Dowra is the first village on the River Shannon which rises from the Cuilcagh mountains just 6 miles from Dowra at the Shannon Pot. Dowra village is on the borders of Cavan and Leitrim where the province of Ulster meets the province of Connacht. The village only developed in the late 19th century when a road diversion led to the decline of the nearby village of Tober two miles to the north. Nothing survives now at Tober except one or two houses but its history was colourful. It was the site of a pilgrimage, until this was suppressed by the church because of drunkenness and unseemly behavior. Then, in the early 1860s, the village was engulfed by a landslide. The Catholic church at Doobally, three miles north of Dowra, has a large iron pot used to distribute gruel during the Great Famine. The pot comes from Tober.
Dowra is a beautiful little village, which has the advantage of being in two counties, both Cavan & Leitrim and therefore is a central location for people who wish to enjoy the beauty of both Counties.
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