Glenade Lake and the legend of the Dobhar-chú

Glenade Lake is where one of Ireland’s lake monsters the Dobhar-chú (Water hound) is said to have killed Grace Connolly in 1722. Her husband found her bloody body with the Dobhar-chú and killed the beast. The legend has the creature emitting a high picked shriek that summoned its mate as it died and the mate attacked the husband who fled on horseback. The Dobhar-chú gave chase and eventually the man was forced to confront the creature. There was a fierce fight ending with the slaying of the beast.

Glenade Lake

Glenade Lake where the Dobhar-chú (Dobharchú) is said to live in the deep waters

Glenade Lake

The graves of Grace and her husband can be found close to Glenade Lake in Conwal graveyard, Co Leitrim.


On Grace Connolly’s worn grave slab is a carving of a hound like creature with its head twisted back and a hand thrusting a dagger into the neck of the Dobhar-chú.

Grace Connolly's grave
Grace Connolly’s grave slab

Dobhar-chú (Dobharchú) slayer

Her husband’s grave slab has a carving of him with dagger in hand on a horse.

Grave of Grace Connolly's husband

The grave of Grace Connolly’s husband

Conwal graveyard

Conwal graveyard


St Patrick’s Well and Shaver’s Well

St Patrick’s Well (Tobar Phadraig) and Shaver’s Well (Tobar An Bherrtha)

St Patrick's Well and Shaver's Well sign
The sign for St Patrick’s Well and Shaver’s Well, Bunduff, Co Leitrim, Ireland

St Patrick's Holy Well
St Patrick’s Holy Well

Shaver's Holy Well by the sea
Shaver’s Holy Well is a short distance away by the sea

Shaver's Holy Well

Prince Connell’s Grave

Corracloona Court Tomb aka Prince Connell's Grave
Corracloona Court Tomb aka Prince Connell’s Grave, Co Leitrim, Ireland

The court of Prince Connell's Grave
The court of Prince Connell’s Grave

Prince Connell's Grave
The tomb as viewed from the North

Kennel-hole entrance stone at Prince Connell's Grave
“Kennel-hole” entrance stone

The sign for Prince Connell’s Grave

Tullaghan High Cross

Tullaghan High Cross
Tullaghan High Cross (east face) in the village of Tullaghan, Co Leitrim, Ireland

Tullaghan High Cross
The west face of the 9th-10th century medieval stone cross which was discovered on the shore of Donegal Bay in 1778 – it is thought to be part of a long lost monastery

Creevelea Abbey

Creevelea Abbey
Creevelea Abbey, Co. Leitrim, Ireland

Creevelea Abbey

Creevelea Abbey

Creevelea Abbey

Creevelea Abbey, shrine
Detail: small shrine at Creevelea Abbey with some offerings

Creevelea Abbey, wooden cross
Detail: small carved wooden cross at Creevelea Abbey