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Cavan is one of the twenty-six counties in the Republic of Ireland.

Cavan is in the province of Ulster.

It is one of the three counties of Ulster in the Republic of Ireland.

It has an area of approximately 743 sq miles.

It has a population of approximately 65,000 people.

It is the nineteenth largest county in Ireland.

The Irish name for Cavan is An Cabhán meaning The Hollow or The Rounded Grassy Hill.

The county town is Cavan.

Cavan is known as the Breffni County.

It is the southernmost part of Ulster.

County Cavan was formed in 1579 out of East Bréifne.

Cavan has the highest number of lakes in Ireland.

Traditionally this is set at 365, one for each day of the year.

The largest lake in Cavan is Lough Sheelin.

The highest point in Cavan is Cuilcagh, 2,182 feet.

The River Shannon rises in the Shannon Pot on the slopes of Cuilcagh in County Cavan.

Cavan shares a boundary with five counties in the Republic of Ireland and one county in Northern Ireland.

The five counties in the Republic of Ireland are Leitrim, Longford, Meath, Monaghan, and Westmeath.

The county in Northern Ireland is Fermanagh.

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