The Virginia Pumpkin Festival is an annual event held in the town of Virginia County Cavan in the Republic of Ireland. The festival takes place every bank holiday weekend at Halloween time at the end of October. The Virginia Pumpkin festival began in 2007 with thousands enjoying the many events and the beautiful town of Virginia. A fun packed programme of events is planned for all the family to enjoy.
About Virginia: (Irish: Acadh an Iúir) originally described as Aghaler meaning 'field at the fork of a river’. With a town population of ______ Virginia was founded in the early 17th century and named after Queen Elizabeth I of England. It was also the summer residence of the Marquis of Headfort. This historic town was also once a strategic staging and rest point for the coaches plying between Enniskillen and Dublin. Regarded these days as a commuter town with its proximity to larger trading towns east and west, Virginia is very easily accessible as it is on the N3 route approximately 80 km from Dublin city with a drive time of just 50 minutes on the new M3 Motorway and is connected to Dublin by an hourly bus service.
Virginia is situated beside the beautiful Lough Ramor which is one of the largest lakes in County Cavan stretching approx 7km in length by 1km at the narrowest point and feeds into the Blackwater and Boyne river systems. It is a popular lake with anglers and a wide variety of fish species are to be found including pike, bream, roach, hybrids, trout and eel. Some record catches have been recorded in recent times, and most noted with visiting anglers from Britain.
Other visitor attractions in Virginia
Other visitor attractions in Virginia include ______________________ _________________ ________ The Ramor Theatre which was originally a Catholic Church was built on a disused sandpit. The site was given by the Marquis of Headfort and although built in famine times it still stands sturdy today and is a monument to the skills of the tradesmen of that era. In the 1980’s with the population of Virginia increasing it became too small to facilitate the congregation and the last mass was celebrated in it on 7th October 1989. In 1994 it was converted into a theatre and is now a modern, luxurious comfortable theatre that hosts high profile theatre companies that play to packed houses.