Poulaphouca reservoir, the largest inland water-body in south-east Ireland, is located south-east of Blessington, in County Dublin. It was created in 1944 by damming the River Liffey for the purpose of generating electricity from hydro-power, and also supplies water to Dublin city. Wet grassland and sandy shores surround the lake, and some of its perimeter has been planted with conifers to stabilize eroding banks and reduce pollution.
The site was designated as a Special Protection Area on the basis of its migratory waterfowl, particularly Anser anser (655 birds, 1996).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Poulaphouca reservoir. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/09/2020.