Cock Lake

The "Cock lake" is not a lake at all, but a large rivulet formed by water flowing out of the sands of Sandymount Strand into a gully, after the ebbing tide has exposed the flats. In this paragraph water is flowing back in from the rising tide: "In long lassoes from the Cock lake the water flowed full, covering greengoldenly lagoons of sand, rising, flowing. My ashplant will float away."

JH 2013

Photograph by Dara Connolly posted May 24, 2013, showing water draining out of the sand flats into a rivulet that will grow larger as it flows south. Source:

Dublin in 1902, with "Cock Lake," starting from the vicinity of the Pigeon House, draining southeast into Dublin Bay.