The Cavan Centre is not a commercial centre and is not accessible to the general public. The Centre works with those who are marginalised or disadvantaged in any way. It is available primarily to groups from the North Inner City of Dublin, but can be accessed by groups from all areas who are disadvantaged. We welcome all ages from young people to senior citizens; young people must be accompanied by leaders or staff from their group. See Empowering Communities Programme for details of the types of groups that can access the Centre. If you are not sure if the Cavan Centre can be accessed by you or your group, give us a call and we will let you know.
The Centre opens all year round, except for one week in the run up to Easter, the first two weeks in September and one week over Christmas when we close for annual leave. We open Tuesday to Sunday each week offering day trips, midweek and weekend stays. For ten weeks during the summer, we open Sunday to Friday, so only midweek stays and day trips on offer during that period – no weekend stays.
The Centre provides stays on both a catered-for and self-catering basis so the price varies. We also have different pricing for adult groups and young people’s groups when being catered-for, as different menus apply. Adult leaders/staff attending the Centre with a young people’s group are subject to the same pricing as the young people. We make every effort to keep our pricing affordable for the type of groups we work with. We are happy to discuss pricing with you by telephone if you wish to make an enquiry.
Once the Centre is satisfied that your group can access our facilities, bookings are made over the phone. We do not accept bookings by email or issue booking forms. Bookings must be secured by the required deposit within 7 working days of being made. If not secured within this period, booking are automatically cancelled and the dates made available to other groups. Deposits can be paid by cheque, bank draft or postal order. Deposits are non-refundable. Payment can also be made by electronic transfer directly to our bank account. We do not accept credit cards. Payment can be made by cash, cheque, bank draft or postal order – we do not accept credit cards.
When a booking is cancelled with more than two weeks notice, we attempt to fill that space with another booking. If we are not successful in doing so, the booking deposit will not be refunded.
Numbers cannot be increased without prior arrangement with the Centre. Groups will be charged for numbers booked, even if less arrive for the stay.
The balance of payment due for a stay is made when the group is at the Centre for the stay – full payment can be made in advance if desired.
It is advisable to make bookings as far in advance as possible in order to be sure of getting the date's desired. Weekends and school holiday periods in particular tend to get booked up to three months in advance, so give us a call early not to be disappointed.
As our largest accommodation unit holds 30 (including leaders), this is the maximum number a group can bring for a residential stay. In order to facilitate the maximum number of groups to access the centre, we generally do not allocate more than one accommodation unit to a group - exceptions are occasionally made at quieter times of the year or when groups are known to us. Maximum numbers for day trips can be up to sixty, if we have no other bookings on a given day. We do not apply a minimum number requirement, so a group can consist of two people.
Day trip: arrive 10am, depart 5.30pm same day.
One day residential stay: arrive 10am day one; depart by 10am day two.
Two, three, four, five day residential stay: arrive 10am day one; depart by 10am on the relevant day or 5.30pm the evening before if desired.
Weekend stay: arrive Friday evening 8pm; depart Sunday afternoon by 4pm.
We do not provide transport to the Centre. Groups need to make their own arrangements in this regard by accessing community transport or booking private operators. We are happy to provide information to groups on hiring transport or using public transport. For smaller groups travelling from Dublin, Bus Eireann operate a regular daily service from Busaras to Virginia and we can provide details of local taxis or mini buses to transport the group from Virginia to the Centre (about 7 miles).
Yes, the Centre welcomes those with disabilities for residential stays or day trips. Tiger’s Lodge accommodation (capacity 20 people) is suitable for residential stays for people with disabilities, as it is all on the ground floor. We make every effort to accommodate the needs of our disability users and to involve them in as many activities as possible. If your disability group is not familiar with the Cavan Centre, staff or leaders are welcome to come for a visit to view our facilities in order to assess their suitability for your groups needs.
Leaders or staff who accompany a group to the Centre are responsible for the supervision of their group at all times during a stay. This involves being present during activity sessions, which are delivered by our Youth & Community workers until 5.30pm. Meal times must also be supervised. On residential stays, leaders supervise the group’s evening activities and relaxation time from 5.30pm until bed time at 12 midnight with the support of Centre staff. A Cavan Centre staff member is present at the Centre at all times when a group is in residence.
Yes, we are happy to accommodate special dietary needs, in so far as it is possible, once they are notified to us in advance of a visit.
Yes, activity programmes are planned by our Youth and Community Workers in conjunction with a group’s leaders - this can be done in advance or when the group arrive at the Centre. Bad weather may result in changes having to be made to a planned programme for safety reasons.
We provide bedding so it is not necessary to bring a sleeping bag. We do not provide towels. The Centre has a tuck shop with drinks and treats for sale for residential stays.
The Cavan Centre is an alcohol and drug-free Centre - we ask all visiting groups to respect this policy.