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Cavan – The “Life of Reilly”

The O’Reilly clan played a significant role in the area from the 13th century, which included the building of a castle. During the 15th century they created a market which attracted many merchants and as their wealth grew, they issued their own currency (17th century). It was the O’Reilly clan’s immense wealth and power that is believed to be responsible for the term “Life of Reilly”

The county of Cavan borders Northern Ireland and the town is on the main road that links the north and the south. In the past, Cavan had two railway stations that linked the Great Northern Railway and Midland Great Western Railway.

Reasons to visit Cavan

There are a number of attractions worth visiting in Cavan these include the Cavan County Museum in Ballyjamesduff located in a 19th century building which was formerly a convent. Exhibits cover the history of Cavan from the Stone Age to present times. The Cavan Crystal factory offers an opportunity to see the tradition of craftsmanship and culture that has made Cavan Crystal a leader of Crystal Giftware in Ireland.

If you enjoy scenic walks, then you will enjoy Killykeen Forest Park which surrounds the lake and islands of Lough Oughter. You can see a variety of animals in the Park and an Iron Age ring fort and Clogh Oughter Castle. The Cavan Way is also ideal for walking, which connects the Leitrim Way at Dowra to the Ulster Way at Blacklion village.

Other places of interest are the Saint Kilian Heritage Centre, Ballyhugh Art and Culture Centre and Castle Saunderson.

Entertainment and Dining in Cavan

Much of the entertainment is available in the daytime, but there are some pubs that offer live music. The MacNean Restaurant in Blacklion offers a European cuisine, but you can obtain a more traditional Irish fare at The Oak Room Restaurant in Cavan.

Accommodation in Cavan

Accommodation available includes Guest Houses, B&Bs, Farm Houses and camping, and hotels like the Slieve Russell Hotel Golf and Country Club in Ballyconnell or the Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Hotel in Cavan.