Ireland by Region County Cavan
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Covering and area of 730 square miles of beautiful lakes and river systems is the most southerly county in Ulster - Cavan. Host to two of Ireland's great waterways, the River Shannon and the River Erne, County Cavan offers anglers an all year haven. Ireland's premier trout fishing can be found at Lough Sheelin, a popular destination with fisherman from around the world. 'The Lake Country' also provides ideal cruising with fully automated locks on its still water canals and purpose built moorings for boating and sailing enthusiasts. For the outdoor activist there is also golf, horse riding and marvelous walks in the surrounding woodlands.

With a population of 52,900, Cavan remains a rurally based county with charming villages, historic monuments and breathtaking countryside.

Derived from the Irish name 'Cabhann', a hollow, Cavan was once part of the ancient kingdom of Breifne. Numerous stone circles and megalithic tombs in the county are remnants of Cavan's rich archaeological heritage.

Towns in County Cavan

The county capital is Cavan. Other significant townships include Cootehill, Bailieboro, Kingscourt and Belturbet. Please see town guides for further information.

Business Information

County Cavan has a higher than national average employment sector of 25% based in agriculture giving rise to significant food processing in the meat industry. One sixth of Ireland's pig herd is based in Cavan. Other agri-businesses to emerge are industrial engineering and building materials.

Cavan has attracted long term international companies into the county with the assistance of Cavan County Council and IDA Ireland. Synthetic fibre manufacturer, Wellman International from the US, has been in operation in Cavan for 25years. Other significant overseas businesses in Cavan are Pauwels Trafo from Belgium, Gypsum Industries from the UK and Abbott Laboratories from the US.

County Cavan has its own indigenous successful enterprises including the magnificent Slieve Russell Hotel, Golf Course and Country Club; Cavan Crystal, one of Ireland's oldest crystal producers and other local businesses in construction, services and manufacturing.

The Irish Central Border Area Region initiative and Acumen programme in County Cavan is to promote networking and trade in business and tourism between the border towns and counties.

Helpful contact details for business enquiries

Cavan County Council

Tel: (353) 049 4331799
Cavan County Enterprise Board Tel: (353) 049 4332427
Cavan Chamber of Commerce Tel: (353) 049 4361477
Cavan Monaghan Rural
Development - Leader
Tel: (353) 049 4338477
Enterprise Ireland Regional Office Tel: (353) 042 9338371
IDA Ireland Regional Office Tel: (353) 042 9331261
Sources of finance applicable to business start up, development and acquisition, and related agencies, are as follows

Credit Unions:

Tel: (353) (0)1 490 8911
National Irish Bank:  Tel: (353) (0)1 678 5066
Ulster Bank (Small Business Unit):  Tel: (353) (0)1 677 7623
Bank of Ireland Enterprise Support Unit:  contact any branch
Smurfit Job Creation Enterprise Fund Tel: (353) (0)1 478 4091
The Dept. of Enterprise, Trade and Employment:
TEL: (353) (0) 1 661 4444;
www.irlgov.ie/entemp has extensive and very helpful advice on all aspects of business and employment in Ireland, including a business start up information pack which is superbly put together and includes everything from planning, funding, locating, employing people and development businesses.
Travel (see also town guides)

County Cavan is seated in the north of the Midlands, within two hours of both Belfast and Dublin by road. Being centrally located, Cavan is easily accessible from the surrounding counties. Bus Eireann operates a service across the county. The nearest airport is Aer Rianta Dublin Airport catering for both domestic and international flights. The seaport of Dublin is also within striking distance of County Cavan.

Aer Rianta Dublin Airport

Tel: (353) 01 8141111

Stena Line

Tel: (353) 01 204 7700

Irish Ferries

Tel: (353) 01 555 1995

Iarnrod Eireann - Irish Rail

Tel: (353) 071 69888

Bus Eireann

Tel: (353) 071 60066

Tourist Office  
Cavan Tourist Office Tel: (353) 049 4331942
Tourism, Leisure and Accommodation
Please see town guides
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