Bealtaine Festival 2022 - A host of great free online events!

Date and time: 28 April 2022 @ 00:00 to 27 May 2022 @ 00:00


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!




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


Craft Groups in Cavan Libraries

Date and time: 22 February 2022 @ 00:00 to 22 February 2023 @ 00:00

Our Craft Groups are beginning to return to our libraries.

Our Craft Groups have always been an integral part of our programming with a great community of talented people and so friendly too!

Johnston Central Library   Ring 049 4378500      Meeting times to be confirmed

Bailieborough Library        Ring 042 9665779      Meeting times to be confirmed

Cootehill Library                 Ring 049 5559873      Meeting times to be confirmed

Belturbet Library                 Meets 10.00am -12.00pm every Tuesday. Ring 049 9522683

Arva Library                         Meets 6.00pm-8.30pm on 1st & 3rd Thursday of the Month Ring 049 4335905




Tai Chi Classes at Cootehill Library

Date and time: 24 February 2022 @ 00:00 to 24 February 2023 @ 00:00

Contact Tony for details or to book your place.  Ring 087 9466030.


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.


'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.  


Reading Groups

Date and time: 19 February 2022 @ 00:00 to 19 February 2024 @ 00:00

Cavan Library Service has four active Reading Groups across the county.  They are friendly and welcoming, with lots of chat about books and much more! Details below if you would like to join.

Johnston Central Library Reading Group First Wednesday of the month at 1.15pm 049 4378500

Bailieborough Library Reading Group Last Thursday of the month at 6.30pm 042 9665779

Cootehill Library Reading Group Second Thursday of the month at 7.00pm 049 5559873

Belturbet Library Reading Group First Tues of the month at 4.00pm   049 9522683


Do You Need Multiple Copies for Your Book Club?

 If you have a Book Club with familly/friends/colleagues and would like to source multiple copies of book - we can help! 

Contact your local library.