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Bealtaine Fest 2022 - 'Poems we learned at school and poems we have penned'

To celebrate Bealtaine Festival 2022 Cavan Library Service asked older people in Cavan to give us a flavour of the poems they learned at school or to recite some of their own poetry. We had a fantastic response and are delighted to present this video 'Poems we learned and school and poems we have penned' featuring Rosemary Murphy, Ballintemple ICA - Barney O’Reilly, Virginia Men’s Shed - Rosemary Cunningham, Lough an Leagh ICA - Dympna O’Reilly, Active Virginians - Bridget Tierney, Gowna (in her 107th Year) - Mel Doherty, Cavan - Hugh O'Brien, Cootehill and Carmel McCabe, Cootehill. They perform a mix of poems in English and as Gaeilge with a healthy sprinkling of talent! Thank you to all who took part and we hope you enjoy! See the video on Facebook.com/CavanLibrary or here on our website.

My Little Library Book Bags

Cavan Libraries is delighted to offer free book bags to all children starting school in September! All children starting school in September 2022 can get their free Book Bag at their local library in Cavan now. The ‘My Little Library Book Bag’ initiative is a collaboration between libraries and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth as part of the First 5 Strategy and will help them to prepare for this big step! Every child can join the library too and receive their passport to adventure!

A Century of Change Recordings - now available to library members

Cavan Library Service is delighted to offer free access to the Irish Life and Lore History Collection, '1922-2022: A Century of Change Part 1&2'. This oral history project marks the centenary of the formation of the Irish Free State (Saorstát Eireann). It records and catalogues the testimony of individuals who themselves, or their immediate families, have helped to create the vibrant Ireland in which we live and work today. Contact archives@cavancoco.ie or ring 049 4378500 for details of how you can access this wonderful resource.



We are looking forward to celebrating Bealtaine Festival 2022 with some fantastic online events.


Poem's We Learned at School - Premieres 17th May at 7.00pm 


Bees and Beekeeping in the Springtime a talk by Aidan Brady is live online on Zoom on 26th May at 7.00pm.  Zoom ID 82385081088

Patrick Cassidy's recently recorded talk on Co. Cavan's Linen Story is now available for viewing here!


The free My Little Library Book Bags have arrived!!! Is your child starting school this September?? Call in to any library in Cavan collect a beautiful bag of books, including a guide for parents and a library card holder for your child. A lovely gift to encourage your child to read and to help them prepare for this big step!

The ‘My Little Library Book Bag’ initiative is a collaboration between libraries and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth as part of the First 5 Strategy.


Cavan Library Service along with libraries all over the country has introduced a new online library system with improved functionality to help us provide a better service to library members.

The new system will has many improved features.

· Logging into your library account, and managing your reserves, reading lists and contact information is much easier.

· The catalogue is easier to use and will have images and recommendations as well as themed bookshelves and links to useful resources.

· You can find, borrow and reserve eBooks and eAudiobooks as well as physical books in one searchable catalogue.

· You can renew your library membership online for the first time.

· Our new system looks and works great on mobile phones and tablets.



Note: When you log in for the first time, you will be asked to reset your PIN.  If you have any issues please contact you local library - staff will be ready to help.


Access and Finding Aid 

An index to this remarkable collection is available onlineA hard copy of the index is also available at the front desk in Johnston Central Library. 

To access items from the Bishop MacKiernan Collection, it is necessary to make an appointment. 

All enquiries must be directed to archives@cavancoco.ie


Cavan Library Service is delighted to offer free access to the Irish Life and Lore Oral History Collection, '1922-2022: A Century of Change Part 1&2'. For information on how to access this invaluable resirce contact archives@cavancoco.ie or ring 049 4378500.


With so many items to borrow and space to read, relax, explore, work or learn at your local library, no wonder people are just dropping in! #DropIn


In 2021 Cavan County Council’s Historian-in-Residence, Dr Brendan Scott  presented a very successful programme of webisodes, podcasts, exhibitions, school outreach, and published a collection of historical essays as part of the ongoing Decade of Centenaries Commemorations. 

You can enjoy the Autumn 2021 Lecture Series and all other online events on www.facebook.com/cavancoco and online at www.cavancoco.ie/centenaries

The 'Cavan History' Podcast Series is available on Spotify, Acast and online at www.cavancoco.ie/centenaries


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