The Cavan County museum is bit off the beaten track. It's situated up a hill above the town centre in Ballyjamesduff, but it's well worth the effort to find it. It crams a lot into three floors of a former convent and has exhibits ranging from the iron age and the middle ages through the famine up to the history of the GAA in modern Cavan.
I was particularly struck by the stone - carved iron age head with three faces that are said to represent the past, present and future. It is a strange and mysterious object which I found fascinating.
I'm an Englishman named Reilly with distant Irish roots, and I found the story of the O'Reillys and the ebb and flow of their fortunes over the centuries very interesting. My ancestor left Ireland at the time of the famine so I also found the famine exhibit personally interesting.
Anyone visiting Cavan should take the time to visit the museum, it's well worth it.
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