19. Slaghtaverty

18. Royal Portrush Golf Club
7th March 2023
20. St Guaire’s Parish Church, Aghadowey
7th March 2023

19. Slaghtaverty

Project Attributes


Royal Connections


CCGBC Museum Services


7th March 2023

In a field in Slaghtaverty, a townland near Garvagh, there is a prehistoric cairn, Sleacht Abhartaigh (Slaght Averty) or the Dwarf’s Grave. This is the setting for the story of Abhartach.

Abhartach was a local chieftain who was greatly feared by his people. They eventually called on a neighbouring chieftain, some say Finn MacCool, to rid them of the evil little man. Abhartach possessed magical powers and the chieftain had to slay him three times before he was finally vanquished.

Some say Arbhartach drank the blood of his victims, and it has been suggested that this story was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.


Click here to make more Royal Connections

This project is receiving financial support via the District Council Good Relations Programme.