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Past Events

Cavan County Museum recently held a number of events which reached out to the community and were great successes.


Past Events


Melting Down Conference

Exploring Themes of Emmigration, Exile and Place

This conference will examine some aspects of migration. The story is a vast one.

A small part of it will be told here in words and music.



Close To Home

Roisin Duffy is an Irish artist and poet, originally from Co. Cavan and now living in Co. Monaghan. She has had four solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions, both locally and nationally.
Her work is included in the collections of Cavan County County Council, Bonfire Advertising Agency, the Airfield Trust and Pike Insurances, and in many private collections from Iceland to Japan.

Her slate sculptures have been accepted into the “Sustainable Futures” exhibition in the Limerick City Gallery.




American Blues Acoustic Evening

With K. J. Sweeney (One of the country's finest acoustic guitar players and vocalist)

Accompanied by Tony (the harp) Clarke (One of the World's finest harmonica players)

An evening of American Country Blues from the 1920s and 30s in celebration of the American festival of Independence Day. Old songs from the Appalachian Mountains, the Mississippi Delta and the Texas Panhandle.

Admission €5

To book please contact the Museum at 049-8544070



Comhaltas Seisiún

Come along and enjoy Evenings of Music, Song, Dance and Storytelling.

Everyone welcome



Art Auction


Cavan County Museum

Invites you and your guest to an

Art Auction

Friday 29th June at 8 p.m.

Featuring Artists Paul Henry, Brian Ballard, J. P. Dunleavy, Brian Brennan, Joey Burns and many more.

Auctioneer Damien Matthews

Viewing of work in the Museum’s Eden Gallery

Proceeds to the Vivion White Benevolent Fund




Honour The Past - Share The Future

Cavan Rural Enabler Programme in Partnership with Cavan County Museum
Invite you and your guest to a Lecture By Richard Doherty ~ Military Historian,Writer and Broadcaster


Sunday 13th May 2012 at 2.30 p.m.

Refreshments served

‘Irish Involvement in World War 1 and the Contribution of General Sir Oliver Nugent'



Intergenerational Drawing Workshop

Free of charge

Artist Ruth McDonald will run an intergenerational drawing workshop using pencil and colour in the County Museum.

Open to all 


‘ The Wisdom and Wit of the Cavan People! - Local Folklore'



Dr Seamus Mac Gabhann presents a lecture on Ulster's Folklore and its history. To coincide with the return to Cavan after almost 200 years of the Virginia Brooch.

This is as part of Virginia 400, a celebration of 400 years of Virginia Town. 1612 -2012.




Picnic For The Planet


History Ireland Hedge School



History Ireland Editor Tommy Graham will be hosting a Hedge School, a lively round-table discussion with historians and well-known personalities.





Robert Lynch (Glasgow University)

Matthew Lewis (Queen's University)

Fearghal McGarry (Queen's University), and

Aogán Ó Fearghall (President, Ulster Council GAA)

will be speaking about topics raised by the question below:




War of Indepencence: 'Four glorious years' or squalid sectarian conflict (The North)?







The Joys of Summer



An exhibition of artworks by Eamon Reilly,

officially opened by Dermot Healy,

with a welcoming address from Cllr Sean McKiernan (Chairman)





Annual Arthur Griffith Lecture

Tim Pat Coogan, Historian and Writer presents "Griffith would have jailed them" the annual Arthur Griffith Lecture.

annual arthur griffith lecture with tim pat coogan


St Patrick's Day Lit Lab Event



Busy Bee Workshops

Wild weekends at Cavan County Museum



Fun, hands-on activities for children ages 4 - 13 years.

Two 2 hour workshops from 11am - 1pm or 2pm - 4pm

Places limited so booking is essential. €10 (reduced family rates available)


Elizabeth 1st and the Earl of Leicester

A Tudor Love Story
Lecture by Dr. Brendan Scott






I Love Trad

Cavan Town Comhaltas Branch


The children from Cavan Town CCE will be playing traditional music from 8PM, for 40 mins, the star attraction of the night will be Michael Curran, Tyrone, the All-Ireland and Ulster Button Accordion champion.


Philip Clarke, the chairman of the county board, will address the audience and guests will have the ability to view the "Comhaltas 60" exhibition whilst the music plays.


Entrance is free and refreshments will be served, there will also be a raffle.


Story Telling Evening - Changing Times

Changing Times with Patsy McDermott and Guests - Cavan County Museum would like to invite you to join us for an evening with Patsy McDermott. We promise an entertaining evening filled with jokes, banter and hilarious stories. Please call Savina on 049-854 4070 to book.


An Awakening - From Dark Towards Light



To celebrate the opening of the museum's Eden Gallery  Rikki Van Den Berg will be exhibiting "An Awakening - From Dark Towards Light"

The opening will take place on Thursday 15th December 2011 at 8PM, we are delighted to announce that the official opening will be by Shane Connaughton.


Lecture ~ Murtagh King, William Bedell and the making of the Irish Bible


County Museum and Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne invite you and your guest to 'Murtagh King, William Bedell and the making of the Irish Bible' by Dr Brendan Scott



Culture Night at Cavan County Museum

Location: Cavan  County Museum

Admission: Free Event

Celebrate Culture Night with Readings and Music by the Lit Lab Group of Readers and Writers from Cavan and Meath. Also enjoy Storytelling with Ronan Matthews and his fantastic group of Storytellers.

Culture Night is an initiative co-ordinated by Temple Bar Cultural Trust and supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with County Cavan Cultural Providers.



Heritage Sunday at Cavan County Museum

Cavan County Museum and Heritage Office Cavan County Council are hosting a Family Fun Day on Sunday 28th August 2011 from 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.
People all over Ireland are being encouraged by the Heritage Council to get involved in National Heritage Week by attending an event in their community.

Admission Free - Everyone welcome


'An Traidisiun Beo' - celebrating 60 years of Comhaltas (1951- 2011)

Location: Cavan County Museum, Ballyjamesduff
Admission: Free

'An Traidisiun Beo' (The Living Tradition) is an exhibition on Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann from its establishment in 1951 to its growing presence across the world today.




Elizabeth Carthy Book Launch

Location: Cavan County Museum, Ballyjamesduff.
Admission: Free

Join former Cavan County footballer Bernard Morris, in the launch of Elizabeth Carthy's new publication, 'The Dark Side of the Moon'.



'Tabula Rasa' Exhibition by Claire Halpin, Artist

Location:  Temporary Exhibition Gallery, Cavan County Museum, Ballyjamesduff.

Admission:  Free

Tabula Rasa










Exibition Title: Tabula Rasa
by Artist, Claire Halpin

This exhibition is an overview of work developed over the last two years which takes its imagery from a number of sources from media photos of areas of conflict to paintings from the canon of art history from Byzantine and Early Renaissance. The techniques employed range from the traditional form and materials of icon painting through to traditional oil painting and photographic transfer.

Claire's work presents a contradiction within each painting between the subject matter and its rendering through paint. In the photographic transfer paintings the initial shock and graphicness of the subject matter gives way to a luring in by the painted surface. The Tableau from Georgia pieces are rendered to look like romanticised landscapes but on closer viewing reveal traces of abandoned soviet architecture in the landscape.

These images are taken from photos from Claire's travels during a residency to Georgia in 2010. This work in this exhibition is bracketed by Madonna and Child, Georgia which used a media image of the war in Georgia to the tableau series which revisits some of the sites of this war in 2008.

The themes in the work concern the use of imagery and how we perceive and interpret imagery and paintings depending on how they are painted and how the context in which we view images influences our perception and interpretation of them. It in some ways echoes religious paintings from the canon of art history - the subject matter was usually very gruesome but through being presented in painted form their impact has over the centuries, changed from the shock and horror of their subject matter or moral lesson to the impact of the beauty of their painting.

These paintings raise questions about how we remember the past; choose to record history - the veracity of painting, photography, and the media in documenting future history.

Artist’s Biography
Claire Halpin graduated from D.I.T with B.A Honours in Painting (1996) and went on to complete her Masters at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, Scotland (1998). Since graduating she has exhibited widely in group exhibitions in Ireland and abroad including 178th Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, Dublin; Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition, Belfast and Cluster at Stone Gallery, Dublin. Claire has had a number of solo exhibitions including Anaesthetic Aesthetics at Rua Red South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght (2010), Always Now at Talbot Gallery, Dublin (2008), Eidetic Amalgams at Basement Gallery, Dundalk (2006) and solo exhibitions at Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, Model Arts Centre, Sligo. Her paintings are included in many private, public and corporate collections.

In October 2010 Claire participated in a one month artist residency in Tbilisi, Georgia as part of the Samkura Residency Programme. Along with two other Irish artists Claire represented Ireland at Tbilisi’s Artisterium 2010, Georgia’s annual international contemporary art exhibition.


Fr. Thomas Finlay S.J. Lecture Founder of the Co-Operative Agricultural Movement in Ireland by Dr. Frank Brennan - Historian Irish Co-Operative Movement

Location: Temporary Exhibition Gallery
Admission:  Free

Cavan County Museum's Lecture Series 2011

Fr. Thomas Finlay S.J. Founder of the Co-Operative Agricultural Movement in Ireland by Dr. Frank Brennan - Historian Irish Co-Operative Movement


Concert with Charlie McGettigan, Singer Songwriter, John McBreen, Violin, Eamonn Maguire, Storyteller at 8.30 p.m.

In Association with NYAH 2011 Cavan County Museum will host a Concert with Charlie McGettigan, Singer Songwriter, John McBreen, Violin, Eamonn Maguire, Storyteller.  Admission €10


Exhibition of 'New Drawings' by Maggie Deignan


Cavan County Museum and Arts Office, Cavan County Council
to host Exhibition of ‘New Drawings’
by Maggie Deignan, Artist.

Official opening Saturday 5th March ’11 at 3 p.m. at Cavan County Museum

This exhibition consists of several large scale drawings, and a set of smaller works taken from notebooks. The drawings are not straightforward narratives – they offer a dreamlike conjunction of imagery. Some themes recur - childhood rituals and games and the interactions of the subjects. They seem pre-occupied with their random activities.

The artist chose to make drawings which had not been pre-planned to any great extent
The resulting improvisational process is visible in the layering, the erasing and the re-working of the drawings. This process has the effect of denying the viewer a definite interpretation of the work, instead inviting him/ her engage in the interpretation for his/herself.




Till The Cows Come Home

Till The Cows Come Home
an exhibition of recent and new works by
Alan-James Burns

till the cows come home

Official Opening by Vaari Claffey, Independent Curator

Launch: Saturday February 12th 3p.m.
Exhibition continues through March 1st

The age old phase ‘Till the cows come home’ implies that it will never happen, but any true farmer will tell you that the cows always come home twice a day.

Cavan County Museum is pleased to present Till The Cows Come Home: an exhibition of recent and new works by Alan-James Burns.

Alan-James Burns creates performance works that frequently accumulate in an assemblage of self-contained activities.
Till The Cows Come Home features a selection of video works that investigate the cause of defining differences in physical and behavioral traits. The inherent control that circumstantial nurturing has over the consciousness is intrinsic to the ideology of this exhibition. With an interest in theories of classical and second order conditioning Burns conducts experiments and makes observations on the ability to act, think and feel autonomously. Ubiquitous characteristics, values and understandings are brought into question against the individual’s desire to be unique.

Burns graduated from Dublin Institute of Technology, 2008 with a first class honours and has exhibited and studied throughout Ireland and internationally. He has recently exhibited in Exchange Dublin, Temple Bar, and in the Potential of Vacancy Dun laoghaire 2010, Relocating Discovery Basement Project Space, Art trail 2009 and E’3 Film at Prix Europa Berlin October 2008. He has undertaken a commission for Cavan County Council and residencies in St. Petersburg, Russia and Basement Project Space Cork, Ireland. He was awarded the Rose Project art award in 2006, E’3 Film Grant 2008, Cavan County Council Bursary Award 2009 and an Arts Council of Ireland Travel and Training Award 2009.


'The Old Portal and Church of Ireland Cathedral at Kilmore'


Museum Lecture Series 2011

'The Old Portal and Church of Ireland  Cathedral at Kilmore'


Dr. Rachel Moss, Trinity College, Dublin. 

Everyone welome


The Breac Maedoc on loan from the National Museum of Ireland


The Breac Maedoc comes to Cavan County Museum on loan from the National Museum of Ireland
The Bell of St. Mogue will also be on loan from
Armagh Public Library
From Tuesday 12th October – Friday 22nd October 2010
The Breac Maedoc

The Breac Maedoc and the Bell of St. Mogue are associated with St. Mogue (Maedoc or Aidan), who was born in the 6th century on the small island of Inis Breachmhaigh (now Mogue’s Island) at Bawnboy, Co. Cavan. St. Mogue spent his youth in Cavan and became known for performing miracles to protect and aid local people. He left Ireland and studied under St. David in Wales for many years, before returning to Ireland and founding his own monastery at Ferns in Co.Wexford around 570 A.D. Although he is commonly referred to as the Bishop of Ferns, St. Mogue still has a close association with his native Cavan.
The Breac Maedoc (St. Mogue’s Shrine) is of enormous cultural importance to Cavan. It dates from the 9th century, and is a fine example of an early medieval reliquary, which were normally used to house the relics of important saints. The shrine is one of the earliest of its kind in Ireland and is constructed in the shape of an ancient cill or church. The sides of the shrine were later decorated with ornamental designs and embossed figures in 8th century costume, and the workmanship is of a very high quality for its period (11th century).
During the middle ages the shrine was kept at Drumlane abbey in Cavan, on the site of the original monastery associated with St. Mogue in his youth. It was highly prized as a religious object with miraculous powers, and would have attracted many pilgrims to the site. Following the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII the shrine fell into the possession of the Mac Graghan family and eventually into the hands of the local clergy in the parish of Drumlane. In later years it was often borrowed for use as a sacred object upon which to swear a binding oath. The great antiquarian Dr. George Petrie purchased the object in the mid-19th century and upon his death it was acquired by the Royal Irish Academy, who in turn gave it to the National Museum of Ireland in the 1890s.

Legend says that the Bell of St. Mogue was given to the infant saint on his birth by St. Killian, who baptised him. The bell remained on Mogue’s Island in Cavan for centuries under the guardianship of local families until it was eventually housed in the Armagh Public Library. The casing for the bell is believed to be 10th/11th century in origin.
For Further information please contact: Savina Donohoe, Cavan County Museum – 049-8544070
Museum opening times: Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – special opening on Sunday 17th October from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. to give people every opportunity to see this unique historical artefact.

There will be a lecture by Dr. Brendan Scott on the history of ‘The Breac Maedoc’ on Thursday 21st October at 8 p.m. in Cavan County Museum. Everyone welcome.


Past Events

Past Events

Cavan County Museum recently held a number of events which reached out to the community and were great successes.

Culture Night Cavan 2011

Culture Night took place on the 23rd of September 2011 at various locations throughout County Cavan. Cavan County Museum hosted a very special evening in conjunction with Culture Night, providing a great night of entertainment for all ages. The event included storytelling by Ronan Matthews; A collection of music and readings from Lit Lab Cavan and Meath writetrs and musical entertainment by Tony Clarke and Kevin Sweeney.

ailbhe matthews
 Ailbhe Matthews entertains the crowd

tony clarke and kevin sweeney
 Tony Clarke and Kevin Sweeney perform on Culture Night

ronan matthews
 Ronan Matthews

 Culture Night at Cavan County Museum

musical entertainment
 Musical Performance Culture Night 2011

ronan matthews
 Storyteller Ronan Matthews entertains the audience at Cavan County Museum


Donovan Days

Cavan County Museum and Cavan County Council Arts Office are delighted to announce a very special Donovan celebration entitled ‘Donovan Days’ from 10-12 July 2009 at Cavan County Museum, Ballyjamesduff. 

Donovan was at the vanguard of the pop revolution Donovanof the 1960s, when his songs became the soundtrack for a generation. A poet and artist, he was the writer and performer of classic hits such as Catch the Wind, Mellow Yellow and Sunshine Superman. A close associate of The Beatles, he travelled with the group to India in 1968, where he gave John Lennon guitar lessons. Hurdy Gurdy Man, another classic Donovan track, featured members of Led Zeppelin before they became famous.

Special and exciting events will take place over the weekend in Ballyjamesduff, they include:

Friday 10th July
launch of an exhibition of Donovan’s artwork, a collection of Sapphographs for their European unveiling in Cavan in association with Govinda Gallery, Washington DC and curated by Chris Murray. This exhibition is dedicated to and inspired by the Greek poet Sappho . Contributors to the catalogue include Gregory Nagy, Director of the Centre for Hellenic Studies, Harvard Professor and a fore most scholar on Sappho.

Saturday 11th July
a concert in tribute to Donovan at the Museum. This will be a celebration of Donovan’s influences the Scottish and Irish Celtic traditions and his legacy. Donovan will perform some of his best-loved songs at this concert as a Special Guest. Other guests on the night will include Sean Ó Sé, the renowned singer and performer from west Cork; Noel Battle, 12 times All-Ireland mouth organ champion, and Seamus Fay, Cavan’s lilter, along with the Nyah musicians.

Sunday 12th July
a screening of the award winning Donovan documentary ‘Sunshine Superman’ will take place at Ramor Theatre, Virginia, followed by a rare Q&A session with Donovan moderated by Chris Murray, Govinda Gallery.

This very special celebratory event will be complemented with an exciting and varied line up of workshops and performances for children and adults at the museum complex. It’s a unique opportunity to meet a living legend in intimate surroundings as he shares his music, song and art with us. You won’t want to miss this once off celebration of the life and art of the unique force in world culture that is Donovan! Further details Cavan County Museum +35349 8544070.

Kiln Art

‘Kiln Art’ by Maire Egan along with her students past and present – June 25th 8 p.m.

Ever Since

Adrian Colwell, Drumrora, Crosserlough and Patricia McCormack, Mountnugent are currently in their 2nd year in Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology studying Visual Arts Practice.

Since moving to Dublin, and beginning their course, their art practice has changed significantly. Both are now majoring in photography, performance, video and sound. These media have influenced their approach to subject matters they dealt with when they last exhibited at the Museum as well as subject matters they are dealing with presently.

As such, the work in ‘Ever Since’ is concerned with time and change. It deals with the effect that time has on art and creation, as well as reflecting on our personal experiences. It is their intention with the show to portray their past and present, to show their transition as artists and to evoke awareness of their relationships with time.

Exhibition opens at Cavan County Museum on Thursday 21st May at 8 p.m. Official opening by Edwin Lynch, Art & Design Department, Cavan Institute. Everyone welcome.


Samhain "time of the little sun"

Opening Thursday 9 October 2008, 8.30p.m.

Lydia Bourke: Imelda Bradley; Roisin Duffy;Orla Galligan; Avril Gould; Maria Gkinala; Patsy Lee; Gillian Mee; Miriam McDwyer;Emma McSherry; Carmel O'Callaghan; Celia Richard; Freda Young;

Cavan Visual Artists Network.

This is an exploration of Halloween and the start of winter evenings. There is a link to the past here, as Samhain was celebrated in the Gaelic Culture of our forebears.


Beatles Exhibition "Now These Days Are Gone"

6 November 2008, 8.30 p.m.

A Photographic Exhibition of The Beatles in 1965

When photojournalist Michael Peto died in 1970 his extensive collection of 130,000 prints and negatives was left to the University of Dundee by his family. Two years ago the university discovered over 500 photographs of The Beatles, the most influential band in history, of which only three had ever been published.

The discovery of the photographs stirred worldwide attention. Shot in 1965, the Michael Peto collection features images of John, Paul, George, and Ringo at the time of the filming of the movie Help!, in the studio, taking tea-breaks, at press conferences and at home. Close associates such as Brian Epstein, George Martin, Mal Evans and Neil Aspinall, along with Beatle wives and girlfriends, are also evident throughout the photographic collection.

‘Michael Peto's photographs of The Beatles give us a remarkable behind-the-scenes look at a band which was at the height of its power and fame’, says Patricia Whatley, Dundee University Archivist.

This exhibition, which has been shown in London and Liverpool, will open at Cavan County Museum on Thursday 6th November at 8.30 p.m.

To coincide with this unique exhibition Ramor Theatre, Virginia is holding a ‘Beatles Tribute Night’ on Friday 21st November 2008. Two opportunities not to be missed by fans of John, Paul, George and Ringo.



27 November 2008, 8.30 p.m.

Keith Armstrong Exhibition

An exhibition of a variety of subjects in oils which will explore the technique of applying strong vibrant colours in thick layers and textures, using light and shade to emphasise elements of composition.



Lectures Series: Murder in 19th Century Cavan

12 November 2008

Dr. Georgina Laragy.



Christmas Evening with Music and Readings

Thursday 18 December 2008, 8 p.m.

The shape of things remaining

July 2008

Cavan County Museum looks set to provide a real treat for locals and visitors alike over the holiday period, with the opening of their new exhibition, “The shape of things remaining”. The paintings on display are all new works created for this exhibition by the Irish artist Tommy Barr.

The paintings are the result of his travels in the County over the last year and a half. For Tommy, the research for this exhibition has been and absolute pleasure. Since ancient times, the middle of Ireland has been the sacred heart of the Island. The landscape resonates with the ghosts of the past. Nowhere is this more obvious than in County Cavan and in particular in and around the Burren, so the inspiration has come easily.

The exhibition includes paintings derived from sacred sites (both Christian and pre-Christian), folklore, artifacts (from both the Cavan and National Museums) and traumatic events in the history of the County.

Tommy’s paintings have a highly individual look. He is described by Dr Greer Ramsey of the Armagh County Museum as an artist who “draws upon the past for inspiration, producing modern pieces in a distinctive and instantly recognizable style”. With his work recently collected by the National Galleries of both Jordan and Bulgaria, that recognition is becoming much more widespread.

Tommy is quick to praise the Museum and its staff who have so readily assisted him with the preparation of the paintings. He believes this is “a fabulous resource for the people of the County”.

He is looking forward to seeing the paintings in place and expresses the hope that “those viewing the exhibition might get a little glimpse of the footprints of their ancestors. Perhaps having seen the exhibition, visitors will want to pause next time they pass one of these ancient sites or artifacts, and take the time to enjoy the gifts of the past”.


“Diversity” is the name given to this year’s Art, Craft and Design Exhibition in 2008 in the Cavan County Museum in Ballyjamesduff. The show will open on the 17th of April at 8 p.m. and will run for two weeks. This exhibition is a collaboration between sixteen new artists currently studying at Cavan Institute, presenting new and exciting work to the art world. Many different methods and styles were used, promising a very wide selection of art, through the medium of paint, print, sculpture and drawing, from the students.
The Art, Craft and Design course in Cavan Institute is a one-year course which is primarily concerned with portfolio preparation for further art study. However the course also attracts a significant number of both mature students and recent school-leavers. Students also study modules in Communications and Image Processing. The course aims to encourage and develop student’s artistic abilities.
The Art, Craft and Design class is small enough to provide plenty of tuition for each individual student and also to encourage experimentation with various materials and subject matter. Still-life, life drawing, sculpture and computer-aided design are all featured.

“Seen – Not Heard”

An exciting travelling exhibition entitled “Seen But Not Heard – A Century Of Childhood In Ireland’, dealing with Irish childhood in the twentieth century is currently being curated by a number of County Museums in Ireland, including Cavan County Museum. Commissioned by The Local Authority Museums Network and funded by The Heritage Council of Ireland, the exhibition will tour the country during 2008 / 2009.

In what is a major coup, the exhibition will receive its national launch at Cavan County Museum on 1 May 2008, when it will be opened by Minister Brendan Smith. ‘Education’, ‘Health’, ‘Crime and Punishment’ and ‘Work and Play’ are just some of the many themes to be explored in this unique interactive exhibition.

Schools, youth groups and adults will all find something to interest them in this exhibition which will run until the end of June. The exhibition will feature photographs, toys, audio recordings, clothing, school books and other artefacts associated with childhood during the twentieth century.


Cavan County Museum in association with The National Gallery of Ireland will host a National Day

Saturday 24th May 2008

This annual event is an opportunity to encourage people to try drawing and sketching in the beautiful and inspiring environment of the County Museum. Drawing is a universal language understood by everyone regardless of age, language or nationality. Participants will try out different ways of drawing which will be both a learning experience and fun. The workshops will be facilitated by artists Michelle Boyle and Riki Van den Berg.

Adults: 10.30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Children: 2.30 p.m. - 5 p.m. (age 7+) * families.

Adults €20
Children €10

Please contact the Museum for further details: +35349-8544070


Edel Campbell Exhibition

opening Friday 13th June at 8 p.m.

“This coexistence of things in a space to which we add consciousness of our own existence is a very concrete thing”.

Gaston Bachelard, “The poetics of space”

Simple line drawings are the starting point for much of Edel Campbell’s work. Using a combination of painting, drawing, sculpture and animation, her most recent body of work explores the notion of ‘transitional spaces’ - spaces that are either in a physical state of modification or those that become altered because of how we experience them.

She is interested in how we read and engage with different kinds of spaces. How we inhabit, navigate and impose our inner world on them. How space, like language is another structure that can be used to express our sense of being in the world.

In her drawings Edel allows the line to follow the contours of objects in space. Each intersection with another object poses a question of which route the line should take. The drawings become a trail, representing a series of decisions based on her observations.

Edel Campbell studied Fine Art in NCAD, graduating in 1996 and recently completed a Masters in Multimedia systems in Trinity College. Edel is currently based in Red Stables Studios in Dublin.


Flint Mining in Poland

A new initiative to promote co-operation between museums in Ireland and Poland will unveil at Cavan County Museum on Sunday 24th February 2008.

Cavan County Museum will host of a travelling exhibition from the National Archaeological Museum in Poland. The exhibition, Flint Mining in Poland, will examine the development of flint extraction and production in prehistoric communities in Poland and Central Europe. This exhibition includes original artefacts from these early mines, objects associated with the miners, models of the mines and audio visual displays on the processes. The text for the exhibition will be in English and Polish and has been designed to appeal to schools, families and the general public. This exhibition will be of interest to Polish people living in the local and surrounding areas.

The exhibition will open at Cavan County Museum on Sunday 24th February 2008 and will run until end of March.


THE BACK RIVER; An Arctic Journey

Talk and Slide Show by Peter Cork
Wednesday February 20th 8 p.m. Everyone welcome.

The Back river is one of the great remote rivers in the Canadian North. The name given to it by native people’s translates as ‘The Great Fish River’. It is 1000km long and its entire catchment is uninhabited. It was first travelled in the 1830’s by Captain George Back. This was during the period when the British were seeking the elusive ‘North-West Passage’ and Back had been sent to reach the Arctic Ocean, via an overland Canadian route, to seek a Captain Ross who had failed to return from an earlier Arctic Journey. Captain Back’s journey is regarded as one of the great arctic travel achievements.

It is believed that the first full descent of the river since Captain Back took place in the 1950’s. It is now looked upon as a serious canoeing challenge which a small number undertake each year. The river catchment remains unchanged since the time of Captain Back.
In the 1990’s, Bernard Murray and Peter Cork descended the river in a two man canoe. This slide show presentation is an account of this special journey.

Cavan County Museum - Lecture Series 2008dooley

Dr. Terence Dooley (NUI Maynooth) ‘Social Memory and the Murders at Wildgoose Lodge, Co. Louth: Agrarian Crime and Punishment in Pre-Famine Ireland’

Tuesday 25th March 8 p.m. Everyone Welcome. Admission Free.




Roy Foster, one of Ireland's leading historians, is Professor of History and a Fellow of fosterHertford College, Oxford. He is the author of the much acclaimed two-volume biography of W.B. Yeats as well as the definitive history Modern Ireland, and editor of The Oxford History of Ireland. His most recent book is Luck and the Irish: A Brief History of Change from 1970 (Oxford, 2007).

Cavan County Museum – Thursday 3rd April 2008 8 p.m.


Patrick Cassidy ‘The Quakers of County Cavan’

Wednesday 30th April 2008, 8 p.m.
Admission Free

On 23 May, the Percy French Group from Bangor, Co. Down, performed to a full house, who were there to celebrate positive age. The group performed songs and recited poems written by Percy French and told stories of his life. The event was a huge success and it is hoped that we shall see our friends from Down again in the near future.






On 6 July, the famous GAA commentator and sports personality, Michéal O'Muircheartaigh, made an appearance at Cavan County Museum to speak as part of Cavan County Museum’s lecture series. Speaking to an enthralled audience, Michéal was interviewed by Owen McConnon, and discussed the GAA in Cavan and in general. Afterwards, Michéal took questions from the audience, who enjoyed a great night with lots of stories and witty tales.

Michael & Mick Higgins
Michéal O’Muircheartaigh with Mick Higgins, one of the stars who graced the Polo Grounds in the All-Ireland SFC final of '47.

Michéal O’Muircheartaigh