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An Damhshraith
Looking east - up 'Main Street' - on the Cavan side
Looking east - up 'Main Street' - on the Cavan side
Connacht (Part)
Leitrim (Part)
57 m (187 ft)
 • Total147
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceG989267

Dowra (Irish: An Damhshraith, meaning "The Shrine of the Ox") is a village in northwest County Cavan, Ireland. Nested to a valley on Lough Allen, [1] it is the first village on, and marks the most uppermost navigable point of, the River Shannon. On one side of its bridge is County Cavan; on the other is County Leitrim; the nucleus of the village is situated in the Cavan side. It is located on the junction of the R200 and R207 regional roads.


Bus Éireann route 462 serves Dowra on Saturdays only linking it to Drumkeeran, Dromahair and Sligo.[2]


The village was formed in the late 19th century after another village close by, Tober, was washed away by landslides in the summer of 1863. Back in 1925, Dowra village comprised 18 houses, with 10 being licensed to sell alcohol.[3]

The remains of the Black Pig's Dyke can be seen outside the village.[citation needed] It is noted on the Ordnance Survey's Edition of 1911 Six-inch to One-mile map, 1/2 mile west of Dowra alongside the River Shannon (forming part of the Leitrim / Cavan border) - see Leitrim Sheet 5, it is again noted 3/4 mile downstream just below where the Owennayla River joins the Shannon on the east side of Canbeg Township, Co. Leitrim - see Leitrim Sheet 18.

Places of interest[edit]

The source of the River Shannon, known as the Shannon Pot is located about 12 km (7 miles) to the north. The Cavan Way hiking trail starts in the village and the Leitrim Way passes through it; the Miners' Way is nearby.

Restoration of Dowra Courthouse was completed in 2014 with the new building opening as a Community Creative Arts Space.[4]


The main industries in the locality are agriculture, forestry and construction. There is a livestock market held every Saturday.[5]


The national school in Dowra, which is in County Leitrim just an across the bridge from the village.


The village church is located approximately 5 km north and is called the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Doobally.

See also[edit]


Primary references[edit]

  1. ^ An Taisce sees Dowra as model village whose rare qualities must be preserved, Irish Times, 12 April 2002
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2013-05-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Irish Free State 1925, pp. 31.
  4. ^ Restored former Dowra Courthouse transforms village, The Cavan Times, 19 November 2014
  5. ^ Healy, Joe. New Year quotes off to a flyer: SHEEP, Irish Independent 6 January 2015

Secondary references[edit]

Coordinates: 54°11′22.68″N 8°0′54.15″W / 54.1896333°N 8.0150417°W / 54.1896333; -8.0150417