Culture Night 2021 with Cavan Library Service

Date and time: 09 September 2021 @ 00:00 to 18 September 2021 @ 00:00



NOTE!!! New time for Oliver Gargan Exhibition in Bailieborough Library - now opens at 5.15pm -7.00pm

Covid guidelines and social distancing will be in place

All welcome

Covid guidelines and social distancing will be in place


All welcome - NOTE! New time of 5.15pm - 6.45pm

Covid guidelines and social distancing will be in place


Bilingual talk “Ardscoil Bhreifne Cavan’s Irish College, Glangevlin 1920-1924”

le Aogán Ó Fearghaíl

This event will go LIVE on 17th September at 8.00pm


Link to this event will be available on 17th September



Centenary Lecture Series 2020-2021

Date and time: 24 July 2020 @ 00:00 to 30 December 2021 @ 00:00

Cavan County Council’s Historian in Residence, Dr Brendan Scott has been appointed to draw a Cavan based focus on the Decade of Centenaries.

History lectures, podcasts, exhibitions, school outreach, and a published collection of historical essays are among the range initiatives planned as Dr Scott charts this tumultuous period in Irish history.  All content can be found on www.cavancoco.ie/centenaries and on facebook.com/cavancoco


Fortnightly Podcast Series from 22 July 2021

NEW!!! The 'Cavan History' Podcast Series is available on SpotifyAcast and online at www.cavancoco.ie/centenaries.

Tune in fornightly on Thursday evenings from 22 July for new episodes!





Fortnightly Webisodes  from 3rd June 2021

Webisodes will premiere on Cavan County Council’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/cavancoco and online at www.cavancoco.ie/centenaries on Thursdays at 7.30pm every fornight.

View past webisodes here

Historian-In-Residence Webisode No. 1 

‘The Death of Captain Thomas Sheridan’

In May 1920, Tom Sheridan, a young IRA volunteer from Ballinagh, was shot and later died of wounds he received while taking part in an ambush. This short lecture discusses Tom and the controversial nature of his death.


Historian-In-Residence Webisode No. 2 

‘The Battle of Lappanduff, 8th May 1921’

In the early hours of 8 May 1921, a military engagement now known as the Battle of Lappanduff took place between the IRA and Crown forces, which was to end in the death of a Belfast-born Volunteer, Sean McCartney, the arrest of a further eight Volunteers and the confiscation of a large consignment of IRA weapons and ammunition. This short webisode investigates this dark day in the IRA’s War of Independence in East Cavan.



Historian-In-Residence  Webisode No. 3 

'The Death of John Finlay'

'In the early hours of Sunday, 12 June 1921, John Finlay, the retired Church of Ireland dean of Leighlin, was taken by members of the IRA from his home at Brackley in Bawnboy, and killed. The circumstances surrounding the controversial death of this popular clergyman have always been unclear. This short webisode will discuss Finlay, his death and memorialisation'

Historian-In-Residence Webisode No. 4 

'The Gaeltacht in Glangevlin, 1921'

On 12 July 1291, a gaeltacht college was opened in Glangevlin, which ran with great success over a number of years. This short webisode discusses its foundation, some of the people involved and the story of the Glangevlin Gaeltacht College. 


Historian-In-Residence Webisode No. 5

'The Death of Brother Michael Morgan'

'On 22 July 1920, Brother Michael Morgan, a member of the Redemptorist Order from Drumavaddy in the parish of Denn, was 28 years old when he was shot dead in Clonard Monastery, Belfast. This short webisode investigates Brother Morgan's Cavan origins, his life and his death in Belfast.' 


Historian-In-Residence Webisode No. 6

'Cavan GAA and Politics'

The GAA and politics have always been close bedfellows, especially during the first 40 years of its existence. This short webisode discusses the GAA and Nationalist politics in Cavan from its early days and especially during the 1910s and early 1920s.




Cavan Library service is delighted to present this Centenary Lecture Series which was originally showcased in September/October 2020.           

Speakers include Dr Sinéad McCoole, Dr Brian Hughes, Fr. Ultan McGoohan, Dr Darragh Gannon, John Dorney and Dr Mary McAuliffe.

You can still access the full lectures below at any time.  Share details with friends and colleagues too!                                                                                                  

This lecture series forms part of Cavan County Council’s Decade of Centenaries 2020 programme and is supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 Initiative.

Lecture 1 


Lecture 2 


Lecture 3 


Lecture 4 


Lecture 5  


Lecture 6  








Spring Into Storytime - Join Us!

Date and time: 31 March 2021 @ 00:00 to 30 April 2022 @ 00:00

Public libraries’ annual Spring Into Storytime programme promises to bring the magic of storytime to homes across the country this April.  Spring Into Storytime is moving online and Cavan Library Service will organise virtual events and activities, all based around reading and listening to stories, which families can enjoy.

The programme provides an ideal opportunity for children to take time to enjoy a variety of stories through online storytimes by library staff and authors and experience reading as an activity which is fun, entertaining and allows families to share this happy time together.

Reading with children and access to books has many important long-term benefits. Children who develop an interest in stories and reading have been found to have greater self-esteem and well-being, greater creativity and imagination, better social and health outcomes, and an overall better quality of life as they get older. The Spring into Storytime initiative is a creative way in which children’s literacy skills can be developed.

You and your family can enjoy the following - click on the links below to explore all we have on offer for Spring Into Storytime 2020!


Join author and magician Colin Walker as he reads from his book 'Buggle Valley'. Enjoy a little bit of MAGIC too!!

Join author and magician Colin Walker as he reads from his book 'The Sneeze Beez'. He has a cute rabbit friend joining him!



Join author and illustrator Dolores Keaveney as she reads her book and 'If I were a Bee'.  Learn all about the honey bee and how honey is made - from hive to honeypot!


Join author and illustrator Dolores Keaveney as she reads her book and 'Dee the Bee'.  Learn all about the honey bee and how honey is made - from hive to honeypot! PREMIERES 26 APRIL

Bee colouring pages - share your colouring on our Facebook page - facebook.com/CavanLibrary



Branch librarian Marleen as she reads 'The President's Cat' by Peter Donnelly.

Cat colouring pages - share your colouring on our Facebook page - facebook.com/CavanLibrary   


Join Branch librarian Marleen as she reads 'Brian and the Vikings' by Chris Judge.


Join Branch librarian Marleen as she reads 'The Magic Moment' by Niall Breslin



'The Easter Bunny's Cracked Egg' & The Bellamont Bear and the Easter Bunny'

Join author and magician Colin Walker as he perfoms his story 'The Easter Bunny's Cracked egg'. 

He also shows Bellamont Bear on a wander in Erica's Fairy Forest and tells the story 'The Bellamont Bear and the Easter Bunny!


Easter Bunny colouring pages - share your colouring on our Facebook page - facebook.com/CavanLibrary


For more you can follow our social media channels at facebook.com/cavanlibrary. You can also visit www.librariesireland.ie where online storytimes from library staff all over Ireland will be uploaded.