County Cavan is in the northern part of the Republic of Ireland. It is on the border of the territory of Northern Ireland, which is politically part of the United Kingdom. Guests staying in budget hotels in Cavan Town, the principal community, may be surprised to learn that it is the only medieval town in Ireland that was actually founded by the Irish.
County Cavan was the site of many ancient battles and legendary murders. A stone at Crom Cruaich marks the grave of the High King Tigernmas, who was killed there in 1413 BC. The same location is associated with a legend about St. Patrick. Many ancient monuments can be seen at Magh Slecht. They include nine megalithic tombs, three early Christian church sites, two early Christian holy wells, and two medieval castles. Near Belturbet you can visit Castle Saunderson. The present castle dates back to the 1840s, but the original was built in the 16th century. Cavan Town dates from the 13th century and has a 19th century church and court house. The Lifeforce Mill, which is hundreds of years old, has been fully restored and is used to make stone-ground flour. Discount hotels in County Cavan are popular with the thousands of sports fishermen who come here every year. They catch brown trout and other game fish in the county’s 350 lakes. This is also the home of Cavan Crystal and the second oldest crystal manufacturer in Ireland.