The Civil Parishes of County Cavan

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Civil Parishes of County Cavan

There are 36 civil parishes in County Cavan. It borders six counties; Leitrim to the west, Fermanagh and Monaghan to the north, Meath to the south-east, Longford to the south-west and Westmeath to the south.

In medieval times, the area of Cavan was part of the kingdom of East Bréifne or Brefney O'Reilly after its ruling Gaelic family. This in turn was a division of the 11th century Kingdom of Bréifne. For this reason the county is also known as the Breffni County. Cavan was part of the western province of Connacht, but was transferred to Ulster in 1584 when Bréifne was shired and became the county of Cavan.

Parts of Cavan were subjected to Norman influence from the twelfth century and the remains of several fortifications are still visible mainly in the east of the county, as well as the remains of stronger works such as Castlerahan and Clogh Oughter castle. The influence of several monastic orders also owes its origins to around this time with abbey remains existent in locations such as Drumlane and Trinity Island.

The Plantation of Ulster from 1610 saw the settlement and origins of several new towns within the county that include Bailieborough, Cootehill, Killeshandra and Virginia. Existing towns such as Cavan and Belturbet became over time more important as trading centres. Wars during the mid-seventeenth century aimed at trying to unsettle the Plantation only led to further plantations of English and Scottish settlers into the county and the beginnings of a thriving flax and linen industry.

Some areas of Cavan were hard hit by the Great Famine potato blight between 1845-49. The winter of 1847 is particularly noted for the high levels of deaths nationally caused by diseases such as typhus and cholera. Several instances of eviction also occurred during the nineteenth century, with one such story where the local landlord in Mountnugent parish decided to evict over 200 people.

 

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Cavan Parish names and meanings

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Parish

Irish Name & Meaning

1

Annagelliff

 

2

Annagh

 

3

Ballintemple

 

4

Bailieborough

 

5

Ballymachugh

 

6

Castlerahan

 

7

Castleterra

 

8

Crosserlough

 

9

Denn

 

10

Drumgoon

 

11

Drumlane

 

12

Drumlumman

 

13

Drumreilly

 

14

Drung

 

15

Enniskeen

 

16

Kilbride

 

17

Kildallan

 

18

Kildrumsherdan

 

19

Killashandra

 

20

Killinagh

 

21

Killinkere

 

22

Kilmore

 

23

Kinawley

 

24

Knockbride

 

25

Larah

 

26

Lavey

 

27

Loughan of Castlekeeran

 

28

Lurgan

 

29

Moybolgue

 

30

Mullagh

 

31

Munterconnaught

 

32

Scrabby

 

33

Shercock

 

34

Templeport

 

35

Tomregan

 

36

Urney