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    Lough Cooter, near Gort, receives the drainage from most of the north-west portion of Slieve Aughter. The Beagh river flows out of Lough Cooter, having for about two miles an open course, when it disappears in the limestone under a drift cliff. But its course can be traced by sluggas, called the Devils Punch-bowl, the Black Weir, the Ladle, and the Churn, to Pollduagh, a cave, out of which it again comes to the surface. After this it is an open river for about three miles, when it sinks again SE. of Kiltarten, but rises west of that village to again sink and rise several times, till eventually it finds its way into Coole Lough; into which the Boleyneendorrish river and Owenshree also flow. These are similar in their passage across the limestone, being in places subterranean; and the combined waters of these rivers, during floods, form an extensive turlough, over five hundred acres in area, in connection with Coole Lough. From Coole Lough the water finds its way by subterranean passages to the sea.

    Henry G. Kinahan, 1878

    Detail from Bowen map of Ireland, 1747.
    Above: detail from Bowen map of Ireland, 1747.
    Map © Cartography Associates, from the Rumsey Collection.

    Left: detail from satellite photo (click for larger version).

    Charon (MIT Project) 1989, James Coleman ©