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Published on:08 Nov 2017

Launch of Cavan Tourism Development Plan

Cavan Tourism Development Plan 2017 – 2022 was launched in Cavan County Museum, Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan on 24th October, 2017.

Cavan is a wonderful place, from East to West, with stunning scenery, fascinating history, excellent accommodation and restaurants and above all, a warm, welcoming people with a unique sense of humour.

The ‘This is Cavan!’ brand encapsulates the pride we take in our county, and the number of visitors coming to the county proves that this pride is not misplaced. Cavan attracts more overseas visitors than many of its neighbouring counties and only two inland counties attract more revenue from overseas visitors. 

144,000 visitors came to Cavan in 2015 generating income of €50m for the county.  This is no surprise when you look at the wonderful attractions Cavan has to offer such as world-class angling lakes like Lough Sheelin, waterways such as the Shannon-Erne Blueway, and Coillte forest parks like Dun a Rí, Killykeen, Deerpark, and Castle Lake, not to mention our UNESCO Geopark and Cavan Burren Park.

We have wonderful spiritual places like Jampa Ling in Bawnboy, Kilmore Cathedral, and St Kilian’s in Mullagh. And of course, we have amazing heritage sites like Drumlane Abbey, Belturbet Railway Station, Castle Saunderson, The County Museum in Ballyjamesduff  with its award-winning replica trench and the recently added 1916 experience.

There can be no underestimating the importance of tourism to the county, with many of the county’s biggest employers coming from the tourism sector. Just as many factors of our daily quality of life depend on tourism, so too, does tourism depend on things like industry, infrastructure, environment.

The breadth and ambition of this Plan underlines Cavan County Council’s commitment to building on our product, growing tourism numbers, and supporting the creation of new jobs, which directly and indirectly improves the quality of life in the county.

Cavan is part of Ireland’s Ancient East, and this can only be a good thing for Cavan, as well as for Ireland’s Ancient East.  Cavan has been one of Ireland’s best-kept secrets for many years, but that is beginning to change!

Photo: Pictured at the launch are Cllr. John Paul Feeley, Grainne O’Connor, Tourism Officer, Tommy Ryan CEO, Cllr. Paddy McDonald, Cathaoirleach, Ali Curran CHL Consultants, Pól Ó Conghaile, Irish Independent Travel Editor