Lough an Lea

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  • Aspects of Cavan

Origins of the name

You could be forgiven for thinking that Lough an Lea refers to a lake but it is in fact the name of a mountain in Cavan. There was a lake at the foot of the mountain but it has long since disappeared.

Folklore has it that an old woman in the area had a magical cure that was capable of bringing dead soldiers back to life. Her enemies were very jealous of her powers and captured her in an attempt to learn the secret of her cure. She refused to reveal her secrets and in order to keep the magical potion away from her captors she threw it into the lake. The silt at the bottom of the lake absorbed the magic solution. For many years it was used locally to treat skin diseases.