Loch an Dochais, which means ‘Lake of Hope’, is a one hectare lake in Lough Boora Discovery Park. It is located in the central park area and the new visitor centre has now been constructed on the north end of this lake.
The man-made lake was created by excavating the remaining peat, post production, and deepening the proposed lake bottom. The lake has been developed to facilitate anglers with disabilities and is complete with a fishing stand designed for wheelchairs and a specially designed car park with connecting concrete pathways.
The creation of this lake, as well as several others around the park, has led to the Shannon Fisheries Board to designate Kilcormac village as a new coarse angling centre. Loch an Dochais has a natural appearance, and is stocked with trout for competitions and leisure, so it has proved to be a very popular site for families and for teaching children to fish.
The Kilcormac Development Association run an All-Ireland Fishing Competition here each year in May for anglers of all abilities, with the first prize angler awarded the Mary Robinson Perpetual Trophy. The lake is also used for competitions by local Scout groups and other youth clubs.
Learn more about fishing in Lough Boora Discovery Park.