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Including Cornamona, Cong
Clonbur (Irish - An Fhairche) in the heart of Joyce Country lies near Cong on the Galway / Mayo border. It is an ideal centre for the trout angler as it nestles easily between the two great lakes Corrib and Mask. For the more adventurous, Mount Gable lies just 2 km to the west, and is an easy climb of about one hour's duration. The effort is worthwhile because the views of Lough Corrib, stretching away to the south, Lough Mask to the north and the Connemara mountains to the west, are simply stupendous.

Ashford Castle with Lough Corrib in the background

Mount Gable near Clonbur County Galway

Take the road to Tourmakeady from the village and turn left at the sign for Lough Coolin and continue on past to the base of the mountain where a disused turf trail will lead you to the top. Alternatively, a short trip (8km) towards Cong and a turn right will bring you to the famous Pigeon Hole, where a climb down some 66 steps in a huge cleft in the limestone floor of the Ashford Castle woods, leads to a vast underwater cavern containing one of the many underground streams flowing from Lough Mask to Lough Corrib.
The neighbouring Cornamona is in part of the Gaeltacht or Irish-speaking region of North Connemara. This village is one of the major centres for trout and salmon angling on the northern shores of Lough Corrib. There are large pike to be caught here also as is evidenced by the large one exhibited in the local pub. Most of the larger islands on the Corrib, including Inchagoill, lie directly south-east of the Doorus Peninsula on which Cornamona is situated.

Mount Gable
Mount Gable dominates the area around Clonbur and guards one of the major routes into Connemara from the East. It also commands some of the most splendid views in the region and the climb will repay the efforts of any walker who completes this modest ascent. The views from the top are breath-taking, with Lough Corrib, Lough Mask and the little Lough Coolin all to been seen. According to legend, the hordes of Firbolg assembled on the summit before their confrontation with the Tuatha De Dannann at the Battle of Moytura. In less ancient times this isthmus became known as the Gap of Danger where the 'plainsmen' met the less sophisticated, but often more stubborn stock of Joyce and Flaherty country. Here was the stage where conflicting civilisations rubbed shoulders, and often swords. Mount Gable offers the visitor who likes an easy climb a panoramic view of breath-taking beauty.

Lough Mask
                      Lough Mask
Petersburg Activity Centre Clonbur Co Galway
              Petersburg Activity Centre

Petersburg Activity Centre
Petersburg House was the ancestral home of a branch of the Lynch family of Galway. The family were granted land around the shores of Lough Mask under a policy of 'Surrender and Re-grant' and the 'Big House' was built in 1715.
One of the first Lynches to live on the estate was called Peter and he put his own stamp on the place by naming it Petersburg. There is no Russian connection!
The entire estate was eventually acquired by the land commission and was divided up (or striped) and allocated to local farmers. The Big House, grounds and Red Island (18 acres ) was signed over to Galway County Council, but without the resources or the flexibility to develop the estate it continued to deteriorate. In 1986 it was signed over to Galway Vocational Education Committee for the princely sum of 1 with the stipulation that it was developed as a leisure amenity for the people of the community and Galway County.
The decision to turn it into an outdoor education centre was an inspired one. Even if someone was setting out to choose a location for an outdoor centre they could hardly have chosen a better one. It is ideally located for land based and water based adventure activities as it is situated on the southern shore of Lough Mask with hills and forests all around it. The centre lies on the divide between sandstone/volcanic uplands and limestone lowlands. Caving is one of the activities offered, and the area is also important for geology and geomorphology.


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