Marty Morrissey gets into the spirit during Cavan Day 2020. This year’s Cavan Day takes place on Saturday, September 25. PHOTO: Adrian Donohoe

Calling Cavan to build on last year's success

Details of the 2021 ‘Cavan Calling’ festival have been released and it is hoped the festivities will create created a ‘blue wave’ of positivity and achieve a real sense of community.

The '20 Cavan Calling homecoming festival came a cropper because of the coronavirus, but lead to the inaugural 'Cavan Day'. This online festival allowed Cavan people around the globe show their colours and their pride in their home county.

Responding to restriction challenges was an exercise in adaption and Cavan County Council's re-purposing of ‘Cavan Calling’ excelled in this area last year.

The first-ever Cavan Day took place on September 26, 2020, in lieu of the postponed Cavan Calling festival. Following on from the spectacular success of that inaugural event the online celebration of Cavan and its people, returns on Saturday, September 25, 2021.

The premise behind Cavan Day is simple – whether it’s on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, the organisers are asking people to share the love of Cavan with the world, making sure to use the Cavan Day hashtag.

There are lots of ways to get involved: post a picture in a county jersey or county colours, record a video greeting to friends or family overseas, share a treasured memory of Cavan, post a photo/story of Cavan ancestry, or a picture of a favourite place in Cavan.

Businesses can get involved by offering Cavan Day discounts or lighting up their premises in blue – there’s no end to the ways to celebrate the Breffni County on #CavanDay, Saturday, September 25.

Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Cllr Clifford Kelly, emphasised the importance of the initiative: “Cavan is a place worth celebrating and its people have achieved great things throughout history right up to the present day.

“Only recently, Leona Maguire made history being selected for the Solheim Cup, while Britney Arendse did the county proud as she led her nation during the Paralympics opening ceremony. I would encourage all Cavan people, those with Cavan ancestry, and friends of the county to get involved with Cavan Day this Saturday, September 25 and share the love of this special place with the world,” the Cathaoirleach said.

Chief Executive of Cavan County Council Tommy Ryan added: “Last September, the first-ever Cavan Day was a great success, with an astonishing worldwide reach of over 10 million. Throughout the day Cavan people and friends of Cavan created a ‘blue wave’ of positivity and achieved a real sense of community and we hope to replicate that energy and build on the friendships made this Cavan Day, September 25.”

Once again, a special online Cavan Day Live broadcast will air on Facebook, YouTube, and on Cavan TV. This year’s show a special cultural showcase filmed live at Town Hall Cavan featuring Lisa O’Neill, Noel Monahan, Martin Donohoe and many more, and will air at 8pm (Irish time) on Cavan Day.

So on Saturday, September 25, join the fun, throw on your county colours and join the global Cavan family in sharing your love for the Breffni County. For more information, follow @cavancalling on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, or visit