Niall Crosson sent in this stunning photo showing Barnagrow, Lough Tacker and Black Lake in Maudabawn.

January Review of the Year 2021

First Covid vaccines arrive in Cavan

The first jabs of the Covid vaccine were delivered to nursing units in Cavan. The vaccines arrived as the rate of Coronavirus infection tripled in the previous week.

Ballyjamesduff Fire Station gets go ahead

CONSTRUCTION was ready to start on the new fire station for Ballyjamesduff. Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, said the new Fire Station in Ballyjamesduff is included in the construction programme for 2021.

CIRA cause week long security alert

A WEEK-LONG security alert on the Fermanagh-Cavan border took a bizarre turn when it emerged dissident republicans may have fired shots at a civilian helicopter in a botched “ambush” on the PSNI.

The CIRA claimed they firred at a PSNI helicopter using “a high powered Dragunov Russian assault rifle”.

The PSNI said they didn’t have a helicopter at the scene but there was a civilian helicopter in the area.

“If there is any truth to the claims from dissident republicans, we believe that this civilian helicopter is the aircraft that they shot at.”

Young Scientists success

In the Biological and Ecological Junior Category of the popular Young Scientist Awards, students Sarah Ginnity and Laoise Smith of Colaiste Dún an Rí in Kingscourt scooped an impressive third place in the group section. Given the pandemic, heir the very timely project was titled ‘Maskne: What are your masks keeping out and what are they keeping in?’

Codd is a DJ

Bailieborough music creator Shane Codd (pictured) scored a hit with his Polydor Records promoted ‘Get Out Of My Head’: “I was hoping for a top five in UK and Ireland charts. I reached number six, which is pretty good.” Shane told the Celt.

We can stop this’ insists hospital chief as Covid cases soar

“We can stop this,” insisted the general manager of Cavan General Hospital, as he tried to rally public support in reducing the numbers of people testing positive for Covid-19.

“We can stop this,” David Lynch emphasised again. “It’s not that we can’t do this, we have shown that we have done it before, we can do it again.”

THE council has struck a deal for a landmark property that brings ambitious rejuvenation plans for Cavan town centre a step closer.

The site formerly know as ‘Donohoes Foodfare’ on Bridge Street with significant space to the rear, has been snapped-up by the local authority for a sum exceeding €500,000.



The number of Cavan women identified as residents in eight Mother and Baby Homes across the State in the final report of the Commission’s Investigation. The home in Castlepollard took the largest number of Cavan women from 1935-1971.


“We hoped when we made the announcement last year we would be back bigger and stronger. But unfortunately that is not the case.”

- Michael Mooney reflecting on the cancellation of the Cavan town St Patrick’s Day parade


* Swanlinbar woman Aoife Gilheany was named Sonica’s Health & Safety Champion of the Year.

* 102-year old Una McBarron from Ballyconnell became he first member of the general public in county Cavan to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

* Cavan’s Susuana Komalafe was named asone of the Operation Transformation leaders


* Gardaí were appealing for witnesses after a lone male entered the Day-to-Day shop at Ryefield with an iron bar threatened staff and escaped with a sum of cash.

* We were back to home schooling, social distancing and staying within a 5km radius as a third Lockdown was in force.

* St Patrick’s Day parades were cancelled.... again