Local History Lecture 'Virginia Road Railway, 1862-1963'

Date and time: 15 March 2022 @ 00:00 to 23 March 2023 @ 00:00

Virginia Road was a railway station situated on the Meath/Cavan boarder, six miles from Virginia town. The railway line was opened 17th March 1862. It provided goods and passenger service for one hundred years, before it closed permanently in April 1963. Virginia Road railway had a large catchment area and covered a wide hinterland. People and business in Virginia town, Mullagh, Whitegate, Carnaross, Munterconnaught and dozens of surrounding townlands availed of the rail services provided at the Virginia Road railway Station. Very little is known about this rural railway line. This presentation is a brief history of this railway line.

John Smith is a secondary school teacher in Blanchardstown Co. Dublin. He teaches History and Classical Studies. He lives in Virginia and is an active member of the Virginia and District History Society. John has published several articles in Local History Journals, Riocht na Midhe and The Breifne Journal.


2022 Decade of Centenaries Lecture Series

Date and time: 07 April 2022 @ 00:00 to 31 December 2022 @ 00:00

Lecture ‘The attack on Travers R. Blackley, Farnham Estate Agent, 8 April 1922’

by Dr. Brendan Scott

One hundred years on, Cavan County Council's Historian in Residence Dr Brendan Scott looks back on an attack on the Farnham estate agent, which took place on 8th April 1922.

That night, Blackley, the Farnham estate agent was attacked at his home outside Cavan Town by a large group of unidentified men. Three of his assailants were killed, and Blakely survived, but he was forced to leave Cavan, never to return. This talk, which will premiere at 7.30pm on Thursday, 7 April 2022 almost 100 years to the day since the attack occurred, will discuss Blackley's story, the attack itself in the context of the events of 1922, and its aftermath.

This lecture 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.


View webisodes from 2021 lecture series on Cavan County Council website


'The destruction of the Public Record Office in 1922 and the surviving census and census substitute records of Co. Cavan 1821-1911 on www.cavantownlands.com

Date and time: 26 April 2022 @ 00:00 to 26 April 2023 @ 00:00

Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne is association with Cavan Library Service presents 'The destruction of the Public Record Office in 1922 and the surviving census and census substitute records of Co. Cavan 1821-1911 on www.cavantownlands.com' by Michael McShane and Catherine Kerr.