Afforestation of the area around the settlement began in 1938 and Gougane Barra is now home to a 1.42 square kilometre forest park which is home to a number of mammal and bird species.