180th anniversary of the tragic drowning of 14 people on Lough Allen

LAST Saturday, April 2 marked the 180th anniversary of ‘The Great Tragedy’ - the drowning of 14 locals on Lough Allen in 1831.

LAST Saturday, April 2 marked the 180th anniversary of ‘The Great Tragedy’ - the drowning of 14 locals on Lough Allen in 1831.

By Fiona Heavey

LAST Saturday, April 2 marked the 180th anniversary of ‘The Great Tragedy’ - the drowning of 14 locals on Lough Allen in 1831.

The tragic tale is one that has never been forgotten by locals. The enormous lake that dominates the county took the lives of four men, two children and eight women who were mostly young, healthy and fit from the parish of Inismagrath.

Michael M Coppins in his book ‘Around Allen’ compared the drowning on Lough Allen to similar events such as the Anach Cuian tragedy in Galway where 19 people drowned in 1828 and the Burton Point tragedy in Donegal where 19 young people were drowned coming from Arranmore in 1935.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.