Dowra Courthouse Creative Space

Dowra Courthouse was officially opened on 17th November 2014 by Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Councillor Shane P O’Reilly and ably assisted by three young pupils from St. Hugh’s National School, Dowra – Fionn Gilraine, Katie McGovern and Sean McGovern

Originally built in 1932, the Courthouse is a significant architectural structure in the village and has been rightfully restored thanks to funding from the Interreg IVA Programme through the Harnessing Natural Resources Project (HNR). 

The funding is managed by the Special European Programmes Body in association with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Northern Ireland and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.

The overall HNR project comprises of 26 rural tourism and enterprise initiatives across three counties:

  • Dowra Courthouse in Cavan
  • The Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre in Fermanagh
  • Sliabh an Iarainn Visitor Centre in Leitrim

Other projects include:

  • walking,
  • cycling
  • touring trails
  • attraction and angling developments
  • recreational and enterprise facilities

The aim of the project has been to build on cross-border opportunities by promoting a shared approach to rural regeneration through tourism, enterprise and social development.

The Lead partner for the overall project was Cavan County Enterprise Board in association with partners:-

  • Cavan County Council
  • Fermanagh District Council
  • Leitrim County Council
  • Coillte
  • Cavan County Enterprise Fund
  • Inland Fisheries Board
  • Swanlinbar Development Association

The Design Team for the Restoration of Dowra Courthouse project was Gaffney & Cullivan, Architects, Cavan, O’Connor, Sutton, Cronin, Consulting Engineers, Dublin, Midland Renewables Ltd., Athboy, Paddy Connaughton, Head of Community & Enterprise, Cavan County Council and Frank Cleary, Senior Executive Engineer, Cavan County Council.    The main contractor was Sean Quigley Contracts Ltd., Enniskillen.

Dowra Courthouse now offers a work space for the Arts and will act as a tourist information point.

The building provides:-

  • six rentable spaces, a kiln room with an 8.1 cu. ft. kiln installed and ready for use,
  • a fully fitted kitchen facility,
  • a lift to the rear of the building to allow for access to everyone 
  • an outdoor space 
  • an exhibition room for hosting events, meetings and classes
  • Office administration and support

The old courtroom has also been transformed into an exhibition room, an ideal location for hosting events, meetings and classes in a modern environment. The building is competitively priced for hire to both tenants and non tenants, with an administration support on site.  All units are complete to a shell finish to allow for flexibility so that all prospective tenants may add their individual identity.

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The work on Dowra Courthouse will restore a building that is the key to the Village of Dowra and it will ensure that the building continues as a focal point for Dowra.