Lakes of Cavan

One for Every Day of the Year

By: Hu O’Reilly

Publication Date: 31 January 2022


There is an age-old saying that Cavan has ‘a lake for every day of the year’. Now, for the first time, the 365 lakes of Cavan have been listed and photographed for this book by photographer Hu O’Reilly.

Here you can take a visual journey through these lakes. Some of the lakes are steeped in folklore, with tales of white horses that magically appear and disappear on the lake’s edge, fairy people who live on the bottom of the lake, and pots of gold that are just beyond the reach of those trying to capture them. Enjoy amazing landscapes of the remote lakes in West Cavan, such as Lough Cam in the Cuilcagh Mountains and Derrynananta Lough on Benbrack Mountain. Lose yourself in the maze of numerous shallow lakes in the central and northern parts of the county including Lough Oughter, Inishmuck Lough, and Carratraw Lough. Take in stunning scenes of lakes of all shapes and sizes in southern and eastern Cavan such as Lough Sheelin, Lough Ramor, and Lough Gowna.

The photographs were taken through all seasons over eighteen months, and there is a focus on how people, animals, and wildlife interact with the lakes. With a foreword by the acclaimed Cavan writer Michael Harding and a comprehensive photographic index of 365 lakes, this is a book that anyone with an interest in Cavan, photography, or nature will enjoy.


Hu O’Reilly’s love for photography began in 1996 when he started a Diploma in Photography course in D.I.T. School of Photography (Dublin). He then spent six years working as an assistant photographer and in photo-shoot production. In 2004-05 he worked as a cruise ship photographer in the North Atlantic, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and Brazil.

In 2006 he set up his photography business and is established as a leading wedding photographer in Cavan and surrounding counties. Hu works on major advertising campaigns for commercial clients including Lotto, Powers Whiskey, Oxfam Ireland, Trocaire, and FBD Insurance and on photo documentary projects in Chad, Nepal, Israel, Palestine, Mozambique, Thailand, Nepal and Rwanda. His photographs have been published in Ireland, Germany and the USA. His exhibition ‘Chad – Life in the Heart of Africa’ was on display in Cavan, Dublin, Limerick and Clare during 2009.

Hu is from Crosserlough, Co. Cavan and now lives in Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath with his wife Sinead, son Cuan and daughter Realtin.



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Weight 0.50 kg
Dimensions 230 × 300 mm
Publication Date

31 January 2022


Hardback, photography, 152pp.