Lough Neagh

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Lough Neagh
Lough Neagh - NASA image
NASA image
Location Northern Ireland
Coordinates 54°37′06″N 6°23′43″W / 54.61833°N 6.39528°W / 54.61833; -6.39528Coordinates: 54°37′06″N 6°23′43″W / 54.61833°N 6.39528°W / 54.61833; -6.39528
Catchment  area 4550 km²
Basin  countries United Kingdom (91%)
Republic of Ireland (9%)
Max. length 30 km
Max. width 21 km
Surface area 388 km²
Average depth 9 m
Max. depth 25 m
Islands Coney Island, Coney Island Flat, Croaghan Flat, Derrywarragh Island, Padian, Ram's Island, Phil Roe's Flat and The Shallow Flat
Settlements Antrim, Ballyronan, Maghery

Lough Neagh is a lake in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. It is the biggest lake in Ireland and it is also the biggest lake in the United Kingdom.[1] It is the only lake on the islands that a person cannot see the other side.

Folklore[change | change source]

In Irish mythology a giant called Fionn mac Cumhaill (finn mick cool) was fighting with a Scottish giant and he picked up a big stone to throw at the Scottish giant but he missed. The stone landed half way between Ulster and Wales and it became an island known as the Isle of Man. The hole in the ground where stone stone had been, filled up with water and became Lough Neagh.

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