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An Damhshraith
Looking north - up 'Main Street' - on the Cavan side
Looking north - up 'Main Street' - on the Cavan side
Dowra is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°07′N 8°01′W / 54.11°N 8.01°W / 54.11; -8.01Coordinates: 54°07′N 8°01′W / 54.11°N 8.01°W / 54.11; -8.01
Country Ireland
Province Ulster
County County Cavan
Elevation 57 m (187 ft)
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference G989267

Dowra (Irish: An Damhshraith, meaning "The Shrine of the Ox") is a small village in northwest County Cavan, Ireland. 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.[1]


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. The remains of the Black Pig's Dyke can be seen outside the village.[citation needed]

Places of interest[edit]

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


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


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

See also[edit]


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