Hand-me-downs from history

Before this place was called Cavan it was called Breifne, and before that it was called something else.

This land has been home for Neolithic, Bronze Age, Celtic, Norman & Early Christian peoples. They all built here and left their mark for us to admire.

Clough Oughter Castle was built by the Normans in the 12th century. The locals were so impressed by the new place that they quickly captured it for themselves.

The O'Reillys fought hard to retain this roof over their heads until Cromwell's forces finally blasted through the walls in 1653. The breached walls lie where they fell, and for hundreds of years the castle has belonged to no one but it’s painters, poets and curious visitors. So what was all the fuss about this place? The same as it ever was - location, location, location!

Tracing your Cavan ancestors

Cavan Genealogy
Johnston Library
Farnham Street, Cavan

Unearth your Cavan connections at Cavan Genealogy Centre

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Tullydermot Falls, Glangevlin

6km south- west of Swanlinbar.

Beautiful, serene waterfalls. An ancient & beautiful place –a Global Geopark site.

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Turbet Island Motte & Bailey

Belturbet

Situated on the River Erne. The site of a Norman wooden fort. Walking trails and information panels.

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World War 1 Trench Experience

Cavan County Museum, Ballyjamesduff

Visit the largest outdoor replica trench in Ireland and the UK -  includes visual and sound effects

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