County Cavan
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County Cavan

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County Library, Farnham Street, Cavan

Cavan Research Centre, Cana House, Farnahm Street, Cavan Town
Telephone +353 49 61094
Contact: Mary O'Sullivan

Registrar General, Gate House, Lisdarn Hospital, Cavan

Breissne (annual),
Aine Bean Ui Sheasnain, Grouse hall P.O., Ballieborough, Co. Cavan

from DH Breifne Historical Society
Mrs. Bridie Fay-Kennedy
Castle View
Clowninny, Belturbet, Co. Cavan

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from DH Taken from Irish Records: Sources for Family and Local History - by Ryan:
Originally part of the ancient kingdom of Breifne, this inland Ulster county contains the towns of Cavan, Bailieborough, Virginia, Belturbet, and Ballyjamesduff.

This part of Breifne was ruled by the O'Reillys, whose base was the town of Cavan. Other families associated with the county are McBrady, O'Mulleady, McGowan (often anglicized as Smith), O'Farrelly, McKiernan, O'Curry, O'Clery, and McIlduff. The O'Reillys retained control over the county for several centuries after the arrival of the Normas in Ireland in 1169. This was due both to the skill of their cavalry and also to the difficulty of the Cavan terrain, with its forests, bogs, and lakes.

from DH Important dates:

1584 - Boundaries set by English, divided into Baronies
1609 - Following the defeat of rebels, lands was parceled to "adventurers" from England.
1641 - Catholics, led by O'Reilly, joined the Catholic confederacy in rebellion
1649 - Rebellion defeated by Cromwell, confiscations of land in Cavan to English soldiers and others
1861 - 81 percent Catholics by census, 4% Presbyterian, 15% Church of Ireland.
1845-47 - Cavan badly affected by famine. In 1841 population was243,000 and in 1851 it was 174,000. Now population is 55,000 due to emigration.

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Co.Cavan On Line


Co Cavan Data
Co Cavan 1911 Census FHLC numbers 
[Cavan Town 1901 and 1911 is listed by street but not by name.]

Co Cavan Miscellaneous Records from DH
Co Cavan Gravestone Records from DH
Co Cavan Church of Ireland Records from DH
Co Cavan Presbyterian Records from DH
Co Cavan Roman Catholic Records from DH

Other Online Resources

Genuki-Cavan Al Beagan's Genealogy Notes of County Cavan - IGW
IGW Cavan Queries

Northern Ireland References  The web site for the Scotch-Irish-L mail list from Rootsweb.
Ulster American Folk Park
County Cavan history and genealogical information
Cavan Family Heritage Centre computerizing parish records.
Provides search service for a fee. See TIARA for customer comments

Diocese of Kilmore, Co. Cavan

Civil Parishes of County Cavan
Local history, genealogy, towns, etc.

Killinkere and Bailieborough
Co Cavan - Local
Co Cavan Links
The Cavan Genealogist has some interesting material on-line

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