The lake that will divide Britain from Europe, Economist 1843

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Lough Foyle’s dramatic scenery featured in “Game of Thrones”. After Brexit, the frontier between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will be the location for a real-life territorial conflict.

Look at a map of Ireland and the large triangle of Lough Foyle seems to deserve attention. It is a sandy bay with steep hills on both sides. Fishing villages hug the shore and it often teems with birds. On still summer days the water is like a mirror, but storms roll across Lough Foyle too. Some people like to blame Manannan mac Lir for these storms, a Celtic sea-god associated with the lough. Such gods can feel real when waves crash through the narrow opening from the Atlantic.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-120
Number of pages7
JournalThe Economist 1843
Publication statusEarly online date - 01 Aug 2018

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