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Reputedly named after a one-time local landowner in the Rossinver area, Fowley’s Falls must be one of the best kept secrets of North Leitrim.
As the Glenanniff River travels down from the mountain above, it has eroded the local blue limestone to form a deep river valley.
Unlike the more popular Glencar waterfall, also in North Leitrim, Fowley’s Falls is not a single-drop waterfall.
Instead, it cascades in a series of drops over the exposed bedrock to form a spectacular torrent of water rushing through the steep valley towards Lough Melvin.
In penal times locals gathered at the Mass Rock further down the river, and over the years many poachers enjoyed fish caught close by.
It was in the early 1980’s that Gabriel Miney, an engineer for Leitrim County Council, in conjunction with the local parish priest, Father Corrigan, organised a scheme to clear a path and make the falls accessible to walkers and anyone simply wishing to enjoy the beauty of the countryside.
Their vision was to keep the walk as natural as possible with narrow gravel paths, stiles made from stone drawn from the riverbed and minimum interference to the natural ecosystem.
Rather than cutting back the hedgerows to give full views, they cut windows at various stages, or stopping points in the walk, where the walker could take in the best view of the river.