Cavan, the most southerly of the Ulster counties, is greatly diversified in surface. Its highest point is Cuilcagh Mountain (2188 feet), in the mountainous projection of the county which reaches north-westwards between counties Leitrim and Fermanagh. Ireland's longest river, the Shannon, has its source on the Southern slopes of Cuilcagh. Most of the county is undulating land, with low round hills and myriad lakes. The River Erne, rising in Lough Gowna and flowing northwards through the centre of the county, spreads itself in a maze of small sheets of water seperated by promontories and islands of every shape and size. Many of the Cavan lakes are very beautiful and offer first-class coarse angling. Cavan, the county town, is in a pleasant district of low green hills. In ancient times it was the seat of the rulers of east Breifine, the O' Reilys. There is golf, tennis, excellent angling for trout and coarse fish and a sports centre. Cavan Crystal produces 32 per cent lead crystal glass in the traditional mouth-blown and handcut fashion.
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