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[Ir. An Choirb; OIr. Loch nOirbsen, Oirbsiu's lake].

A lake of 70 square miles in Connacht, counties Galway and Mayo, the second largest in Ireland. The Old Irish name for the Lough, Loch nOirbsen, alludes to Oirbsiu or Oirbsiu Mór, an obscure epithet (denoting inundation) of the sea-deity Manannán mac Lir, and possibly his original name. An oral story of later composition claims that Manannán drowned here. Lug Lámfhota was thought to have a palace under Lough Corrib. Adjacent to Connemara, the Lough Corrib region is also a reservoir of folklore and folk culture.

See Sir William Wilde, Lough Corrib, Its Shores and Islands (Dublin, 1867), 3rd edn., abridged by Colm Ó Lochlainn (Dublin, 1936, 1955);Richard Hayward, The Corrib Country (Dundalk, 1954).

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