Lined with pubs, shops and 18th-century townhouses, Blessington makes a convenient base for exploring western Wicklow. The main attractions nearby are Russborough House and Poulaphouca Reservoir. Also known as Blessington Lake, the reservoir is Ireland's biggest artificial lake, created in 1940 by damming the River Liffey to generate hydroelectric power and provide water for the growing city of Dublin. It's a major venue for fishing and boating.
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