Flagmount "Leaca an Eadain"
Perched overlooking the famed Lough Graney, the village of Flagmount translates as the Hill of the Flags and refers to "Leaca an Eadain," the abundance of local flagstones that once paved the main street. Although not immediately on the lakeshore, Flagmount is a popular area for recreation on Lough Graney.
There is safe bathing both in the bay below the village and at White Sands about 2km to the north. Fishing on the lake for Bream and Pike is also popular and many competitions are organised locally.
The Roman Catholic Church in Flagmount was originally a "barn style" building built during the early 1800's and renovated with voluntary labour in 1983.
Volunteers also constructed the original pier in the 1960's and later rebuilt, strengthened and lengthened it in 1989/90.
Cahermurphy house was once the stately home of Arthur Knox, the famed traveller/writer. A stone Caher or stone fort can still be seen from the road on the lands of the present owner Mr. Keane.
In recent years the village has hosted an annual festival with events housed in a spectacular marquee on the lakeshore. AppropriateIy enough the first festival (held in 1993)featured a production of Brian Merriman's "Cuirt an Mhean Oiche" (Midnight Court) which was said to have been inspired here as the 18th Century poet dreamed by the shores of Lough Graney. Merriman, a local hedge-school master, scandalised the establishment at the time with his social and political satire on rural Ireland. A commemorative stone to him has been erected nearby at Bunshoon Bridge between Flagmount and Caher.
Whitegate (An Geata Bin)
The name An Geata Ban translates quite literally-The village of Whitegate is situated close to a particularly scenic area of Lough Derg where, just 2 miles away, Williamstown harbour looks out over the lake to the Corrikeen Islands.
The pier at Williamstown was built in the 1840s and was the departure point for many of the region's emigrants during famine times. Today the area is popular as a base for tourists cruising on The Shannon and as a consequence, boat building has grown to become an important local industry.