Pike Fishing in Ireland- Top Location for Family and Activity Holiday- Castlehamilton, Killeshandra, Co Cavan Ireland

In this video Alan Kells, from Castlehamilton shows you where you can enjoy your stay in Castlehamilton, which offers fishing and activity holiday for families.

Castlehamilton, a working farm, is located on the Erne River beside Killykeen National Park in County Cavan in a beautiful land of lakes, rivers, mountains and mature forests and offers a wonderful location for a family holiday. A great place to relax and enjoy outdoor activities. Excellent Pike, Trout and Coarse fishing waters, cycling routes, golf courses, horseriding and sightseeing. A fishermans paradise. Surrounded by unspoilt countryside of over 400 lakes and rivers, 100 lakes within 18 km radius. The people here are down to earth, friendly and welcoming. Culture and heritage are everywhere, the walks are breathtaking, restaurants rank amongst the best in the country and the famous Cavan love of music is well known.

Castlehamilton offers you:

• Beautiful Four Star Failte Ireland approved accommodation

• Individual 1 to 4 bedroomed self catering cottages with fully equipped Kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, lounge and dining areas

• Activity Package Holidays tailored to your requirements

• Games room with Pool Table, Table Tennis, Football game, outdoor Bowles and football pitches

• Option of Self Catering or Full Board

• Boats, Engines, Float Tubes, Fishing Rods, Reels and Echosounders for hire

• 2 private lakes onsite

• Wonderful location for fishing, sightseeing and outdoor activities

• Multilingual Fishing guides are available to guide you on the lakes and rivers

• Airport and bus transfers

• Accept bookings arriving on any day of the week

• Central Location for Touring Ireland

Adventure and Family Activities

Pike, Trout and Coarse Fishing

Castlehamilton is a centre of excellence for fishing holidays and offers river and lake fishing for Pike, Trout and Coarse Fish. The numerous lakes in easy reach of Castlehamilton are famous for providing excellent Pike and Coarse fishing. Many pike over a metre (20 lbs-10 Kilos) are regularly caught here annually and fish over 14 Kilos-30 lbs. (circa 1.15 metre) are recorded annually. All modern pike methods will work on these waters including lure and jerk bait fishing, deadbait fishing and fly fishing. Many of the nearby loughs are interconnected by the Castle River with the famous Lough Oughter system. Visiting anglers regularly fish one of many boats from Castlehamilton to navigate and fish starting from the Town Lough right through some small lough and joins up with the River Erne at Killykeen. Boats are available for fishing on numerous lakes in the Garadice and other water systems.

For trout fishing, the Annalee River is bountiful and regarded as one of the best wild trout rivers in Ireland. The river is also good for pike and coarse fishing. We also have lakes that are stocked with trout each year. Open season for trout starts 1st March and ends 30th September.


Castlehamilton will customize an itinerary for your golfing group and offer a competitive package. Just let us know what your requirements are.

Slieve Russell Golf Course - 18 hole championship, designed by Christy O Conner- Distance -10 km

Radisson Farnham Estate Golf Course 18 hole championship- Distance -15 km

Cavan Golf Course -18 hole – Distance – 15 km

Mc Seain’s Golf and Pitch & Putt - Distance – 10 km.


Castlehamilton offers the perfect cycling holiday and we have bicycles available for hire. Whether you prefer an off road challenge or leisurely ride, we can guide you through some of the most beautiful countryside in our lake district. We offer guests the complete package of of accommodation, bike hire and transport to and from the airport.


Castlehamilton is a walkers paradise, with a variety of walks on country lanes, winding forest tracks, breathtaking mountain roads and tranquil lake shore paths. Easy, moderate, strenuous walks available. We are located on a National Looped walk of 6km, taking approx. 1 hour through forest tracks and lake shore paths.


Castlehamilton offers canoeing at the Cavan Canoe Centre which provides you and your family the opportunity to paddle your own canoe around Lough Oughter Waterways. The centre offers guided and unguided canoe trips around Lough Oughter and the opportunity to hire either single or double kayaks.

Horse Riding

Castlehamilton offers horse riding which caters for children and adults, from the first time rider to the more experienced rider, for both flat work and jumping. Lessons are provided by qualified instructors. Trekking is available for all levels either on the farm or through the quiet fields and streams and on country roads.

Outdoor Adventure Centre

Castlehamilton can organise outdoor adventure fun days for families and children, young and old. Choose from Banana Boating, Mud Slide, Kayaking, Low Rope course, Off-road Buggies, Hover crafting to Laser Combat, Dragster Karts, Paintballing and Clay Pigeon shooting and many more fun activities.

Other Activities

Just 15 km from Castlehamilton, Cavan Town offers you 10 Pin Bowling, Snooker, Pool, Cinema, Swimming Pool, Kool Kids Activity Centre, Spa facilities and much more.


Trace your roots

Cavan Genealogy & Tourism Office is located in the Johnson Library, Farnham Centre, Farnham St, Cavan Town.

Heritage and Culture

Cavan Burren and Marble Arch Caves

Castlehamilton offers you the opportunity to visit the Cavan Burren and the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark which is located in the rugged mountainous uplands and the gentle rolling lowlands of Counties Cavan and Fermanagh. The Geopark has spectacular landscapes, Tullydermot waterfall, abbeys, megalithic tombs, forest and amazing show caves and exceptional geological heritage showcases some of the finest natural landscapes in Ireland.

Killykeen Forest Park and Clough Oughter Castle

Backing onto the grounds of Castlehamilton, Killykeen Forest Park covers some 600 acres of mixed woodlands, magnificent forest walks, bicycle tracks, great fishing locations, picturesque picnic spots and 100’s of hectacres of the Lough Oughter Water System. A fishermans paradise. Castlehamilton offers you the opportunity to visit Clough Oughter castle by boat. The castle was built by the Normans in the 12th century.

Shannon Pot Glangelvin

Castlehamilton offers you the opportunity to visit the mythical source of the River Shannon- Ireland’s longest river.

Drumlane Abbey

Castlehamilton offers you the opportunity to visit the Drumlane monastic site and round tower which is located outside the village of Milltown, about 4 miles from Castlehamilton. Overlooking Garfinny Lough, is the Abbey, Church and Round Tower of Drumlane.

Cavan County Museum, Ballysjamesduff

Award winning museum housing a medieval Dug-Out Boat, galleries on Folk Life, the Famine, Percy French and the GAA, Café, gift shop, playground and family walk.

Traditional Irish Music Sessions

Kelly’s Bar Main Street, Killeshandra has a traditional music session every Thursday night.


Lough Bawn Hotel, Main Street, Killeshandra.

Pol O D Restaurant, Main Street, Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan.

McNeans Restaurant, Blacklion, Co Cavan.

Award-winning chef, Neven Maguire (right), is proprietor/Head Chef of MacNean House & Restaurant and the Neven Maguire Cookery School in Blacklion in Co. Cavan.


A wonderful location for a family and Activity Holiday

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Trout Fishing in Castlehamilton, Review by our guide Bernard

consider myself a minimalist angler and often you will find me on the river with my trusty 4 piece, 7ft, 3 weight travel rod, a spool of 7x tippet and 5 flies haphazardly stuck on my Velcro sleeve adjuster consisting of a bead head hare’s ear, pheasant tail, orange soft hackle, BWO and a grey duster.  This allows me to fish wet downstream, an up-steam nymph, a duo/New Zealand or dry. Fishing the nymphs as a duo with the weighted GRHE on point and pheasant tail on a dropper is deadly but a lot of focus is needed to spot the takes as they are telegraphed up the fly line.  If you have trouble detecting the takes, which can be extremely subtle, introduce a dry fly as indicator.  I prefer my dry fly indicator on a very short dropper.  This gives me good indication and less dropped takes due to line rub.  If you still struggle seeing the takes, try using some floating putty in your preferred colour.  It’s easy to put on, take off, reusable, mouldable and you can adjust the size of the indicator as you need it reducing waste.  When dry fly fishing, I prefer fishing with 2 flies 20 inches apart.  This offers choice and cuts down the fiddling, trying to find the right fly by half.  It also has the added benefit that the ‘play’ between the 2 flies often induce takes.  It helps to have a soft rod as the takes can be explosive and often one can see trout turn around and chase the flies downstream before taking.  The Annalee River is bountiful and regarded as one of the best wild trout rivers in Ireland.  She also offers pike and coarse fishing as well.  Open season for trout starts 1st March and ends 30th September.



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Notre premier stage de pêche à la mouche, en Irlande, à Castle Hamilton

Nous sommes deux copains Michel et Michel : L’un est pêcheur confirmé, l’autre débutant avec un peu d’expérience.

Nous avons fait connaissance d’Audrey  et Alan Kells au salon de la pêche sportive à Paris en début d’année 2014. Nous avons immédiatement été séduits par les formules de pêches à la truite proposées. Audrey et Alan Kells disposent d’un hébergement de grande qualité,  Castle Hamilton Courtyard situé au milieu d’un grand domaine agricole, à Killeshandra dans le comté de Cavan. Le calme absolu !

 Les conditions de pêche : Cette région est très riche en rivières poissonneuses et en nombreux lacs. Un guide professionnel nous a accompagnés, tous les deux, durant la semaine. C’est Bernard, vice-champion de pêche à la mouche d’Irlande. Il a su nous faire  passer l’amour de sa technique et de la nature environnante. Il est passionné, accessible, très bon pédagogue et patient (surtout avec le débutant qui s’est retrouvé deux fois à la « baille »)

Il ne ménage pas ses efforts et son temps pour nous apprendre de nouvelles techniques, certaines assez pointues.

Bernard connait parfaitement les spots les plus intéressants de la région.  Il nous a conduits dans des sites magnifiques, lacs ou rivières, où nous avons eu grand plaisir dans des prises difficiles mais superbes. Il n’y a dans ces lieux de pêche que des poissons sauvages (brochets et truites). Pas de truite arc-en-ciel !

Les plus :

Au-delà de la pêche elle-même, nous avons apprécié la qualité de l’accueil chaleureux et attentif d’Audrey et Alan. C’est important.

Nous étions confortablement hébergés dans un gite avec chambres et salles de bains individuelles, grande cuisine équipée, salon avec TV et accès internet WiFi, pour ceux qui ne peuvent pas être coupés du reste du monde. Un local extérieur permet le séchage du matériel.

Nous étions en pension complète. La nourriture est riche, surtout les petits déjeuners, et suffisamment variée. Tous les efforts sont ainsi permis !

Le petit village de Killeshandra est accessible à pied en dix minutes. Audrey et Alan nous ont invités à une soirée dans un authentique pub avec musique celtique en prime. Quelle ambiance, la Guinness aidant, bien sûr !

A Killeshandra et Cavan, ville importante à vingt-cinq kilomètres, il y a une boutique de pêche pour les achats de matériel nécessaires.

En conclusion, nous avons passé une semaine riche, tonique aussi, dans une excellente ambiance à laquelle nos hôtes et notre guide ont contribué. C’est une expérience à tenter et nous y retournerons dès que possible !






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Séjour de Pêche au Brochet- Castlehamilton, Killeshandra,Co Cavan, Ireland- une super semaine!

Nous avons passé une super semaine entre copains, pour un séjour de pêche au brochet. La météo n’était pas favorable pour les prises, mais nous nous sommes quand même régalés.

C’est mon 8ème séjour dans cette région et ma première visite à Castle Hamilton: l’endroit est super, confortable, propre, et il est intéressant de prendre la pension complète, car la nourriture est de qualité pour un prix raisonnable.

Une mention spéciale à nos hôtes, Audrey et Alan, très accueillant; Alan dispose de bateaux sur plusieurs lacs et nous a orienté chaque jour du mieux possible en tenant compte de nos souhaits;

Bref, un endroit où vous pouvez vous rendre en toute confiance;     Nous y reviendrons avec plaisir !!!


Jacques and friends

A nice pike catch during holiday in Castlehamilton Fishing Centre, Killeshandra Co Cavan

A nice pike catch during holiday in Castlehamilton Fishing Centre, Killeshandra Co Cavan

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Castlehamilton for Family Fishing Holiday- Florence lands 93cm pike in Float Tube

LogoFlorent and Florence visited Castlehamilton, Killeshandra, Co Cavan in May with their 2 children after having spent 1 week site seeing in the South and West of Ireland.  They combined a sight seeing and fishing holiday and spent 1 week in Castlehamilton, visiting local sites of interest and fishing as they desired.  Here are some of the photos from their visit.  Florence had some excellent results with float tube  fishing in some of our smaller lakes with our fishing guide Donal.


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Florence lands a 93cm pike with fly in a Float Tube while on a fishing holiday with her husband Florent and her children in Castlehamilton, Killeshandra Co Cavan

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What a fight!

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Castlehamilton Trout Fishing Outing with Charles and summary of days activities by Fishing Guide Bernard- May 2014

Our day started at 9:30.  I met Charles and his wife Beatrice at their apartment at Castle Hamilton in Killeshandra.  A quick meet and greet and we were off. Charles wanted me to show him the best fly fishing spots for the first half of the day and I was more than happy to oblige.  We started off at river near Cavan Town, renowned for its multi fishing opportunities offering pike and coarse in the deep slow waters and trout angling in the faster waters upstream.  We then head of to Ballyhaise for a gander at what’s on offer. The Ballyhaise area has a strong population of trout varying from 6” to specimen size 15”+.  A brief history lesson was provided on the old manor house, which is now a college.  By 13:00 we had a lovely lunch at the well known Stray Sod restaurant just past the Laragh river.  Once again we jumped into Charles’s trusty rental and headed off to the Cootehill area before returning to Bunoe where we bought an annual subscription (only €20) to fish the Bunoe beat.

After donning our waders and assembling our weapons of choice, we descended the stone stile built into the 300 year old bridge and moved to the tail water and fished upstream dry flies.  As we moved into the river we noticed some movement in the gravel.  Closer inspection revealed brook lamprey building a nest.  A rare spectacle and testimony to the health of the river.  Every overturned rock reveal nymphs of various type as well as cased caddis.  Yellow mays and BWOs were on the rise and it didn’t take long before Charles was into his first fish.  Charles managed 2 trout before they became spookish and we moved on.  Unfortunately the river upstream of us was just fished by another angler and the fish were suspicious of every offering made, scrutinising each faux fly with Scotland yard precision.  Time and time again, trout would rise to the fly only to turn at the last. Charles gave me the rod and I managed to bring the final fish to the net.  We ended the day at 5:30 and headed back home.

Charles with some nice Trout catches during visit to Castlehamilton Fishing Centre

Charles with some nice Trout catches during visit to Castlehamilton Fishing Centre

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Charles enjoying his day trout fishing at Castlehamilton Fishign Centre, Killeshandra, Co Cavan Ireland

Charles enjoying his day trout fishing at Castlehamilton Fishing Centre, Killeshandra, Co Cavan Ireland


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Castlehamilton- Jean Luc-un petit résumé de notre séjour en Irlande, à Killeshandra pour la pêche du brochet

Here is a short summary of our stay in Ireland, in Killeshandra for pike fishing.

We arrived at the Castlehamilton on Tuesday, April 22 around 1 p.m. local time.

After a salad plate that we had reserved, we move into our 3 bedroomed house, and without further delay,  Alan takes us to a small lake located in Castlehamilton.

My two friends catch a few Pike during the afternoon. The serious stuff will start tomorrow.

Throughout our stay, the three of us caught about 70 Pike.   The most beautiful ranged between 80 and 90 centimeters. There were 8 fish caught within this range.  The majority of fish catches were with lures.

We had exceptional weather during our holiday on the 8 days of fishing, we had only a few hours of rain.   This is exceptional for Ireland.

This is the second year that we come to the Castlehamilton. The rooms are comfortable and the house is fully equipped with full kitchen.

We took the Full Board option.  The food was excellent starting with a Full Irish breakfast, packed lunch for midday, and the evening meal.  We really enjoyed the Irish Brown Bread, homemade by our chefres, excellent… for those who love of course!

The home, the availability of our hosts, the quality of the services and equipment (boats, motors,…) is impeccable at Castlehamilton.

Everything in Castlehamilton will make a happy fisherman!

Pierre, Benoît et Jean-Luc



Jean Luc with a nice Pike Catch

Jean Luc with a nice Pike Catch


Pierre with a nice catch

Pierre with a nice catch

Benoit with a nice Catch

Benoit with a nice Catch


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Voici un petit résumé de notre séjour en Irlande, à Killeshandra pour la pêche du brochet.

Nous sommes arrivés au Castlehamilton le mardi 22 avril vers 13 heures, heure locale.

Après avoir dégusté un assiette garnie que nous avions réservée à Audrey, nous prenons possession de nos chambres, et sans plus attendre, direction le petit lac situé en face de la future maison de Alan et Audrey.

Faute de poissons naturels, nous pêcherons l’après-midi aux leurres.

Mes deux amis touchent quelques petits brochets mais rien de bien marquant. Les choses sérieuses commenceront de lendemain par la pêche de quelques appâts naturels (gardons, perches), afin de pouvoir pêcher au poisson mort posé et au poisson mort manié.

Sur l’ensemble de notre séjour, qui s’est terminé le 1er mai, nous avons pris environ 70 brochets à 3 pêcheurs. Les plus beaux mesuraient entre 80 et 90 centimètres . Il y avait  8 poissons de ces dimensions.

Ceux-ci ont été pris au posé ainsi que plusieurs poissons plus petits. Donc pas de poissons records au-dessus du mètre cette année.

Mais la majorité des poissons pris aux leurres, en maniant ou à la traîne étaient de petite taille.

Nous avons eu une météo exceptionnelle : sur les 8 jours de pêche, nous n’avons eu que quelques heures de pluie. Ce qui est exceptionnel pour ce pays.

C’est la deuxième année consécutive que nous revenions au Castlehamilton. Les chambres sont confortables et l’équipement du logement est complet.  Nous avions pris la pension complète. Nourriture excellente et copieuse au petit déjeuner et au repas du soir. Par contre pour le lunch packet du midi, la quantité (2 tartines et un fruit), c’est un peu faible pour un bon mangeur.

Mais moyennant un petit supplément, nous avons obtenu une double ration.

Petit plus cette année : du pain gris Irlandais (Brown Bread), fait maison par Géraldine la responsable des repas. Excellent…pour celui qui aime bien sûr !

L’accueil, la disponibilité de nos hôtes, la qualité des services et des équipements (bateaux, moteurs,…) est irréprochable.

Tout donc pour rendre un pêcheur heureux !

Pierre, Benoît et Jean-Luc

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Castle Hamilton: un havre de paix !

Castle Hamilton: un havre de paix !

 Loin de ressembler à ce que nous avons déjà connu par le passé, le Castle Hamilton tenu par Audrey et Alan est un lieu à privilégier pour vos futures sessions de pêche en Irlande.

Nous avons eu la chance de pouvoir bénéficier d’un complexe idéalement placé non loin de lacs fermés ainsi que d’un accés direct sur le système Oughter lough, inutile de vous dire que tout est à portée de main au Castle.

La beauté des paysages, des lacs et rivières est époustouflante.

La gentillesse et la disponibilité d’Audrey et Alan nous ont accompagné tout au long du séjour…,ils se plieront en quatre pour vous faire plaisir.

De plus, l’hébergement et les repas sont de grande qualité.

Malgré une période un peu difficile (brochets sortis du frai, calés au fonds à digérer leurs précedents repas) de beaux poissons ont pu être sortis de l’eau tout au long de notre séjour, autant dans les lacs privés que dans le big système.

Nous en sortirons ravis.

Pour résumer simplement, le Castle Hamilton est une adresse à retenir absolument pour un prochain séjour Irlandais !

Nous concernant, rendez-vous pris pour 2015 !!!

Jacky, Guy, Thierry et Vincent

Thierry, Vincent, Guy and Jacky

Thierry, Vincent, Guy and Jacky



Guy with a fine specimen Pike Guy with fine specimen Pike

Thierry with a nice Pike

Thierry with a nice Pike

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Trout Fishing Outing in Castlehamilton Fishing Centre, Killeshandra, Co Cavan Ireland

Trout Fishing Outing by Bernard with with Christophe and Jerome from Castlehamilton Fishing Centre, Killeshandra, Co Cavan

For some, 6am is an early start.  For others it’s even earlier.

The day started at 9am.  Christophe and Jerome, 2 young lads from France, had just finished their breakfast when I rolled in.  A quick how do you do and a breakdown of what, where, when and we were off.

The wild garlic fragranced the air as we drove down the long back road onto the Ballinagh Road passing hunting dogs and tractors.  Fifteen minutes later and we were admiring the Annalee River at Ballyhaise, my standard starting point for most of my trips.  At the car we discussed what flies and techniques to use and ten minutes later we were thigh deep in paradise.  Starting at the tail end of a lovely riffle run, we fished up stream nymphs high sticking as we went along.  In the first ten minutes, Christophe was into his first fish.  Beaming from ear to ear, he held up his pretty, hard fought, six inch roach.  Not the start we wanted but a start none the less.  Jerome took a bit longer to catch his first but when he did, they came fast after. Ten meters up from the start and already they had six fish between them.  We fished up to where the river splits and I had Jerome fish the right hand stream while Christophe fished the left till they met at the weir at the three hundred year old Ballyhaise Bridge.  At the weir the two lads picked up another five a piece.  At this stage I suggested a lunch break.  We walked back to the cars where we had a quick lunch to get us through the day.  Soon, tales long and tall were being told of varying size fish with various methods at as many venues.  A quick change of tactics and we were off again.  This time I had Jerome fish from the riffle tail up stream with a French leader and Christophe I had far upstream fishing across and down with a PTN on point and a soft hackle on the dropper.  Jerome hooked into a few fish and loss a thirteen incher.  Remarkable as it was Jerome first attempt with this method.  Christophe did very well and caught most of his fish on the PTN at the bottom of the swing.  Having exhausted that stretch of the river we moved onto the Cavan River which runs through the town of Cavan for a spot of urban fishing.  Unfortunately we had limited success and decided to move onto the next part of the day.  Back onto the Annalee River, down at a stretch called Deradus.  This is a mixed fishery area with Trout, Perch, Roach and Pike in the large pool.  Unfortunately the water was a bit too high for this part and no fish were caught.  At this stage the lads were exhausted and starving for their dinner.  The sun was painting the sky crimson and orange as we made our fond fare wells and went home tired but well satisfied with a day spent in pursuit of those elusive speckled gold bars of joy.

A wonderful day was had by all and thanks to Bernard for guiding Christophe and Jerome for th trout fishing day while staying at Castlehamilton Fishing Centre

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Trout Fishing -Castlehamilton Fishing Centre, Killeshandra Co Cavan

Trout Fishing -Castlehamilton Fishing Centre, Killeshandra Co Cavan

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Pike Fishing Holiday in Castlehamilton Fishing Centre in Ireland. Photos from Chris and Stephan

We are Chris and Stephan from Belgium and we are are happy after a exceptionally nice and relaxing week at Castlehamilton Fishing Centre in Killeshnadra, Co Cavan, Ireland.

Below are some picture of our fishing trips in Castlehamilton which took us to many lakes of many sizes during our visit there.

It was very nice to experience the hospitality and friendliness of Alan and Audrey.

We hope to see you again next year.

Chris and Stephan

Great Pike catch for Chris during his holiday in Castlehamilton!

Great Pike catch for Chris during his holiday in Castlehamilton, Killeshandra, Co Cavan!



Lough Oughter Castle- a beautiful place located on a Crannog


Donal with a nice Pike Catch

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