This is the second largest body of water in Europe. There are many stories of the origins of the Lough. Legend is a holy well once existed in the locality, with wonderful miraculous powers of healing; provided that every patient on leaving, after cure, carefully closed the wicket-gate that shut the well. But once, however, a woman having forgotten this information, left the gate open, when instantly the waters sprang from their bed and overflowed, forming the Lough. It is still regarded as having healing powers; people flocked to nearby Washingbay, and still today, to the Holy River to bathe in the waters and ‘take the cure’.
The name Ardboe (Ard Bo), translated in Irish means “height of the cow”. According to local legend, when the building of the abbey was underway the Lough dried up and no water was available for mixing the mortar. The people of the parish gathered together to pray for rain. A cow then appeared from the dry Lough bed and provided them with milk to mix the mortar, thus enabling them to finish building the abbey. As the cow returned to the Lough bed, it lowed “Ard Bo”, and so the place was named.
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