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Irish: Coill an Chollaigh
County Cavan
Main Street, Bailieborough
Grid reference: N676968
Location: 53°55’1"N, 6°58’15"W
Population: 4,006  (2016)
Post town: Bailieborough
Postcode: A82
Local Government
Council: Cavan

Bailieborough is a town and parish in County Cavan. Its population stands at 4,006 making it the second largest town in the county. Bailieborough's proximity to the M3 motorway has made it a commuter town. It stands at the meeting-point of regional roads R165, R191 and R178.


Before the Plantation of Ulster, the area covered by the town was known as Killechally, Killycolly and Killycollie, from Coill an Chollaigh, meaning forest of boar. William Bailie, a Scottish "Undertaker", was granted the lands of Tonergie (Tandragee) in East Breffnie by James I. By 1613 he had built a fortified house and enclosed the demesne by 1629.

The house was damaged by fire in 1918 and eventually completely demolished in the late 1930s.


The town's amenities include a secondary school[1] (Bailieborough community school), a leisure centre with a gym, swimming pool, sauna and steam room, many playing pitches and local walks and many lakes surrounding the town, it has also many shopping units and has had many new additions to the town such as Tesco, restaurants and clothing shops. The area is well known and renowned for its lakes and forests. The town is well known for the many public houses that line the main street many serving food as well as beverages.


Bus routes are provided between the town and Kells via Mullagh and Moynalty.[2] Onward connections to Dublin and Dublin Airport are available at Kells.

Surrounding areas

Surrounding areas include the scenic vantage point of Lough an Lae, the beautiful scenery and nature of castle lake and town lake which is situated at the heart of the town, the parishes of Killan and Knockbride and the towns of Kells, Shercock, Kingscourt, Virginia, Mullagh, Cootehill, and Cavan also surround Bailieborough. Large towns such as Navan, Drogheda and Dundalk are all within 30–40 minutes by road. Dublin is just over an hour driving time by the M3 motorway via Kells.


  • William Bailie (died 1664), Bishop of Clonfert and Kilmacduagh.
  • Lord Lisgar (1807–1876), died at Lisgar House (Bailieborough Castle).
  • James Owens (1827–1901), Recipient of the Victoria Cross.
  • Edward Frederick Clarke (1850–1905), Mayor of Toronto.
  • Francis Sheehy-Skeffington (1878–1916), Suffragist, Pacifist and Writer.
  • John B. Cosgrave (born 1946), Mathematician and number theorist.
  • Mick Finnegan, President of the Workers' Party of Ireland.
  • Cillian Sheridan (born 1989), Association football player.
  • James Kelly, army officer (1929-2003)

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Bailieborough)