Cavan town was the first Gaelic Medieval town in Ireland and has a rich history which we are proud to share with you, with the help of our very modern QR Codes and website. While you are here, we hope that you take advantage of our warm Cavan welcome and get to know our culture better and the history that has made us proudly who we are today. We will be expanding on this project and have even more history to share so please come again soon.
Thank you for visiting Cavan and we hope you have a great time!
The Egg Market
Situated on Connolly Street, which was originally known as Dublin New Road, the egg market was on the original Dublin – Cavan- Enniskillen route...
The Town Hall
This sandstone hall was built from 1907 to 1910 and was erected by William Ballinagh and Sons. The cost was £2,688. The Architect was William Scott and the site...
Sketches of Cavan
Sketches drawn by Cavan man Philip Cullivan in the 1970s...Read more
Cavan Gaol (now St Felim’s Boys School)
Cavan Gaol was erected in 1810 and had 68 cells which could accommodate 150 prisoners. A female section was erected in 1830...
The Catholic Cathedral of St Patrick and St Felim
The Catholic Cathedral of Kilmore is relatively new. The architect was Ralph Byrne and it is built of Granite with Limestone...
Percy French's House No. 16 Farnham Street
Percy French was an engineer, inspecting Civil works in County Cavan. He also became well known as a composer of songs such as...
The Abbey (Abbey Lands)
In 1300 Giolla Iosa O’Reilly attracted a group of Franciscans to found a friary at Cavan and this was sometimes used as a type of retirement home for the local rulers...
Church of Ireland
The Church of Ireland belongs to the parish of Urney and construction began on this beautiful building in 1807. It was designed by John Bowden and built of Sandstone. The church has an octagonal spire and a three faced clock...
The Court House
The Court House on Farnham Street, built in 1825 and designed by William Farrell, actually stands on what used to be the Market Square...
The first train to leave Cavan departed for Dublin on 8th July 1856 and was open to passengers and goods transporters...
Cavan then… and now
BeforeMain Street, Cavan Town After
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Map of Cavan Town (circa late 16th Century) showing Market Cross in the centre.
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