The Lough Sillan Monster
Acrylic on mount board
12.7 x 17.7cm, 5 x 7″
On 25th July 1878, schoolmaster Michael McCabe took his pupils from Cullies National School on a boat trip on Lough Sillan in Shercock. After travelling a short distance the vessel capsized and sank, claiming 17 victims: the school principal, his wife, two school staff, and 13 pupils. It was one of Ireland’s worst inland drowning tragedies.
There have been numerous reports of a supposed “lake monster”, nicknamed the “Lough Sillan Monster” and at the time of the terrible tragedy some people were said to believe that the boat had been capsized by the creature.