Bailieborough in Co. Cavan derives its name from the Irish ‘Coill an Chollaigh’ which translates to ‘the wood of the boar’.

The modern name is derived from the first Scottish planter, William Bailie, who received the lands from James I, King of England. He built a house in what is today the Castle Lake Forest, with the town developing from the Church of Ireland chapel site.  

Poet, playwright and man of letters Tom MacIntyre was born in Bailieborough. His work includes a theatrical adaptation of The Great Hunger, and the plays ‘Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire’ and ‘What Happened Bridgie Cleary’. The writer, pacifist and suffragist Francis Sheehy-Skeffington was born in Bailieborough. The town has a proud history of industry, as celebrated in the sculpture The Pledge of the Metalmen by Barry Linnane. The former Market House is now home to the Library and the site of the sculpture.

(Photo credit: Ollie Gargan)

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