Lough Gill

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Lough Gill (Irish: Loch Gile) is a freshwater lough (lake) mainly situated in County Sligo, but partly in County Leitrim, in Ireland. It is about 8 km long and 2 km wide, and drains into the River Garavogue near Sligo Town. The picturesque lake is surrounded by wooded hills and is popular with birdwatchers, and is overlooked by Parke's Castle. The lake contains about 20 small islands, including the famous Isle of Innisfree.

[edit] Lough Gill Swim

The Lough Gill 10 km Swim is held in County Sligo, Ireland and was awarded the Best Event of the Year award by the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association in 2012. The Lough Gill 10 km Swim is a charity event for NW Hospice, Sligo. This annual fundraiser began in 2011 raising over €34,000 to date for the Hospice also winning the coveted Irish Long Distance Swimming Association Best Event in 2011 and 2012. It is run by a committee made up of local swimmers and friends of the family of Neill McGarry, for whom the event trophy is dedicated. 57 swimmers completed the 2012 swim.

The first man to successfully swim the English Channel, Captain Matthew Webb, used the lake as part of his training for the feat. He was a friend of W.B. Yeats's grandfather, who lived in the area.

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