Lough Bofin and Lough Boderg

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Derrycarne is one of the ancient crossing places of the Shannon. It was important from a military standpoint because it connected Lough Boderg and Lough Bofin. Derrycarne means 'the wood of the mound'.

A grassy mound nearby is known as 'James's Heap', and it was a communal grave for soldiers killed in a battle between William of Orange and James II.

Lough Boderg and Lough Bofin

Lough Boderg and Lough Bofin are situated adjacent to one another, and are separated by the Derrycarne Narrows. Lough Boderg means 'the Lake of the Red Cow', and Lough Bofin means 'the Lake of the White Cow'.

There is a story associated with how the lakes got their names. Once upon a time, in the places we now call Boderg and Bofin, a mermaid was found in the water and taken to a nearby farmhouse.

The people were decent and did her no harm, and in return for their kindness the mermaid began to tell fortunes. One of the fortunes she told them was that if they put her back in the water on the May Eve, which was shortly due, they would be handsomely repaid the following year on the same day.

The people being decent, they took her back to the water and bade her goodbye. Exactly one year later they returned to the very same spot and, to their astonishment, out of the water came two splendid cows, one red and one white.