The purpose of this interactive web site is to allow the viewer through the use of images to get an instant realization that the lake is man made and hides a history beneath it.

We will try to give you as much information as we have with references to where photographs were sourced, if known, and where you can get original copies. Also included is a list of reference material if you wish to learn more about the area.

Luckily in 1938/9 a small group of people led by Liam Price surveyed the area and recorded details of what was about to be hidden by the rising waters. The original negatives are held at UCD Delargy Centre for Irish Folklore and the National Folklore Collection. You can get prints from the negatives for a small printing fee. We have only included a few of these images around Ballinahown to give you a snapshot of what is available. The collection is vast and covers many more areas now hidden.

The Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs also have a collection of pictures taken in the area of which I have used 3.

Chris Corlett of the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government recently published a book titled 'Beneath the Poulaphuca Reservoir' which pulls all the surveys, other data and donated images into one place. A few images that I collected over the years are included in this book. The book covers the people impacted by the project and detail right down to field names of the hidden landscape. Well worth a read.
This book is available from Government Publications for 35 euro.

If you want to know more about the people affected such as the Quinn family of Ballinahown, Philip Brennan has put together a family history on the web here.

Doris Dittrich artists impression of The Poulaphuca Story

The Poulaphuca Story

The colour photos were taken by me using a boat from the same position as the original photos.

The Helicopter shots were taken by Joe Malone when we were chasing tractors.

The shots taken in 1978 of when the waters retreated were given to me by Bride Heary.

The Peregrine Falcon shots were taken by Martin Byrne