Lough Sillan

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Name Lough Sillan County Cavan Nearest Town Shercock Access Road R181 About

Lough Sillan is a lake located near the town of Shercock in east County Cavan, near the border with County Monaghan. Lough Sillan is small compact lake of 460 acres.

There is a mobile home park as well as a well-equipped playground which is open to the public on the lake, a few hundred metres along the Cootehill Road out of Shercock. The lake is very popular with fishermen and water sports enthusiasts alike and is suitable for water skiing and jet skiing.

The lake was the site of a great tragedy o n Thursday morning, July 25 th, 1878, when schoolmaster Michael McCabe decided to bring his female pupils on a boat trip but after travelling just 100 yards, the flat-bottomed Tarus began taking in water. After travelling a short distance the vessel capsized and sank, claiming 17 victims: the school principal, his wife, two school staff, and 13 pupils. It was Ireland’s worst inland drowning tragedy.

In July 2004, a plaque was unveiled at the lake shore adjacent to the path used by those who died. To coincide with the launch local historian, Rory Stewart, launched a book names of the 17 victims of Ireland’s worst inland drowning have been engraved in stone for the first time in the 126 years since they lost their lives.