Background to the Castleblayney Regeneration
Paul Clifford Monaghan County Council ‘s Director of Services, Economic Development (Planning, Community and Enterprise, Cross Border Groups/Initiatives ) met with Tommy Maguire (Manager of Castleblayney Enterprise Centre) , Marese Heavin (Chairperson of Castleblayney Enterprise Centre) and Annmarie McHugh (DKIT Business lecturer and native of Castleblayney ) with a view to creating a forum for the voice of Castleblayney’s business and community people so their opinions and suggestions on the town’s economic growth could be explored and heard .The underlying motive for such a forum was that Castleblayney ,like every other rural town in Ireland ,needs to take action itself ,if it is to develop and flourish.
Meetings were held locally & from this a committee was formed. This comprised of business people such as Aaron & Mairead McCaughey ( McCaughey Foods), Rory McMahon (McMahon Paints), Martina Quinn ( Churchview Garden Centre), Jane McManus ( Café Cuisine), Helena McMahon ( MonChiChi), Brendan Tavey (Tavey Brothers),Teresa Lam ( Royal Jade),Sean McDonald (Sean’s Bar),Rory O’Neill (Mallons Solicitors),Rosemarie Donnelly ( Tidy Towns), Stephen Marron (Castleblayney Soccer Club), Marese Heavin, Tommy Maguire and Annmarie McHugh (Chairperson) along with representatives from the Monaghan County Council Paul Clifford and Frances Matthews.
Suggestions from the group include, marketing and social media training for local businesses, signage, links with the tourism groups to develop tourism in the area and strengthening links with the historic groups in the town to develop a cohesive plan to drive business in the town and to create and sustain employment locally. This group will work closely with Castleblayney Enterprise Centre who are already driving business initiatives in the town and whose webpage www.castleblayney.ie is already a one stop shop for business and community around Castleblayney. People who have suggestions are encouraged to discuss them with any of the committee members and to check this website Castleblayney.ie for regular updates and progress.