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Lough Neagh
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Lough Neagh

Lough Neagh is the largest body of freshwater in the British Isles, it is approximately 20 miles long and 9 miles wide, situated some 20 miles to the west of Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Lough is very shallow around the margins and has an average depth in the main body of the lake of about 30 feet (9m); at its deepest, the lough is about 25m.

Five of the six counties of Northern Ireland have shores on the Lough: Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, and Tyrone. Towns near the Lough include Magherafelt, Moneymore, and Craigavon.

Although the Lough is used for a variety of recreational and commercial activities, it is exposed and tends to get extremely rough very quickly in windy conditions.

An old Irish story tells how the Lough was formed when Ireland's legendary giant, Fionn mac Cumhail (or "Finn McCool"), scooped up a portion of the land and tossed it at a Scottish rival. He missed, and the chunk of earth landed in the Irish Sea, thus creating the Isle of Man.

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