Looking from the shore of Lough na Suil to the ridge of Moytura. The neolithic cairn, Shee Lugh is perched on the highest point, and has one of the finest views in County Sligo. The Lake was formed by Balor's burning eye as it plunged into the earth at the climax of the Battle of Moytura.



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Lough na Suil and the end of the Battle
Taken from A Mythic Concordance by Mike Nichols.

sister of Miach, she spread her cloak on which to arrange the herbs which sprang from the grave of her murdered brother. But Diancecht, still jealous of Miach, mixed up the herbs, so that no one knows all their right powers to this day. She was the daughter of Diancecht and sister of Octruil, and helped them in their healing work at the well of Slaine.

 

Ilustration © Jim Fitzpatrick 2000.

 

 

 

 

Lough na Suil in 2006 when the lake had drained. Every twenty years or so the water levels drop and fill until the lake completely empties. The lake is said to have been formed when Balor's fiery eye burned a hole in the ground at the end of the Second Battle of Moytura.