PHOTOS: Flooded homesteads reappear at mysterious Blessington Lakes after water levels drop

Garda helicopter captures images

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PHOTOS: Flooded homesteads reappear at mysterious Blessington Lakes after water levels drop

An image of the Blessington Lakes from the garda helicopter

These remarkable images of the mysterious Blessington Lakes were captured by the garda helicopter.

They show how the water levels have dropped so much in the lakes that parts of the flooded homesteads have reappeared after being submerged for years.

Another image taken by the garda helicopter

The Blessington Lakes were formed back in 1940 when the valley was flooded by damming the River Liffey at Poulaphouca as part of the ESB's project to build a hydroelectric station.

It's understood that between 1938 and 1940, 76 houses were demolished, and the bridges at Humphreystown, Baltyboys and Burgage blown up, in anticipation of the flooding of the valley for the Poulaphouca hydroelectric powerstation.