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Lough Mahon
19th century engraving of view of Lough Mahon from Cork's northside (looking south)
Location in Ireland
LocationCork/County Cork
Coordinates51°53′N 8°22′W / 51.883°N 8.367°W / 51.883; -8.367Coordinates: 51°53′N 8°22′W / 51.883°N 8.367°W / 51.883; -8.367
Native nameLoch Machan  (Irish)
Primary inflowsRiver Lee, Glashaboy River, Tramore River
Primary outflowsRiver Lee
Basin countriesIreland
Max. length3 km (1.9 mi)
Max. width5 km (3.1 mi)
Surface area12.23 km2 (4.72 sq mi)

Lough Mahon (Irish: Loch Machan)[1] is a sea lough situated in the north-western part of Cork Harbour. Its area is about 12 km2 (5 sq mi).[2]

Several Cork suburbs, such as Mahon, Douglas, Rochestown, Blackrock and Ballinlough as well as the town of Passage West are situated on its southern and western shores.[3] To the north is Little Island and to the east Great Island.

Lough Mahon falls within the Cork Harbour "Special Protection Area", as designated under the EU Birds Directive, and is an important habitat for a number of bird species and migrating waders in particular.[2][4]

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  1. ^ "Loch Machan/Lough Mahon". Placenames Database of Ireland (logainm.ie). Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Dublin City University. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Lough Mahon - Sampling Fish for the Water Framework Directive - Transitional Waters" (PDF). Central and Regional Fisheries board.
  3. ^ "Cork Harbour: Lough Mahon". Passage West Town Council. Archived from the original on 18 November 2007.
  4. ^ Cork City Council (2009). "Sites of Particular Biodiversity Importance in Cork City - Lough Mahon and the Douglas Estuary" (PDF). Nature in the City - a guide to Biodiversity in Cork City (PDF) (Report). Heritage Council. p. 15. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-04-27. Retrieved 2016-11-09.

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