A riverside walk in Ireland that has previously inspired poetry by WB Yeats, has now become an attraction for gay orgies, shocked families have told the Irish Mirror.

The paper reports that residents are horrified that the pretty wooded area on the side of Lough Gill, Co Sligo, is now being used by men for outdoor sex.

It was previously a popular place for walks known locally as “the Back Avenue.”

Fianna Fail councillor Albert Higgins said the lewd behaviour, defacing of benches and trees was scandalous. He said: “I walked it the other day with my wife and what I came across, I could not say in public.

“The area is literally just yards from Lough Gill which was immortalised in the poem, The Lake Isle of Innisfree.”

Parents are angry that the council has done nothing. They fear children could stumble on people having sex or come into contact with discarded condoms.

One unnamed resident told the Irish Mirror: “The park is there for all to enjoy and it’s an outrage that families can’t go for a walk. Everyone is responsible for their actions, you simply can’t engage in sex in a public place.”

Messages pointing to secluded areas where gay liaisons take place have been scrawled on park benches and trees. One even points to an area where “Gay Cruzin” happens. Another carving says sex is available “mornings, afternoons and evenings”. Phone numbers are also scratched into the wood.

The Lake Isle of Innisfree is one of WB Yeats’s most famous writings and was published in 1893. In it, he wrote: “I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made.”

Meanwhile, the Western Mail revealed that communities have been left in shock that a collection of locations have been posted on the internet as meeting spots for sex acts.

A website listing thousands of sites across the world where people can meet for gay sex ha areas in Pontypridd, Llantrisant and the Rhondda.

Chief Supt Jeff Farrar, of South Wales Police said: “I am committed to making this area safe and welcoming for everyone and we have a clear approach to this kind of activity and regularly monitor a number of sites to deal with it.”