Macannan Mac Lir

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Situated on top of Binevenagh mountain at the Gortmore viewpoint is a statue to Macannan Mac Lir, The Celtic God of the Sea.

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Local tradition tells of the presence of a sea god in Lough Foyle and the widespread practice of making offerings in celtic times to Macannan Mac Lir, the Irish Neptune.

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Local people believe that his spirit is released during fierce storms and are still heard to remark “Macannan is angry today”. Folkore tells that Macannan inhabits the offshore sandbanks between Inishtrahull and Magilligan waters.

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It certainly is a commanding view of the Foyle estuary and well worth a trip.

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