Diary of Archived News Items
A sea eagle was seen over Lough Carra in October 2016. The eagle was being mobbed by two ravens. The sighting was made by Michael Kindon of Moorehall.
August 27th 2016
Perspectives on Lough Carra - Talks by an Ecologist, an Artist, a Medievalist, a Poet and Genealogists at Custom House Studio, The Quay, Westport on Saturday 27th August 2016 from 2pm to 4:30pm.
August 20th 2016
A guided walk of the Doon Peninsula walk is being held this Saturday 20 August from 9-11.30 am.
Places are limited so booking is essential. For more information - Click Here!
July 26th 2016
There will be an illustrated lecture about Moore Hall and the Land War by Fiona White, who is a lecturer at GMIT Castlebar, County Mayo. It will be held at the Michael Davitt Museum, Strade, County Mayo at 8pm on Tuesday the 26th of July 2016. Entry is free and all are welcome.
May 15th 2016
The first 2016 event of the Mayo Naturalists Field Club will take place next Sunday 15th May at 2 pm.
Woodlands and Lakeshore of Moore Hall and Lough Carra
Well-known naturalist and author, Dr Declan Doogue, will lead a guided walk through the woodlands and Lakeshore of Moore Hall and Lough Carra, to explore the early spring flora and fauna.
Meet at Moore Hall car park at 2 pm
February 24th 2015
A lecture entitled “The Built Heritage of Moore Hall Demesne” will be given by Fiona White, at Carnacon Parish Centre at 8pm on Wednesday 24th February 2016.
Click here for more details.
November 29th 2015
Fiona White, lecturer at GMIT, will give a presentation on “The Life of Louisa Moore (1780 - 1861) of Moore Hall”, on Thursday 10 December at 8pm in the Westport Coast Hotel, Westport Quay.
November 9th 2015
A document has been added to the Historical Buildings section of the website. The title is “The Big House in Mayo: A study of four landed estates on the shores of Lough Carra” and was a research project under GMIT Heritage Studies.
October 28th 2015
Wednesday 28 October 2015. Two events at/on Moore Hall organised by Mayo Local Community Development Committee. 4pm walk at Moore Hall(house and walled garden) and 6pm talk by Adrian Frazer on the Moore family at Carnacon Cummunity Centre. To view poster, CLICK HERE.
August 13th 2015
Nature Walk at the Doon Peninsula on Saturday 29 August starting at 10.30am. The walk is being lead by Chris and Lynda Huxley and will take about 2 hours. Booking is essential as places are limited. This is a Mayo Naturalists Field Club event and details can found on their leaflet by clicking here. To book a place for the Doon walk email Mayo County Council Heritage Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org
July 3rd 2015
Saturday 25 July 2015 : A day of illustrated talks on Lough Carra the National Museum of Country Life, Turlough, Castlebar. See programme.
May 27th 2015
May 14th 2015
Courtesy of Mid-West Radio, here is a recording of Tommy Marren interviewing Chris and Lynda Huxley about their new book “Lough Carra”. The interview was held on Thursday 14 May 2015.
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April 18th 2015
Michael Viney has written an article about the Lough Carra Book in the Irish Times. See Below:-
Click here to see the article
April 3rd 2015
On Tuesday 7 April at 7.30pm, Irish TV will be showing a programme on Lough Carra and the book as part of “Mayo Matters”. It can be viewed on Sky 191 or Freesat 400 or on-line at Irishtv.ie
March 19th 2015
Fiona White, lecturer in Heritage Studies at GMIT, will be giving a lecture on Moorehall during the Great Famine in Carnacon Parish Centre, next Wednesday 25th March at 8pm. Click here for further details.
February 2nd 2015
The Breeding Bird Census 2015 has now replaced the 2014 edition, it has been researched and compiled by Chris and Lynda Huxley.
Fiona White, lecturer in Heritage Studies at GMIT Mayo Campus, will be giving an illustrated lecture “Lough Carra, Co Mayo : Perspectives on its Heritage and History”. The event will take place at Carnacon Parish Centre at 8pm on Wednesday 26 November. Click here to see poster.
November 5th 2014
A new article entitled “Wildfowl” by Brian Stronach from the 1969 edition of “The Bridge”, Ballinrobe Parish Magazine 1969 has been added to the Birds section of the website. The extract was supplied by Averil Staunton of www.historicalballinrobe.com from with kind permission from the Editor.
October 19th 2014
A new item has been added to the Archaeology and History section. It is Burriscarra Medieval Ecclesiastical Complex by Fiona White and Yvonne McDermott courtesy of The Bevir Trust Archaeological Fund.
October 3rd 2014
October 1st 2014
A new item has been added to the General Archaeology section, it is Doon - Archaeological Nature Peninsula Leaflet - By Tom Quinn
Chris Huxley will be conducting a walk on the Doon Peninsula CLICK HERE for details.
August 20th 2014
There is swallow roost of approx. 20,000 birds on the Lough. Swallows roost on Lough Carra every autumn and the location of the roost is different each year. This year they have chosen the reed beds off Moore Island. The birds start to gather at around 8.30pm and finally settle in the reed beds at around 9.30pm. This is a very notable event on a national scale and demonstrates the importance of Lough Carra.
August 10th 2014
Video footage of a Pine Marten marking territory on the shore of Lough Carra has been added to the Mammals Photographs and Videos section of the website, the video was taken by Lynda Huxley in August 2014.
August 3rd 2014
Chris and Lynda have just located a new colony of the purple hairstreak butterfly. Three individuals were seen on 3 August on an oak tree in the Doon woodlands. This raises the number of colonies around Carra to three. The butterfly report has been updated to include this record, it can be located in the Insect Section under Butterflies: Butterflies of Lough Carraook by Chris and Lynda Huxley.
July 28th 2014
An exciting discovery has been made on the shores of Lough Carra, it is a very rare species of plant and the details can be found in the Flora section entitled Very Rare Plant Found on the Shores of Lough Carra by Chris and Lynda Huxley. Photographs of the plants can be seen on the Flora Photographs page.
A new article has been added to the Events Reports section of the General Information group, it is the Mayo Naturalists Field Club second outing on 24 May 2014, there are also photographs from this event taken by Tom Quinn in the Events Photographs section.
June 10th 2014
The article on The Other Terrestrial Insects of Lough Carra, Co. Mayo has now been updated, this information can be found in the Insect section of the website.
June 9th 2014
A new sub–section has been added to the Angling Section entitled Lough Carra Trout Anglers, there is also a link to a newspaper article entitled, Tagged Trout introduced in to Lough Carra - The Irish Nation 20 September 1957. The photograph from the Lough Carra Trout Anglers sub-section has also been added to the Angling Photographs section.
A new newspaper article has been added to the local history section it is an extract from The Nation 30 April 1870 "A Patriot's Burial - Funeral of Mr Moore M.P." courtesy of The Newspaper Archive.
February 4th 2014
New photographs of the recent high water at Lough Carra have been placed in the General Information section photographs pages There are 3 photographs:
2 January 2014 – Castle Burke: very high water levels following high rainfall in December 2013
2 January 2014 – Castle Burke: jetty under water following high rainfall in December 2013
2 January 2014 – Castle Burke: Lynda Huxley and Milly (the cocker spaniel) standing on the submerged jetty following high rainfall in December 2013
These photographs were all taken by Chris Huxley.
January 6th 2014
The Moorehall article written by Lynda Huxley, which is in the Historical Buildings section has been updated.
There is also a new article Moorehall To Let - The Freemans Journal 1809 in the Media Articles section.
December 4th 2013
A new section has been added to General Information, it is called Event Reports. New reports will be added to this section as they become available.
An article has also been added to the General Archaeology section, it is a newspaper cutting from the The Irish Independent 1933 (Author Not Named).
October 20th 2013
A red squirrel was seen feeding on hazelnuts on a woodland path in Moynish Woodland on the Partry Estate at 15:50 today.
September 25th 2013
Three new videos have been added to the Lough Carra web site, two of them are from the Doon Peninsula Nature Walk 2013, there is an introduction to the nature walk by Chris Huxley and a Ted Hughes poetry recital by Seán Lysaght, both of these can be found in the Events Photograph and Video section. The third video can be found in the Birds section and shows swallows preparing to roost near Castleburke. This video was replaced with a more visually pleasing version in October 2014 and is not available in this diary. All three videos were taken by Lynda Huxley.
15th August 2013
5th August 2013
On Saturday 24 August, Chris Huxley will lead a guided tour of the Doon Peninsula. This is a Heritage Week event and is organised in collaboration with Tom Quinn and the newly formed Mayo Naturalists Field Club. The walk will cover ecology and natural history of the peninsula. Meet at the Doon Peninsula at 5pm sharp. The walk should take around 2 hours. Not suitable for small children and there is no wheelchair access. Details how to find the Doon Peninsula will be posted nearer the time.
7th July 2013
6th July 2013
New photographs have been added to the Events Photographs section and are under the title of “Community Walk on the Kilkeeran Penninsula July 2008”.
3rd July 2013
The Events Photographs are now displayed in groups relevant to when and/or where the photographs were taken and the single photographs all display time and location information where available.
2nd July 2013
7th June 2013
30th May 2013
A new photograph has been added to the Orchid Photographs page, it is a Close up of flower of Bird’s Nest Orchid by Martin Davies and was taken in 2012.
Two new photographs have also been added to the Butterly Photographs page, they are,
Courting Behaviour of the Cryptic Wood White Butterfly photographed at Cloondover in May 2012
Cryptic Wood White Butterfly photographed at Cloondover in May 2012
Both of the above photographs were also taken by Marin Davies in 2012.
7th April 2013
Chris and Lynda Huxley heard 3 Chiffchaffs on the Doon Peninsula (the first summer migrants of the year).
13th April 2013
Chris Huxley gave a talk to students of the Carnacon National School explaining various aspects of Lough Carra and its wildlife to them. Lynda Huxley took photographs of the days$8217s events which can be seen on the Events Photographs section of the website.
17th March 2013
The article Lough Carra’s Brown Trout Population by Chris Huxley was updated on March 2013. This article can be found in the Angling/Fish section and the Aquatic Ecology/Fish section of the website.
12th March 2013
Extract from the book “Wild Sports of the West of Ireland” by W.H. Maxwell (first published in 1892) which gives a brief description of Lough Carra. has been added to the Literature section of the website.
14th January 2013
An extract from the Irish Naturalist, September 1906 "On the Botany of Lough Carra" by R. Lloyd Praeger has been added to the Flora section
9th January 2013
An extract from D A MacManus book "Between Two Worlds - True Ghost Stories of the British Isles" has been added to the Literature section.
This book was published by Smythe in 1979.
Sean Nester of Belcarra took three aerial photographs of Moorehall in 2008, these are now avalable on the History Phototgraph Section of the web site. They can be accessed individually by selecting the links below:
Aerial photograph of Moorehall 1
Aerial photograph of Moorehall 2
Aerial photograph of Moorehall 3
Wednesday 14 November 2012 at 8pm
An illustrated lecture will be given at GMIT by Fiona White, lecturer on the Heritage Programme at GMIT Castlebar. The lecture is entitled "Moorehall during the Famine Years". It is jointly organised by Mayo Historical and Archaeological Society & The Heritage Studies Programme at GMIT Castlebar Campus. Click here to see poster for full details.
A new article has been added to the Historical Buildings section, entitled Burriscarra Abbey - October 2012 - By Lynda Huxley
Saturday 20th October
Irish Wetland Bird Survey carried out around whole lake. Sightings of interest were one Knot at Brownstown (Jackie Hunt saw a Knot at Moorehall earlier in the month so it may be the same bird) and a Hen Harrier (ring-tail) at Cloondover. The weather conditions were very good but the wildfowl count was very low.
Week of 19th September
Emerald Damselfly recorded on the Doon Peninsula which is a new record for the lake. Click here to see a photograph of the Emerald Damselfly taken by Lynda Huxley.
Week of 10th September
Michael Kingdom saw Peregrine Falcon and Osprey near Moorehall, Lough Carra.
Sunday 26th August from 1pm to 4pm.
Another Heritage Week event. Chris Huxley will be leading a nature walk in the woodland of Partry Estate as part of the Partry Heritage Day. Chris will take groups on a 45 minute walk from 12 noon onwards. This is the third year that Partry Heritage Day will be held in the splendid grounds of Partry Estate on the shores of Lough Carra, near Ballinrobe. There will be lots of heritage related events including : traditional dancing, vintage cars, Eagles Flying, various crafts, fish tanks, food etc. Entrance to the Heritage Day is 10 per car.
Sunday 19th August
Chris Huxley led a nature walk on the Doon Peninsula. As part of the walk, Seán Lysaght gave a poetry reading and Deirdre Walsh read the Castle Carra ghost story. 21 people attended the walk which was held as a Heritage Week event with support from Mayo County Council Heritage Office and BirdWatch Ireland Mayo Branch.
Photos from the event can be seen here.
Sunday 19th August from 10am to 1pm.
As part of Heritage Week events and in conjunction with BirdWatch Ireland Mayo branch, Chris Huxley will lead a walk around the Doon Peninsula, near Burriscarra Abbey, on the shores of Lough Carra to look at flora, fauna and overall ecology of the lake. Please wear appropriate clothing for a woodland walk. The terrain is easy but not wheelchair accessible and is not suitable for children under ten years of age. There will also be Lough Carra related poetry readings by Dr Seán Lysaght. Thanks to Mr Tom Quinn for facilitating this walk.
Purple hairstreak butterfly found!
Butterfly expert Ian Rippey discovered a colony of the purple hairstreak butterfly at Derrinrush associated with some of the oak trees there. We suspected that this species occurs in the woodlands around the lough, but have never managed to find it. Now, Ian Rippeys perseverance and expertise with this species has confirmed that it does indeed occur in at least one locality. We hope that it will now be found in other suitable habitats. This record brings the tally of butterfly species around the lough to twenty four.
An updated version of the Annotated Bird List has been completed by Chris and Lynda Huxley this month and can be found in the Bird Section.
An updated version of the Flora Inventory which Chris and Lynda Huxley also completed this month can be found in the Flora Secion.
June 3rd and 4th
Great white egret at Kilkeeran. On 3 June, Pat and Dan Roberts reported seeing what they thought was a Great white egret on the edge of the reedbeds at Kilkeeran. On 4 June, Chris and Lynda Huxley managed to get excellent views of the bird and confirmed the identification. This is the first record of this very rare species from Lough Carra.
A fishing competition will be held by the Lough Carra Trout Anglers Association at Lough Carra on May 13th 2012, click here for details.
A new photograph of Wood Anemones has been added to the Flora Photographs section and also a photograph of an Early Purple Orchid has been added to the Orchid Photographs section. Both photographs were taken by Seán Lysaght on the Doon Peninsula 1st April 2012.
New to the Literature section is an extract of Chapters Thirteen and Fourteen from the book "Lovely is the Lee" by Robert Gibbings in which he describes his time on Lough Carra. In Chapter Fourteen he talks about the grave of George Augustus Moore, a recent picture of the grave can be found under Local History in the Archaeology and History section of this website. The book was first published in 1945, it was "Made in Great Britain at The Temple Press Letchworth for J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd."
A photograph of George Augustus Moore’s Grave 2011- By Chris Huxley has been added to the History Photographs section.
The document entitled Species Information: The Mammals of Lough Carra by Chris and Lynda Huxley February 2012 in the Mammals section has replaced the previous version and now includes two more species.
A new document has been added to the Trout Statistics section, Lough Carra Angling Records from Peter Roberts 1995 to 2011.
The Climate and Weather document by Chris Huxley has been updated.
A new article has been added to the New Literature Section and the Fish Section entitled Fishing for Pike published by the Angling Times in the 1960s.
There is no longer a section dedicated to butterflies, all information previously contained in the butterfly section can now be accessed in the Insect section.
January 3rd 2012:
The Woodlands section has been removed and all the Woodland documents are now included in the Habitats section.
A new photograph has been added to the Angling Photograph section showing Mr. Peter Roberts of Kilkeeran, Partry, with a 5lb Carra trout
A new document entitled Castle Carra written by Lynda Huxley has been added to the Historical Buildings Section
The Fish of Lough Carra by Chris Huxley December 2011 has been updated.
In Trout Catch Statistics, there is one new article entitled:
Lough Carra’s Brown Trout Angling by Chris Huxley December 2011.
In Media Articles, there are 3 new documents, these are:
Moorehall - Reviving a Colourful Past - Mayo News 20th November 2007
The Fair Maid of Carra - Shooting Times 1st November 1969
Wildfowl of Lough Carra - Shooting Times 25th October 1969
A new Art sub-section has been added to Literature, Music and Arts. Select the title below to view the paintings:
Paintings by Dierdre Walsh.
Hen Harrier (ring-tail), Peregrine Falcon (stooping on a Mallard) and 6 Long-tailed duck seen on Lough Carra during monthly IWEBS count by Chris and Lynda Huxley.
The website has been recently updated and new sub-sections have been added to the categories below:
The Archaeology and History categories have now been combined in a single category, Archaeology and History.
Other categories with new sub-sections are:
Catchment Land Use
Literature, Music and Arts
Two new documents have been added to the website, these are:
Lough Carra’s Brown Trout Population by Chris Huxley November 2011
Climate and Weather by Chris Huxley November 2011
Week of October 17th:
Hen harrier seen at Partry Estate by Michael Kingdon.
A modified Orchid Report including all location maps has been added to the Terrestrial Ecology section under Flora and can be accessed by usinig the link below.
Orchid Report and Maps
Chris Huxley led Nature Walks at the Partry Heritage Day. An information stand on the Lough Carra Website was manned by Mary Roberts and Lynda Huxley. Mary brought along a laptop computer with a working draft of the new Lough Carra Website design. Using this, she held a public consultation to obtain feedback from the public. Thank you to all who submitted their comments and recommendations.
Link to the picture of Mary conducting a public consultation.
There are photographs available of the Partry Heritage Day by Classic Wheels Ireland, to view them click on the link below.
Link to Classic Wheels Ireland Photo Gallery
Chris and Lynda Huxley led Nature Walks at the Doon Peninsula on Lough Carra as part of the Heritage Week Events. The events were under the umbrella of BirdWatch Mayo branch and Irish Wildlife Trust Mayo branch. 30 people attended so the walk was split in two groups.
Link to the picture of the group led by Lynda.
Many thanks to Tom Quinn for giving permission for walks to be held at Doon.
Lough Carra County Mayo, a poem by Mrs Annie Lydon written in the 1960s was added to the Literature, Music and Arts section.
Link to the poem by Mrs Annie Lydon
Chris Huxley lead a BirdWatchMayo evening outing at Moorehall on the shores of Lough Carra. Participants met at 6:30pm in Moorehall Car Park. The evening was about the fauna and flora of Lough Carra with an introduction to the bats of Moorehall using a bat detector.
Two Wood Warblers hear at Doon Peninsula. This is the first record of Wood Warblers around Lough Carra.May 8th:
Two new sites for Spring Gentian have been located on the shores of Lough Carra. Up to now there has been just one known site at Moorehall identified by Robert Lloyd Praeger. On 3rd May 2011, Chris and Lynda Huxley located two new sites, one near Rineen and the other near Brownstown. Both colonies are well established and extensive. This is a very exciting find. In addition, a site for the rare Fen Violet has also been located near Brownstown.
Two mostly white Hares seen on the Kilkeeran Peninsula. No Robins or Song Thrushes heard during the bird count from 7am to 8am. Of note, one Redshank and one Common Sandpiper seen. Good numbers of Tufted Duck and Great Crested Grebe near the Gull Colony off the Quarry.
At Doon Peninsula, the white hare is still present. Lots of Willow Warblers, Blackcaps and 2 ChiffChaff. Also a few Long-tailed Tits seen and a Tree Creeper.
500 plus Sand Martins at the Keel Bridge feeding on buzzers over the reedbed. This appears to be a traditional spring feeding spot as they were seen there in Spring 2010. Also 5 swallows seen.
A pair of Long-tailed Duck and one Great Northern Diver were seen near Church Island. The lake level is now very high with water lapping over the jetty at Castleburke.
Approximately 20,000 Swallows roosting in reedbeds off Castle Island. One Egret seen in bay near Castle Island and 20 Curlew.
Swallows are now starting to gather to roost in the reedbeds around Lough Carra. There are currently around 2000 roosting in the reedbeds near Castle Burke.
Breeding Bird Count at Doon Peninsula. 9 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff.
On both bird counts we have seen a reduced number of resident small birds such as tits, wrens and robins. We will be comparing this with the previous years' counts and will report back on findings in June.May 23rd:
Breeding Bird Count at Partry Estate. Birds of note: 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Common Sandpiper. Full list will be put on site in June along with details of other counts. Also Daubenton's bat seen feeding over water near lake shore at 10am, also at Partry Estate.
At 3pm near the Keel Bridge, a mixed flock of hirundines, around 200 Sand Martins and Swallows feeding over the reeds. The first Swallows seen by us (Chris and Lynda Huxley) on Lough Carra this year.
One Sand Martin was seen at Castle Burke. The first one seen at the lake for 2010.March 21st:
IWEBS (Irish Wetland Bird Survey) carried out on Lough Carra. 53 Great Crested Grebes recorded around the lake displaying and mating. Full report of the IWEBS carried out in the 09/10 season will appear on the website soon.March 9th:
At Moorehall, the Starlings are gathering to perform their communal display before they enter the evening roost in the reedbeds. A Sparrowhawk is also there trying to catch an evening meal. If you would like to observe this amazing spectacle, the best time to be there is between 6:30pm and 7pm. Best viewing is from the beach area near the Carra Boat Hire.
Hen Harrier (rind tail) over reed beds near Kilkeeran.
Around 600 corvids (mainly Jackdaws) in the rookery on Glen Eerie Island. They can be seen going into the trees on the island to roost from around 5pm onwards from Burriscara.
Over the December/January cold spell, the lake was 100% frozen over and people were ice skating on the lake at Moorehall.
A new book was published entitled "Wild Mayo". The publication was produced by Dierdre Cunningham, Heritage Officer for Mayo County Council, the text is by Michael Viney. The Lough Carra website is mentioned in the acknowledgements. There are also two photographs of Lough Carra plus several pictures of orchid species and a Marsh Fritillary butterfly (all taken around Lough Carra by Lynda Huxley). The book became available in bookshops for around 15 euro.
Hen Harrier and Peregrine Falcon seen in the Moorehall area.
Hen Harrier sighted on a kill at the Partry Estate in the late afternoon.
Following heavy rainfall in November, the level of the lake was higher than ever seen!
The level is now receding but is still very high for the time of year.