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!

Gartlan’s Traditional Thatched Pub

Lower Main Street, Kingscourt

Genuine thatched Irish pub. An 18th century listed building full of old world charm, with live traditional music every Thursday night and Sunday afternoon. Impromptu sessions during the week also.

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Jampa Ling Tibetan Buddhist Retreat

Owendoon House, Bawnboy

A meditation and retreat centre on a beautiful 19th Century estate. Accommodation available.

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Maguire’s Chair

Altachullion, Glangevnlin, Co. Cavan.

The inauguration site of the Maguire clan in medieval times.

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Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark

Cavan & Fermanagh

Recognised by UNESCO for unique geological landscapes, the Geopark spans the uplands of Cavan and Fermanagh.

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Maudabawn Cultural Centre

Maudabawn, Gallonreagh, Cootehill, Co. Cavan

Cultural Tourism and Business Centre

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Moneygashel Cashel

Glangevlin - located off the R206 Glangevlin - Blacklion Road

An early Christian fort with circular thick stone wall and two small staircases. Beautiful views.

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Shannon Pot, Glangevlin

Located off the R206 between Glangevlin and Blacklion.

The source of the River Shannon. A site of cultural and religious significance during Celtic times. Info and children’s play area.

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St. Kilian’s Heritage Centre

Mullagh

Dedicated to the life of St. Kilian who was born in Mullagh and went on to become patron saint in Wurzburg, Germany

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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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Whitefathers Cave

Sligo Road, Blacklion

An excellent example of an active river forming a cave.

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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

  • t: 353 49 854 4070
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