Address: Dooney Rock WoodsSligo
Dooney Rock is made famous by W.B. Yeats poem "The Fiddler of Dooney". It is located just outside Sligo town on the R287. There is a looping nature walking trail, 1.2km in length leads towards the shore of Lough Gill before leading up to the top of Dooney Rock.
At regular intervals along the trail are information posts giving details on the various trees and plants located in the area. At the top of Dooney Rock there are four viewing points that offer fantastic views of Lough Gill and the surrounding countryside.
The site has a picnic area beside the car park. The Fiddler of Dooney When I play on my fiddle in Dooney, Folk dance like a wave of the sea; My cousin is priest in Kilvarnet, My brother in Moharabuiee. I passed my brother and cousin: They read in their books of prayer; I read in my book of songs I bought at the Sligo fair. When we come at the end of time, To Peter sitting in state, He will smile on the three old spirits, But call me first through the gate; For the good are always the merry, Save by an evil chance, And the merry love the fiddle And the merry love to dance: And when the folk there spy me, They will all come up to me, With ‘Here is the fiddler of Dooney!' And dance like a wave of the sea. W.B. Yeats.