Loch Gabhair

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Loch Gabhair (Lagore) meaning "Lake of the Goats" is a townland in the parish of Ratoath, Ireland. It is located between the villages of Ratoath and Dunshaughlin in County Meath, Ireland.

Lagore is also home to the Lagore crannog, the Irish royal residence of the 7th to 10th centuries.

During excavations of the site a number of bronze items were found, including weapons and brooches, (see the Lagore Brooch), which can now be found at the National Museum of Ireland in Kildare St., Dublin, Ireland.

Kings of Lagore/Deiscert Breg (south Brega)[edit]

List incomplete: see Mac Shamhráin, 2004.
  1. Fergus mac Fogartach mac Niall mac Cernach Sotal (a quo Clan Chernach Sotal) mac Diarmait mac Áed Sláine, died 751
  2. Máel Dáin mac Fergus, died 785
  3. Ailill mac Fergus, ( Deiscert Breg), died 800
  4. Beolln mac Ciarmac (descendant of Máel Dáin ?), died 979
  5. Gilla Mo Chonna mac Fogartach mac Ciarmac (rí Deiscert Breg), died 1013


  • Lagore Crannog:an Irish royal residence of the seventh to tenth centuries AD, J. Hencken, RIA Proc. 53 C, 1950, pp. 1–247
  • Historical note on Cnogba (Knowth), Francis John Byrne, RIA Proc. 66C, pp. 383–400, 1968.
  • Francis John Byrne (1987-09-24). Irish Kings and high-Kings. B. T. Batsford Limited. ISBN 978-0-7134-5882-4. 
  • Lagore, Co. meath and Ballinderry No. 1, County Westmeath Crannogs:some possible structural reinterpretations, C.J. Lynn, Journal of Irish Archaeology 3, 1985–86, pp. 69–73
  • Topographical note:Moynagh Lough, Nobber, Co. Meath, Edel Bhreathnach, Riocht na Midhe 9:4, 1988, pp. 16–19.
  • George Eogan, Life and living at Lagore, in Seanchas:Studies in Early and Medieval Irish Archaeology, History and Literature in Honour of Francis John Byrne, pp. 64–82, ed. Alfred P. Smyth, Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2000
  • Ailbhe Mac Shamhráin, Church and dynasty in Early Christian Brega: Lusk, Inis Pátraic and the cast of Máel-Finnia, king and saint, Table 8.1, Lineages of Síl nÁedo Sláine, p. 127; in The Island of St Patrick: Church and ruling dynasties in Fingal and Meath, 400-1148, (ed.) Mac Shamhráin, Four Courts, 2004.

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Coordinates: 53°30′29″N 6°30′23″W / 53.508063°N 6.506375°W / 53.508063; -6.506375