Contractor appointed for Townhall refurbishment

Contractor appointed for Townhall refurbishment

Cavan County Council has appointed JJ McCauley Construction Ltd, from Kill, County Cavan, to carry out extensive refurbishment and conservation works on Townhall, Cavan.

Published on: 30 Nov 2018

This project will provide an arts space for the county that will serve artists and audience and complements existing provision for culture in this region. An investment of €750,000 was secured from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht by Cavan Arts and Culture Centre Limited and Cavan County Council as part of the Arts and Culture Capital Scheme 2016.    

Speaking following the contract signing at Johnston Central Library on Friday afternoon, Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Cllr Madeleine Argue said “I am very much looking forward to the re-opening of the refurbished Townhall, Cavan.  It is a building that has served this area well for arts and civic purposes for many years. My fellow elected representatives and I are all very positive about the possibilities that these enhancement works will provide for our arts community to make work and for the wider community to be part of this.”

Townhall, Cavan was one of seven Flagship Projects announced under Stream Two of the Arts and Culture Capital Scheme 2016, by Minister Heather Humphreys on 13 February 2017. 

In addition, Cavan County Council secured capital funding for the project of €247,600 from Peace IV SEUPB, a project initiative supported by the EU’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.  The remaining commitment of €750,000 will be provided by Cavan County Council from their resources.

The detail design formal tender process was overseen by Bluett and O’Donoghue Project Managers, Architects, Fire Engineers (Director in Charge James O’Donoghue, Michael O’Boyle Conservation Architect Grade 1) acting for Cavan County Council and it was advertised on e-tenders in June 2018.  


Through this formal tender process, JJ McCauley Construction Ltd was selected as the most advantageous tenderer for the works and was accepted by Cavan County Council and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht as the successful Contractor.  


James O’Donoghue, of Bluett and O’Donoghue commented that the enthusiasm and commitment of Cavan County Council and the many stakeholders to Arts practice and community really came across from the project inception sto the commencement of the works.  


The design team and the directors of JJ McCauley Construction Ltd, Vivian and Nuala McCauley, look forward to a successful completion to facilitate the re-commencement of the Arts programme at this venue in the Autumn 2019 under the stewardship of Cavan County Council


Further details on the project will be available on


Main Image Caption: Pictured at the signing of contracts for the renovation of Townhall, Cavan are back row, left to right; Catriona O’Reilly, Cavan Arts Officer; Seamus McLoughlin, Cavan County Council; Cllr John Paul Feeley; Cllr Peter McVitty; Eoin Doyle, Director of Service, Cavan County Council; Cllr Daniel Downey, Cllr Damien Brady; Rhonda Tidy, Cavan Arts Office; John Wilson, Cavan County Council. Front row left to right: Michael O’Boyle, Bluett and O’Donoghue Architects; Tommy Ryan, Chief Executive, Cavan County Council; Cllr Madeleine Argue, Cathaoirleach, Cavan County Council; Vivian and Nuala McCauley, JJ McCauley Construction Ltd.


Thomas McGuirk, Clerk of Works, oversees the laying of the foundations of Cavan Town Hall in 1908. Image courtesy of Dermot Walsh.