Bawnboy is a small village in a valley at the foot of Slieve Rushen, between Ballyconnell and Swanlinbar, in County Cavan, Ireland. The current population is about 250. A bawn is the defensive wall surrounding an Irish tower house. It is the anglicised version of the Irish word badhÃºn meaning "cattle-stronghold" or "cattle-enclosure" â its original purpose was to protect cattle during an attack. The remains of a late medieval bawn is to be seen at Bawnboy House, which is the origin of the village name. The earliest surviving mention of the placename is in the 1664 Hearth Money Rolls for Templeport where it is called Baonboy. Another name for the village is Kilsub or Kilsob. The 1622 Survey of County Cavan states: âSir Richard Greames, holdeth 1000 acres of this land, upon which there is built a Bawne of stone and lyme, sixty foot square and nine foot high, with a little stone house within, where in Lieutenant William Ruttledge dwelleth and hath a lease thereof and of 200 acres of land for 21 yeares and the rest of Sir Richardâs 1000 acres are sett to the Irish from yeare to yeare, who plowgh after ye Irish fashion.â
A synod of the Roman Catholic Provincial Council of Armagh was held in Baunbuidhe on 25th May 1669 where the Bishop of Kilmore, Eugene MacSweeney tried to depose Thomas Fitzsimons, the vicar general of the diocese.
Bawnboy is part of the ancient parish of Templeport, birthplace of St Mogue. Its most famous building is a Victorian workhouse, built in 1853, long disused and now derelict.
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Tiernawannagh, Bawnboy, Co. Cavan, Ireland
Explore the gift shop at Bear Essentials, viewing the unique collection of limited edition Teddy Bears or participate in one of the many teddy bear workshops and events taking place. Take home your own handmade teddy bear.
Bawnboy, Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan
Just by the border with Northern Ireland, Lake Avenue House B&B is located in the North West of County Cavan. A 10-minute drive from Ballyconnell, the property offers elegant rooms, a full breakfast menu, free parking and free Wi-Fi.