Cavan County Library Service and Cavan County Council’s Historian-in-Residence, Dr Brendan Scott have teamed up to create a new Cavan History Podcast Series. The series, which will be hosted on the Acast podcast service, on Spotify, and also available to listen through www.cavancoco.ie/centenaries, will be inviting guests to discuss various aspects of history, both local and national, with its host, Dr Scott.


This initiative forms part of Cavan County Council’s Decade of Centenaries 2021 programme and is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 Initiative.


In the first episode, Brendan talks to Dr Jonathan Cherry, a native of Cloverhill who lectures in the School of History & Geography at DCU. An expert on the Farnham family, he and Brendan discuss Arthur Kenlis Maxwell, the 11th Lord Farnham, his life and his vehement opposition to partition.


The first episode will be available to stream from 7.30pm on Thursday, 22nd July and subsequent episodes will be released every two weeks. Click on the link below or search for Cavan History on the Acast app or Spotify.

Stream Episodes


🔈 https://shows.acast.com/cavan-history 

🔈 https://open.spotify.com/show/42DropJTNuJhWHDQdVlu1I



Decade of Centenaries Webisodes

Online webisodes to commemorate Decade of Centenaries

Cavan County Council’s Historian in Residence, Dr Brendan Scott will present a series of online ‘webisodes’ discussing historical incidents of note that occurred in Cavan 100 years ago as part of the ongoing Decade of Centenaries Commemorations.

Watch Episode Five!

Click the link below to watch the fifth episode in our series, 'The Death of Brother Michael Morgan', which premieres at 7.30pm, Irish time, on Thursday, 29th July!



Watch Episode Four!

Click the link below to watch the fourth episode in our series, 'The Gaeltacht in Glangevlin, 1921', which premieres at 7.30pm, Irish time, on Thursday, 15th July!


Watch Episode Three!

Click the link below to watch the third episode in our series, 'The Death of John Finlay', which premieres at 7.30pm, Irish time, on Thursday, 1st July!


Watch Episode Two!

Click the link below to watch the second episode, 'The Battle of Lappanduff' which premieres at 7.30pm, Irish time, on Thursday, 17th June!


Watch Episode One!

Click the link below to watch the first episode, 'The Death of Captain Thomas Sheridan' which premiered on Thursday, 3rd June, 2021.


Podcasts, exhibitions, school visits, and a published collection of historical essays are among the initiatives planned as Dr Scott charts this tumultuous period in Irish history.

Topics covered will include Lord Farnham and partition, the Workhouses and their fate following the foundation of the Free State, Major General Oliver Nugent and partition, unionism in Cavan, and IRA activity in West Cavan, Cavan prisoners in Ballykinlar Prison Camp, and more.

Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Cllr Sarah O'Reilly welcomed the programme of commemoration, "The Decade of Centenaries gives us a welcome opportunity to reflect on this seismic period of Irish history, and I am pleased that Cavan County Council has appointed a historian of the calibre of Dr Brendan Scott to help shape that discussion."

Pictured launching the 1921 Centenary Webisodes series at Courthouse, Cavan are (front) Councillor Sarah O'Reilly, Cathaoirleach Cavan County Council, Back (From left): Jonathan Smyth, Cavan County Library Service, Eoin Doyle, Director of Service, Cavan County Council and Teresa Treacy, Cavan County Library Service. Photo: Adrian Donohoe.


Cavan County Librarian Emma Clancy said "Dr Scott has compiled an excellent programme of events to commemorate the centenary of the events of 1921, and I would encourage everyone to engage with these webisodes, podcasts, exhibitions, and lectures, which give us all a better understanding of those events whose impact still reverberate through our society to this day."

The first of Cavan County Council's 1921 Centenary webisodes will premiere on Cavan County Council's Facebook page www.facebook.com/cavancoco and online at www.cavancoco.ie/centenaries on Thursday, 3rd June, 2021 at 7.30pm.


Centenary Lecture Series - Autumn 2020

Cavan County Council and Cavan County Library Service showcased the inaugural Centenary Lecture Series in September/October 2020.           

Speakers included Dr Sinéad McCoole, Dr Brian Hughes, Fr. Ultan McGoohan, Dr Darragh Gannon, John Dorney and Dr Mary McAuliffe.

The full lectures can be accessed at the links below at any time. This lecture series forms part of Cavan County Council’s Decade of Centenaries 2020 programme and is supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 Initiative.

Lecture 1 


Lecture 2 


Lecture 3 


Lecture 4 


Lecture 5  


Lecture 6