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Cavantownlands.com compiles data on 2,000 townlands in County Cavan

Cavantownlands.com which was first launched in 2015 has been completely overhauled and relaunched in April 2021 by Michael McShane and Catherine Kerr. The emphasis has been refocused on each of the 2000 townlands of County Cavan. Every townland is unique and CT has created an individual page for each one. The new format is designed to bring together the historical data which CT has uniquely researched along with the more generally available data which has been edited and improved on in terms of access and quality. Click here to read more.....


Obituary Bridie Fay Kennedy

Obituary Bridie Fay Kennedy

The committee of Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne was greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Bridie Fay-Kennedy on 12 April 2020. Bridie was a long-time committee member of Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne and served for many years as its secretary. She was elected co-president of the society in recognition of her long and loyal service. A hard worker, who rarely, if ever, missed a committee meeting or lecture. Bridie was also a very kind and gentle person. Quietly spoken, but blessed with great common sense, she could always be relied upon to make solid and sensible contributions at committee meetings and AGMs. Bridie will be sadly missed by her family, her many friends and the committee and membership of Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.


Obituary Bridie Fay Kennedy

2020 Breifne Journal is now available

The 2020 Journal for Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne is now available, please contact treasurercsb1956@gmail.com or Cavan Genealogy office phone 049 4361094


Breifne Journal 2020


Bishop MacKiernan Memorial lecture

Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne in association with Cavan County Library Service, held their annual Bishop MacKiernan Memorial Lecture recently in the Johnston Central Library, Cavan. The lecture entitled ‘Insults, Marriages and Wills – Ordinary people in an Irish Church Court of the 1520s’ was delivered by Professor John McCaffery.


Book Launch


Book Launch

A new book entitled Society and Administration in Ulster’s Plantation Towns was launched recently in the Johnston Central Library, Cavan. The book emerged from a conference held in that same location on October 14th 2017. Organised by Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne the conference had a number of eminent speakers who presented their research and later allowed their lectures to be published in this new book. It is a Four Courts Press publication, edited by Dr Brendan Scott, with subvention from Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne and in memory of Robert J. Hunter (1938-2007) a scholar of early modern Ulster.

Photo caption: l/r: Leslie McKeague, chair of Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne and MC for the event; Dr Paddy Fitzgerald, contributor; Dr Brendan Scott, contributor and editor; Dr Annaleigh Margey, contributor; Professor Marian Lyons, Maynooth University who officially launched the book and Dr Brid McGrath, contributor.


Book Launch

Book Launch

Lecture taken place on 8th October 2019 by author Patricia Byrne, author of 'The Preacher and the Prelate: The Achill Mission Colony and the Battle for Souls in Famine Ireland'. Pictured here with Leslie McKeague chairperson Cumann Seanchaise Bhreifne


Book Launch




Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne held their 2019 AGM and journal launch in Johnston Central Library,

L/r Dr Jonathan Cherry, speaker; Dr Brendan Scott, editor; Maria Geelan, treasurer;

Johann Farrelly, committee; Leslie McKeague, chairperson; Carmel O'Callaghan, assistant treasurer; Michael Swords, outgoing chairperson;

Tom Sullivan, County Liberian; Mary Sullivan, Manager Cavan Genealogy; Oliver Mac Cathmaoir, committee;

Phyl Smith, secretary; and Jonathan Smyth, committee.

Committee members not in the photograph: Co-Presidents, Bridie Fay-Kennedy and Fr Kilian Mitchell. Vice-Chairperson, Fiachra Ó Mórdha; P.R.O. P.J. Dunne; and committee members Msgr Liam Kelly, Fr Gerard Alwill, Fr Ultan McGoohan, Margaret O'Reilly and Peter McGovern.


AGM 2019

Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne day's outing

Members of Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne recently had a very enjoyable day’s outing, visiting the historic sites in and around Cavan town. The group is pictured here outside St Fethlimidh’s Cathedral, Kilmore.

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Breifne 2017

The Breifne Journal for 2017 is available from Cavan Genealogy and here on the website

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