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A campaign's on to bring Cavan Cola back

At one point, the drink outsold Coca Cola in Co Cavan.

cavan cola anglo celt fb Source: Facebook

EVER HEARD OF Cavan Cola? No, we’re not messing with you – it’s a cola brand that was once made in Cavan, for Cavanites (that’s what people from Cavan are called, right?)

This caramel-coloured fizzy liquid was a huge hit back in the day, but sadly was off the shop shelves by the early 2000s. Sean Farrell of The42.ie informs us that it was “our thing” (he’s a Cavanite), and there was nothing better than a bottle of it on a Friday night.

Tell us more, Sean.

It had a brilliantly 1970s colour scheme going on. Okay, so it usually wasn’t served very cold or in bottles exceeding 250ml, but it had a decency to it. Less sparkly, and perhaps a bit thicker than Coke.

Anything else?

On the few occasions we’d pour it into a glass it seemed foamier than Coca Cola too. Like there was already a scoop of ice-cream in there somewhere.

We see why Cavanites liked this drink so much…

An attempt was made in 1997 to bring it back to the shelves, but that failed. During its heyday, Cavan Cola was available in Cavan, Monaghan, Sligo, Leitrim, Louth and Meath. The family company who made it was eventually taken over by Finches.

Now the Anglo Celt has decided to take it upon itself to revive the call for the sweet nectar of Cavan Cola to be returned the supermarket shelves. The move was inspired by the Taste of Cavan 2015, and an attempt to discover what the true taste of Cavan is.

Having discarded boxty, sausages, Bailey’s and other foodstuffs, the Anglo Celt returned to their sugary roots. They could feel it in their teeth – Cavan Cola needed to return.

Here’s how the news was greeted on the Anglo Celt’s Facebook page:

cavan cola

This loyalty comes as no surprise when you hear that at one point Cavan Cola outsold Coca Cola in Co Cavan.

They’re a loyal bunch, those Cavanites.

The paper says it will announce the latest news in its campaign next week. We’re hoping a bottle of Cavan Cola might one day make its way into our offices.

Surely Sean would let us have a sup of the drink he calls “dark viscous heaven”?

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