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Bawnboy, Ballyconnell, Co Cavan

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The Marble Arch Caves: Discover magical moments in one of Europe’s finest show caves. Set in the heart of the Cuilcagh Lakelands Geopark, the Marble Arch Caves pay homage to the fascinating secrets of a world of subterranean rivers, winding passages, lofty chambers and an array of delicate cave formations.  [30 minutes drive from The Keepers Arms]

Cuilcagh Lakelands UNESCO Geopark: 
The Geopark carries out a range of Geopark education programs on Cuilcagh every year to take a closer look at the many geological features or to conduct field studies on the blanket bog. The Geopark also runs events for the public to enjoy such as Jeep Safaris. [30 minutes drive from The Keepers Arms]

Cavan County Museum: 
The county Museum’s aim is to collect, conserve and ultimately display the material heritage and culture of County Cavan and the surrounding environment.  From exhibitions and displays through the ages, from artefacts from the Stone Age to the unique World War One Trench Experience, there is something for everyone. [45 minutes drive from The Keepers Arms]

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t Mogue’s Island:  Reputedly the birth place of St Mogue (St Aiden) a noted early Irish saint, the island contains early Christian monastic ruins and a graveyard and features largely in local tradition and folklore. It entered the realms of modern folklore in 1943 with the crash of an RAF Beaufighter plane. [5 minutes drive from The Keepers Arms]

Kilnavart Megalithic Tomb: 
This late bronze structure would have being covered by a cairn of stones but all that remains is the well preserved burial chamber. The two adjacent pillar stones may be connected to the site. [15 minutes drive from The Keepers Arms]

The Bawn: 
Located just outside Bawnboy village. This was an Ulster Plantation Fort, possibly built on the site of an old Magauran stronghold probably around 1610/15. The place name Bawnboy derives from the Irish, An B

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– The Yellow Bawn Buí (boy) meaning yellow, received its name from the colour of the sand used in the building of the Bawn. [5 minutes drive from The Keepers Arms]

Holy Trinity (Barn) Church:  This is a rare example of a barn church. A great rarity, certainly one of the finest barn churches surviving in Ireland and as such is of international importance. [5  minutes drive from The Keepers Arms]

Kilnavart Church:  After the overthrow of Crom Cruaich, St Patrick established the Church at Kilnavart. The present building was designed and created in 1876 by William Hague of Cavan. [10 minutes drive from The Keepers Arms]

Bawnboy Workhouse:  A fine cut stone group of buildings erected in 1852. It served the poor of the parishes of Templeport, Corlough, Kildallan, Drumreilly, Newtowngore, Ballinamore, Swanlinbar and part of Glanglevlin.  [2 minutes drive from The Keepers Arms]

St Peter’s Church:  A fifteen century Vatican document records the presence of a Church on this site. The building as ceded to the established (Anglican) Church in 1594. The fine neo-gothic Church that stands there now was rebuilt in 1815.  [5 minutes drive from The Keepers Arms]

Drumlane Abbey:  Drumlane monastic site is located just outside the village of Milltown, County Cavan on a beautiful site overlooking Garfinny Lough, the intriguing monastic site of Drumlane includes an abbey, a monastery and a remarkably intact round tower constructed in the year 555AD. [20 minutes drive from The Keepers Arms]

Fenagh Abbey: Onee of the oldest monastic sites in Ireland, believed to date back to the earliest period of Celtic monasticism. The founder was St. Caillin, thought to have arrived in Fenagh in the 5th century.  The Abbey had a monastic school and was “celebrated for its divinity school, which was resorted to by students from every part of Europe”. [30 minutes drive from The Keepers Arms]

The Shannon Pot:  As the surface rising of Ireland’s longest river, the Shannon Pot’s fame can be traced back to the legendary Finn MacCool and the Fianna, the great warriors of Irish mythology. The site provides ample parking, a children’s play area and a picnic area.  [30 minutes drive from The Keepers Arms]

Glenview Folk Museum:  The Glenview Folk Museum was set up in the year 2000 as it was identified that Ireland was losing its heritage and true identity. The Museum has a private indoor collection of more than 7,000 antique, historical and novel items ranging from pre-Famine Ireland to the recent past.[20 minutes drive from The Keepers Arms]

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