Dowra

  • Monday, 20 August 2012 13:43

The village of Dowra is located on the west Cavan border where it extends across the river Shannon into Co. Leitrim.  The English word Dowra is taken from the Irish word Damhshraith which means “the flood meadow of the oxen (cattle)”.  The modern village supplanted the small settlement of Tober, located approximately two miles to the north of Dowra’s present location.  This was due to the construction of a new road to Drumsanbo in the 1830’s which bypassed Tober and led to the development of a new settlement at the traditional crossing of the Shannon at Dowra.  Thus Tober was left high and dry; (dry with exception of its well know holy well!).

It was shortly after the Great Famine of the 1840’s that commerce truly begin to develop in Dowra with the construction of business houses; licences for the sale of liquor were issued to premises in Dowra from the 1850’s.  During this period of the mid nineteenth to the early twentieth century, most of the businesses located in Dowra were owned by the influential Hamilton families who also worked as agents for the local landlords.  This influence declined over time and in the early 1950’s their final business was sold.

In 1927 a co-op creamery was built providing a great asset to the local farming community.  It survived until the early 1980’s.  A livestock market was set up on the site of the old fair green where there had been a very popular fair on the third of each month for many years.  Yet, Dowra Mart has proved to be a resilient success, truly assisting in keeping Dowra out of Oliver Goldsmith’s category of deserted villages!

Finally some words on Dowra Bridge: The first on the Shannon, it is an architectural gem.  Built in 1862 with stones from the old gaol at Carrick-On-Shannon, it was designed and constructed to the specifications of the British Imperial standard in common with contemporary bridges built throughout the empire in that period.

 Sports

Dowra plays their gaelic football with Shannon Gaels which was formed in 1978 and also takes in the surrounding areas of Glangevlin and Blacklion in Cavan.

 

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