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Feakle

 

 

Feakle

(Fiacal – a tooth or sharp crag)
Set in the southern foothills of the Slieve Aughty mountains and surrounded by rolling country, sprinkled with small lakes, some of which give good fishing. Feakle is doubly famous as the home of Biddy Early, the wise woman or witch (whose cottage has been restored) and as the spot where the poet and hedge school-master, Brian Merriman wrote an epic poem in Irish entitled, Cuirt an Mhean OĆ­che, (The Midnight Court).

The Merriman Society has erected a monument to his memory in the local graveyard where he is buried. Merriman wrote the poem whist sitting besides idyllic Lough Graney, 3 km from the village, is an excellent spot for angling. In fact, the widespread lake area between Feakle and Corofin has been renowned for its angling and is known as the Clare Lakelands.

The area, joining Loughs Atorick and Graney is a nature reserve, which boasts majestic oakwoods – a wonderful place for a forest walk.
Feakle International Music Festival in August offers a wide variety of workshops, festival sessions and open air concerts.