Bawnboy, Ballyconnell, Co Cavan

Golf, Fishing & Sports


Brackley Lake is just 2 minutes’ drive from the Keepers Arms, this is a large lake up on 400 acres. Access points are at Prospect Point (turn left after the layby), here there is car parking and a slipway. Great stretch of pegs just over the style. Bream is the fish of choice here, with many pike thrown in. There is a shelf here so you will have to cast out up on 30 meters to reach the deep waters. 

Lakefield Lake

Access to the lake shore is down by a farmhouse. Waters have Roach, Bream, Rudd and Hybrids. There are some stands & bank pegs here.  

Bunerky Lake is upstream from Lakefield. This water has an abundance of large Bream, with weights of up to 4kg found in its deep waters of up to 36 feet covering 185 acres. With its other comrades of Roach, Hybrids, Rudd & Perch, you can have a nice bag. 

Bellaboy Lake up to 75 acres and also joined to Lakefield Lake by a stream. This water has Roach, Bream and Hybrids. Access is alongside the main road, with parking alongside the houses. This lake “performs well after it rains” from angler Pete who fishing it for 3 weeks in May every year.  

Templeport Lake has waters covering 100 acres. Roach, Bream, Hybrids & Pike can be caught here. St Mogues Island which houses the ruins of his monastery is situated in the centre of the lake and is of historically interest.

Access the lake via St. Peters Church over the style to the shore bank or keep left at the church carpark. Boats can be launched from the boathouse and this is the best way if you are fishing for Pike.  

Garadice Lake which at 950 acres is almost 630 soccer pitch, is the largest lakes in the catchment area. Garadice Lake has numerous fishing areas to suit most weather conditions. The lake has a wealth of Bream, Roach & Hybrids, with weights up to 5kg.

Also the lake is rich in Pike with big weights recorded over the years.  Boats are the best way to catch these guys.

Pre-baiting this water is the best advice. Access to Haughton Shore at Garadice Amenity Area & Church Shore, drive the road along the shore to pick your peg/spot. This lake is used for domestic & international competitions


PGA National Ireland Slieve Russell:  PGA Ireland Slieve Russell is one of the worlds designated resort in golf, with its acclaimed 18-hole championship curse and 9hole “National Academy” course. [15 minutes drive from The Keepers Arms]

Blacklion:  Blacklion Golf Club is a beautiful 9 hole parkland course established in 1962, with coppices of woodland and mature trees. The lake comes into play on four holes and there are some magnificent views of Lough MacNean, its islands and surrounding hills. It has been described as one of the best maintained nine-hole courses in Ireland, and one of the most scenic. [30 minutes drive from The Keepers Arms]

Beltrubet:  Belturbet Golf Club was founded in 1948 and designed by the late great Eddie Hackett he who has left his mark on so many golf courses the length and breathe of Ireland. It is a little gem of a 9-hole Parkland course tucked away in this corner of Co. Cavan. There are some stunning views of the surrounding countryside and pleasant day’s golf is assured to all who visit. [20 minutes drive from The Keepers Arms]

Ballinamore:  Ballinamore Golf Club was founded in 1941 and redesigned by Dr. Arthur Spring in 1996, and has since established itself as one of the finest 9-hole courses in the country. Situated in a quite clearing of tree-lined hills that occupy the area and along Shannon-Erne canal, which has to be crossed first tee. [20 minutes drive from The Keepers Arms]

Cavan:  Cavan is a long established Parkland Course, founded in 1894 and its present location since 1920. The maturity of the course is evident as soon you drive gates.  As well as the trees, some of them centuries old, the club is famous for its numerous rhododendron bushes scattered throughout Course. While pleasing to eye, foliage provides tricky hazards hopeful golfer. [35 minutes drive from The Keepers Arms]