National Enterprise Town Awards: Virginia

We are profiling all the towns to enter this year’s National Enterprise Town Awards. Today we are looking at Virginia, Co Cavan.

Virginia is pleasantly situated on the shores of Lough Ramor, one of the largest lakes in Co. Cavan. The town owes its origins to the Plantation of Ulster and was named after Elizabeth 1, the Virgin Queen. The settlement began when an English adventurer John Ridgeway was granted a patent in 1612 to build a new town midway between the towns of Kells and Cavan.

According to the census of 2016, Virginia’s population is 2,648. Main features of the town would include The Church of Ireland, The Park Hotel, The Court House, The Stone Cottages, The Ramor Theatre, The Bridge, The Virginia Brooch and The Old Mill. Not excluding the magnificent Deerpark Forest with its Golden Way Walk and Lough Ramor.

The Virginia Development Association is a voluntary organisation which is primarily responsible for the development and improvement of our town.

Three years ago, Virginia Town Teams were established and they also provide a forum to encourage businesses and the local community and relevant stakeholders to work together, to energise and reinvigorate Virginia.

Specific examples of economic and social enterprise in Virginia would include Virginia International Logistics, Fleetwood Paint, AW Ennis, Glanbia and Fire Protection Ireland. Of great interest in Virginia is the tradition of family owned businesses, O’Donoghues Pharmacy and Matthews Bar and Funeral Directors which is a fourth generation business. Father and son businesses are also on Main Street , like E O Reilly and Mc Evoys.

The Virginia Show Centre is also a hive of activity from an economic and social perspective. The Riverfront Hotel, The Lakeside Manor, St. Kyrans and The Park Hotel are all examples of fine eateries. Many sporting and voluntary organisations abound.

A breakfast morning hosted recently by Bank of Ireland ‘Grow Your Business’ was very successful and the focus was looking at maintaining a financially healthy business. On 1 October Virginia Development Association hosted a business expo in the Show Centre to showcase all that is good about Virginia.

Main image at top: Aerial view of Virgina, Co Cavan via David O’Connell (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Edited by John Kennedy (

Published: 23 October, 2019