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THINGS TO SEE
THINGS TO SEE
EXPERIENCE DEERPARK FOREST
Nestled along the shores of Lough Ramor lies an enchanting forest; unspoiled and untouched for centuries. Deerpark Forest is a tranquil land of history stretching five kilometres along Lough Ramor’s shoreline and venturing inland.
This forest was the brainchild of the second Lord Headfort, Thomas Taylor, in the early 1800s. He had paved walkways constructed and imported trees from many parts of the world including Californian Redwoods; some of these trees still survive today.
A variety of signed trails and circular routes, varying from 2.5km to 5.5km, leaves walkers spoiled for choice when taking a short family stroll or a long brisk walk. Make sure to keep an eye out for the magical fairies who live in the forest. If you look closely, you will see a number of fairy doors as you explore Deerpark.
. Entry to the forest is via the adjacent Rugby Club, off the R194 – see map.
HOW ABOUT SOME FISHING?
Experience some of the best angling Ireland has to offer whilst taking in the sheer beauty of Virginia.
Lough Ramor and the Rampart River offer excellent fishing opportunities. Large pike have re-established themselves in the lake and several 20lb fish have been recorded within the lake. Other types of fish found in this free fishing lake include bream, roach, trout, perch, and other hybrids.
A ‘Catch and Release’ policy is in place in respect of coarse fishing in the harbour area. Further fishing advice, by-law information, and fishing tackle can be obtained locally from R. Arnold, Main Street. Row boats are available for hire from the Lakeside Manor Hotel.
FAMILY PICNICS BY LOUGH RAMOR
Lough Ramor has exceptional access and facilities. The main lakeshore amenity area offers a variety of places to relax and picnic or simply meet up and enjoy the great outdoors.
The lakeshore affords visitors and locals memorable sunsets all year round. From New Street in the centre of the town follow the sign for Lough Ramor where you will find ample parking available.
Adjacent to the car park is walking access into Deerpark Forest.
There is a second access point to the lake at the Lakeside Manor hotel on the Dublin Road – Here you will find a marina,
and paddling area suitable for children with a man made beach.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
County Museum, Ballyjamesduff – WW1 Trench Experience
Cavan County Museum is now home to the largest outdoor replica trench open to the public in Ireland and the UK. The Trench is becoming a must-see attraction for visitors since it opened in August 2014 and includes sound and visual effects to enhance the experience and educate visitors on life in the trenches in World War One.
The trench, built to the specifications and manuals of the Irish Guards and used by the Royal Irish Fusiliers at the Battle of the Somme 1916 is over 350m long and includes frontline, communication and support trenches. Over 6000 sand bags were used in its construction.
Virginia Rd, Kilmore, Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan
Loughcrew Historic Gardens
This traditional Irish setting is nestled in the heart of Loughcrew’s Ancient Passage tombs. They provide tours, accommodation and information on Loughcrew and the surrounding area in Co. Meath.
Loughcrew Megalithic Centre
Oldcastle, Co. Meath.
00353 (0)86 736 1948
Saint Kilian’s Heritage Centre
The centre features many relics and replicas of the saint. A well-stocked exhibition area opens on to a small video theatre where one may view a short film on the life of St. Kilian. The Centre also houses a craft shop where visitors may select artistic items of interest from a range of locally produced work.
Adjoining the craft shop is a comfortable dining area where one may relax over lunch or coffee. Just outside is a beautiful picnic area where, on a sunny day, you can enjoy your coffee whilst taking in the picturesque environment of Mullagh, Co. Cavan.
St. Kilians Heritage Centre,
(+353) 046 9242433
• High Crosses of Kells.
• Spire of Lloyd, Kells, Ireland’s only inland lighthouse.
The Active Virginians
“Add life to the years that add years to life”
In 2003, a group of about thirty far sighted individuals put forward the idea of forming a Club called Active Virginians with the motto “Add life to the years that add years to life”. In 2004, the Club formally got going with 50 members growing to 130 and presently in 2018 we have 74 very active members.
The objectives of the Active Virginians are to reach out to all people through friendship and support. It’s key aims are to provide a focal point for active people of both sexes who have retired and are aged 55 plus to meet, engage in educational, cultural, sporting and social activities. Furthermore, it aims to promote the spirit of self-help, independence and to encourage members to use their energy, talents, skills, knowledge and experience to benefit each other and the community.
There is something for everyone in the Active Virginians Club.
• Dance and Movement – includes Line dancing, set dancing, Pilates, Yoga, Tai-chi and walking with the local Ramblers group.
• Games – Indoor Bowls, Pitch n Putt, Pickle Ball, Table Tennis and Walking football
• Art and Crafts: – Drawing and sketching, glass painting, quilting, knitting and crotchet.
• Talks: – a variety of practical and topical talks ranging from members describing interesting travel destination to fire and home safety.
• Courses: – include computer literacy, CPR training, languages and bridge.
In addition to the above, the Club organises a number of trips which have ranged from one day outings to the races or the Botanic Gardens to cruises to Africa and Iceland.
The Club meets every Tuesday in two venues.
1. Parish Hall in the grounds of the Church of Ireland – 2.30 pm for talks, games or exercise.
2. St. John’s Hall on the Oldcastle Rd – 7.30 pm for indoor bowls.
The club also have use of the Show Centre for meetings, Pilates, Yoga and Art Group.
If you are interested in joining, we would be delighted to welcome you.
Annual membership is 25 euros which gives complete insurance cover to members and 5 euro covers all day activities and two free weekly raffles.
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