Peace and Tranquility by the Lake

Gougane Barra

Peaceful lake Gougane

Gougane Barra Forest Park, in West Cork, is the source of the River Lee, which is 90 km in length, and flows through the valleys of mid Cork to Cork city and onwards to Cork Harbour where it joins the sea.

Gougane Barra is also where St. Finbarr, the founder of Cork, established a monastery in the 6th century.  He had a hermitage on a small island in the lake, the remains of which can still be seen, and the little church that still stands is a very popular place for weddings.

Gougane Barra

Gougane Barra church

There are lots of walks in the park itself, to suit all classes of walkers, and even on a misty day, it’s a peaceful place,as you can see from the gallery below.


17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ksbeth
    Jul 11, 2016 @ 17:14:28

    very beautiful

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  2. ledrakenoir
    Jul 11, 2016 @ 17:34:41

    Absolutly idyllic and peaceful… 🙂

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  3. spearfruit
    Jul 11, 2016 @ 18:47:13

    Beautiful and peaceful Joan! 🙂

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  4. mlblogsredsoxlady35/lighthousekat
    Jul 11, 2016 @ 22:47:22

    looks like a place I’m wanting to be at right now Joan thank you for sharing it with me

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  5. Frances Macaulay Forde
    Jul 12, 2016 @ 00:03:09

    Reblogged this on Perth Words… exploring possibilities. and commented:
    Beautiful pictures, I wish we’d gone to see the place while we were there… next time.

    Liked by 1 person


  6. julieallyn
    Jul 12, 2016 @ 01:11:52

    Superb! Just lovely, really. Very nice!

    Liked by 1 person


  7. shanaart
    Jul 12, 2016 @ 05:02:44

    Beautiful! That church is so perfect looking.



  8. sultanabun
    Jul 12, 2016 @ 10:19:59

    I haven’t been for years but you have inspired me to make a visit soon. Thanks Joan!

    Liked by 1 person


  9. ljlhannah
    Jul 29, 2016 @ 20:13:07

    It looks like a great place to commune with God!



  10. joey
    Aug 07, 2016 @ 21:38:55

    That’s a pretty spot, and what a lovely little church! 🙂



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