Bodley Plantation Map of the barony of Tullyhunco 1609/10

Bodley Plantation Map of the barony of Tullyhunco 1609/10

This is a detailed comparison of the barony map of Tullyhunco with the present day mapping of the area. Below you can see the individual plantation estates, or proportions as they were called. In preparation for the Plantation of Ulster forces of the Crown were tasked with surveying the escheated (confiscated) counties of Ulster vacated after the Flight of the Earls in 1607. This work was overseen by Sir Josias Bodley who presented the completed maps to King James I in 1610.

Ordnance Survey Maps

Ordnance Survey Maps

Here you can view a selection of historical Ordnance Survey maps of County Cavan.

One Inch Maps
Town Maps of Cavan
Six Inch Index
Bodley Maps of the baronies of County Cavan1610

Bodley Maps of the baronies of County Cavan1610

In preparation for the Plantation of Ulster forces of the Crown were tasked with surveying the escheated (confiscated) counties of Ulster vacated after the Flight of the Earls in 1607. This work was overseen by Sir Josias Bodley who presented the completed maps to King James I in 1610.

Barony of Tullyhunco
Barony of Loughtee
Barony of Clankee
Barony of Clonmahon
Barony of Tullyhaw
Taylor & Skinner Road Maps of Cavan 1778

Taylor & Skinner Road Maps of Cavan 1778

We have extracted all the Cavan related maps from this comprehensive set of road maps which were prepared for the entire country by Taylor & Skinner in 1778. When viewed as a set they cover a substantial part of the County and are the only maps to this level of detail prior to the Ordnance Survey maps which followed in the 1830’s. Click on the images below to enlarge.

Commonwealth Survey Maps

Commonwealth Survey Maps

These parish maps, covering the entire of County Cavan, have been prepared by Michael McShane from the information contained in the Commonwealth Survey of 1652/53. They visually chart the evolution of the plantation estates and contain information on the proprietors of the lands at this time. Click on the images below to enlarge.

The Gallant John Joe by George Cartwright

The Gallant John Joe by George Cartwright

Cavantownlands.com are delighted to feature this excellent new book by George Cartwright on the incredible John Joe O’Reilly.

The legendary John Joe O’Reilly was one of the first great GAA national icons. He was the talisman and captain during Cavan’s golden era between the 1930s and 1950s. 

John Joe is the only man to lead a team to All Ireland glory outside of Ireland – when he led the Breffni men against Kerry in the 1947 final played at the Polo Grounds in New York – and he also captained Cavan to another All-Ireland in Croke Park the following year.

Renowned in song and story, John Joe is widely regarded as the greatest Cavan man of all time.  His teammate Mick Higgins put it simply but best when he said: “I looked up to him and so did everybody else.”

George Cartwright’s newly-published biography leaves no stone unturned in meticulously uncovering the life and times of ‘The Gallant John Joe’.

The 288-page tome traces his growth from school boy to senior player, while also documenting his rise through the Army ranks before the tragedy of his untimely passing.

Cartwright interviewed scores of O’Reilly’s contemporaries so that he could accurately detail the fascinating achievements packed into his all too short life – he died in 1952 aged 34.

Inside and back cover of the book

“Writing a book about John Joe was a labour of love for me,” said the author. “I grew up listening to people talking about his exploits on the field and it was an honour to talk to those closest to him in the compiling of this biography.”

The book is published in hardback by Ballpoint Press. “There are few people in the history of the GAA who towered over their sport in the manner that John Joe did,” said publisher PJ Cunningham.

It is a book painstakingly put together by a man whose own heart beats deep inside Cornafean, Cavan and the GAA. The result is a thorough account of John Joe’s importance both as a player and leader to his county at that time of unprecedented glory.

As the song about O’Reilly says: “Young players may come and old players may go, but there’ll ever be another like the gallant John Joe.”

The book is available from November  in Ireland and can be ordered from georgecartwright56@gmail.com.

It will also be available on Kindle shortly for those who want to buy it on line.

The Gallant John Joe, by George Cartwright and published by Ballpoint Press, is released in hardback and retails at €19.99.

Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the death of Captain Tom Sheridan

Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the death of Captain Tom Sheridan

2020 marks the 100th Anniversary of the death of Captain Tom Sheridan who died on 29th May 1920. As part of the commemoration of the anniversary Cavantownlands.com are delighted to present “What if the Dream Come True…” in it’s entirety. This book was written by Seán Sheridan, younger brother of Tom who played a heroic part in taking his two older brothers, Tom and Packie, from the scene of an engagement which took place outside Ballinagh on 27th May 1920. Both brothers were seriously wounded, Tom fatally. He died on 29th of May from his injuries. We would like to thank Moya MacEoin née Sheridan, niece of Tom Sheridan, for contributing this excellent historical record of events for all to read.

Click on the image below to read the book: