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Bawnboy (Irish: an Bádhún Buí, meaning "the yellow bawn") 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 badhún meaning "cattle-stronghold" or "cattle-enclosure" – 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: "Sir 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 Richard’s 1000 acres are sett to the Irish from yeare to yeare, who plowgh after ye Irish fashion." A synod of the Roman Catholic Provincial Council of Armagh was held in Baunbuidhe (Bawnboy) on 25 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.


Find the best activities, restaurants and things to do in Bawnboy, Ireland. Explore Bawnboy travel guide before you plan your trip here. The nearest major city to Bawnboy is Dublin. Dublin, is a worth visiting city owing to its prime attractions like National Library Of Ireland, Bram Stokers Castle Dracula, Irish Dance Party. Also, to reach Bawnboy, you'll have to take a flight to Dublin; so its not really a detour. And even if it is, the city is worth paying at least a quick visit. Tour packages of Bawnboy are of 1 to 2 days duration.

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Facts and Stats for Bawnboy*

  • Cost for Essentials in Bawnboy

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    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.46 USD
    • International Movie per seat 9.89 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 49.44 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 95.79 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 92.7 USD

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