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Cavan, Irish An Cabhán (The Hollow Place), one of the three counties of the old province of Ulster, but now part of the Irish republic. With an area of 730 sq mi (1,891 sq km), it is bounded by Counties Monaghan (northeast), Meath, Westmeath, and Longford (south), and Leitrim (northwest). Northern Ireland lies to the north. Northwestern Cavan comprises uplands, intersected by valleys, declining toward the main valley of the River Erne, where the main features are the drumlins (long, oval mounds) that alternate with lakes, rivers, peat bogs, and pastures. East of the Erne Valley is a line of slate and shale hills.

The Cavan district is mentioned in accounts of the life of St. Patrick (flourished 5th century). Cavan formed part of the kingdom of Bréifne, which included Leitrim, of which the O'Rourkes were princes. In later times Cavan, or East Bréifne, became distinctively Bréifne O'Reilly; and West Bréifne, or Leitrim, became Bréifne O'Rourke. Bréifne long resisted colonization by the Anglo-Normans, and the O'Reilly's of Cavan were not brought under permanent English rule until the late 16th century. Cavan, previously part of Connacht, was designated a part of Ulster in the early 17th century and included in the Ulster plantation from 1608 onward, when it was settled by Scots and English colonists.

Only one-quarter of the people of Cavan live in villages and towns; Cavan, the county seat, Cootehill, and Belturbet are the largest. The Roman Catholic cathedral of Kilmore diocese is in Cavan, the Protestant cathedral in Kilmore. Farms in Cavan average 30–40 ac (12–16 ha); and one-tenth of the improved land is used for crops, one-fifth for hay, and the rest for pasture. Creameries are common, and the towns are market centres with industries such as plastics, food processing, synthetic fibres, and wallpaper manufacturing. Main roads converge on Cavan from Belfast, Dublin, and Athlone. Pop. (1986) 53,965.


Popular Surnames from County Cavan

Reilly, Smith, Brady, Lynch, McCabe, Clarke, Farrelly, Maguire, Sheridan and Galligan

 County Towns

Cavan, Cootehill, Bailieborough, Killeshandra, Virginia, Belturbet, Ballyjamesduff and Kingscourt

Archives and Libraries

Query Resources

County Cavan, Ireland Query Board
RootsWeb Message Board


GENUKI - County Cavan



Church of Ireland Registers

Presbyterian Church Registers

Roman Catholic Church Registers

Surname Interest List - updated regularly

Deaths in Roman  Catholic Parish of Enniskeen,  Kingscourt, County Cavan, Ireland (LDS Microfilm #926175) transcribed and submitted by Carol Granville

Directory Resources

Estate Records

1821 Census (LDS Film #0597155) transcribed and submitted by Debbie Annandale

County Cavan Poll Book - 1791

Selected Baptismal Records, Enniskeen/Kingscourt Parish 1864-1877

Roman Catholic Parish-County-Diocese List

Census Returns and Substitutes for County Cavan 

Local History References

Local Journals


All Ireland Birth Index

I have begun transcribing the 1864 All Ireland Birth Index. The 1864 and other years are is available on micfofilm at LDS Family History Libraries. If you would like to help with this project and are able to get to an FHC near you, we could place this project online at IrelandGenWeb. If interested in working on this project, please email me. The films can be ordered from Salt Lake City if they are not on indefinite loan at your FHC.

Email Lists for Ireland and Other British Isles' Interests

On-Line Records - Fianna

Cavan Data Church of Ireland Records
1911 Census FHLC Numbers Roman Catholic Records  
Gravestone Records Presbyterian Records
Miscellaneous Records   

Other Cavan Resources Civil Parishes of County Cavan  

Al Beagan's "County Cavan Notes" website Diocese of Kilmore
Irish Roots The Cavan Genealogist Ulster American Folk Park 
Cemeteries Immaculate Conception RC Church, Belturbet, Co. Cavan  1839-40 Marriage Records, St. Michael's, Civil Parish of Drumgoon
Irish Passenger Lists  Irish Origins site Tom Moffat's Killinkere & Bailieborough Parish
Killinkere Parish Tithe Applotments - 1834  Moffatt's Map Page  The 1798 Rebellion in Ireland 
Irish Labour History Andrew J. Morris' Irish Emigrants  Killeshandra 
The National Archives of Ireland  Transportation Records - Ireland to Australia - Database  Public Records Office of Northern Ireland
Adrian Donley's Cavan Research Site - Lots of Records  - Church of Ireland Marriage Bonds; Baptismal Registers; Marriage Registers; Burial Registers; 1630 Muster Roll; 1796 Flax Growers' List; 1824 Pigot's Directory!!!
Bailieborough Killinkere Townlands Map  1824 Survey of Irish Schools
Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations (CIGO) Find a Family History Center of the LDS County Cavan Museum 
United Kingdom & Ireland Records Database  (at Rootsweb) County Cavan - St. Croix: West Indies Bound  Parishes of Killbride and Mountnugent - Al Beagan's site 
Mullagh Parish Map 

Irish Roots Magazine - [from the magazine staff on March 6, 2002: Hi Denise, Yes, we have just published issue number 41 - first issue of 2002. A subscription - 4 issues costs 12.70 Euro, £10.stg., 20US$, 28Can$, 28Aus$ surface postage included - can be ordered via e-mail by using a credit card number, or payment can be made by mailing a personal cheque, international money order, cash, or credit card number to:
Belgrave Publications,
Belgrave Avenue,
Cork, Ireland.]


Cavan Towns/Townlands

  • Civil Parishes of Cavan
  • Catholic Parishes of Cavan
  • Annagh Bailieborough  Ballinagh
    Ballintemple Ballyconnell Ballyhaise


    Parish Map

    Townlands Map

    Blacklion  Bunnoe Butlersbridge 
    Castlerahan  Castletara  Cavan Town
    Cootehill Corlough 


    Location & History of Crosserlough

    Denn  Dowra  Drumgoon 
    Drumlane  Drumreilly Drung 



    Glangevlin Townlands Map

    Glangevlin History


    Gowna Townlands Map

    Gowna History & Location


    Kill / Kilsherdany 

    Parish of Kill

    Early Christian Kill


    Townlands Map

    Lewis Topographical Dictionary


    Parish, Townlands & Villages Map

    Discussions of 1841 Census of Killeshandra Parish


    Location of Killinagh and Townlands Map

    Killinkere  Kilmore Kilnaleck 
    Kinawley  Kingscourt 


    Location & History

    Townlands Map


    Location, History & Townlands Map


    Location & Townlands Map



    Location & History


    Mullagh Parish Map


    Townlands Map

    Munterconnaght  Redhills Shercock


    Location and Townlands Map


    Common Elements in Irish Place Names

    Irish Books and Book Sources

    Read Ireland Books Ireland Kenny's Bookshop and Art Galleries, Ltd.
    Irish Books and Media O'Brien Press Interlink Bookshop
    Quixote Books Seanchai Books Hanna's Bookstore
    Moytura's Irish Book Store Shanna Quay Irish Books and Music Cathach Books
    Proudirish Hutman Productions
    Abe Books Amazon Borders
    Barnes and Noble    

    Church of Ireland Cavan Bawnboy Tel: (049) 9521404
    Church of Ireland Cavan Belturbet Tel: (049) 9522142
    Church of Ireland Sligo Blacklion Tel: (072) 53010
    Church of Ireland Cavan Arva Cannon Jack Watson Tel: (049) 4335233
    Church of Ireland Louth Bailieborough Tel: (042) 9665436
    Church of Ireland Cavan Ballyconnell Tel: (049) 9521404
    Church of Ireland Cavan The See House Tel: (049) 4331336
    Fax: (049) 4362829
    Church of Ireland Cavan Cootehill Tel: (049) 5552004
    Church of Ireland Cavan Belturbet Arch Deacon Derek Johnston Tel: (049) 9522142
    Church of Ireland Cavan Kingscourt Tel: (042) 9667255
    Church of Ireland Cavan Crosserlough Tel: (049) 4336211
    Church of Ireland Cavan Danesfort Tel: (049) 4331918
    Church of Ireland Cavan Swanlinbar Tel: (049) 9521404
    Church of Ireland Cavan Killeshandra Tel: (049) 4334238
    Presbyterian Churches Cavan Tel: (047) 51257
    Presbyteriian Churches Bailieborough Tel: (042) 9665745
    Presbyterian Churches Cootehill Tel: (049) 5552679
    Presbyterian Churches Kilmount Tel: (049) 5552679



    PBS - In Search of Ancient Ireland ePodunk for County Cavan ePodunk for Ireland  


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    Ulster: Monaghan

    Connaught: Leitrim

    Leinster: Longford - Meath - Westmeath

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    County Cavan, IrelandGenWeb Coordinator:

    Denise Wells

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