By the Shores of Lough Neagh
What do most of us know about Lough Neagh, other than the fact that it has often been described as ‘Ulster’s Inland Sea’ and borders 5 out of Northern Ireland’s 6 counties? How many of us, for example, know that not only is it the largest freshwater lake in all of the British Isles, but it is also the 3rd largest in Europe?
In this volume Brian Cassells explores the history and people of the Lough in great depth, illustrating his journey around the Lough with a superb collection of colour photographs. Starting at his childhood home in the Montiaghs, in the southern Lough Neagh wetlands, Brian takes you on a tour through the history of the Lough, its people and its industry.
Many long forgotten nuggets of information are gleaned along the way. The vital role the Lough and its shoreline played in the Second World War, which led to the development of Aldergrove International Airport; its role as the hub of the waterway network for the Newry, Coalisland and Lagan canals, with the Upper and Lower Bann navigations delivering barges to the Lough Neagh Basin; the evolution of local fishing practises into what is now the largest commercial wild eel fishery in Europe and the endurance of the sand extraction industry are all recounted in Brian’s authoritative narrative.