Decades old Irish homestead revealed after water level in lake drops during heat wave
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Decades old Irish homestead revealed after water level in lake drops during heat wave

THE RUINS of an old Irish homestead have spotted in an Irish lake after water levels dropped as a result of the summer heat wave.

The retreating waters caused by the drought also revealed an old piece of farming machinery, thought to be a mowing bar.

(Image: An Garda Síochána / Twitter)

The Garda Air Support Unit made the discovery as they patrolled above Co. Wicklow.

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They shared photos of the site on the Garda Twitter account.

It is believed the ruined property is one of several that were submerged when a valley was flooded in 1940 to create the Poulaphouca Reservoir, also known as the Blessington Lakes.

The village of Ballinahown, 80 homesteads, 300 farms and over 5,500 acres of land were submerged, covering an area of about 20 square kilometres.

(Image: An Garda Síochána / Twitter)
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It represents the largest landmass ever lost to a single development of any kind in Ireland.

Earlier this summer, a gorse fire at Bray Head in Co. Wicklow exposed a huge Éire sign from World War Two that had been hidden for decades.