River Fealge

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Here at The Waterfront we meet the town's little river for the first time as it meets the sea. The river is called the Fealge (pronounced Feale). The Irish word "Foghal" means "a backward current in tidal water". It's had however, other names Gorar and Farla (Lewis' Topographical 1837) and Farlah (Bennett's History). A municipal boundaries map of the early 1800's refers to the river as the Follagh while an admiralty chart of Clonakilty Bay surveyed in 1846 uses the River Fealge.