Near the border of Cavan and just north of Kells, the home of the Book of Kells, is the village of Moynalty. Translated from the Irish meaning “The Plain of the Flocks,” Moynalty sits on the Owenroe River.
The village was built during the 19th century by the grandson of James Farrell, and it is believed to have been based on a Swiss design. However, the village was only constructed on one side of the river, and it wasn’t until the following century when the village spread across to the other side.
Moynalty is famed for its lace-making industry, with the wife of King George supplied with lace from the village. The village was also voted as the tidiest village in the Tidy Towns competition in 2011. Moynalty hosts an annual steam thrashing festival, which is now in its 40th year, having begun in 1975.