If you want to start your day in the early 1900s, WW1/1916 Rising visit (WW1/10(http://www.cavanmuseum.ie/) just a few miles away in Ballyjamesduff...then become part of 3000BC, at loughcrew, within 15kms, about 25minutes drive, (https://heritageireland.ie/places-to-visit/loughcrew-cairns/) and finish your day sampling amazing local food, (www.riverfront.ie) ...then my home is the place to be.
If learning a traditional Irish craft (knit socks, spin wool) is something you think you might like to experience....less than 20 minutes drive..( www.craftsofireland.ie/product-category/workshops/)....I mean why just watch a demonstration when you can actually learn how to do it? then let my home be your base.
If golf is on your wish list you won't be disappointed....perhaps challenge yourself at the PGA National Ireland Slieve Russell golf course? or 2 other courses within 20 minutes drive.(Virginia & Cavan)....even better there is an 18 hole course less than 10 minutes drive from my home, (1 round only €15 per person), 18 holes a bit much, then 9 holes is also available at the Crover House Hotel...booking available online.
How about a walk? There are so many places to have a great walk, either easy or challenging....check out some of the websites below.
However, why not venture an little further afield to the famous Phoenix Park Dublin..www.phoenixpark.ie. The Phoenix Park is one of the largest enclosed public parks in any capital city in Europe....It was originally formed as a royal hunting Park in the 1660s and opened to the public in 1747. A large herd of fallow deer still remain to this day. The Park is also home to the Zoological Gardens, Áras an Uachtaráin, (that's where the President of Ireland lives) and Victorian flower gardens. The Phoenix Park is only a mile and a half from O’Connell Street.
Also you should not miss a visit to the National Botantic gardens in Glasnevin Dublin .....Check out https://botanicgardens.ie/glasnevin/glasshouses/
During the current COVID restrictions (edited September 2021), they are pleased to welcome visitors to the Gardens, from 10am to 5pm on weekdays and 10am to 6pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and Bank Holidays (Glasnevin), and 9am to 5pm (Kilmacurragh), Monday to Friday, weekends, and bank holidays.
.in just over an hour you can be there....The Turner Curvilinear Range and the Great Palm House are both recipients of the Europa Nostra Award for excellence in conservation architecture. The glasshouses are open every day throughout the year except for Christmas Day, and are completely free to enter and explore. They are truly spectacular to see. Interpretative guided tours are available. Check out https://botanicgardens.ie/glasnevin/glasshouses/
As Cavan county is known for its lakes I recommended to try your hand at angling whilst you are here. For more information check out
https://www.croverhouse.ie/angling-lough-sheelin/..less than 10 minutes from my house...first time?, no problem, why not hire a gillie?...the Crover house team can sort everything out for you. Also check out www.fisheriesireland.ie for more information. Season stretches from March 1st to October 12th.
History is everywhere..a few minutes walk from my house is a monument celebrating Marcus Daly..a native of Derrylea Ballyjamesduff who emigrated to USA in 1868 aged 15 the youngest of 11 children and became known all over the USA as the copper king..one of the major figures in Americian industry. He is also remembered here in Derrylea for his large donations to building the local church (RC) in Crosserlough ...always worth a visit.
Perhaps you can explore ancient history? ...older than the pyramids, than Stonehenge....only 50 kms from my home. Yes, you can walk in the footsteps of megalithic man, 5,200 years ago ....
The UNESCO World Heritage Brú na Bóinne site of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth are world famous ....check out ......www.newgrange.com
However there is another prehistoric complex at Loughcrew in County Meath which is often overlooked. Clusters of Megalithic Cairns are dotted around the Slieve na Caillaigh hills at Loughcrew......and that site is only 15kms away.......At Cairn T the backstone of the chamber is illuminated by a beam of light at sunrise on the Spring and Autumnal Equinoxes. ...all to be explored only 20 minutes away.