Blayney Blades Coffee Morning

Blayney Blades are hosting their First Saturday Coffee Morning which will take place in the Parish Centre this Saturday 1st July after 11am mass. All proceeds will go towards the malnourished people in Nairobi, Kenya.

As a country Kenya can boast of great beauty and variety in terms of cultures and terrain. This same variety exists economically where a small percentage of the population enjoy considerable wealth and a vast number struggle for their daily necessities. This is very evident in Nairobi where large areas of the city environs are home to tens of thousands of slum dwellers, in search of a living. Sisters of Mercy help by enabling people to be self-sufficient, providing for basic health care and helping educate the young population as well as engaging in catechesis and providing training in a number of areas continue to be the focus of their diverse works here.

Sr. Brigid Marnane who works in the area would really appreciate the support for this very worthy cause.

Anyone who wishes to make a donation, but cannot attend, can call into the Blayney Blades office, in the Íontas Centre, Conabury, Castleblayney. 

Feile Peile na nÓg hosted in Castleblayney 23rd to 25th June

Castleblayney Faughs will this weekend host a number of GAA Club teams as part of Feile Peile na nÓg. The Castleblayney Faughs are due to host Naomh Phadraig CLG, Westport and O’Donovan Rossa, Belfast.

The Castleblayney Faughs club itself will be hosting a number of games, including their own U14 boys. These games will showcase the top teams and young footballers from around Ireland. This is a chance to show our support and encouragement for all players and mentors involved.

Your support would be appreciated. 

 

Famous Runner Acknowledged

On Friday evening last one of Ireland’s forgotten heroes John McGough was fittingly honoured by the unveiling of a dedicated art piece, which is located at Laurel Hill.

The art piece to the Castleblayney man which was installed by Castleblayney Regeneration Committee under the auspices of Carrickmacross/Castleblayney Municipal District will now serve as lasting acknowledgement to the athletic and GAA achievements which span over an era of 50 years.

In front of a large crowd the art piece was unveiled by the Cathaoirleach of Carrickmacross/Castleblayney Municipal District, Aidan Campbell, himself an accomplished athlete.

The evening’s proceedings were conducted by Annmarie McHugh, Chairperson of Castleblayney Regeneration Committee, who began by welcoming all present, in particular Minister Heather Humphreys.

Minister Humphreys praised the work of Castleblayney Regeneration Committee and spoke of the importance of using art in public places to highlight achievements and to raise awareness and an appreciation of art.

Annmarie also praised and acknowledged the work of Tommy McGuire, manager of Castleblayney Community Centre who has conducted a major research on the “Runner McGough” and who was instrumental in putting the art piece and plaque.

John McGough was born on the 20th January 188. At a very early age John‘s parents decided to emigrate to Glasgow in Scotland to begin a new life. After his schooling John found work as a postman and developed a keen interest in athletics. He joined the local Bellahouston Harriers Athletics Club and soon became the dominant force in Scottish Miling in the first decade of the twentieth century.

At one time he held every Scottish record from 1000 yards to 4 miles.  He won a total of 12 Scottish AAA titles.  Most noteworthy of these was his remarkable achievement in winning the Scottish title in the Mile for six years in succession 1902-’07.

In 1906 John was chosen as one of the athletes to represent Great Britain at the Intercalated Olympic Games in Athens. McGough excelled and in an enthralling sprint for the line finished in second place to take an Olympic Silver behind reigning Olympic Champion James Lightbody of the USA.

John McGough retired from Athletics in 1910 and returned to Castleblayney in 1915 where he took up residence in Annaglaive. His interests then moved to GAA and he became one of the founders of the Blackhill Gaelic Football Club.  It is reported that John’s work as postman in the Blackhill area of Glasgow and links that other club founders had with that area in Glasgow were the factors in naming the Club by that name.

While back home John turned his trade to helping injured football players and soon became a reputable masseuse for many local football teams and other injured individuals.  His talents were later recognised by the Management of Cavan GAA and in 1947 he travelled to New York as part of the background team of the famous Cavan team who won the first and ever All Ireland to be played outside the Country.

John himself died aged 86 on 23rd April 1967, while a patient in St. Mary’s Hospital.

St. Mary’s Church Closed for Renovations on 19th June

Renovation work on St. Mary’s Church in Castleblayney started on 19th June and will continue until 16th June 2018.

In the meantime St. Maeldoid’s Church of Ireland which is located on Church Street, Castleblayney has generously opened its doors to the Catholics for the duration of the closure of St. Mary’s Church. There has been widespread praise and acknowledgment of the kind offer which has been accommodated by the St. Maeldoid’s Church through their rector Rev Neal Phair.

There will be catholic weekly services, as well as Masses and other ceremonies, in the same building at different times, until work is completed next June.

The times are as follows:

Mon-Thurs 10am St. Maeldoid’s

Friday 7.30 pm St. Patrick’s Church, Oram

Saturday 11am & 7pm St Maeldoid’s

Sunday 9am St. Patrick’s Church, Oram and 11.45am St. Maeldoid’s

Weddings &Funerals: by arrangement

Baptisms: 3rd Saturday at St. Patrick’s & 4th Sunday at St. Maeldoid’s.

Adoration: Wednesday afternoon 2pm—6pm in the Parish Centre & Friday evening 4pm—7pm – in St. Patrick’s Church, Oram.

Note: Times and venue may change occasionally.

Golf Classic at Concra Wood in Memory of Una Cunningham 23rd June

A memorial golf classic will take place on Friday 23rd June, at Concra Wood Golf Course, Castleblayney.  All proceeds will go to The Castleblayney Cancer Society and all support for this great event will be greatly appreciated.

Schedule of events will include 18 hole golf classic, lunch and a prize giving ceremony.

The entry fee:

Part main sponsor €250

4 ball team €200

 tee sponsor €50

                          

Anyone who would like to attend or make a donation please contact Owen on 087 2603322 or 042 9743755

 

Concra Wood Golf Course overlooks the beautiful scenery of Louth Muckno and boasts magnificent views of the surrounding areas.  Being intertwined with Lough Muckno and the outstanding design of the course makes Concra Wood one of the finest golfing destinations in Europe.

 

 

St. John Festival day in Íontas Community Centre, Castleblayney 24th June

Blayney Blades International are hosting a summer family event to celebrate The Feast Day of Saint John the Baptist in Íontas Cumunity Centre, Castleblayney on 24th June 11am to 5pm.

The Feast Day of Saint John the Baptist known as St. John's is celebrated throughout the world. The bible states that St. John was born six months before Jesus, therefore the feast of John the Baptist was fixed on June 24th, six months before Christmas. The Feast Day is one of the few saint's days which commemorate the anniversary of the birth, rather than death, of a saint being honored.

The family friendly event will include Bouncy Castles for the little ones, Music by Divi Jani, Magician Keith McCabe, variety of snacks and a free BBQ.

Entry fee is €5 and a free entry for kids

Muckno Cycling Club Family Fun Event 18th June

The newly formed Muckno Cycling Club will host its first National Bike Week event with some family fun activities this Sunday 18th June at Louth Muckno, Castleblayney at 2pm. Those participating shoud meet at the Hope Castle.

The National Bike Week is held over a week in June each year. It’s a celebration and promotion of all that is great about bikes and cycling.

Younger children (aged 4-9) are invited to bring their bikes along to Hope Castle at Louth Muckno, Castleblayney for some bike skills and the older kids (age 10-14) are invited to get on their bikes and join the road cycle.

All bicycles must be in good working order and helmets must be worn for this activity.  Also parents/guardians must stay with children for supervision purposes.

Snooker Night in Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan 16th June

Youth Work Ireland Cavan Monaghan are hosting a Snooker event on the 16th June, starting at 7.30pm in Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan.

This event is organised to raise funds towards Castleblayney Youth Café and other Youth Cafes in the Cavan, Monaghan area.

A great night’s entertainment featuring two former world champion snooker players: Ken Doherty and Dennis Taylor, both from Ireland. 

Eight local players will be up for challenge of taking on the former world champions. These include: Colm Mc Donagh, Simon Connolly, Paul Carbin, Brendan Treanor, Seamus Mc Adam, David Kerr, Martin Mc Veigh and Stephen Sherry.

Tickets available from:  Wellbeing Centre, Bree, Castleblayney and all staff.

For more information contact Gareth on 085 1306393 or Leah on 087 9170480

Tickets: €20 and VIP €50

 

Castleblayney Show Schedule Launch Friday 9th June

Castleblayney Show Schedule 2017 launch by Chef Adrian of TV 3 fame, will take place this Friday 9th June in Blackhill GFC Social Centre starting at 8pm.

The night will include the Launch of the Show Schedule 2017 and the selection of the 2017 Show Queen.

Music on the night is by Gary Keenan. Spot prizes galore. Refreshments served on the night. Everyone is welcome.

Castleblayney Show will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, 7th August. The show attracts an attendance of approximately 10,000 visitors from the local, national and even international areas. Agriculture is the shows main focus but this has broadened over the past years to include Side Shows, Trade Stands, the All Ireland Baking Championships: New for 2017 will be the All Ireland Junior Cook Final. The artisan Food Hall showcasing local produce at its very best has proved an outstanding success; the other usual attractions on the day include the Livestock classes, the Pets corner, Bonny baby competitions and much, much more.

Influx of Fairies to leave Town Spellbound

The organisers of the popular and successful town’s Muckno Mania Festival launched their plans on Monday night last, which will see the town adopt a Fairytale theme for the 19th annual Festival, which takes place 6th – 9th July.

Present at the launch were representatives of the Festival’s main Sponsors who included:Coleman Tractors and Today’s Local, Glencarn Hotel, McMahon SuperValu, Monaghan Hire, Monaghan County Council Arts Partners Scheme, Carna Transport, Castleblayney Community Enterprise and the Monaghan County Council Municipal District of Carrickmacross/Castleblayney.

Also in attendance was Karla Corr reining Festival Queen, boys and girls from Scoil Mhuire na mBuachailli and Scoil na gCailini and members of the Muckno Mania Festival Committee.

The Festival theme, which reads ‘Muckno Mania a Festival of Fairytales’, will feature oral and musical extracts from many of the popular Fairy Tale Stories with colourful props, artefacts and symbolic references to the tales, which will help to capture the festival mood and set a magical scene over the weekend.  There is also promise of an abundance of Fairies over the weekend but no guarantees that they will be seen!

Once more the organisers have chosen to stick with some of the old reliables, which are also among the most popular, these include a Fireworks Display Friday night, Sprint Triathlon Saturday morning.  Raft building competition, Faugh’s Sports day, Country dancing to Mike Denver Saturday night and a fun day at Lough Muckno on Sunday.

The search for the Festival’s sixteenth Festival Queen has also already commenced and a winner will be declared at a separate ‘Beauties and Feast’ event, on Saturday night when Karla Corr last year’s popular winner will hand over her title and her Tiara.

The organisers have also endeavoured to evoke participation from the wider community by including a number of competitions, which centre on a Fairytale theme, these include: a window display competition for the businesses in the town, a general public garden competition and a residential estate competition.  In all cases the entrants are asked to create a Fairytale theme in their window, garden or estate.

The Festival continues to be staged as a Family Festival that promotes sport and music, with a particular focus on the Arts.

The Festival is driven by a dedicated group of individuals who work unselfishly each year to stage one of the most important and invaluable events in the town’s annual calendar.

New Directors for Castleblayney Community Enterprise

Castleblayney’s successful Social Economy Group, Castleblayney Community Enterprise, have announced the co-option of two new members on to their Board of Directors, namely Janet Hill and Una McGuinness.

The two new Directors are no strangers within the Community, both having a very impressive track record in Voluntary and Community work as well as having strong business management and agri business acumen.

Una McGuinness who plays a pivotal role within the highly popular and successful Muckno Mania Festival, having held the role of Secretary for nine years was co-opted on the proposal of Paul Shortt and seconded by Liz Christy.

Janet Hill who is a long serving member and Officer of Castleblayney Show Committee, as well as County Executive Officer with the IFA, was proposed for co-option by Marese Heavin and seconded by Sean MacDonald.

The two new Directors were warmly welcomed by the Chairperson of the local Community group Marese Heavin at their monthly meeting on Tuesday night last, Marese also paid tribute to them for their outstanding work in the local Community development over the years, stating that their “legacy of generous contribution is already a valued commodity within the Community and that the work of Castleblayney Community Enterprise will now be further strengthened by their presence on the Board”.

Both Janet and Una were also welcomed and their work acknowledged by other Directors present at the meeting.  The two new Directors will also join one of the Board’s three internal Sub-Committees, which are an integral part of the workings of the group.

The full Board membership of Castleblayney Community Enterprise includes: Marese Heavin (Chairperson), Jacqui Hanratty (Secretary), Peter Cairns, Aidan Campbell,Liz Christy, Frankie Gorman, Janet Hill, Sean McDonald, Una McGuinness, Pete McMahon, Maire McQuillan, Gary Ogle (Treasurer), Paul Shortt and Padraig Watters.

Blayney Blades First Saturday Coffee Morning 3rd June

Blayney Blades are hosting their coffee morning this Saturday 3rd June in the Parish Hall after 11am mass.

All proceeds will go towards Almas organisation, founded by Fr. Brian Kavanagh. The charity is named after a young Ethiopian girl who died from HIV-Aids at the age of fourteen. Almas organisation seeks to help children who are living in and suffering from poverty and whose families are affected by HIV-Aids.

Fr. Brian will be in attendance at the coffee morning and everyone is welcome.

Anyone who wishes to donate, but cannot attend, can call into the Blayney Blades office in the Íontas Theatre, Conabury, Castleblayney.

For more information on Almas organisation visit: www.almasworldwide.com

Gaelscoil Lorgan 5k Run/Walk in Lough Muckno Park 11th June

Gaelscoil Lorgan is holding 5km run/walk and a 2km for children who wish to participate. This event will take place on 11th June, commencing at 11am sharp at Muckno Park, Castleblayney.

Registration starts at 9am on the morning with entry fees of €12 for adult and €5 for children. Each participant will receive a medal and there will be a trophy for 1st male, 1st female and 1st child.

This fun run is to raise funds for Gaelscoil Lorgan and Castleblayney Cancer Society.

All your support is greatly appreciated. 

Official launch of The Memory Poles Monument

Wednesday 24th May saw the official launch of The Memory Poles monument at the entrance of Mindszenty’s Park on Muckno Street, Castleblayney.

Muckno Street is one of the oldest Streets in town, originally called Noble Street. A lot of inhabitants and characters lived there have passed on to their eternal rest and The Memory Poles have been placed in their memory.

The Memory Poles were erected by Castleblayney Tidy Towns, designed by Noel Mc Guigan using Bog Wood donated by McShane family, Kinnagin and crafted by blacksmith Peter Cassidy. This project was funded by The Municipal District Carrickmacross-Castleblayney.

Monaghan Ladies LGFA Monster Bingo is on the 28th May

Monaghan Ladies LGFA club are holding a Monster Bingo night on Sunday 28th May at 6pm in the Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney. All money raised will go towards LGFA club.

There will be a total of €7000 cash prizes to be won on the night, including a €2000 jackpot, €400 cash prize for house and €100 for a line.

Books will be available to buy at the door on the night. Single books cost €20 while double books cost €25

All are welcome to attend.

Castleblayney College student to bring local WW1 soldier story to life

5th year student Jessica Hanratty from Castleblayney was chosen to participate in My Adopted Soldier project 2017. She was one of only 15 students from all over Ireland that were selected for this project.

At the launch of My Adopted Soldier in Collins Barracks, Jessica presented the research she did on Daniel McGinn from Cullovile who died in the battle of Landmark during World War One.

In June students from all over Ireland, North and South will join 15 students from Germany on a trip to Belgium to remember soldiers from both sides of the conflict who died in the Ypres Region of Belgium in WW1.

For more information on this project visit: www.myadoptedsoldier.com

 

Community Big Clean Weekend 19th - 21st May

Castleblayney Tidy Towns committee are hosting their Big Clean Weekend starting this Friday 19th May. Community groups, Residential Groups and individuals are being asked to get involved and gather some volunteers.

The Tidy Towns committee works hard to improve the local environment in our community by working with local businesses, local residents groups, local schools and interested individuals to create a clean and safe place to live and work for future generations.

If you are interested in making our town a better place to live in and have a few free hours please join in.

For more information contact Pat on 0863958409 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“Let’s Walk and Talk” Forest Walk at Lough Muckno Friday 19th May

The Green Ribbon Campaign is in their 5th annual nationwide series of “Lets’ Walk and Talk” Mental Health & Wellbeing awareness.

The 2.5km walk in Muckno Park, Castleblayney will take place Friday 19th May at 7.30pm starting at the gates of Muckno Park.

This event consists of a stroll in the park which focuses on your mental health and wellbeing. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

This event is free of charge and everyone is welcome, so please come along to show your support and wear a green ribbon which will be provided on the evening.  

For more details contact Janet Hill on 0868181468

For information on this event and background on this event visit www.greenribbon.ie 

Happy Hearts Appeal Collection 12th & 13th May

This Friday 12th and Saturday 13th May Castleblayney Community First Responders will be collecting in town centre on behalf of the Irish Heart Foundation.

This year’s Happy Heart Appeal target is €500,000 which is a 40% increase on last year. These vital funds ensure they can continue to provide essential CPR training to every community in Ireland and other great projects like the fight against Cardiovascular disease.

All money raised will go towards the Irish Heart CPR programmes.

For more information visit: www.irishheart.ie or contact Gerry Ward on: 0873547896

Confirmation in St. Maeldoids Parish Church May 14th

On Sunday 14th May at 3.30pm the Bishop of Clogher Right Rev John McDowell will officiate the sacrament of confirmation on eleven young people from four Churches.


This is a unique event as it has been  seven  years since confirmation was held in the Church of Ireland, Castleblayney. 300 hundred people are expected to join this
ceremony.  Tea will be served after the service, everyone is welcome.

Confirmation completes an individual’s journey from baptism. A candidate for confirmation must also possess and apply the following; profess the faith, be in a state of grace, have the intention of receiving the sacrament, be prepared to assume the role of the disciple and witness to Christ both within the Church and within the world.

Castleblayney Parkrun continues this weekend at Black Island Park

Castleblayney Parkrun will take place this Saturday and will continue weekly, starting at 9.30am in Black Island Park.

The course is 5k long and is run on a mixture of bitmapc and gravel paths.This event is free of charge, organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone and it's open to walkers, joggers and runners.

Everyone is encouraged to come regardless of your age or fitness level.  


To take part please register on www.parkrun.ie and remember to take a printed copy of your barcode along on the day.

 

Summer 2017 Training at Castleblayney Enterprise Centre

 

There is a wide variety of courses and training opportunities on offer in Castleblayney Enterprise Centre for 2017.  The training in the centre focuses on quality of training to groups in small numbers.  This therefore means that places are limited.  The centre offers high quality training facilities at reasonable rates and provides an ideal learning environment for the level of training required.

Some courses on offer include:

TAMS Farm Safety, Health and Safety Awareness Training, Abrasive Wheel Training, Fire Safety Training, Basic Life Support Instructor Course, Safe Pass, EHOA, HACCP, Manual Handling, Patient Handling, Basic First Aid, Occupational First Aid, Equal Skills, Intermediate Computers, ECDL, Microsoft Excel, Farm Accounts, Digital Photography, Photoshop, Smartphone and Facebook Workshops.

You can also contact: Margaret Comey at Castleblayney Training Centre on 042-9746087 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Equalskills (Beginners Computers ) 8 Weeks  -  Cost €130    

Friday 21st April 10-12.30 pm

Intermediate Computers 10 Weeks  -  Cost €160    

Wednesday 17th May — 10 x Morning Classes (10- 1pm)

ECDL 26 Weeks  
Continuous intake from 9th May 26 x Tuesday mornings (10am-1pm)
Continuous intake from 18th May – 26 x Thursday Evenings (7-10pm) 
Cost €560 per person or €375*  for Unemployed/CE Schemes    

ECDL WALK-IN-TESTS  Self-Study reduced-rate option.  Registration is €45, then €20 per Test (by appointment only)  Books & other ECDL Learning Resources also available.

Microsoft Excel (ECDL Level) - 4 Weeks  -  Cost €75    

Monday 3rd July -  4 x Morning Classes (10-1pm)

Microsoft Word (ECDL-Level) - 4 Weeks  – Cost €75

Tuesday 22nd May - 4 x Morning Classes (10 - 1pm)

Microsoft PowerPoint (ECDL-Level) - 4 Weeks  – Cost €75

Monday 26th June - 4 x Morning Classes (10 - 1 pm)

Microsoft Access/Databases (ECDL-Level) - 4 Weeks  – Cost €75

Thursday 14th August - 4 x Morning Classes (10 - 1 pm)

Advanced ECDL Excel & Word - 8 Weeks  each – Cost €230 each

Tuesday 19th September - 8 x Evening Classes each (7-10pm)

Digital Photography 7pm-10pm Cost 85

Wednesday 10th May – 5 x Evening Classes (7pm– 10pm)

SmartPhone & Tablet Workshop – Cost €20

Monday 15th May (10am-1pm)

Facebook for Beginners – 10am-1pm  - Cost €20

Thursday 18th May (10am-1pm)

Facebook for Business – 10am-1pm  - Cost €35

Monday 28th August (10am-1pm)

Farm Accounts (In Microsoft Excel) 10am-1pm – Cost €60

3 Week Course  - Thursday 25th May   

 EHOA Basic Food Safety & HACCP Awareness (1 Day)  Cost €140

Thursday 27th April                     Thursday 22nd June

HACCP Level 2 (Food Safety Management System) Course (1 Day) Cost €155

Friday 26th May              Thursday 27th July

Abrasive Wheel Training (1 Evening, 6.30pm-9.30pm)  Cost €50

Tuesday 23rd May          

Fire Safety Training (1 Evening, 6.30pm-9.30pm)  Cost €50

Tuesday 9th May

NEW - TAMS Farm Safety New Course

Half Day TAMS Safety Course - Costs €40

Saturday 13th May

Knapsack Training (QQI Level-5 Hand-held Pesticide Application) – Cost €200

Wednesday 26th April & 3th May              

Boom Training (QQI Level-5 Boom Sprayer Pesticide Application) – Cost €200

Tuesday 16th & 23th May

Patient Handling (Includes Manual Handling) 2-Evenings  (6.30-10pm)  €80

Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th May

Manual Handling  (Excludes Patient Handling)  1-Evening (6.30-10pm)  €50

Tuesday 30th May

Occupational First Aid (QQI Level-5)  3-Days  (9.30am-5pm)  - €220

Wednesday 10th, 17th & 24th May             

Occupational First Aid Refresher  (Includes Paediatric First Aid) 1-Day   (9.30am-5pm)  Cost €80  

Monday 8th May             Saturday 27th May

Basic First Aid (Includes Paediatric First Aid) 1-Day or 2 Evenings - €90

Saturday 24th June

Safe Pass (1 Day)  (8am-5pm)  - Cost €100

Thursday 4th  May                       Saturday 20th May

"Sing for Your Soul" returns to Íontas this May

This Friday 4th May Íontas Theatre, Castleblayney will host their annual “Sing for Your Soul” vocal showcase.

The choir, led by Dearbhla McCreesh will feature solo and choral performances. Ranging from contemporary and musical theatre songs, this will be a night of guaranteed entertainment.

Doors will open 7.15pm with the show starting at 7.30pm

Admission: €12/10

For more information visit: www.iontascastleblayney.ie

Blayney Blades Coffee Evening this Friday 5th May

Blayney Blades will host their Coffee Evening after the first Friday mass 5th May at 8m in the Parish Centre.

All proceeds this month will go to Famine in South Sudan. Famine has been declared in South Sudan. 100,000 people face starvation and a further one million are at risk. Anyone who wishes to make a donation, but cannot attend, can call into the Blades Office.

As always, your support is greatly appreciated.

Lisnagrieve Pipe Band Take Up Invitation to Perform in South of France

A group of local musicians travelled to Marseillan in the South East France for Easter to take part in a number of special Easter events planned there.

The musicians who comprise of members of the St. Macartan’s Pipe Band, Lisnagrieve, were invited to perform in the popular Mediterranean seaside town by the Mayor of Marseillan Yves Michele.  The travelling party also included a number of members from the Aughnamullen Pipe Band, who also performed out there.

The town of Marseillan, which is twinned with the town of Castleblayney since 2010, hosted the Band members in their accommodation facility at their seaside resort.  The Band were asked to officiate at a number of events, including the Official Opening of a Photographic Exhibition in the town and also to participate in the town’s Easter Parade through the streets.  The Band also performed during an Easter Church Service.

Also acknowledged was the support and role of the Mayor of the Castleblayney/ Carrickmacross Municipal Area Aidan Campbell, who was working behind the scenes along with the Manager of Castleblayney Enterprise Centre, Tommy McGuire in the planning of this event. 

Mayor Campbell also, in his personal capacity, travelled to Marseillan separately to attend the events planned out there.

Cycle Against Suicide; Cyclists to Pass Through Castleblayney

Cycle Against Suicide  is an initiative started by Irish entrepreneur, Jim Breen, as a result of his appearance on RTE’s The Secret Millionaire programme. The main objective of the Cycle is to raise awareness of the considerable help and supports that are available for anyone battling depression, self-harm, at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide.

This year’s cycle, the organisation’s fifth, began on Sunday 23rd and will continue until May 6th, with a detailed outline of the route below.

On Wednesday evening, 26th April, between 6.30 and 7pm the participating cyclists will arrive in Castleblayney, with as many people as possible asked to show their support.

On Thursday morning the cyclists will continue their journey towards Bailieborough by way of Lough Egish and Shercock. 

Also on Thursday morning, Our Lady’s Secondary School, Castleblayney will host a talk on Mental Health.

“Together, shoulder to shoulder, we can break the cycle of suicide on the island of Ireland”

For more information, please visit: www.cycleagainstsuicide.com

‘My Town, My Dream’ Presentation in Iontas

There was what can only be described as an amazing presentation of exhibits, models and art work on display at the final presentation of the unique ‘My Town My Dream’ event, held in Iontas last Tuesday night.  Great credit must go to all the schools involved and particularly the students who created such wonderful work and demonstrated creativity and ingenuity.

This unique and innovative Schools Project involved a partnership of community, business and local authority stakeholders, which worked closely with school children in the town and surrounding areas.  Great credit to the Teachers and School Principals, who supported the project in their schools.

The project titled ‘My Town My Dream’ was co-ordinated by local Community group Castleblayney Community Enterprise in conjunction with Shabra Plastics Recycling and the Castleblayney Regeneration Committee, who operate under the auspices of Carrickmacross/Castleblayney Municipal Area through Monaghan County Council.

The competition was open to students attending Primary and Post Primary schools in the Castleblayney area and encouraged students to look at proposals, which would be of benefit to the town of Castleblayney or to the communities where they are living.

The students were asked to think about the town and its surrounding areas and present an essay and a drawing or model based on an idea they had for the future.  Most of the students based their project on the improvement and development or the re-use of an existing building or open space that exists in the community.  They also used other choices, which included the staging of an event, which celebrated an achievement, personal endeavour or recognised local history.  The option to create something totally new was also taken up.

Speaking on the night the Chairperson of Castleblayney Community Enterprise Marese Heavin acknowledged those responsible for the night’s success and that of course was all the boys and girls from the local Primary and Secondary Schools who spent countless and tedious hours putting together all the fabulous exhibits, models and essays.

She acknowledged and thanked the people that made the event happen; firstly, Shabra Plastic Recycling a local Company in the town, who she said, had themselves, in what they do, typified what the competition was all about.  She welcomed in particular Rita Shah, Director of the Company, who was joined on the night by Elizabeth McMahon and Anthony McCann.

Secondly, she acknowledged Castleblayney Regeneration Committee, who works closely with and under the auspices of Carrickmacross/Castleblayney Municipal Area and Monaghan County Council.  In a sense she stated, that these bodies are contributors to and are the policy makers for the town and local Communities and it was fitting that they were part of the competition and hopefully there would be learning for them, from the results of the exhibits.  Castleblayney Regeneration Committee was represented by Annmarie McHugh their Chairperson, Martina Quinn, Jane McKenna, Brian Quinn, Deirdre Power and Paul Clifford the Director of Services.

She acknowledged the role of the Board of Castleblayney Community Enterprise, who devised the competition and who brought it to fruition.  She added, this was just one of the many worthwhile and invaluable projects that the Community group have been responsible for over the years and that Castleblayney Community Enterprise had begun as a Company in 1987 and this year celebrated 30 years of existence.

She concluded by sincerely thanking the adjudicators of the competition, who she said, “must surely have been given an impossible task”. She added “if this competition had as its objective to get young people think about where they lived and explore their ideas and visions for the future, well it certainly did that and I congratulate them and compliment them for all their excellent work, creativity and enthusiasm”.  In concluding, she thanked the Management and staff at Iontas for their assistance and support with the event and also specially thanked the staff at Castleblayney Community Enterprise, who had been busy working on the event from inception to its final presentation.

Mayor of Carrickmacross/Castleblayney Municipal Area, Aidan Campbell in his address praised the young involved in this exciting competition and said, “it was heartening to see such talent and creativity that exists in all our schools” He thanked the many teachers who got involved in the competition and who encouraged their students to participate.  He thanked also the Principals in these schools who he said, “should be acknowledged for recognised the importance of Community involvement and the benefit of involving young people in Community projects”.

Others speakers on the night included, Rita Shah on behalf of Shabra Plastics Recycling, Annmarie McHugh on behalf of Castleblayney Regeneration Committee and Liz Christy on behalf of the Adjudicators.

Results of My ‘Town My Dream’

Primary School

Junior & Senior Infants:- 1st Daithí O’Loinsigh (Gaelscoil Lorgan), 2nd Seanagh Coleman (All Saint’s National School).

1st & 2nd Class:- 1st Lucy Carey (Scoil na gCailiní), 2nd Ryan Hoare, Dylan Campbell, Cathal Duffy, Kurt Daniel - Animal Farm & Museum, (Scoil Mhuire na mBuachaillí).       3rd Ríona Sherry - My Fairy Garden (Scoil na gCailini).

3rd & 4th Class:- 1st Harry McQuillan – Quarry Activity Centre, (Scoil Mhuire na mBuachaillí).  2nd Theo McMahon – Annex Pet Farm, (Scoil Mhuire na mBuachaillí).

3rd Niamh Kelly – Annex Family Fun Activity & Craft Centre, (Scoil na gCailiní).

5th & 6th Class:- 1st Max McGinnity – Muck Around & Muckno Boat Tours, (Scoil Mhuire na mBuachaillí).  2nd Roisin McEnaney – Town Plan, (Annalitten National School).

3rd Kevin McCully – Skate Park, (Scoil Mhuire na mBuachaillí).

Primary Special

Biggest Effort:- Katie Coleman – Eco Bus Stop, (All Saint’s National School).

Outside the Box:- Connaire Casey, Ryan Duffy, Cooper MacMahon & Lochlann Duffy, Temple Astronomy, (Scoil Mhuire na mBuachaillí).

Secondary School

Junior Cycle:- 1st Sarah Brennan – The Benches (Our Lady’s Secondary School).

2nd Briege Duffy – Improvement of Black Island, (Castleblayney College).

3rd Allona D’Souza – Muckno Music Notes, (Our Lady’s Secondary School).

Senior Cycle:- 1st Natasha Joksimovic – Muckno Adventure, (Our Lady’s Secondary School).  2nd Laura Halpin – Running Track, (Our Lady’s Secondary School).

3rd David Quinn – Hidden Structures, (Our Lady’s Secondary School).

Special Class Secondary:- 1st Gerard Fox – Dirt Track, (Our Lady’s Secondary School).  2nd Sean McCullagh – Autism Services, (Our Lady’s Secondary School).

3rd Shane McElwain – Chocolate Fountain, (Our Lady’s Secondary School).

Special Class Primary:-

1st John Martin Cawley - Candy Corner.  2nd Luke Sanderson – Skate Park.

3rd Marc Duffy – Develop Court House (Scoil Mhuire na mBuachaillí

Biggest Effort:- Veronika Putnina, Nikita Martin & Kerri Daly – The Party Palace,

(Scoil na gCailiní)

Outside the Box:-

Sophie Collins – Light of My Life, (Castleblayney College)

Special Family Award:- Regan & Brenóg Tavey, Junior School & Scoil Mhuire na mBuachaillí

New Farm Safety Course at Castleblayney Enterprise Centre this May

Castleblayney Enterprise Centre will, next month, introduce their new Farm Safety Course - TAMS Safety Course, which will begin on Saturday 13th April 2017. The course will cover an introduction to Health & Safety legislation, whilst also looking at ways of reducing farm accidents.  There will also be a section discussing Farmer Survivor Stories and safe standards and practices.

The duration of the course is 3.5 hours and the price is €40.

Dates and Times

Saturday 13th May

Class One: 9.00a.m - 12.30p.m

Class Two: 1pm - 4.30p.m.

Places are limited.

Please contact Margaret Comey on 042 9746087 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Spring Schedule of Courses at Castleblayney Enterprise Centre

This Spring we have more courses on offer than ever at Castleblayney Enterprise Centre.  Our latest new course is TAMS Farm Safety, which is essential for farmers in the TAMS scheme.  This is a half day course covering farm safety and costs €40.  The course will take place on Saturday 13th May.  EHOA Basic Food Safety & HACCP Awareness (1 Day), cost €140, on Thursday 27th April. HACCP Level 2 (Food Safety Management System) 1 Day course, cost €155 on Tuesday 28th March and Friday 26th May.  Abrasive Wheel Training (1 Evening, 6.30pm-9.30pm), cost €50, on Tuesday 23rd May. Fire  Safety Training (1 Evening, 6.30pm-9.30pm), cost €50 on Tuesday 9th May.  Knapsack Training (QQI Level-5 Hand-held Pesticide Application), cost €200 on Wednesday 29th March & 5th April.  Boom Training (QQI Level-5 Boom Sprayer Pesticide Application), cost €200 on Monday 11th & 18th April.  Patient Handling (Includes Manual Handling & Paediatric) 2-Evenings  (6.30-10pm),cost  €80 on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th AprilManual Handling course (Excludes Patient Handling)  1-Evening (6.30-10pm), cost €50 on Tuesday 4th April and also on Tuesday 30th May.  Occupational First Aid (QQI Level-5)  3-Day course  (9.30am-5pm), cost €220 on Wednesday 12th, 19th & 26th April. Also on Saturday 22nd, 29th April & 6th May.  Occupational First Aid Refresher  (Includes Paediatric First Aid) 1-Day course (9.30am-5pm), cost €80 on Saturday 25th March and Monday 10th April.  Basic First Aid (Includes Paediatric First Aid) 1-Day course or 2 Evenings, cost €90, on Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th April.  Safe Pass (1 Day)  (8am-5pm), cost €100 on Saturday 8th April. 

Other scheduled courses include our ever popular ECDL using Microsoft Office 2016, Intermediate Computers, Smartphone & Tablet and Facebook workshops continue to run in the centre.  Equalskills (Beginners Computers) 8 Weeks, cost €130 on Friday 7th April from 10-12.30 pm.  Intermediate Computers over 10 Weeks, cost €160 starting Monday, 7th June, (10-1pm) ECDL, is a 26 week course which has continuous intake every four weeks. New intake on 28th March for 26 Tuesday mornings (10am-1pm).  Also evenings from 13th April for 26 weeks on Thursday Evenings (7-10pm), cost €560 per person or €375*  for Unemployed/CE Schemes.  ECDL WALK-IN-TESTS  Self-Study reduced-rate option.  Registration is €45, then €20 per Test (by appointment only)  Books & other ECDL Learning Resources also available. Microsoft Excel (ECDL Level) - 4 Weeks, cost €75,  starting Monday 3rd July  (10-1pm).  Microsoft Word (ECDL-Level) for 4 Weeks (10-1pm), cost €75 starts Thursday 24th April.  Microsoft Access/Databases (ECDL-Level) for 4 Weeks (7-10pm), cost €75 starts Thursday 14th August.  Microsoft PowerPoint (ECDL-Level) for 4 Weeks (7-10pm), cost €75 starts Thursday 29th May.  Advanced ECDL WORD & EXCEL for 8 Weeks  each, cost €230 each starts Tuesday 19th September from 7-10pm (Word) & Tuesday 18th April (Excel).  SmartPhone & Tablet Workshop, cost €20 on Thursday 20th April (10am-1pm).  Facebook for Beginners from 10am-1pm, cost €20 on Monday 3th April.  Facebook for Business from 10am-1pm, cost €35 on Monday 10th April.  Farm Accounts (In Microsoft Excel) 10am-1pm, cost €60, a 3-week course starting Wednesday 12th April.   

Funding may be available for all of the above courses, depending on circumstances, so please ask us about costs, For more information on any training courses above or otherwise please call Margaret Comey at Castleblayney Enterprise Centre on 042-9746087 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Muckno Parish Golf Classic at Concra Wood

Concra Wood will host their Golf Classic in aid of Muckno Parish on Thursday 20th April 2017.

The entry fee is €100 per team or you can sponsor a tee or green for €50 or both for €75.

For more information, please contact Declan on 087 2115449

Concra Wood Golf Course overlooks the beautiful scenery of Lough Muckno and boats magnificent views of the surrounding areas. It opened in 2008 and was designed by Christy O’Connor Junior and Christy O’Connor Senior.

Being intertwined with Lough Muckno and the outstanding design of the course makes Concra Wood one of the finest golfing destinations in Europe. So what better place to enjoy a round whilst raising funds!

This event is in aid of The Muckno Parish Building Fund which incorporates a whole host of fundraising events for major restorations works to both churches within the Parish of Muckno – St. Mary’s Church Castleblayney and St. Patrick’s Church Oram. 

Daffodil Day Friday March 24th 2017

Daffodil Day will take place on Friday 24th March in Castleblayney,  If anyone is available to help out or could donate fresh daffodils please contact Tracey on 087 6594620.

Daffodil Day is the biggest and the longest running fundraising event for the Irish Cancer Society.

On the day thousands of volunteers will sell daffodil pins and flowers all around Ireland in order to raise money for the free, nationwide services for all those individuals and families who are affected by cancer in any way in Ireland. 

Every donation truly makes a difference so if you can, please come along and support this cause.

Established in 1989, The Castleblayney Cancer Society is a voluntary, non-profit organisation that endeavours to support anyone experiencing cancer through financial aid and also emotional support.

St. Patrick's Day Parades and Festivals in County Monaghan

Muckno Parish Coffee Morning 14th March

On Tuesday 14th March, Muckno Parish Building Fund will host their Coffee Morning upstairs in The Parish Centre from 10.30am till 12 noon.

Proceeds of the morning will go towards Muckno Parish Building Fund which incorporates a whole host of fundraising events for major restorations works to both churches within the Parish of Muckno – St. Mary’s Church Castleblayney and St. Patrick’s Church Oram. 

All support is greatly appreciated so please come along and enjoy a morning of coffee, tea and sociality!

Upcoming Community Events; Waters & Communities

Upcoming community events for the creation of a vision for the rivers flowing into the Dundalk Bay catchment.

What does your river mean to you? 

You are invited to attend local FREE events to explore a vision for the Dundalk Bay catchment. This will give you an opportunity to:

MEET individuals and groups interested in protecting and enhancing the rivers, lakes and coastline of Dundalk Bay

SHARE stories, knowledge and ideas to create a vision for the Dundalk Bay Rivers

LEARN about ongoing activities in an innovative and creative way.

Dates:

  • 13th March 8:00 pm    Carrickmacross Workhouse
  • 15th March 8:30 pm    Kingscourt Community Centre
  • 21st March 8:00 pm    Gate Lodge, Market Sq., Castleblayney
  • 23rd March 8:00 pm    Market House Dunleer
  • 28th March 8:00 pm    Spirit Store, Dundalk
  • 30th March 8:00 pm    Crossmaglen Community Centre

To register please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Tel: 085 808 5756

                 

Please visit our website: 

 

 

Muckno Mania 6th – 9th July 2017 A Festival of Fairy-tales

Mystical fairies, brave princes, royal princesses, noble kings and queens, enchanted castles and magical kingdoms will all come to life this year with our 19th annual Muckno Mania Festival.

The theme for this year is “A Festival of Fairy-tales” and it promises to bring a magical world, full of imagination and wonderment. 

Beginning on Thursday 6th July 2017, your all-inclusive invitation to this four day event will begin.

Old favourites will return, with some new additions, all transformed for this spectacular adventure.

So, this July you are invited to be transported through a real life fairy-tale, right here in Castleblayney!

More exciting details to follow soon.

Please visit us on: 

www.mucknomania.ie

 

 

Castleblayney Regeneration Committee Newsletter 2017

 

 

 

Castleblayney Drama Festival 2017

The annual Castleblayney Drama Festival is nearly upon us and the banners and signs are being put in place around the town. We are bigger and better this year with 9 nights of top class drama from around the country.

As usual the Festival is being held in Iontas Theatre and will run each night from Friday March 3rd to Saturday 11th.

Opening night is always a special night with the Festival launch in Iontas Foyer from 7pm where local art group The Green Door will have an exhibition. At 8pm in the theatre we will have the Official Opening by Gabrielle Tuomey who is well known for her teaching and drama work with the students of Our Lady’s, as well as appearing on stage in Iontas herself.

Each night after the play the audience will be given something to think about as our Adjudicator, Tommy Mc Ardle, shares his views on the play. All the drama groups will be listening intently to his words as they travel the Festival Circuit in search of points to bring them, possibly, to an All-Ireland Final.

There will be a Festival Club this year on the Opening and Closing Nights in the Iontas Foyer after the play, where there will be music and refreshments as well as the bar.

An interesting Fringe Event is being hosted by Transition Monaghan on Saturday March 4th starting 2pm at the Gate House, Castle Square, until 5pm. Called “Every Blooming Thing” it will connect art, nature and people.

As always, we are indebted to our main Sponsors: Monaghan County Council, Mc Mahon’s Supervalu, Castleblayney Credit Union, Grant Thornton, Glencarn Hotel, Watters’ Old Coach Inn, AIB Bank.

We also greatly appreciate the generous donations from local businesses and individuals as well as the many Friends of the Festival.

For information on plays and the Festival: www.castleblayneydramafestival.ie and our Facebook page Castleblayney Drama Festival.

Bookings: www.iontascastleblayney.ie or phone 042.9753401.

Times: Plays start 8pm except Sunday 5th and Saturday 11th at 7.30pm.

Ticket Prices: Adults €15/Concessions €13. Students €7. Season Ticket €95.

Training Schedule at Castleblayney Enterprise Centre

 

There is a wide variety of courses and training opportunities on offer in Castleblayney Enterprise Centre for 2017.  The training in the centre focuses on quality of training to groups in small numbers.  This therefore means that places are limited.  The centre offers high quality training facilities at reasonable rates and provides an ideal learning environment for the level of training required.

Some courses on offer include:

TAMS Farm Safety, Health and Safety Awareness Training, Abrasive Wheel Training, Fire Safety Training, Basic Life Support Instructor Course, Safe Pass, EHOA, HACCP, Manual Handling, Patient Handling, Basic First Aid, Occupational First Aid, Equal Skills, Intermediate Computers, ECDL, Microsoft Excel, Farm Accounts, Digital Photography, Photoshop, Smartphone and Facebook Workshops.

You can also contact: Margaret Comey at Castleblayney Training Centre on 042-9746087 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2017 Computer Training

Microsoft Excel (ECDL Level) - 4 Weeks  -  Cost €75   
Thursday 16th March -  4 x Morning Classes (10-1pm)

Microsoft Word (ECDL-Level) - 4 Weeks  – Cost €75
Monday 24th April - 4 x Morning Classes (10 - 1pm)

Microsoft PowerPoint (ECDL-Level) - 4 Weeks  – Cost €75
Thursday 29th May - 4 x Evening Classes (7-10pm)

Microsoft Access/Databases (ECDL-Level) - 4 Weeks  – Cost €75
Thursday 9th March - 4 x Evening Classes (7-10pm)

Advanced ECDL WORD & EXCEL - 8 Weeks  each – Cost €230 each
Tuesday 14th March & Tuesday 16th May - 8 x Evening Classes each (7-10pm)

Digital Photography 7pm-10pm Cost 85
Wednesday 12th April – 5 x Evening Classes (7pm– 10pm)

SmartPhone & Tablet Workshop – Cost €20
Thursday 2nd March (10am-1pm)

Facebook for Beginners – 10am-1pm  - Cost €20

Monday 3rd April (10am-1pm)

Facebook for Business – 10am-1pm  - Cost €35

Thursday 10th April (10am-1pm) 

 

2017 Business & Industry Training

EHOA Basic Food Safety & HACCP Awareness (1 Day)  Cost €140
Thursday 14th March                 Thursday 27th April

HACCP Level 2 (Food Safety Management System) Course (1 Day) Cost €155
Thursday 23rd March                 Friday 26th May

Abrasive Wheel Training (1 Evening, 6.30pm-9.30pm)  Cost €50
Tuesday 7th March                                Tuesday 23rd May        

Fire Safety Training (1 Evening, 6.30pm-9.30pm)  Cost €50
Tuesday 9th May

Manual Handling  (Excludes Patient Handling)  1-Evening (6.30-10pm)  €50

Tuesday 4th April                  Tuesday 30th May

Equalskills (Beginners Computers ) 8 Weeks  -  Cost €130   
Friday 24th March 10-12.30 pm

Intermediate Computers 10 Weeks  -  Cost €160   
Monday 13th March — 10 x Evening Classes (7pm—10pm)

ECDL 26 Weeks 
Continuous intake from 7th March 26 x Tuesday mornings (10am-1pm)
Continuous intake from 9th March – 26 x Thursday Evenings (7-10pm) 
Cost €560 per person or €375*  for Unemployed/CE Schemes    

ECDL WALK-IN-TESTS  Self-Study reduced-rate option.  Registration is €45, then €20 per Test (by appointment only) 

Books & other ECDL Learning Resources also available.

 

Please Contact: Margaret Comey at Castleblayney Training Centre on 042-9746087 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

New Upcoming Farm Safety Course at Castleblayney Enterprise Centre this March

Castleblayney Enterprise Centre will, next month, introduce their new Farm Safety Course - TAMS Safety Course, which will begin on Saturday 4th March 2017. The course will cover an introduction to Health & Safety legislation, whilst also looking at ways of reducing farm accidents.  There will also be a section discussing Farmer Survivor Stories and safe standards 
and practices.

The duration of the course is 3.5 hours and the price is €40.

Dates and Times

Saturday 4th March

Class One: 9.00a.m - 12.30p.m

Class Two: 1pm - 4.30p.m.

Places are limited.

Please contact Margaret Comey on 042 9746087 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Castleblayney Job Club

Castleblayney Jobs Club for Unemployed People will commence at 9.30am in The Enterprise Centre on the following days:

1st week: Monday 20th -Tuesday 21st February & Thursday 23rd –Friday 24th February

2nd week: Monday 27th February – Thursday 2nd March

3rd week: Monday 6th – Thursday 9th March

Topics that will be covered include: C.V Preparation, Cover Letters, Interview Techniques & Job Searching.

For further information please contact Linda or Teresa on 042-9748090, 086-8105058 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Muckno Parish Building Fund Coffee Morning 14th February

On Tuesday 14th February, The Parish Centre will host their coffee morning from 10.30a.m. until 12 noon.

Proceeds of the morning will go towards The Muckno Parish Building Fund which incorporates a whole host of fundraising events for major restorations works to
both churches within the Parish of Muckno – St. Mary’s Church Castleblayney and St. Patrick’s Church Oram. 

All support is greatly appreciated so please call in on the day.

 

Guest Tea in Iontas Sunday 26th February

Iontas Theatre, Castleblayney will host a Guest Tea on Sunday 26th February at 4p.m.

Proceeds of the morning will go towards Muckno Parish Building Fund which incorporates a whole host of fundraising events for major restorations works to both churches within the Parish of Muckno – St. Mary’s Church Castleblayney and St. Patrick’s Church Oram. 

All support is greatly appreciated so please call in on the day.

Anyone who is interested in hosting a table at this event can contact Tracey in the Parish Office on 042 9740027

Castleblayney Cancer Society A.G.M

You are invited to Castleblayney Cancer Society’s A.G.M 
 
 
Date and Venue: Thursday 16th February 2017 @ 8pm In The Glencarn Hotel
 
We're looking for a few new talented and conscientious committee members to help out and strengthen our organisation.  Castleblayney Cancer Society is a voluntary organisation which endeavours to support people experiencing cancer. The Society is fortunate to be funded by the very generous efforts of people in the area who organise numerous fundraising events. If you feel you have the time to be an active member of our committee please come along to the A.G.M.
 
The constitution states that we are a non-profit making organisation with public funds raised in order to offer financial aid and to support local cancer patients.
 
 Funds are provided for:

 
1. Travel expenses to and from hospital for treatment.
2. Home support and home care assistance.
    HSE provide some support and the society fills in the gaps.
3. Night nursing and sessional nursing.
    Irish Cancer Society provides some help and the society makes up the rest.
4. Equipment not provided by the HSE such as beds.
5. Funding in the event of loss of income as a result of cancer.
6. Childcare when a parent is having treatment.
 

The Castleblayney Cancer Society supports The Irish Cancer Society by promoting Daffodil Day. These funds are used to provide a palliative care service, night nursing service, oncology service and helpline service in our community.

The Castleblayney Cancer Society can be contacted for assistance through your family doctor, the public health nurse or any committee member. All business is dealt with in strictest confidence.  For more information www.castleblayneycancersociety.com

Blayney Blades First Saturday Coffee Morning 4th February

The Blayney Blades will host their  First Saturday Coffee Morning of the New Year on  Saturday 4th  February 2017 in the  Parish Centre after 11am Mass.

All proceeds this month will go towards building houses in Malawi for families living in poverty and lack of education.  A member from the V & S team will be there on the day, to give a short presentation.  

The Blayney Blades were established in 1995 to support women and their families. Their aim is to empower, encourage and enable individuals to return to education and therefore employment. They do this through a range of different avenues including training and development, networking and the provision of information. They also hold regular coffee mornings. These mornings raise vital funds for a range of charities and causes.

All support is greatly appreciated, so please do come along. Alternatively, if you would like to make a donation, these can be left in the Blayney Blades Office in Iontas. They can be reached on 042 9753410/412 and by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New Farm Safety Course at Castleblayney Enterprise Centre this March

Castleblayney Enterprise Centre will, next month, introduce their new Farm Safety Course - TAMS Safety Course, which will begin on Saturday 4th March 2017. The course will cover an introduction to Health & Safety legislation, whilst also looking at ways of reducing farm accidents.  There will also be a section discussing Farmer Survivor Stories and safe standards
and practices.

The duration of the course is 3.5 hours and the price is €40.

Dates and Times

Saturday 4th March

Class One: 9.00a.m - 12.30p.m

Class Two: 1pm - 4.30p.m.

Places are limited.

Please contact Margaret Comey on 042 9746087 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CASTLEBLAYNEY PLAYERS – Back By Popular Demand

Have a fun night out as Castleblayney Players return with Thy Will Be Done in Iontas Theatre Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd February at 8pm.

The play had a successful three nights in Iontas last November and the cast (Francis Gerard Duffy, Mary Brennan, Roraidh Irwin & Nicky Hore) have been back at rehearsals to get back on the road again. Director, Jim O’Neill, has been fine-tuning each scene to have top-notch performances ready for the next shows.

The writer is Michael Carey from Galway. He has set this play in 1998 in rural Ireland and the character types will be well known to many people in the audience. Jack has been living alone in a converted cowshed for 40 years. Across the yard lives his brother Peteen and neither speak to one another on account of a dispute years previously. Martin, whose mother was married to Peteen before leaving  home with the baby, has returned to meet his father. In the middle of this, Bridie, the home-help, keeps a close eye on all the family happenings and has her own plans for herself.

Into this mix of feuding brothers, a long-lost son, too much whiskey and a bit of religion Michael Carey has written a sharp, witty script with scenes full of comedy and drama that has been a success all over Ireland as well as touring in America.

Iontas Theatre is offering a discount on tickets to the end of January.

Book online at www.iontascastleblayney.ie, phone 042.9753400 or drop into the ticket office at Iontas.

Canon Morris Memorial Trust Coffee Morning Saturday 4th February

The Blayney Blades will host their First Saturday Coffee Morning of the New Year on Saturday 4th February 2017 in the Parish Centre after 11am Mass.

The Blayney Blades were established in 1995 to support women and their families. Their aim is to empower, encourage and enable individuals to return to education and therefore employment. They do this through a range of different avenues including training and development, networking and the provision of information. They also hold regular coffee mornings. These mornings raise vital funds for a range of charities and causes.

All support is greatly appreciated, so please do come along. Alternatively, if you would like to make a donation, these can be left in the Blayney Blades Office in Iontas. They can be reached on 042 9753410/412 and by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Training at Castleblayney Enterprise Centre for 2017

There is a wide variety of courses and training opportunities on offer in Castleblayney Enterprise Centre for 2017. The training in the centre focuses on quality of training to groups in small numbers. This therefore means that places are limited. The centre offers high quality training facilities at reasonable rates and provides an ideal learning environment for the level of training required.

Some courses on offer include:

Health and Safety Awareness Training, Abrasive Wheel Training, Fire Safety Training, Basic Life Support Instructor Course, SafePass, EHOA, HACCP, Manual Handling, Patient Handling, Basic First Aid, Occupational First Aid, Heartsaver AED, Equalskills, BenefIT 4, Intermediate Computers, ECDL, Microsoft Excel, Farm Accounts, Digital Photography, Photoshop, Smartphone, Facebook and Skype Workshops.

For more information and a detailed description on any of these courses please click here.

 

You can also contact: Margaret Comey at Castleblayney Training Centre on 042-9746087 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

 

 

 

Kym Owens Recovery Fund Concert

On Tuesday 10th January at 8.30p.m. the Glencarn will host The Kym Owens Recovery Fund Concert.

Some of the special guest appearing on the night will include: Big Tom, Declan Nerney, Philomena Begley, John Mc Nicholl, Margo, THe Outlaws, Marty Mone and Gerry Guthrie.  All proceeds will go directly to the Kym Owens Recovery Fund.

Admission is €20 and tickets may be purchased from the following outlets: The Glencarn Hotel, Mulholland Shoes, Mulligan's Newsagents and Rooney's shop, Oram.

 

THE MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF CARRICKMACROSS - CASTLEBLAYNEY

CMXOfficesOffices will be closed from Saturday 24th December, 2016 to Monday 2nd January, 2017.

For emergencies only over Christmas please contact 087 6873154.

Christmas Wishes and Service Times for 2016

As we draw nearer to the end of another year and prepare to usher in 2017, we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone in Castleblayney, its surrounding areas and also all Castleblayney natives living abroad; a very happy, peaceful Christmas and New Year. We would also like to thank everyone who contributed news and stories to the website over the past year. We really appreciate everyone’s views, input and stories.

Below are the times for Mass services within the Parish over the Holiday period.

Christmas Mass Times for Muckno Parish

Christmas Eve 24th December

St. Mary’s Church, Castleblayney 8pm Vigil

Carol Singing from 7.30pm

St. Patrick’s Church, Oram at 10pm

Christmas Morning 25th December

St. Mary’s Church Castleblayney 8.30am, 10.00am, 11.30am

Services in St Maeldoid’s Parish Church

Christmas Day service of Holy Communion at 10am.

First Castleblayney and Frankford Presbyterian Church Services

The annual Carols by Candlelight service will be in First Castleblayney on Sunday, 18th December, at 7.30pm.

The Christmas Morning Service will be at 11am in Frankford.

Upcoming Carol Services in Castleblayney

This Sunday, 18th December at 7.30pm First Castleblayney Church will hold their annual Carol Service. Everyone is welcome to come along and refreshments will also be served.

St. Maeldoid’s Church Community Carol Service

On Tuesday 20th December, St. Maeldoid’s Church will host their Community Carol Service at 8pm.

This event will include a special appearance by The Monaghan Gospel Singers.

Everyone is welcome to come along on the night.

The Rector and Parishioners of St. Maeldoids would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Blessed and Holy Christmas and 2017.

Christmas Food Appeal Castleblayney

The Holiday Season and Christmas is a joyous and magical time of year, but, it can also be a challenging and worrying time for many individuals and families who are facing the prospect of a bleak, difficult Christmas and beyond.

This Christmas Food Appeal, which is in aid of St. Vincent De Paul, will go some way to easing the hardship faced by many in Ireland today.

St. Vincent De Paul offers direct assistance that is non-judgemental and based on the need of the individual or family.

In addition they provide a wide range of services for vulnerable people.

Our goal is to fight poverty in all its forms through the practical assistance to people in need.”
St. Vincent De Paul Website (2016)

The collection point for donations is at McMahon’s Supervalu in The Glencarn Shopping Centre. The closing date is Thursday 22nd December.

All donations are very much appreciated, thank you.

Muckno Parish Fundraising Events this December

The Muckno Parish Building Fund has a number of events coming up this December including Christmas Bingo!

 

 

 

 

 

Now in its third year Muckno Parish Christmas Bingo will take place on Sunday 18th December at 3pm in The Glencarn Hotel.

This event is in aid of The Muckno Parish Renovation Fund which incorporates a whole host of fundraising events for major restorations works to both churches within the Parish of Muckno – St. Mary’s Church Castleblayney and St. Patrick’s Church Oram. All contributions are greatly appreciated.

For more information please visit www.mucknoparish.ie

Muckno Community Partnership Presents Santa in the Park!

On Sunday December 4th Muckno Community Partnership present their Christmas Fun-Day at Wilbert’s Enchanted Playground Muckno Park, Castleblayney. The fun on the day starts at 3pm. There will be train rides, a carousel and there will even be a giant 40ft Snowman!

Santa will arrive by boat at 3.30pm, North Pole weather permitting of course!

Everyone is welcome, so come along and enjoy the fun on the day!!

Louth Man Brian Mc Cluskey Wins McMahon's Supervalu 5K as over 550 Turn Up in Castleblayney to Take Part

Last Sunday saw the Castleblayney Faughs hold their annual Mc Mahon Supervalu 5K race which finished on Mc Grath Road outside Supervalu, on what was a glorious winters morning, conditions were near perfect with no wind or rain for the large crowd of 550 Runners .This year the Faughs Club introduce an Under 14 run which covered a 2 K distance, this race attracted over 100 children who spirited from the start line at the Glencarn Hotel out the Monaghan Road before turning at Castlecool to come back into town, the winner of this race was Eoin Sheridan from Monaghan Phoenix in 7.04 he was quickly followed by Odhran Smith and Eoghan McEneaney from the Carrick Aces , the first female finisher was Yasmin O Leary from Oriel running club who came in at 7.53.

When it got down to the serious stuff of the Adult Race, there was no hanging about as Brian Mc Cluskey from the North East Runners made up for his disappointment of coming second in 2015 to win this year’s race in 16.12 followed by Colm Mc Guirch and Shane Brady in third, the Fastest Faughs Person this year yet again went to the outgoing Chairperson Stephen Dignam in 17.53, who got home in front of Mark Kelly and Stephen brother Niall. The first female to cross the line was Laura Matthews from North East Runners who was also runner up in the female race last year, Laura covered the course in 19.20, and she was followed by Donna Evans in 19.34 and Donna Mone 19.41.

After the race all participants and supporters attended a packed Glencarn Hotel were the staff supplied free Tea, Coffee and sandwiches to all. The audience was entertained as Stephen Dignam held a question and answers session with the Marathon Trainer and former Irish International Athlete Gary O Hanlon

O Hanlon was the Clubs special guest speaker on the day was blown away with the event remarking that “I have been amazed at what I have seen today, the community spirit generated by the Castleblayney Faughs at such an event is a great example of what GAA clubs can do within their communities, the under 14 races is a great idea , the fact that there was over a hundred children involved was a big achievement . I go to lots of different runs around the country but to see the great sense of happiness , achievement and fun all mixed together in one race is truly unique. I would like to congratulation everybody who took part in such a great day”

When asked about the whole event a clearly delighted Operation TransFaughsmation leader Tom Miller replied “This year was an unbelievable year for everyone involved, you can see the improvements that people have made in their fitness and also in their general lifestyle , the main aim for the guys at the start of the Operation TransFaughsmation programme was to be able to run/walk Castleblayney 5K , we have seen everyone achieved that goal today , we are proud of the every one of them”. The Fastest Faugh for 2016 and outgoing Senior Chairperson Stephen Dignam was cleared delighted “It was another great day for the Club, it would do you the world of good just watching this event the under 14 race was a new dimension on the day and proved to be a great addition, we put a lot of effort into the both Operation TransFaughsmation and the run and thankfully everybody has left with a positive impression of both our Club and our town”

Next year race date will Sunday the 26th of November 2016, I recommend that you put the date in your Diary; it really is a great occasion. Well done to all.

Christmas Craft Fair

On Saturday 3rd December, Castleblayney Presbyterian Church Hall will host their Christmas Craft Fair from 2pm to 6pm. 

Stands will include: Cakes, Fashion, Toys, Plants, Beauty, Jewellery and Seasonal Decorations and Crafts.

Everyone welcome.

Adults: €4 Children: Free. 

Included will be complimentary festive refreshments.

Blayney Blades Coffee Morning Saturday 3rd December

The Blayney Blades will host their First Saturday coffee morning on Saturday 3rd December in the Parish Centre from 11.30 a.m.

Proceeds will go towards providing food and shelter to individuals in Niger, West Africa and Syria, this holiday season.

The Blayney Blades were established in 1995 to support women and their families. Their aim is to empower, encourage and enable individuals to return to education and therefore employment. They do this through a range of different avenues including training and development, networking and the provision of information. They also hold regular coffee mornings. These mornings raise vital funds for a range of charities and causes.

All support is greatly appreciated, please come along. Alternatively, if you would like to make a donation, these can be left in the Blayney Blades Office. They can be reached on 042 9753410/412 and by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Muckno Parish Fundraising Events

The Muckno Parish Building Fund has a number of events coming up this November and December. On Friday 9th December at 7pm, in association with Iontas, Muckno Paris presents a pre-Christmas family event “An Evening of Song and Cheer”.

The second upcoming event to look forward to is Christmas Bingo! Now in its third year Muckno Parish Christmas Bingo will take place on Sunday 18th December at 3pm in The Glencarn Hotel.

This event is in aid of The Muckno Parish Renovation Fund which incorporates a whole host of fundraising events for major restorations works to both churches within the Parish of Muckno – St. Mary’s Church Castleblayney and St. Patrick’s Church Oram. All contributions are greatly appreciated.

For more information please visit www.mucknoparish.ie

Black Friday Deals in Castleblayney – 25th November 2016 Merry Christmas from Castleblayney Regeneration Committee



Food:
Kirk’s Seafood: 10% off purchases.

Glencarn Hotel: ALL DAY SPECIALS ON FRIDAY 25TH. NOVEMBER

MORNING SPECIAL Free Scone with every Tea/Coffee
CARVERY LUNCH Main Course Lunch with Free Dessert
EVENING MENU Main Course from Restaurant or Barfood Menu – Free Glass of Wine
LEISURE CENTRE SPECIAL OFFER
ONE DAY ONLY - MONTH OF DECEMBER MEMBERSHIP OFFER - 1ST TO 31ST DEC ONLY €25.00


Cozy Café:
Get 10% off when you order your Christmas treats on Black Friday.
Christmas Puddings, Sherry Trifle, Chocolate Biscuit Cake, Homemade Brown Bread, Homemade Mince Pies.
Also available to order: Jars of Christmas Chutney, Italian Dressing, Garlic Mayonnaise, Christmas Mince Meat, Marie Rose Sauce.
Black Friday Specials: Soup and Sandwich €5 (Sit in only)
Fresh Fish and Chips €5 (Take away only from 5pm-9pm)


Shortts Butchers: 10% off all purchases, all day.


Royal Jade: All Chicken & Beef dishes €7.00  Redeem a Castleblayney Town Voucher on Black Friday and get an additional 10% off.

Old Coach Inn:
Free dessert, tea or coffee with every main course ordered between 12pm-6pm

Clothing and Footwear
Mr. Richards:
Jeans and hoodie €59-95 Jeans and shirt € €59-95
Bennetti V-Neck Knitwear & Shirt – €89.95 (saving €40.00)
Jeans & Santa Monica Long Sleeve Rugby Shirt €59.95 (saving €50.00)


Monchichi:
Up to 50% off selected lines across all age groups Friday and Saturday or while stocks last.
Glass of Prosecco & treats for all customers as well as entry to our Christmas draw.


Tavey’s Menswear: 20% off Menswear 10% off Boys-wear


Atkinson's Menswear & Footwear: Up to 30% off all menswear Hoody’s @ €10.00 Jeans @ €29.95 Shirts @ €25.00 Selected footwear reduced to clear Sale continues all weekend

Services:
BML Mechanics:
Black Friday open day: Open garage on Black Friday, first 10 customers get a free goodie bag. Come and have a look around. We can chat about your vehicle and if you have any concerns you may want to get fixed. If we can't get it repaired on the spot we will get you booked in for another day. You might even take a fancy to one of our quality used vehicles we have for sale.
Black Friday deals: All Diagnostic checks half price only €10, Winter season check half price at €10, pre NCT check half price at €20. Book a Full service on Black Friday for any time there after get a free mini valet.


SM Security:
One Day Only: Get a fresh, new battery. New upgraded light up bell box and a full alarm system service for only €99. To book your service call: 087 4679090


Hair & Beauty:
Picasso: 10% added to the value of any vouchers bought on Black Friday.


The Blayney Barber: Free draw for gents grooming hamper plus treats and giveaways all day.
Now stocking American Crew products. Gift sets and Hampers available.


Split Ends: €10.00 off Ghd Hair Straighteners.


Clippers Barber Shop: All customers in that week to be entered into a draw for a free haircut.


Electronics:
RB Coogans: Bord Na Mona Briquettes 10 for €40. Full range of Christmas Tree available


McArdle’s: Asus Z300 Zentab 10.1 Tablet – Was €199 Now €149
Lenovo Notebook Intel/4gb/500gb/windows 10 Was €349 Now €299
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Was €165 Now €130


Gifts, Toys & Flowers:
Churchview Garden Centre: Up to 50% off concrete ornaments – perfect gift for Christmas
Book one of our wedding packages on Black Friday and get a set of Church Lanterns for FREE (value 250euro)
Churchview Flowers @ Glencarn Shopping Centre: Check out our Black Friday sale items in store.


Katie Duffy’s: 10% of all Jewellery


Budz: 15% off all items bought. Surprise gift for one lucky customer on the day.


Mulligan's Newsagent: Launch of "3 for 2" on Christmas cards.
Also: Free Christmas voucher/money wallet with every purchase of €13 or more (lotto sales excluded)


Pharmacy:
Coyle’s Pharmacy:
He-Shi deluxe tan gift set - €25.00
Containing express liquid tan, day to day gradual tan and tanning mitt- massive saving of €26.75

Bellamianta Rapid-shake tail feather tan gift set - €34.00
Containing tinted mousse, tinted lotion and luxury mitt- saving €10.00

Bellamianta the original classic tan gift set - €28.00
Containing 200ml self-tan lotion, 50ml self-tan lotion and luxury mitt - saving €10.00

On the day there will be 3 vouchers hidden in store to the value of €50 to spend as you wish!!!!
will you be the lucky customer?

La Roche Posay gift sets:

Nutritic gift set - €29.95
Containing make up remover, Lipikar hand cream, Nutritic intense Riche moisturiser and thermal spring water - massive saving of €13.54

Hydraphase gift set - €37.95
Containing make up remover, Hydraphase intense mask, Hydraphase intense rich cream and thermal water-
massive saving of €18.54

Toleraine gift set - €35.50
Containing toleraine dermo cleanser, Toleraine riche moisturiser, Toleraine night cream and thermal spring water - massive saving of €17.00

Hydreane gift set - €24.95
Containing make up remover, hydreane rich moisturiser, lipikar hand cream and thermal spring water-
massive saving of €16.04

Coyle’s Pharmacy WOW offer - MicRo-Pedi Nano €39.95
With an amazing free gift of electric nail buffer and Slimsonic electric toothbrush valued at €30.00

Stocking filler alert!!!!!!!
Candy Girl eyeshadow €1.50
Vintage Rose eyeshadow set €2.00
Technic 36 eye shadow palette outstanding value at €3.95


The Corner Pharmacy: All Tipperary Crystal Decorations €10
25% off all Yankee Candle stock 10% off all other Christmas Stock


Leavy’s Allcare Pharmacy 20% off all Christmas stock - Includes Fragrances and gift sets
(no deposits taken or collected today)


Shopping:
SuperValu:
-Nicky Soft Toilet Roll 16 Pack Only €3 Save €2 -Crisp N Dry 2Ltr Only €2 Save €2.49
-Shloer Selected Range Any 3 for €4 Save €4.97 -Fox's Fabulously Special Carton Only €5
-SuperValu Quality Irish Striploin Steak Only €13.99/KG Save €9/KG "Friday 25th ONLY"
(While stocks last)


Carragher’s XL Shop/Oil4U: FREE regular Tea/Coffee (from our brand new Essence Coffee machine) with every 20 euro spent at the pumps.
Also deals on Coal, Logs, Briquettes on the day


Watter’s Londis:
Free mince or apple pie with every tea or coffee
Cadbury’s Selection boxes €2
18 Bottles of Corona €15
Pringles €1.50

Join us at 7pm on Black Friday, Glencarn Shopping Centre, for our Christmas Lights Switch on by Big Tom. Music by local musicians and choirs.

All local People Urged to Come Out and Take Part in the Mc Mahon Supervalu Castleblayney 5K

The sixth Mc Mahon Supervalu Castleblayney Flat 5 K walk/run happens this Sunday the 27th of November and is proudly promoted by the Castleblayney Faughs. Organisers have been working extremely hard over the last few months preparing for the walk/race as the club seek to keep building the event into one of the best events on the North East athletics calendar. This year is no different with Gary O Hanlon who is known nationally as a prolific runner who has claimed numerous titles over recent years for many distances, ranging from 5km right up to the Ultra distance of 50k where he is the national record holder and represented Ireland at the World championships in Doha traveling up to take part this Sunday the 27th of November at 2pm.

Gary expressed his delight at been available for the run, “I know Stephen Dignam the Club Chairperson for some time and have through him heard of the great success that Operation TransFAUGHSmation has been over the last few years had have also seen the Video that the GAA Health and Wellness team produced about the 5K which looked very impressive”. Gary continued “fitness and running really seemed to have taken off over the last few years in Castleblayney, no matter where I go around the country to races I will always meet somebody from the area”

The event which will mark the end of the 12-week training programme called “Operation TRansFAUGHSmation” was put in place as a target for the participants to test their fitness by either walking or running the route. This year’s race will be certified and will be a chipped event, while Safety has been a key priority, with the Committee and the Gardai working closely to develop the stewarding plan and traffic diversions.

The Walk/Run is very much a community effort and will cater for all levels of fitness, fun walkers, walkers, joggers and runners. Registration will take place in the Glencarn Shopping Centre between 11 and 1 o’clock, for those people who have pre registered you will be able to collect your Race numbers and chips at this time. This year there will be an additional race at 1pm which is aimed at children under 14 who will compete over a shorter 2K distance.

As normal there is a huge amount of interest in this event and the race committee have asked that all contestants would present themselves as early as possible for registration. There will a brief race warm up at 12.45 for the Under 14 and 1.45 for the Senior Race by Operation TransFAUGSHmations fitness instructor Tom Miller with the gun sounding for the start of the race at 2pm sharp. Presentation of medals will happen directly after the race as you either run or walk across the line. All participants and their families are invited back to the Glencarn Hotel for tea and sandwiches were Gary O Hanlon will speak to the audience.

The local community is very much encouraged to don their runners and join in on the fun or alternatively come out and shout on your family, friends and neighbours as they push to complete the walk/run. Let us show everyone in the North East what the people of Castleblayney can do if we put our minds to it.

Finally, Registration forms are available from Mc Mahons Supervalu or online at www.castleblayneyfaughs.com or www.Runireland.com .

Gary O’Hanlon special guest at McMahon SuperValu Castleblayney 5KM

Continuing with the tradition of a special guest speaker at the results presentation, the organisers of the Castleblayney 5km are delighted to announce that this year’s guest speaker will be top Irish athlete and Coach Gary O’Hanlon. Gary is known nationally as a prolific runner who has claimed numerous titles over recent years for many distances, ranging from 5km right up to the Ultra distance of 50k where he is the national record holder and represented Ireland at the World championships in Doha. Gary also completed the London Marathon in 2016 in a time of 2.21, just outside the Olympic qualifying time for the marathon, not bad at the age of 42. As well as an athlete himself, Gary is a coach to many others where he guides them in individual plans in which to reach their goals and he holds regular group coaching sessions including in the Phoenix Park and for Dunboyne AC. His achievements are all the more remarkable considering that as a very promising 17 year old he was involved in a near fatal road traffic accident, that restricted his development as an athlete for many years. As well as coaching runners, Gary was also recently part of the Maghery GFC coaching team that lead the side to their first ever Armagh Senior football championship. One of his top students is his father, Stephen, who took up running at the age of 69 and now aged 72 competes in regular races and has completed his 3rd Dublin City Marathon.

Gary will be in the Glencarn Hotel and present for the 5km race which takes place on Sunday 27th November at 2pm. Registration available online from the runireland.com website or via the link on the clubs Facebook page and website. Pre-reg is only €10 to cover the entry fee for the fast 5km course which is chip timed with all runners getting a very special finishers medal with category prizes up for grabs. This year also see’s a 2km kids race for U14 with a 1pm start and only costs €5, entry on the day in the Glencarn Shopping centre. Hope to see you all there.

Muckno Parish Building Fund - Upcoming Events

The Muckno Parish Building Fund has a number of events coming up this November and December. On Friday 9th December at 7pm, in association with Iontas, Muckno Paris presents a pre-Christmas family event “An Evening of Song and Cheer”.

The second upcoming event to look forward to is Christmas Bingo! Now in its third year Muckno Parish Christmas Bingo will take place on Sunday 18th December at 3pm in The Glencarn Hotel.

This event is in aid of The Muckno Parish Renovation Fund which incorporates a whole host of fundraising events for major restorations works to both churches within the Parish of Muckno – St. Mary’s Church Castleblayney and St. Patrick’s Church Oram. All contributions are greatly appreciated.

For more information please visit www.mucknoparish.ie

Parish Centre Coffee Morning 29th November

On Tuesday 29th November, The Parish Centre will host their coffee morning from 10.30a.m. until 12.30p.m.

Proceeds of the morning will go towards Muckno Parish Building Fund which incorporates a whole host of fundraising events for major restorations works to both churches within the Parish of Muckno – St. Mary’s Church Castleblayney and St. Patrick’s Church Oram.

All support is greatly appreciated so please call in on the day.

Please visit www.mucknoparish.ie for more information.

The Church of Ireland & Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal

The Church of Ireland has teamed up with Irish Charity; Team Hope for this year’s Christmas Shoebox Appeal.

This initiative sees generous donations from the public of everything from colouring books, hats and gloves to musical instruments. These are then all collected and then dispatched in Christmas decorated shoeboxes, to then be presented to children in both Africa and Eastern Europe.

The shoebox appeal gives hope and happiness to these children, who may not otherwise celebrate the significance of Christmas and the holiday season.

The boxes are now being parcelled up, ready for their journey to be shipped onward to make this Christmas a magical one for all involved.

On behalf of both The Church of Ireland and Team Hope; a big thank you to everyone who has kindly donated to this wonderful appeal.

For more information please visit: www.teamhope.ie

Castleblayney 5K Race/Fun Run/Walk this November 27th

Sunday 27th November 2016 at 2p.m. sees the annual Castleblayney 5K Race/ Fun Run/Walk take place in conjunction with the very popular fitness programme that is; Operation TransFAUGHmation.

This much anticipated event will mark the end of a 12 week training programme. The aim is to help the community to enjoy becoming healthier by offering a broad range of events that in turn help to achieve the goals set out by all involved.

Proceeds of this event will go towards; Castleblayney Cancer Society, SOSAD and Castleblayney Tidy Towns. Everyone is encouraged to join in this uplifting community event.

The pre-registration for this event, at a cost of €10, is available on www.castleblayneyfaughs.com. There will also be registration on the day, costing €13. This will close at 1p.m.

Blayney Blades First Saturday Coffee Morning This Saturday 5th November

The Blayney Blades will host their First Saturday Coffee Morning this Saturday 5th November in the Parish Centre, Castleblayney at 11.30am.

Proceeds from the morning will go towards the charity Mary’s Meals, who provide meals for people across Africa.

The Blayney Blades were established in 1995 to support women and their families. Their aim is to empower, encourage and enable individuals to return to education and therefore employment. They do this through a range of different avenues including training and development, networking and the provision of information. They also hold regular coffee mornings. These mornings raise vital funds for a range of charities and causes.

All support is greatly appreciated, please come along. Alternatively, if you would like to make a donation, these can be left in the Blayney Blades Office.

Castleblayney Garden Club AGM Meeting this Thursday November 3rd

On Thursday November 3rd, Castleblayney Garden Club will once again host a meeting in The Enterprise Centre at 8pm.

The Castleblayney Garden Club is a group of people from the local and surrounding areas that are interested in all things horticultural! They meet once a month to discuss all aspects of gardening and exchange vital information about gardening and plants. Various guest speakers attend throughout the year.

The group also go on annual outings to historic houses and gardens and sometimes occasionally visit various garden centres in the region.

The AGM will be held on the night, all members are asked to attend.

Both old and new members are very welcome!

Castleblayney Players Present “Thy Will Be Done”

Rehearsals are nearly finished and Michael Carey’s comedy “Thy Will Be Done” will soon be having audiences laughing when Castleblayney Players take to the stage in Iontas Theatre next Thursday November 3rd, Friday 4th & Saturday 5th.

Regulars may be surprised to hear that it has been 25 years since this local drama group put on their first play and, since then, have performed a variety of drama productions by Irish and international writers. The plays have ranged from comic farce to family dramas to more experimental work. The group’s aim has been to reach the highest standards in all aspects of our productions, whether acting, directing or technical.

“Thy Will Be Done”, written by Michael Carey from Galway, has been very successful around the country and also enjoyed a run in America. Our production is headed by Director, Jim O’Neill, no stranger to the stage himself, who takes the baton to guide the actors through their paces. The story is set in the summer of 1998, in an old outhouse where Jack (Francis Gerard Duffy) has been living for nearly 40 years after falling out with his brother Peteen (Nicky Hore) who remained in the family home.  Peteen’s wife had already left him before her son, Martin (Roraidh Irwin), was born and Martin has returned from America to meet his father. In the middle is Bridie (Mary Brennan) a local housekeeper who steers a course around the feuding brothers and the fun loving Martin and is not slow to offer her own opinion on matters. This drama of family feuds, set in rural Ireland where religion is still strong and where marriage can either be difficult to attain or not work out at all, has many hilarious scenes with a sharp, witty script and characters that will have you laughing out loud. Behind the scenes we have Carmel Allen & Emma Duffy working on Stage Management and Paul O’Neill on lights & sound. Thanks also are due to the set crew who do the unseen work of lifting, hammering, painting etc - Austin Geoghegan, Bernard Dunne, Ronan Duffy, Conall Duffy, David O’Neill.

Have a fun night out next week in Iontas.  Starts 8pm.

 

 

Border Counties Vintage Tractor Grassmen take on their "32 Counties for Cancer" Challenge

On Sunday morning last, thirteen members of The Border Counties Vintage Tractor Grassmen set off on their challenge of travelling through all 32 counties in Ireland on their vehicles of choice – their tractors. Leaving the Glencarn Hotel car park at 6am, the fleet set out for their first destination of County Armagh.

Leading on to County Down the convoy are now well on their way for their week’s travel. This lofty endeavour is all in aid of the following Cancer Support Organisations – Castleblayney Cancer Society, Carrickmacross Cancer Society, Ballybay Cancer Society and Newry Cancer Care.

Please show your support if you see this merry band of tractors on their way around the country!

For any more information you can visit the group's dedicated Facebook page here:

Castleblayney Players Present “Thy Will Be Done” this November in Iontas.

Iontas Theatre, Castleblayney will host the Castleblayney Players this November for their performance of the Michael Carey classic hit “Thy Will Be Done”.

Castleblayney Players, who are celebrating 25 years on the road with this production, will bring comedy, drama and passion - this play has it all.

A family drama with lots of laughs tells the story of feuding brothers, a son returned from America and a housekeeper trying to keep peace between them all. Throw in some booze, fights, land, religion, and even a rat, and you have a recipe for a great night.

The play will run Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November 2016 at 8pm.

For more information please visit www.iontascastleblayney.ie

 

Clogher Historical Society Talk in The Enterprise Centre

Last night October 18th, organised by Clogher Historical Society, Castleblayney Enterprise Centre hosted a very well received talk on the Irish born athlete John Mc Gough.  

Centre Manager and keen part-time historian – Tommy Mc Guire presented an hour long talk on the famous athlete, who was born in County Monaghan but subsequently moved to Scotland, and competed in the 1906 Olympic Games in Athens. This coincides perfectly with the 110 year anniversary of the Games and also with the most recent Olympic Games held in Rio 2016. The Runner Mc Gough, as he was well known, placed second in the 1500m behind James Lightbody of the USA.  Mc Gough won the Scottish Mile Championship race for six years in succession between 1902 and 1907, making him the best middle distance runner in Scotland for the first ten years of the twentieth century.

Clogher Historical Society promotes local history and heritage within the counties of Fermanagh, Monaghan, South Tyrone, South Donegal and West Louth.

History and heritage play an important role in society and by conserving both they enable us to look back on our past with reflection, whilst simultaneously providing an opportunity to move forward fully equipped for the future.

St. Mary’s Hospital Monster Sale this Saturday October 22nd


This Saturday 22nd October, from 10am – 5pm, St. Mary’s Hospital, Castleblayney will host their “Monster Sale”.

All donations are greatly appreciated will can include clothes (no shoes), bric-a-brac, small furniture pieces, electrical equipment in working order etc. All items can be left in the hospital reception.

St. Mary’s Hospital, Castleblayney is a Residential and Day Care setting. It caters for many individuals including, Convalescence, Rehabilitation, Palliative, Respite and Extended Care.

For any enquiries please contact Noeleen on 042 9753600

Winter Series of Local History Meeting to Commence this Thursday 20th October

The meeting of the Local Castleblayney History Group will begin its Winter Series on Thursday 20th October at 10.45 a.m. in the newly renovated Gate House in the Square.

The theme for this week will be “Fairs, Markets and Patterns; Trading in Blayney through the Years

These meetings have become a very popular and much anticipated monthly event. They offer a slice of historical life for Castleblayney and its inhabitants, who are treated to wonderful stories of days gone by and fascinating tales of yore.  With insightful, informative and factual anecdotes that weave within them the town’s rich history, everyone is welcome so please do come along.

 

Compass Club by Coillte - An After School Programme

Compass Club by Coillte - An After School programme gives children a foundation in outdoor skills and activity from the age of 6 to 12. Running one day a week (over 6 weeks), courses are available throughout the school year, so even if you miss one there’ll be another starting soon after.

As well as a world of fun and friendship, afternoons filled with exciting, interesting outdoor activities that they will want to do over and over again, when you sign your child up to Compass Club, you are joining an activity that is built with Strengths Based Education principles interwoven throughout. For parents, this means that you are confident in the knowledge that the CompassClub team will be focused on your child’s strengths and bringing them to life, not on controlling, commanding or corralling your child. We can do this because we only operate with small groups of children in each of our After School courses.

With this focus it means that we are always looking for the positives and the strengths in your child so we’re always in encouragement and engagement mode.

Kids today get enough heavily structured activities, with loads of rules and directions and as a result they are losing the ability to responsibly think and do things for themselves like their parents had to. With Compass Club kids develop a sense of responsibility in a structured, broad way as we demonstrate, encourage and involve kids in how to be responsible for themselves and others while having fun and then we empower them to do just that! And, they absolutely love it!

Log on to our website now to find your local course.

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Historic Win for Blackhill in Monaghan Junior Football Title

Sunday 9th October saw an historic win for Blackhill in Drumhowan, were they were victorious at the Monaghan Junior Football Championship.

Their victory over Sean Mc Dermott’s saw the full time score at 1-16 to 0-11.

This is a particularly momentous triumph as it is the first time, since 1952, that Blackhill have won the Packie Boylan Cup.

Congratulations to all on this notable win.

Your Precious Life and How to Live it Well

Today, Monday 10th October is World Mental Health Day and to coincide with this a talk will take place in Aughnamullen Community Centre at 8pm.

This evening, renowned psychologist Shane Martin will deliver a talk in Aughnamullen Community Centre on the above topic. Shane is a psychologist dedicated to teaching the very best self-help psychology to empower people to enhance the quality of their lives. His ‘Moodwatchers’ psychology course has been delivered at community venues throughout the length and breadth of Ireland.

He is the author of ‘Your Precious Life -How to Live it Well’ which has just been published by Orpen Press. He has been a keynote speaker at numerous national and international conferences on a range of topics around empowerment, recovery and happiness.  You can learn more about him by visiting www.moodwatchers.com or on facebook,

 

This is going to be an event you won’t want to miss. Donations on the night to SOSAD

St. Mary’s Hospital "Monster Sale" Saturday October 22nd


On Saturday 22nd October, from 10am – 5pm, St. Mary’s Hospital, Castleblayney will host their “Monster Sale”.

All donations are greatly appreciated will can include clothes (no shoes), bric-a-brac, small furniture pieces, electrical equipment in working order etc. All items can be left in the hospital reception.

St. Mary’s Hospital, Castleblayney is a Residential and Day Care setting. It caters for many individuals including, Convalescence, Rehabilitation, Palliative, Respite and Extended Care.

For any enquiries please contact Noeleen on 042 9753600

Celebration of Christmas in Castleblayney Brochure

Castleblayney Regeneration Committee is planning a “Celebration of Christmas in Castleblayney”. Their aim is to produce a brochure that will list all the Christmas themed events that are planned for the town over the Christmas period.

Any community based groups and local businesses that may be planning a festive themed event for Christmas are asked to contact the Committee by 30th September. Please contact by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Castleblayney Regeneration Committee was formed with a view to creating a forum to be a voice for Castleblayney’s businesses, community and 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.

Castleblayney Regeneration

Blayney Blades Coffee Morning Saturday 1st October

The Blayney Blades will host their coffee morning on Saturday 1st October in the Parish Centre from 11.30pm.

Proceeds will go towards The Peter Mc Verry Trust. This organisation deals with homelessness and social disadvantage.

The Blayney Blades were established in 1995 to support women and their families. Their aim is to empower, encourage and enable individuals to return to education and therefore employment. They do this through a range of different avenues including training and development, networking and the provision of information. They also hold regular coffee mornings. These mornings raise vital funds for a range of charities and causes.

All support is greatly appreciated, please come along. Alternatively, if you would like to make a donation, these can be left in the Blayney Blades Office. They can be reached on 042 9753410/412 and by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Celebration of Christmas in Castleblayney

Castleblayney Regeneration Committee is planning a “Celebration of Christmas in Castleblayney”. Their aim is to produce a brochure that will list all the Christmas themed events that are planned for the town over the Christmas period.

Any community based groups and local businesses that may be planning a festive themed event for Christmas are asked to contact the Committee by 30th September. Please contact by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Castleblayney Regeneration Committee was formed with a view to creating a forum to be a voice for Castleblayney’s businesses, community and 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.

Castleblayney Regeneration

Castleblayney's Annual Fair Day Saturday September 24th

Castleblayney Town will host this much anticipated event on Saturday 24th September.

The town will once again be transported back to the early 1900’s, recreating a Fair similar to that of what would have taken place in towns across Ireland for hundreds of years. On the day the scene will be recreated through all manner of props, costumes, photographs, period clothing and a sprinkling of nostalgia from interesting tales of the good old days!

This is a day not to be missed, as it provides the people of Castleblayney with the opportunity to reminisce or indeed learn about what a day like this entails. So why not get into the spirit of the day by dressing up in period clothing and getting involved! Fancy dress shop – False Impressions in the Enterprise Centre can help with any clothing ideas.

The Fair Day was an important part of the social calendar in days gone by. Days like these were vital for the economy as they allowed townspeople to sell their produce ranging from farm produce, vegetables, home bakes and handmade clothing. The day was also of great social importance allowing people the opportunity to catch up and converse about their daily lives and current events in the country.

To celebrate Castleblayney’s Annual Fair Day, Iontas will host a Cultural Night on Wednesday 21st September at 8pm. This promises to be a great night of storytelling, music, song and dance. Raffle tickets will be sold on the night for a grand prize draw which takes place on The Fair Day itself – Saturday 24th September.

Famine Commemoration Event St. Mary's Hospital Castleblayney

Sunday 11th September marked the annual Famine Commemoration event across Ireland. This is an observance each year in Ireland that commemorates the Great Famine in 1845. Introduced in 2008, this and other local events are held across the country.

Castleblayney observed their remembrance yesterday 11th September which was hosted by St. Mary’s Hospital, in conjunction with Castleblayney Community Enterprise.

St. Mary’s Hospital grounds are of important significance as they were used as a Pauper’s Graveyard to bury the individuals who perished as a result of the famine.

Yesterday’s event also paid tribute to Sister Scolastica whose ideas and foresight have had a lasting impact right up to the present day. Acknowledgement of all her work and dedication was observed through the unveiling of a stone to honour her memory. Indeed it was through her insight and vision that saw the grounds be transformed in 1986, into a bright, peaceful and tranquil Garden of Remembrance allowing people to visit and remember.

Speakers, readers and musicians at yesterday’s ceremony included: Margaret McNally, Daphne Holmes Greer, Dermot Morgan, Alexis Oliver, Margaret Finnegan, Joanne Loughman, Paula Malone, Liz Christy, Aidan Campbell, Fr. Seamus Whelan, Jim Hagan, Sharon McElroy, Fr. Pat McHugh, Marese Heavin, Michael McMahon, Gerry Redmond and Siobhan Ryan.

A large crowd were in attendance at the event including many residents from St. Mary's Hospital.

Castleblayney Businesses Sign Up to Age Friendly Initiative

Castleblayney has now signed up to the Age Friendly City and County Programme.

This programme aims to create the kinds of communities in which older people live autonomous and valued lives.

They do this by undertaking focused activities that aim to fulfil ambitious goals related to each of the Age Friendly themes. Some of these include Outdoor Spaces and Buildings, Housing, Social Participation, Transportation, Respect & Social Inclusion, Communication & Information, Community Supports and Health Services.

In total 21 businesses have agreed to participate, meaning each business will adopt this practice and provide specific services that will assist the elderly within the Community.

Each shop will then be classified as an age-friendly shop and have received their certificate also.

This initiative will see Monaghan as one of the first to take up participation on the programme.

For more information please visit: www.agefriendlyireland.ie and www.monaghan.ie

Training at Castleblayney Enterprise Centre This Autumn

There is a wide variety of courses and training opportunities on offer in Castleblayney’s Enterprise Centre. The training in the centre focuses on quality of training to groups in small numbers. This therefore means that places are limited. The centre offers high quality training facilities at reasonable rates and provides an ideal learning environment for the level of training required.

Some courses on offer include:

Health and Safety Awareness Training, Abrasive Wheel Training, Fire Safety Training, Basic Life Support Instructor Course, SafePass, EHOA, HACCP, Manual Handling, Patient Handling, Basic First Aid, Occupational First Aid, Heartsaver AED, Equalskills, BenefIT 4, Intermediate Computers, ECDL, Microsoft Excel, Farm Accounts, Digital Photography, Photoshop, Smartphone, Facebook and Skype Workshops.

For more information and a detailed description on any of these courses please visit:

http://www.castleblayney.ie/index.php/castleblayney-enterprise-centre

 

You can also contact: Leona McEnroe at Castleblayney Training Centre on 042-9746087 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Films & Stage Shows in Iontas this September

This September, Iontas Theatre Castleblayney, have a diverse range of films and shows on offer, including, this Friday, 9th September at 8pm – Brooklyn – a romantic drama based on the Colm Toibin novel. It tells of an Irish girl’s story and her immigration from Ireland to Brooklyn in the 1950’s.

Tickets are €7, with a concession of €5.

Also showing on the 11th September, will be Frank O’ Connor’s short stories; God Bless The Child – First Confessions are the Hardest: Do you remember your First Confession?  These will be brought to life on stage on Sunday 11th September.

Tickets are €16, with a concession of €14.

For more information, please visit: www.iontascastleblayney.ie
 

Or you can ring the Box Office: 042 9753401

Castleblayney Regeneration Reflects on a Year’s Work

In April 2015, 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 so that both the business and community peoples’ opinions and suggestions on the town’s economic growth could be explored and heard.The fundamental reason 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.

A very positive meeting was held on 28 May 2015 in the Castleblayney Enterprise Centre where up to 40 of the business and community people attended and engaged and voiced their suggestions on how best this could happen. In a later follow up meeting, attendees were broken into groups to come up with ideas and from this a committee was formed. This comprised of many business people and community people. Suggestions from the group included, 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. Since then the group have been involved in a number of significant projects in Castleblayney such as the creating the first ever Town Voucher. Under this scheme people can buy vouchers in denominations of €10 and €20 and these can be spent in the 80 shops and premises in Castleblayney who signed up, hence keeping the flow of money in the town, therefore sustaining local jobs. These vouchers can be bought in three locations , The Post Office, Church View Flowers and the Cozy Cafe .To date vouchers to the value of over  €20,000 have been sold.

 

With help from Monaghan County Council,the REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zone) grant was successfully applied for and this was used

in many ways to promote economic activity in the town such as organising Retail Development training for local business in areas such as Social Media for Business, Merchandising etc ,.Other initiatives have been Shop & Stay branding ( created by a Castleblayney Graphic Designer) both as stickers in the shops and colourful banner on the poles on the streets of the town, promoting the various amenities in Castleblayney.

A new road sign as you approach Castleblayney at the roundabout on the N2 was also designed and organised by the Regeneration Committee. This highly visible sign shows that Castleblayney is very much open for business!

The Retail subcommittee of the Castleblayney Regeneration Committee ran a very successful Black Friday Campaign in November which increased retail sales across the town .The REDZ grant facilitated the painting of aspects of the town to enhance the overall look of the town for visitors and tourists to the town.A study also took place on Broadband accessibility in the Lough Egish Business park which employs over 500 people and further money was used to finish off the car park at Lough Muckno.

Another initiative the Castleblayney Regeneration Committee have supported is the recent Age Friendly Initiative where Monaghan Co Council are working towards the county of  Monaghan being the first County in Ireland to be deemed Age Friendly.

Future projects will be agreed on at upcoming meetings and will be in line with the recently published Co Monaghan Local Economic and Community Plan and the committee looks forward to another fruitful, active year helping to drive community activity and economic development in Castleblayney. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Castleblayney College Extension Officially Opening Today 29th August

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, will today, Monday 29th August, officially open the new school extension at Castleblayney College at 11am.

The new building now combines the school onto one campus. Before this, students had to cross the road daily, as the school consisted of two buildings.

Funding of €4 million has provided for 10 new classrooms, 5 offices, a new gym and also the extension of facilities in woodwork and metalwork.

Everyone is welcome to come along to the grand opening.

What You Forget – Interactive Sound Installation in Iontas Theatre

Acclaimed composer Michael Gallen brings his interactive sound installation and choral project to Iontas Theatre this September. The project is part of Ireland 2016 and the piece itself comprises of two stages.

Iontas Theatre, Castleblayney, will host the show's premiere performance on Friday 30th September. The performance will feature Our Lady’s Secondary Choir and Cantamus Chamber Choir with a solo performance by Michael Gallen.

Featured as part of this performance will be; sonic material recorded during the final stages of the interactive sound installations.

For more information please visit: www.1916visionaries.ie and www.iontascastleblayney.ie

For more information on this performance you can contact – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can call 042 9753403.

McMahon’s Supervalu FAUGHS Summer Camp This August

In conjunction with McMahon’s Supervalu, Castleblayney Faughs will host their Summer Camp in St. Marys Park from Wednesday10th - August to Sat 13th August.

The Summer Camp includes 3 days of coaching and games with the emphasis on fun for all the children. As in previous years, the fourth day will include a fun activity and Club BBQ at Lunch time. Upon completion of the Camp, all participants will be presented with a Faughs Gift.

Prices: Club Members: Child 1: €30; Child 2: €25. Non Club Members: Child 1: €60; Child 2: €40

Application forms are available in McMahon’s Supervalu or McMahon’s Centra.

For more information please visit: http://castleblayneyfaughs.com/

Upcoming Events in Iontas Theatre this August & September

Iontas Theatre, Castleblayney has some wonderful entertainment this summer.  Details are below.  For any more information on these or any other upcoming shows/entertainment, please visit: http://www.iontascastleblayney.ie/

POPCORN CLUB – Song of the Sea – Aug 25th 11am.

Adm €5. Family of 4 - €16. Family of 5 - €20.

It’s the perfect way to entertain the kids this summer!

Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure to free the faeries and save the spirit world.

"Every scene of Tom Moore's beautifully drawn, Oscar nominated animation feels like a warm hug at bedtime" The Telegraph ★★★★★

Popcorn and Candyfloss available on the day!

GOD BLESS THE CHILD. 11th Sept 8pm. Adm. €16/14.

The short stories of Cork born Frank O’Connor are universally regarded as being classics of their kind. Three of those funniest stories: My Oedipus Complex, The Genius and First Confession have been brought together within a single full-length play.

Meet young Michael, who goes into mortal combat with his father when he returns from the First World War; Larry, a genius who can’t understand why the world can’t keep up with him; and Jackie, who has the grim task of not only making his first confession and communion, but must also deal with his very obstreperous grandmother. 

Richly evocative of Ireland in the early decades of the 20th Century, funny and moving, and featuring memorable performances, God Bless The Child is a must see! 

‘O Connor’s hilarious childhood stories are beautifully adapted for the stage.’**** The Observer.

POPCORN CLUB – Zootroplolis – Sept 17th 2pm.

Adm €5. Family of 4 - €16. Family of 5 - €20.

It’s the perfect way to entertain the kids this summer!

In the animal city of Zootopia, which is populated by mammals, birds, fish, Invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, Primates, Marine Mammals, dinosaurs, Arthropods, Insects, Mollusks, annelids, Echinoderms and Arachnids a fast-talking fox who's trying to make it big goes on the run when he's framed for a crime he didn't commit. Zootopia's top cop, a self-righteous rabbit, is hot on his tail, but when both become targets of a conspiracy, they're forced to team up and discover even natural enemies can become best friends.

Popcorn and Candyfloss available on the day!

DANGER MONEY. Sept 17th 8pm. Adm. €14/12

A new play by John McManus starring Seamus O'Rourke

London was only ever meant to be a stepping stone for Teddy 'the Mucker' Tucker, but somehow he stayed there for over thirty years until one day he abruptly abandoned his friends and his job and returned home to North Leitrim. He now finds himself in the bog wondering: Should snakes receive the Free Travel Pass? Are birds the souls of people that have passed on? Why is he's bagging turf when he doesn't even have a fireplace...

THE NUALAS – Glitterbomb Tour. Sept 23rd. 8pm. Adm. €18/16

LADIES NIGHT!

Described as a cross between Little Mix, The Nolans, and The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Nualas have long been Ireland's top all-girl, shiney-dressed, musical-comedy trio. In fact, this year they are celebrating their 21st. Since their first outing in '95, their unique brand of intricately-arranged, self-penned songs and provocative perspective on everything from spanx to hors d'oeuvres to global apocalypse has wowed audiences from Singapore to Moate.
Their performance will feature spanking new classics, red hot new chat and blistering new shoes. The girls promise to leave you helpless with laughter, delirious with pleasure, and a little disorientated if you can’t remember which door you came in. 

“The Nualas have put comedy and music in the blender and come up with a world class act” Sunday Times.

Training at Castleblayney Enterprise Centre 2016

There is a wide variety of courses and training opportunities on offer in Castleblayney’s Enterprise Centre. The training in the centre focuses on quality of training to groups in small numbers. This therefore means that places are limited. The centre offers high quality training facilities at reasonable rates and provides an ideal learning environment for the level of training required.

Some courses on offer include:

Health and Safety Awareness Training, Abrasive Wheel Training, Fire Safety Training, Basic Life Support Instructor Course, SafePass, EHOA, HACCP, Manual Handling, Patient Handling, Basic First Aid, Occupational First Aid, Heartsaver AED, Equalskills, BenefIT 4, Intermediate Computers, ECDL, Microsoft Excel, Farm Accounts, Digital Photography, Photoshop, Smartphone, Facebook and Skype Workshops.

For more information and a detailed description on any of these courses please visit:

http://www.castleblayney.ie/index.php/castleblayney-enterprise-centre

You can also contact: Leona McEnroe at Castleblayney Training Centre on 042-9746087 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Operation TransFAUGHSmation 2016

It’s nearly that time of year again. Operation TransFAUGHSmation 2016 is on the horizon and we in Castleblayney Faughs are really looking forward to starting once again and to seeing new faces and meeting old friends. This year we have retained the bulk of our format, but following consultation with previous and potentially new participants and various Fitness Professionals, we are tweaking some aspects in ways that will make it even better for those taking part.

Year in year out, we in Operation TransFAUGHSmation meet people who say to us that they would love to take part in our programme but they feel that it is too advanced for them and that they find the idea of joining us too daunting. They mention that it is only for “fit” people or those who are training all the time.

Well this year we are throwing down the gauntlet by inviting those people, who either through their own perception as being so overweight or so unfit, they feel unable to take part in our programme, to contact us NOW either by PM on our Operation TransFAUGHSmation FACEBOOK page https://www.facebook.com/BlayneyFaughs/ or by contacting Jazza at 0868194157, Tom at 0876290806 or Louisa at 0877981035 and allow us the opportunity to dispel those myths and convince those same people that there is a place for everyone on Operation TransFAUGHSmation regardless of fitness levels. We feel our activities are devised in a manner to allow everyone the opportunity to take part and everyone the opportunity to test themselves. This contact will be treated with strict confidentiality.

We would also ask everyone to remember that our motto and focus is always “A Fun Way To A Healthier Lifestyle”. Since we started, we have treated our programme very seriously but equally put every effort in to make sure that fun is had along the way, and that it is as much a social outlet as a Fitness Programme.

On a more general note, sometimes when people mention Circuit training there is a misconception of how tough it is. Circuit training is widely accepted as an ideal method of group training because each person can work to their own limits regardless of their fitness levels. In Operation TransFaughmation, when we are planning our classes, each one is planned from a point of view of challenging each person within the group to reach their own goals and we are conscious of the fact that every person’s limits are different. In addition if there is any exercise a person feels unable to do because of injury or other restriction, all of our coaches are more than willing to offer a suitable alternative and we encourage people never to be afraid to approach us and ask as we always view those questions as a sign of the person’s interest rather than a problem. Over the coming weeks we will release the Schedule of Events for 2016 and it will all kick off with registration on the 23rd of August 2016

So if you have been holding back from joining us before now through self consciousness, trepidation or fear, please contact us before the 25th of July 2016. For further information regarding this year’s programme and a possible new initiative aimed at

those who previously thought OPTFM was out of their reach, please contact us at the details already provided above or see our Operation TransFAUGHSmation Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BlayneyFaughs/ or the website www.castleblayneyfaughs.com

Book of Condolences - in respect of the Nice Attack

FranceFlag“Book of Condolences” in respect of the Nice Attack now opened in in the Enterprise Centre, Castleblayney and in the Civic Offices, Riverside Road, Carrickmacross until closing time (5pm) Friday 22nd July.

Training at Castleblayney Enterprise Centre

There is a wide variety of courses and training opportunities on offer in Castleblayney’s Enterprise Centre. The training in the centre focuses on quality of training to groups in small numbers. This therefore means that places are limited. The centre offers high quality training facilities at reasonable rates and provides an ideal learning environment for the level of training required.

 

For more information and a detailed description on any of these courses please visit:

http://www.castleblayney.ie/index.php/castleblayney-enterprise-centre

 

You can also contact: Leona McEnroe at Castleblayney Training Centre on 042-9746087 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Blayney Rockets Annual 10 Mile Road Race

The Blayney Rockets will hold their annual 10 Mile Road Race on Saturday 23rd July at 11am. The race will take place along the scenic route of Lough Muckno. You can register online at www.runireland.com or alternatively you can enter on the day at Faughs Football field from 9am.

As with previous years organisers greatly appreciate the cooperation of local residents along the race route.

Please come along and enjoy this wonderful event.

Success of Muckno Mania Festival 2016

As the Saloon doors close on Muckno Mania 2016, we relive the success of this well established Festival, and one that generates positivity and community goodwill.

The four day event began on Thursday 7th July and the people of Castleblayney took up their all-inclusive invitation to this much anticipated event.

The theme of this year’s Festival was “Country & Western”. With the town’s natural affinity for and its heritage steeped in Country & Western music, it seemed only apt to dedicate the theme to it.

All events, activities and performances adopted the chosen theme with vigour, which made for a diverse, dynamic line up, thus creating an exuberant atmosphere and spirit that not even the unpredictability of Irish summertime weather could dampen!

Overall, this Festival has once again re-generated town and community spirit. It mobilises the community and businesses of Castleblayney by focusing on developing a bespoke experience for all.

Engaging the community and locals has made the Festival what it is. Its positive impact provides an unrivalled social dividend with endless socio-cultural benefits for the town.

Organisers wish to thank each and every person who contributed and participated in this intrinsically local event. Thank you for embracing the theme and generating a sense of civic pride we can all enjoy.

Results are available on www.mucknomania.ie

Upcoming Events in Iontas Theatre

ANA GOG + HATCHLINGS - July 23rd 8pm. Adm. €12.

Enjoy a night of top shelf music in a new-look cabaret style theatre setting!

Ana Gog are a five-piece band based in Dublin, featuring Castleblayney native Michael Gallen. Their sound is an eclectic mix of folk, post/prog rock and electronica with contemporary influences.To date the band have had two official releases, the album 'Making Trails' in 2013 and EP 'Resemblance' in 2014. 

"Ana Gog’s music is wistful, folk-inspired and yet dramatic and powerful at the same time...a compelling combination." - Lisa Hughes, State.

Hatchlings formed in September 2015 and the members quickly turned friendship into a prolific creative collaboration. Hatchlings draw from their jazz, folk, R'n'B, rock and classical influences to create a fresh alternative sound. With performances ranging from lively electric sets in venues such as Whelans in Dublin, to impromptu acoustic appearances in intimate spaces like Shakespeare and Company in Paris, Hatchlings strive to deliver honest and original music to new audiences large and small.

POPCORN CLUB – Lego Movie – July 28th 11am.

Adm €5. Family of 4 - €16. Family of 5 - €20.

Our family film season continues with The Lego Movie! It’s the perfect way to entertain the kids this summer!

An ordinary guy named Emmet (Chris Pratt) is mistaken as being the Master Builder, the one who can save the universe. With the aid of an old mystic Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), a tough young lady named Lucy (Elizabeth Banks), and Batman (Will Arnett), Emmet will fight to defeat the evil tyrant Lord Business (Will Ferrell) who is bent on destroying the universe by gluing it together.

Popcorn and Candyfloss available on the day!

POPCORN CLUB – Song of the Sea – Aug 25th 11am.

Adm €5. Family of 4 - €16. Family of 5 - €20.

It’s the perfect way to entertain the kids this summer!

Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure to free the faeries and save the spirit world.

"Every scene of Tom Moore's beautifully drawn, Oscar nominated animation feels like a warm hug at bedtime" The Telegraph ★★★★★

Popcorn and Candyfloss available on the day!

GOD BLESS THE CHILD. 11th Sept 8pm. Adm. €16/14.

The short stories of Cork born Frank O’Connor are universally regarded as being classics of their kind. Three of those funniest stories: My Oedipus Complex, The Genius and First Confession have been brought together within a single full-length play.

Meet young Michael, who goes into mortal combat with his father when he returns from the First World War; Larry, a genius who can’t understand why the world can’t keep up with him; and Jackie, who has the grim task of not only making his first confession and communion, but must also deal with his very obstreperous grandmother. 

Richly evocative of Ireland in the early decades of the 20th Century, funny and moving, and featuring memorable performances, God Bless The Child is a must see! 

‘O Connor’s hilarious childhood stories are beautifully adapted for the stage.’**** The Observer.

POPCORN CLUB – Zootroplolis – Sept 17th 2pm.

Adm €5. Family of 4 - €16. Family of 5 - €20.

It’s the perfect way to entertain the kids this summer!

In the animal city of Zootopia, which is populated by mammals, birds, fish, Invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, Primates, Marine Mammals, dinosaurs, Arthropods, Insects, Mollusks, annelids, Echinoderms and Arachnids a fast-talking fox who's trying to make it big goes on the run when he's framed for a crime he didn't commit. Zootopia's top cop, a self-righteous rabbit, is hot on his tail, but when both become targets of a conspiracy, they're forced to team up and discover even natural enemies can become best friends.

Popcorn and Candyfloss available on the day!

DANGER MONEY. Sept 17th 8pm. Adm. €14/12

A new play by John McManus starring Seamus O'Rourke

London was only ever meant to be a stepping stone for Teddy 'the Mucker' Tucker, but somehow he stayed there for over thirty years until one day he abruptly abandoned his friends and his job and returned home to North Leitrim. He now finds himself in the bog wondering: Should snakes receive the Free Travel Pass? Are birds the souls of people that have passed on? Why is he's bagging turf when he doesn't even have a fireplace...

THE NUALAS – Glitterbomb Tour. Sept 23rd. 8pm. Adm. €18/16

LADIES NIGHT!

Described as a cross between Little Mix, The Nolans, and The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Nualas have long been Ireland's top all-girl, shiney-dressed, musical-comedy trio. In fact, this year they are celebrating their 21st. Since their first outing in '95, their unique brand of intricately-arranged, self-penned songs and provocative perspective on everything from spanx to hors d'oeuvres to global apocalypse has wowed audiences from Singapore to Moate.
Their performance will feature spanking new classics, red hot new chat and blistering new shoes. The girls promise to leave you helpless with laughter, delirious with pleasure, and a little disorientated if you can’t remember which door you came in. 

“The Nualas have put comedy and music in the blender and come up with a world class act” Sunday Times

Muckno Mania Festival 7th - 10th July

The Muckno Mania Festival starts this Thursday 7th July. This year sees the Festival enter its 18th year and it promises all the fun and intrigue we have all come to expect from such an interactive and diverse festival over the years.

This year Muckno Mania is going Country and Western!  With the town’s natural affinity for and its heritage steeped in Country and Western music, it seemed only apt that we should dedicate the theme to it.

This four day event has become one of the most anticipated annual festivals in the North East. Emphasis on family entertainment and focus on the arts ensure the festival's success and popularity.

Much preparation is going on behind the scenes and there are already some new additions to this year’s line up, among them are;  Jiving Workshops, Craft Your Raft and a Big Country Night on Saturday 9th July.

Added to this are exciting plans to attempt another Guinness World Record and therefore extend our total to four successful records!

So come along and enjoy all the fun!

for more information please visit: www.mucknomania.ie

Craft Your Raft Saturday 9th July

The Muckno Mania Festival is once again fast approaching and with it comes all the fun of previous years.  This year sees a number of new events added to the line up, namely; Craft Your Raft.  Although, not dissimilar to past incarnations of such fun as “Float Your Soap” this event has the notable change of seeing participants construct their water vessels on the day, with all offerings then entering the water to complete the course to victory!

Time: 12.30pm

Location: Lough Muckno

 

Shane Tyres, Castleblayney, who are sponsoring this event, will also make a generous donation to the chosen charity of the winning team.

Muckno Mania Sprint Triathlon Saturday 9th July

Now a staple of the Festival, The Muckno Mania Sprint Triathlon will enter its 8th year.  The event sees the Black Island, which stages this event, come into its own, hosting professional and amateur athletes alike.  The course consists of a 750m swim in Lough Muckno, 18km cycle around the lake and a 5km culmination run through the forest. The Pauline Devlin Perpetual Cup will be awarded to the first Monaghan tri-athlete home.

Friday 8th July: 7am-9pm     Triathlon Registration
Saturday 9th July: 7am-9am      Triathlon Registration
10am-1pm     Muckno Mania Sprint Triathlon

In addition to those competing as individuals, the Muckno Mania Triathlon encourages people to participate in teams and relays.

To register for the Muckno Mania Triathlon, please visit:

https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=36583054

 

Monaghan Social Inclusion week 2016

RISING TO INCLUSION FINALSocial Inclusion week “Monaghan Rising to Inclusion”  will take place from June 20th – June 25th

Monaghan Social Inclusion week is upon us once again. The annual weeklong programme of events to celebrate equality and inclusion is taking place from June 20th – June 26th this year and promises to be another week of celebration and activity. A wide range of events, activities and celebrations will take throughout the week that raise awareness of the many different supports that are available to people who may feel socially excluded and to raise awareness throughout the county of the barriers some people in our society experience on a daily basis.

This year’s social inclusion week looks back to the ideals within the 1916 Proclamation that pledged “equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens” an ideal still cherished in 2016.

The truth is, every day in Monaghan, Ireland and the rest of the world people are often treated differently because they are different, they feel excluded. But Monaghan social inclusion week group led by Monaghan county council want everyone to feel is ok to be different.

Social inclusion week asks everyone to celebrate being different because we are all different. Just because someone is different to you doesn’t mean they should be treated different to you.

Each of the five towns will be decorated with bunting symbolising the multiculturalism and diversity of county Monaghan. The bunting includes flags from across the globe and the rainbow flag each flag represents someone in Monaghan and shows that each person in an equal part of the landscape of the county.

Have a look at this year’s calendar of events and be sure to come along to some of the great activities that are taking place. The grand finale of our Social Inclusion week will be “Dancing to Inclusion” a wonderful project involving Cairde activation centre and Monaghan Integrated Development where local people with disabilities have been teamed up people in the community and learning some great dance moves in a Strictly Come Dancing project. They will but on display their dance moves in the Peace Link Clones on Friday 24th June at 7.30pm admission is free and everyone is welcome.

View full calendar of events here >>

 

Jiving Workshops for Adults in Conjunction with The Muckno Mania Festival

Muckno Mania is fast approaching and in keeping with the Festival’s tradition of incorporating all things cultural and entertaining, tomorrow, Tuesday 14th June, The Scout Hall will play host to Jiving Workshops for Adults.

If you are interested in joining this dynamic and fun event, classes will start at 7pm at €8 per session. They will run for four weeks.

Muckno Mania Festival; Jiving Workshops

As part of the preparation for the Muckno Mania Festival 7th - 10th July, jiving workshops have been organised as part of a four week programme for ages 5-12yrs.  These will take place in the Scout Hall on both Monday and Thursday of the four weeks.  They will commence on the 6th June from 4pm-4.45pm and 5pm-5.45pm on each day.

If anyone is interested please contact The Enterprise Centre on 042 9746087.  The tutor for the workshops is Patricia Brennan.

Allotments and Community Gardens

An exciting opportunity to grow your own vegetables/flowers is now available right here in Castleblayney. One which will provide an improved quality of life, an enjoyable hobby and of course the main incentive – low cost, high quality foods!

Two small allotments are now available at Eagle Ridge Community Gardens Drumillard, Castleblayney.

For more information, please contact: 087 2167890

Allotments, while practical, also offer many other benefits to society. An organisation based in Luxembourg that represents three million European Allotment Gardens since 1926, have hailed the socio-cultural and economic functions of allotments gardens. They also represent an opportunity for learning and contact with nature.

So whether you are a novice or a keen gardener, why not try growing your own!!

Blayney to Beaumont to Blayney Charity Cycle

On Sunday July 3rd 2016 the much anticipated Blayney to Beaumont to Blayney cycle will take place. Starting at 7am the 210km leisure cycle will begin. Participants will leave Castleblayney en route to the Beaumont Hospital and then arrive back in Castleblayney at 7pm the same day.

The aim of this event is to raise vital funds that will go to Castleblayney Cancer Society and also The Irish Cancer Society.

More information on this event is available on the dedicated Facebook page for this event – “Blayney 2 Beaumont 2 Blayney Charity Cycle 3/7/16”

Blayney Blades First Saturday Coffee Mornig Saturday 4th June

 

On Saturday 4th June The Blayney Blades will host their First Saturday Coffee morning in the Parish Centre at 11.30am.
The proceeds of the morning will go towards Bóthar’s work in East Pokot.
 
The community of East Pokot is experiencing drought and donations will allow them to develop a borehole to access clean water.
 
The Blayney blades would also like to thank everybody who attended last month’s coffee morning. A total of €900 was raised, with donations being divided between St. Patrick’s Soup Kitchen, Dundalk and UNICEF Ireland towards their work in Nepal.
 
All donations and support are greatly appreciated.
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St. Mary’s Hospital Car Boot Sale

On Saturday 4th June, St. Mary’s Hospital, Castleblayney, will host a Car Boot Sale from 9am-2pm.

St. Mary’s Hospital is a Residential and Day Care setting. It caters for many individuals including, Convalescence, Rehabilitation, Palliative, Respite and Extended Care.

So, sellers come along to sell your unwanted wares and buyers please come along and maybe find a few bargains!

The proceeds of the day’s event will go towards The Patient Comfort Fund. All support is greatly appreciated.

Inland Fisheries Ireland Public Consultation

InlandFisheriesielandEastern and Neagh Bann International River Basin Districts – Revision / Update of Certain Regulations

Inland Fisheries Ireland is seeking submissions from interested parties in respect of a number of proposed Bye-laws pertaining to the Eastern / Neagh Bann International River Basin Districts.

Inland Fisheries Ireland intends requesting the Minister to introduce these Bye-laws with a view to enabling improved management of these waters in a sustainable manner.

Click here to view full details in PDF >>

Coffee Morning and Cake Sale 29th May

Castleblayney Hurling Club will hold a coffee morning and cake sale in aid of U14 Feile Team. The Scout Hall will play host on Sunday 29th May from 9am-2pm.

All support is greatly appreciated and everyone is welcome.

Be Safe in Your Home & Community Talk in Enterprise Centre

On Friday 27th May at 10.45am, Garda Noel Harrighy will give a talk on safety in the home and community. The talk will take place in the Enterprise Centre.

Everyone is welcome to come along and tea will also be served.

Know Your Rights and Entitlements Talk in Enterprise Centre

As part of the County Monaghan Age Friendly Programme, a talk on “Know Your Rights and Entitlements” will be held in the Enterprise Centre on 18th May at 10.45a.m.

The talk will be given by Aisling Casey; Information Officer with Monaghan Citizens Information.

Talk is free, with a cup of tea.

All welcome.

Green Ribbon “Lets Walk & Talk” Forest Walk at Lough Muckno this Thursday 19th May

The Green Ribbon Campaign is once again teaming up with the IFA, Coillte and Mental Health Ireland for the fourth annual nationwide series of “Let’s Walk and Talk” forest walk. These events are part of Green Ribbon month 2016.

The 2.5km walk in Castleblayney will take place this Thursday 19th May at 7.30pm.  Special guests that will launch the walk will include: Big Tom, Connor McManus, The Hughes Brothers of County Monaghan GAA and Muckno Mania's Wilbert the Pig!

All walks will be family friendly in duration and the route will be led by a forest park ranger. Volunteers will also be present at the event. Everyone is welcome to come along.

For more information and background on this event, please visit: www.greenribbon.ie

Muckno Mania Sprint Triathlon July 2016

Now a staple of the Festival, The Muckno Mania Sprint Triathlon will enter its 8th year this July. The event sees the Black Island, which stages this event, come into its own, hosting professional and amateur athletes alike. The course consists of a 750m swim in Lough Muckno, 18km cycle around the lake and a 5km culmination run through the forest.

In addition to those competing as individuals, the Muckno Mania Triathlon encourages people to participate in teams and relays.

If you would like to take part in the Triathlon and register please visit the link below:

Muckno Mania Trithalon

Muckno Mania’s New "Craft Your Raft" Event

The Muckno Mania Festival is once again fast approaching and with it comes all the fun of previous years. This year sees a number of new events added to the line up, namely; "Craft Your Raft". Although, not dissimilar to past incarnations of such fun as “Float Your Soap” this event has the notable change of seeing participants construct their water vessels on the day, with all offerings then entering the water to complete the course to victory!

This event takes place on Saturday 9th July at 12.30pm at Lough Muckno.

Shane Tyres, Castleblayney, who are sponsoring this event, will also make a generous donation to the chosen charity of the winning team.

The Hills will come Alive in Castleblayney this May!

Iontas Theatre Productions are proud to present their musical “The Hills are Alive”, running from Thursday May 12th until Saturday May 14th.

This musical is based on the real life story of the Von Trapp family, a well-known singing family, before Maria Kutschera arrives as Governess. She eventually marries the children's father; George Von Trapp and under her guidance their fortunes are transformed, leading to great fame, especially in America. This show contains many very well known, much loved tunes and a great evening of song and entertainment is guaranteed!

Tickets are available from the Box Office – 042 9753400. Admission: €14/€12. There will also be a preview night on Thursday May 12th Admission: €10

For more information please visit: www.iontascastleblayney.ie

 

 

 

 

Green Ribbon “Lets Walk & Talk” Forest Walk at Lough Muckno Thursday 19th May

The Green Ribbon Campaign is once again teaming up with the IFA, Coillte and Mental Health Ireland for the fourth annual nationwide series of “Let’s Walk and Talk” forest walk. These events are part of Green Ribbon month 2016.

The walk in Castleblayney will take place on Thursday 19th May at 7.30pm.

All walks will be family friendly in duration and the route will be led by a forest park ranger. Volunteers will also be present at the event. Everyone is welcome to come along.

For more information and background on this event, please visit www.greenribbon.ie

Castleblayney Gardening Club Meeting on Thursday May 5th

On Thursday May 5th, The Castleblayney Gardening Club will once again host a meeting in The Enterprise Centre at 8pm. The guest speaker on the night will be Suzanne Campbell.

The Castleblayney Gardening Club is a group of people from the local and surrounding areas that are interested in all things horticultural! They meet once a month to discuss all aspects of gardening and exchange vital information about gardening and plants. Various guest speakers attend throughout the year, this upcoming night’s speaker is as mentioned above – Suzanne Campbell.

The group also go on annual outings to historic houses and gardens and sometimes occasionally visit various garden centres in the region.

Both old and new members are very welcome!

Blayney Blades Coffee Morning Saturday 7th May

The Blayney Blades will host a coffee morning on Saturday 7th May in the Parish Centre after 11.30pm.

Proceeds will go towards two charities including; Nepal’s Lost Children and St. Patrick’s Parish Soup Kitchen in Dundalk.

The Blayney Blades were established in 1995 to support women and their families. Their aim is to empower, encourage and enable individuals to return to education and therefore employment. They do this through a range of different avenues including training and development, networking and the provision of information. They also hold regular coffee mornings. These mornings raise vital funds for a range of charities and causes.

All support is greatly appreciated, please come along. Alternatively, if you would like to make a donation, these can be left in the Blayney Blades Office. They can be reached on 042 9753410/412, by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can find them on Facebook.

Cake Sale and Coffee Morning Sunday 8th May

On Sunday 8th May from 10.30am – 2pm, there will be a cake sale and coffee morning in the Scout Hall with proceeds going towards The Castleblayney First Responders (CFR).

The Castleblayney First Responders (CFR) formed to provide rapid intervention in relation to health emergencies and incidents.  More information can be found by visiting: https://www.facebook.com/BlayneyCFR

All support is greatly appreciated.

 

Local History Meeting to Resume this Thursday 28th April

The meeting of the local Castleblayney History group will resume this Thursday 28th April in the Enterprise Centre at 10.45am.

The theme and topic for short talk this week will be “Canon James O' Daly” amongst others.

These meetings have become a very popular and much anticipated monthly event. They offer a slice of historical life for Castleblayney and its inhabitants, who are treated to wonderful stories of days gone by and fascinating tales of yore.  

With insightful, informative and factual anecdotes that weave within them the town’s rich history, everyone is welcome to come along.

There will be tea and coffee served and everyone is welcome.

St. Mary’s Hospital Car Boot Sale Saturday 7th May

On Saturday 7th May, St. Mary’s Hospital Castleblayney will hold a Car Boot Sale from 9am-2pm.

So, sellers come along to sell your unwanted wares and buyers please come along and maybe find a few bargains!

St. Mary’s Hospital is a Residential and Day Care setting. It caters for many individuals including, Convalescence, Rehabilitation, Palliative, Respite and Extended Care.

The proceeds of the day’s event will go towards the Patient Comfort Fund. All support is greatly appreciated.

Muckno Mania Festival 7th -10th July 2016

2016 will see the Muckno Mania Festival enter its 18th year and it promises all the fun and intrigue we have all come to expect from such an interactive and diverse festival over the years.

This year Muckno Mania is going Country and Western! With the town’s natural affinity for and its heritage steeped in Country and Western music, it seemed only apt that we should dedicate the theme to it.

The four day event that will begin on Thursday 7th of July has become one of the most anticipated annual festivals in the North East. Emphasis on family entertainment and focus on the arts ensure the festivals success and popularity.

Much preparation is going on behind the scenes and there are already some new additions to this year’s line up, among them are; Jiving Workshops, Craft Your Raft and a Big Country Night on Saturday 9th July.

Added to this are exciting plans to attempt another Guinness World Record and therefore extend our total to four successful records.

More details will be available soon.

Muckno Parish Building Fund Annual 5k Fun Run/ Walk Saturday 30th April

On Saturday 30th April at 3pm The Muckno Parish Building Fund will hold their annual sponsored fun run and walk. The walk/run will commence at St. Mary’s Church Castleblayney and proceed to St. Patrick’s Church Oram. Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the day. A bus will be provided for the return journey also.

This event is in aid of The Muckno Parish Renovation Fund which incorporates a whole host of fundraising events for major restorations works to both churches within the Parish of Muckno – St. Mary’s Church Castleblayney and St. Patrick’s Church Oram. All contributions are greatly appreciated.

If you would like to obtain sponsor cards or indeed for any more information on this event please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,call 042 9740027 or visit www.mucknoparish.ie

Muckno Parish Building Fund Presents Gospel and Country Farewell Concert

Muckno Parish Building Fund will present a Gospel and Country Farewell in St. Mary’s Church Castleblayney. Big Tom, Margo, Marty Mone and Johnny Brady will take to the stage on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May for this concert that will mark the closure of the church for renovations.

This event is in aid of The Muckno Parish Renovation Fund which incorporates a whole host of fundraising events for major restorations works to both churches within the Parish of Muckno – St. Mary’s Church Castleblayney and St. Patrick’s Church Oram. All contributions are greatly appreciated.

Tickets are €20 and are available from the Parish Centre, Declan Loughman Sports, McMahon’s Super Valu and Rooney’s Shop, Oram.

For more information please visit www.mucknoparish.ie

Castleblayney Host Crucial Division 1 Monaghan v. Donegal Football Game

The local Castleblayney Faughs Club played host to a must win National League Division 1 game at their grounds on Sunday last, at which Monaghan’s place in Division 1 was decided.

In an exciting, closely contested game, the homeside managed a one point win, which, alongside a win by Derry on the same day over Cork, now sees both Cork and Derry relegated to Division 2 and Monaghan survive Division 1.

Compliments must also go to the Faughs Club for hosting the game on their grounds. The assistance of stewards ensured a great day where all the focus could be placed on the game itself. Well done to all involved.

Final score: Monaghan 1-10 Donegal 1-09

Monaghan: R Beggan; C Walshe (0-01), D Wylie, R Wylie; D Mone, F Kelly, K O’Connell; N McAdam, D Hughes (0-01); V Corey, D Malone, K Hughes; R McAnespie (0-01), D McKenna (1-01), C McManus (0-06, 5f).

Subs: T Kerr for Mone (47), O Duffy for Malone (53), C McCarthy for McKenna (59)

Iontas Theatre Presents Sounds of Our Land; A 1916 Commemorative Event

South Monaghan Arts present “Sounds of Our Land” in Iontas Theatre, Castleblayney on 10th April at 8.00pm. This event will celebrate the musical and cultural heritage of 1916 and also the century thereafter.

The show will bring together some of Monaghan’s finest musical talent and all works performed on the night will be arrangements by Irish composers and songwriters of the last century.

Cantamus Chamber Choir, The Farney Singers, Pat Cotter's Children's Choir, Steadfast Brass Band, Fr. McNally Chamber Orchestra, Carrickmacross Comhaltas, Liebe Kelly, Cormuin O'Raghallaigh, Barry Jay Hughes and many more...

Adm. €13. Concession €11

For more information please visit www.iontascastleblayney.ie

The All Ireland Confined Drama Festival Finals April 15th - 23rd

 

Hosted by the Castleblayney Drama Festival Committee, the All Ireland Confined Drama Finals 2016 will take place on the 15th -23rd April in Iontas Arts and Community Resource Centre. The full length confined All-Ireland Drama Festival rotates around the provinces and Castleblayney (Ulster) has been chosen as the venue in 2016.

Castleblayney Drama Festival has been serving the local community for 27 years. In 1989, the first festival was held in the Gatehouse arts Theatre, then moving to Our Lady’s Concert Hall, before settling in their eventual home in 2005, in the Iontas Theatre.

The Drama Festival Committee welcome everyone interested in drama to come along and enjoy the 2016 All Ireland Confined Finals at the theatre.

You can support the festival by becoming a FRIEND for €25, which also offers one complimentary ticket. To do this please contact Mary at the Festival Office in the Enterprise Centre, Castleblayney – 042 9746087.

All plays will be announced on Saturday 9th April 2016 at 3.00pm in the Iontas Theatre Reception area. Everyone is very welcome, so please come along.

Monaghan v Donegal, St. Mary’s Park Castleblayney, Sunday April 3rd at 2pm

With the Monaghan v Donegal game in the Allianz Football League confirmed for St Mary’s Park on Sunday April 3rd at 2pm, we wish Monaghan the very best of luck.

This will be a big undertaking for the local Faughs Club who will have a full team of stewards and helpers at the ready for Sunday.

This is a must win game for Monaghan who, after the last four defeats by Dublin, Mayo, Cork and Kerry, now look in danger of dropping to Division 2 Football next year.

Much of the local interest for Sunday’s game will focus on Faughs’ player Dermot Malone who has been outstanding for Monaghan in all League games so far.

For those travelling to the big game on Sunday, but who may not be familiar with the town of Castleblayney, we have attached a map. The map shows all routes into the town, available parking and most importantly, St. Marys Park – the venue for the big game!

For more information, please visit www.castleblayneyfaughs.com

Local History Meeting This Thursday 31st March

The meeting of the local Castleblayney History group will resume this Thursday 31stth March in the Enterprise Centre at 10.30am.

The theme for this week will be “Shops and Businesses in Castleblayney

These meetings have become a very popular and much anticipated monthly event. They offer a slice of historical life for Castleblayney and its inhabitants, who are treated to wonderful stories of days gone by and fascinating tales of yore.   With insightful, informative and factual anecdotes that weave within them the town’s rich history, everyone is welcome to come along.

There will be tea and coffee served and everyone is welcome.

Launch of Community Garden of Remembrance

The Cathaoirleach of Monaghan County Council, Cllr Noel Keelan (Carrickmacross) and the Cathaoirleach of the Carrickmacross/Castleblayney Municipal District Council, Cllr. P.J. O’Hanlon (Carrickmacross) headed a list of local authority dignitaries at the official launch of a Community Garden of Remembrance in Castleblayney on Monday afternoon last.
The project, undertaken by the Municipal District Council in conjunction with Castleblayney Tidy Towns Committee, led to the creation of a tiny but picturesque ornamental garden which will serve as an ideal respite area, just off Church Street, in the shadow of St. Maeldoid’s Parish Church.

The area is steeped in history and the garden site at Barney’s Green, where an appropriate wall plaque to commemorate the 1916 Rising, is set adjacent to the special permanent seating provided.

The Tricolour was on display and prior to the launch, local Uileann pipers Peter Coyle and Lilianne Coyle provided some very appropriate music for the occasion. The Cathaoirleach of Monaghan; Co. Council Cllr. Keelan and Cathaoirleach of the Municipal District Council, Cllr. O’Hanlon, were joined by all the members of the municipal body; Cllrs Aidan Campbell,  Padraig McNally, Colm Carthy,  and Jackie Crowe. Also present were Ms. Frances Matthews, Carrickmacross, co-ordinator of the Municipal Authority; Very Rev. Fr. Pat McHugh, P.P., Castleblayney; Mr. Pat Merrick, Chairman of Blayney Tidy Towns’ Committee; Mr. Raymond McHugh, Principal of St. Macarten’s College, Monaghan; Ms. Janet Hill, Hon. Treasurer, Castleblayney Show Society; Mr. Tommy McGuire, Manager, Castleblayney Community Enterprise Centre; and some other representatives of local voluntary community groups and schools.

Addressing the assembled crowd, prior to the launch of the Remembrance Garden, Cllr O’Hanlon, recalled that he had presided at the launch of a similar ceremony earlier in the day with the creation of another remembrance garden in Carrickmacross.
Cllr O’Hanlon spoke of the tremendous amount that can be achieved by communities coming together in such worthwhile projects and he commended the various voluntary groups involved in the hugely impressive Blayney garden, including the local Tidy Towns’ Committee.

Cllr. O’Hanlon struck a sentimental note in declaring that all who came to the Blayney Garden in Barney’s Green could spare a thought for all those who came from the immediate area in the town’s bygone era.
He also commended his colleagues on the local authority and the various municipal district council officials who had provided great assistance and support for the Remembrance Garden projects.

Amid applause, the tape-cutting ceremony was carried out by local residents, Barney and Vincent McDonald, whose family links remain with the special garden.
The project, which attracted huge local interest in the area, marking the 100th centenary of the 1916 Rising, was  support-funded by Ireland 2016 Community Initiative Fund and Monaghan County Council in conjunction with Carrickmacross/Castleblayney Municipal District Council  and Castleblayney Tidy Towns’ Committee.

All photos courtesy of Mary Byrne.

Flag Raising Ceremony in Castleblayney to Mark 1916 Centenary Commemorations

To coincide with the 1916 centenary celebrations and commemorations that are taking place countrywide this week the Carrickmacross-Castleblayney Municipal District have organised duel flag raising ceremonies in both Castleblayney and Carrickmacross on Easter Sunday the 27th of March, 2016.

In Castleblayney, at 12 noon, outside the Scout Hall in Castleblayney two students from Castleblayney College Kyle Mc Gee and Colin Gorman and two students from Our Lady’s Secondary SchoolFrank Connolly and Orlaith Maguire will assist with reading the Proclamation. The tri-colour will then be raised by the Municipal District Mayor Cllr. P.J. O’Hanlon.

Everyone welcome and refreshments and music will be provided in the Scout Hall following this historical event.

Garda Intercultural Event in Iontas, Castleblayney, on Sunday 20th March

On Sunday afternoon last, Iontas, Castleblayney came alive to the sound of music and dance, performed by a host of multinationals who now live in the Castleblayney, Carrickmacross and Ballybay areas of Co. Monaghan.

Women, men and children from the countries of Brazil, China, Congo, Egypt, Hungry, India, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia and Sri Lanka represented their countries.

Each country present had brought along a selection of their country’s traditional food. Our Lady’s Secondary School Traditional Irish musicians entertained the crowd while they sampled the wonderful international selection.   Local artists from China and Poland displayed their beautiful art work. Traditional dress was also worn, which made the afternoon one of the most colourful ever held in Castleblayney.

The afternoon’s entertainment commenced with pupils from nine nationalities, who attend Scoil Na gCailini, Castleblayney. They sang a group song, followed by soloists from China and Latvia and groups who entertained with Polish and Irish dancing.

Further performances included traditional Irish music, hip-hop dancing groups, World Champion line dancers, Indian and Congolese dances. Superintendent Alan Cunningham, Carrickmacross played the accordion and Gardai Frances and Pat Merrick performed a Salsa dance.

Councillors from Castleblayney and Carrickmacross who attended complimented the Gardai and deemed the afternoon a fantastic success.

Superintendent Alan Cunningham stated that such an event was a marvellous opportunity to acknowledge, share and celebrate the diversity that now exists within the local community. He also went on to say that it was the role of the Gardai to serve all persons in society irrespective of their culture and encouraged all those present to engage with their local Gardai and seek their assistance when required.

He congratulated Garda Frances Merrick, Castleblayney and Garda Caroline Leonard, Carrickmacross who organised the event and were assisted on the day by Sgt. Ken Coughlan, Garda Pat Merrick and Garda Tracy Donaghy, Annmarie McHugh and students from Our Lady’s Secondary School and Castleblayney College.

Community and Environment Grants Scheme

monaghancoco logoCommunity and Environment Funding Scheme 2016
Monaghan County Council is committed to supporting local communities to promote, enhance and develop their local area. This commitment is supported by the annual Community and Environment Funding Scheme.
We are now inviting applications for the 2016 funding scheme.
The Municipal Districts, Community Development, Housing and Environment sections funds have been amalgamated for 2016. This process will allow community groups to maximise funding available to them and to ensure all community groups, residents committees and Tidy Towns groups throughout the county are supported in their voluntary activities.

Funding is available under three distinct measures.
Measure One: Community Infrastructure Supports
The Community Infrastructure Supports measure aims to develop and enhance local community facilities and amenities in county Monaghan.
Measure Two: Community Development Supports
The Community Development Supports measure aims to support local communities to promote and encourage community participation and engagement throughout the county.
Measure Three: Environmental Supports
The Environmental Supports measure aims to support local communities, residents committees and tidy towns groups to deliver projects that enhance the appearance and improve the quality of the environment in their area.

Guidelines on criteria and application forms for the new Community and Environment Funding Scheme are available by contacting: Fionnuala Mulligan Monaghan County Council, Community and Enterprise section on 047 73720 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

To download application forms and get more information, click on the link below:
Monaghan County Council

Closing Date for receipt of applications is Friday April 1st 2016 at 5pm
Late Applications will not be Accepted

Carrickmacross-Castleblayney Municipal District Commemoration Launch

In conjunction with Castleblayney Tidy Towns, the Carrickmacross/ Castleblayney Municipal District will today, 21st March, at 1.30pm, launch the Community Garden of Remembrance at Barney’s Green, Church Street, Castleblayney.

This event is as part of the 1916 Commemoration proceedings that will take place across the country in the coming days and week.

Everyone is welcome to come along.

All Ireland Confined Drama Finals 2016

Hosted by the Castleblayney Drama Festival Committee, the All Ireland Confined Drama Finals 2016 will take place on the 15th -23rd April in Iontas Arts and Community Resource Centre.  The full length confined All-Ireland Drama Festival rotates around the provinces and Castleblayney (Ulster) has been chosen as the venue in 2016. 

Castleblayney Drama Festival has been serving the local community for 27 years.  In 1989, the first festival was held in the Gatehouse arts Theatre, then moving to Our Lady’s Concert Hall, before settling in their eventual home in 2005, in the Iontas Theatre. The full length confined All-Ireland Drama Festival rotates around the provinces and Castleblayney (Ulster) has been chosen as the venue in 2016.

The Drama Festival Committee welcome everyone interested in drama to come along and enjoy the 2016 All Ireland Confined Finals at the theatre.

You can support the festival by becoming a FRIEND for €25, which also offers one complimentary ticket.  To do this please contact Mary at the Festival Office in the Enterprise Centre, Castleblayney – 042 9746087.

All plays will be announced on Saturday 9th April 2016 at 3.00pm in the Iontas Theatre Reception area.  Everyone is very welcome, so please come along.

 

Upcoming Events at Iontas this March & April

Iontas Theatre, Castleblayney, has some exciting events coming up this March and April. There is an eclectic mix of both film and music, so there is sure to be something for everyone!

As part of the Film Club, first up we have the "The Heart Pounding story of a British Soldier left behind." in ’71.       

’71 on Wednesday 23rd March 8 p.m.Admission is: €7  1971, and the conflict in Northern Ireland is escalating towards civil war. Young English recruit Gary is called into action in Belfast. The situation in the city is confusing and challenging – even for experienced military commanders. Gary and a fellow soldier follow the thief who disappears into the crowd. Suddenly Gary is having to fend for himself alone in the midst of enemy territory. His journey back to his base that night is an odyssey filled with uncertainty, fear and desperation.

For traditional and country music fans alike there is a real treat in store with both Sharon Shannon and Philomena Begley and Ray Lynam who play in April.

 Sharon Shannon on Friday 8th April at 8.30p.m.Admission is: €22  Sharon Shannon has music at her fingertips….literally! She is at the head of a list of Irish musicians spearheading a broadening of the traditional music horizons & is coming to Íontas on April 8th!

Philomena Begley and Ray Lynam on Saturday 9th April 8 30pm.Admission is: €26 Come and see the Queen of Irish Country musicPhilomena Begleyand Ray Lynam this April! Begley has regularly toured with Ray Lynam since 1975 and they have recorded many duets together. The pair are back again with the unmissable 'Two of Us' tour. Special Guests Aidan Quinn and Ireland's New Country Star Cliona Hagan.

Sounds of Our Land on Sunday 10th April at 8 pm. Admission is: €13/11. This event celebrates the musical and cultural heritage of 1916 and the century that followed. Bringing together some of Monaghan’s finest musical practitioners all works performed will be compositions or arrangements by Irish composers/songwriters from the last century.

Primary Schools Across Ireland to Participate in the “Flags for Schools” Initiative

All primary schools across the country will participate in the “Flags for Schools” initiative today, 15th March, Proclamation Day, which is also known as the 1916 Proclamation or the Easter Proclamation.

Each school has received the National flag and a copy of the Proclamation delivered by members of the Defence Forces over the past months, in advance of the 1916 Commemorations.

In ceremonies all across Ireland the Irish flag will be raised and readings of the Proclamation for a new generation, that reflects the values, aspirations and ideals of this theis the generation of 2016, will also be heard.

Primary schools throughout Castleblayney and surrounding areas will be taking part in this historic event that happens once in a generation.

The aim of this initiative is to remember all those who fought in 1916. It recognises their sacrifice so that the flag could be flown by the Irish people and so Ireland could take its place amongst the free nations of the world.           

 

Public Consultation Day - Preliminary Flood Risk Management Options for the Carrickmacross and Inniskeen Area

RPS, who are conducting the North Western – Neagh Bann CFRAM Study on behalf of the OPW and with the support of Monaghan County Council, have produced Preliminary Flood Risk Management Options for the Carrickmacross and Inniskeen areas in County Monaghan.

To provide an opportunity for all interested persons to view and comment on these options, a Public Consultation Day will be held at the Civic Office, Riverside Road, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan from 1.00pm to 7.00pm on Wednesday 16th March 2016.  Members of the North Western – Neagh Bann CFRAM Study project team will be available to discuss and explain the flood risk management options to all attending on the day. 

The flood risk management options will be on display on the date stated and will also be accessible on the Study website www.northwestcframstudy.ie from that date.  Interested persons may provide observations on the options at the public consultation event and/or through the Study website.

Muckno John Paul II Awards Group to Host St. Patrick's Day Coffee Morning

On St. Patrick’s day, 17th March, the Muckno John Paul II Awards Group will host a fundraising coffee morning in the Scout Hall, Castleblayney from 10.30am – 12.30pm.

The Pope John Paul II award is dedicated to the memory of the late Pope John Paul II and allows young individuals to become more active and involved in their respective parishes and communities.

Please come along for tea/coffee and a chat.

The All Ireland Confined Drama Festival Finals 2016

Hosted by the Castleblayney Drama Festival Committee, the All Ireland Confined Drama Finals 2016 will take place on the 15th -23rd April in Iontas Arts and Community Resource Centre.  The full length confined All-Ireland Drama Festival rotates around the provinces and Castleblayney (Ulster) has been chosen as the venue in 2016.  

Castleblayney Drama Festival has been serving the local community for 27 years.  In 1989, the first festival was held in the Gatehouse arts Theatre, then moving to Our Lady’s Concert Hall, before settling in their eventual home in 2005, in the Iontas Theatre. The full length confined All-Ireland Drama Festival rotates around the provinces and Castleblayney (Ulster) has been chosen as the venue in 2016.

The Drama Festival Committee welcome everyone interested in drama to come along and enjoy the 2016 All Ireland Confined Finals at the theatre.

You can support the festival by becoming a FRIEND for €25, which also offers one complimentary ticket.  To do this please contact Mary at the Festival Office in the Enterprise Centre, Castleblayney – 042 9746087.

All plays will be announced on Saturday 9th April 2016 at 3.00pm in the Iontas Theatre Reception area.  Everyone is very welcome, so please come along.

Daffodil Day Friday 11th March 2016

The 29th Daffodil Day will take place on Friday 11th March 2016. Daffodil Day is the biggest and the longest running fundraising event for the Irish Cancer Society.

On the day thousands of volunteers will sell daffodil pins and flowers all around Ireland in order to raise money for the free, nationwide services for all those individuals and families who are affected by cancer in any way in Ireland.

Every donation truly makes a difference so if you can, please come along and support this cause.

Established in 1989, The Castleblayney Cancer Society is a voluntary, non-profit organisation that endeavours to support anyone experiencing cancer through financial aid and also emotional support.

Volunteers Needed for Castleblayney Tidy Towns Campaign

Can you spare an hour a week to volunteer for this year’s Castleblayney Tidy Towns campaign?

An information meeting will be held on Monday 7th March at 7.30pm in Castleblayney Enterprise Centre.

Help is needed in all areas; including grass cutting, litter picking, painting, planting etc. If you can help out with this campaign, please come along.

Castleblayney Tidy Towns are a committee dedicated to improving the local environment in our community. They do this by working with the local authority, local businesses, local residents groups, local schools and individuals, so as to create a clean, safe place to live and work for future generations.

The three primary goals for the Committee include; assisting with environmental improvements for the town in the hope and goal that this will benefit the social, environmental and economic well being of the community as a whole. There is also an aim to develop and form strong partnerships with all stakeholders in the community to further enhance our environmental quality. The Committee as a whole use every available opportunity to foster awareness of the need to protect our environment for the good of all.

 

First Saturday Coffee Morning this Saturday 5th March

The Blayney Blades will host their First Saturday Coffee Morning this Saturday 5th March in the Parish Centre after 11am Mass.

The proceeds of the morning will go towards easing the poverty in Nigeria.

All support is greatly appreciated and everyone is welcome to come along. For anyone unable to attend, but still wishes to make a donation to the fund, please call into the Blayney Blades Office.

The Blayney Blades were established in 1995 to support women and their families. Their aim is to empower, encourage and enable individuals to return to education and therefore employment. They do this through a range of different avenues including training and development, networking and the provision of information. They also hold regular coffee mornings. These mornings raise vital funds for a range of charities and causes.

Upcoming Plays in Iontas this March

Íontas Theatre, Castleblayney have some exciting new plays coming up this March, starting with: Nobody’s Talking to Me. This rip-roaring comedy sees Tommy Marren bring to life his follow-up to the hilarious “It’s The Real McCoy”. Prepare yourself for another night of continuous laughter as Nobody’s Talking to Me hits the stage on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th March at 8.30pm!Adm. €22/€20.

Next up on Sunday 6th March at 4pm is Monday’s Child. It's back! Another chance to see this delightful play for children aged 4 – 8yrs and their families, especially the older generations.Monday's Child tells the simple poetic story of the unique bond between a little girl and an older woman suffering memory loss. This play has wowed both adults and children alike. Adm. €5. Family of four €16.

On Friday 11th March 8.30pm we have the classic Of Mice and Men. Rail Theatre will bring this classic text to life with a special production that is ideal for Junior Cert students and lovers of drama! This is a story of resilience in the face of adversity. John Steinbeck's Nobel Prize winning, classic novel, comes to Íontas Theatre on Friday 11th March 8.30pm Adm. €16/€14.

For more information and details of these plays please visit www.iontascastleblayney.ie

Carrickmacross St. Patrick's Day Parade 2016

st patricks day2We are still taking names of any organisations, businesses, bands etc. who wish to take part in this years’ fun,
so if you’re interested don’t delay in getting your name in!!

This year’s parade is set to be one of the biggest in the North East

If you wish to take part, please contact the Carrickmacross – Castleblayney Municipal District office on 042 9661236 or alternatively email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Blayney to Beaumont to Blayney Charity Cycle this July

On Sunday July 3rd 2016 the much anticipated Blayney to Beaumont to Blayney cycle will take place. Starting at 7am the 210km leisure cycle will begin. Participants will leave Castleblayney en route to the Beaumont Hospital and then arrive back in Castleblayney at 7pm the same day.

The aim of this event is to raise vital funds that will go to Castleblayney Cancer Society and also The Irish Cancer Society.

More information on this event is available on the dedicated Facebook page for this event – “Blayney 2 Beaumont 2 Blayney Charity Cycle 3/7/16”

Training Opportunities for Retailers and Businesses

Castleblayney Regeneration Committee have organised the following retail development courses. These are available through Castleblayney Enterprise Centre.

The courses will cover various subject areas, with a strong focus on encouraging growth in your business, examining all facets of the business environment.

The courses available include:

Marketing Tools for Retailers February 23rd with James Burke 18.30pm – 21.30pm

This class will be delivered by James Burke and will cover the various avenues open to businesses and ways in which they can improve communication whilst also promoting their business to a wider audience.

Some areas to be discussed will include, text marketing, leaflet distribution, free PR and word of mouth marketing.

Developing Retail Sales Growth March 15th with James Burke 18.30pm – 21.30pm

The focus of this course will be on the critical role the business owner plays in driving sales. Some important areas to be looked at in detail will include the following: creating a target driven sales culture within the business, how to start the sales growth cycle/simple tips for growing your sales, driving new sales into the business, understanding the role of the business owner and harnessing the staff element of sales growth.

These courses are FREE and are open to retail businesses within the Castleblayney and Ballybay areas.

A full detailed list of courses can be found here: http://www.castleblayney.ie/index.php/castleblayney-regeneration. To book your place please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can also contact Leona on 042 9746087.

These courses are specifically designed and developed to assist businesses in meeting their full potential within the community. They target business owners and aim to give them the tools and knowledge needed to flourish in the current climate.

Please note course places are limited.

Castleblayney Players Present The Salvage Shop by Jim Nolan

Castleblayney Players are ready to go on tour with their production of The Salvage Shop by Jim Nolan.

The play will open in Iontas Theatre this week for local audiences and will be performed for 3 nights: Thursday 11th, Friday 12th & Saturday 13th February at 8.30pm. 

Aidan Mc Quillan, who has directed and appeared in many of the group’s productions, is this year’s Director. The cast consists of other well known faces Francis Gerard Duffy, Roraidh Irwin, Pauline Clarke, Nicky Hore, Jim O’Neill and, newcomer to the group, Sabrina Beggan. In addition there is the backstage crew, without whom no play can get to the stage, Paul O’Neill, Carmel Allen, Emma Duffy, Eoin Ward, Mickey Carroll & Ronan Duffy.

The writer, Jim Nolan, is from Co.Waterford and has written a powerful story about a family in a small Irish town where the local Brass Band is central to the community and to the family. Tension builds among the family members and close friends as old family arguments boil up from the past. Jim Nolan portrays a family, and community, full of rivalries, politics but also love. Central to the play is the beautiful music of Verdi, Strauss, Bellini, Donezetti and the voice of Luchiano Pavorotti.

Following the performances in Iontas the group will be going on tour, to include the Festival Circuit, in a number of venues in Counties Monaghan, Cavan, Tyrone, Leitrim and Donegal.

You can check us out on facebook ‘Castleblayney Players’.

Pancake Tuesday Fundraiser Today 9th February

Pancake Tuesday is here again and today 9th February Blackhill GFC will host the annual Pancake Tuesday Fundraiser from 9am – 9pm.

All donations from this event will go to Castleblayney Cancer Society and Castleblayney Access and Genomic Sequencing Equipment, Mater Hospital.

There will also be a raffle at 9.30pm and a special guest appearance from Margo! So come along and enjoy the fun of the day!

For more details please contact, Anne 086 0824695 and Patricia on 087 9422752

Coffee Morning in Iontas 14th February

In just a few months time, Ciara Lynch will run the London Marathon. As part of the fundraising for this event, a coffee morning will be held in Iontas, Castleblayney on the 14th February from 9.30am – 1.30pm.

Proceeds from the morning will go to both the Castleblayney Cancer Society and also Great Ormond Street.

All support is greatly appreciated, so come along to enjoy a coffee and a chat whilst supporting these causes.

30 Day Challenge Raises €4250 for Local Charities

The popular 30 Day Challenge organised by Castleblayney Faughs and its members – Tom Miller, Glenn Murphy and Jazza Hughes, has raised an impressive €4250 for local charities.

Every evening at 6.30pm and Saturday and Sunday mornings; participants met at St. Mary's Park, Castleblayney in an effort to get fit and raise vital funds for the charities outlined below.

The money was distributed and presented to the following:

€1000 – Castleblayney Cancer Society

€1000 – Castleblayney Trust

€500 – Castleblayney St. Vincent de Paul

€500 – Castleblayney Youth Café

€500 Carrickmacross So Sad

€500 – Ceejay Fund

€250 – Teenage Injury Fund

A big congratulations to everyone involved and to all those who took part in such a wonderful initiative. All those early mornings and wintery evenings were more than worth it, as, not only was a huge amount of money raised, but team spirit prevailed, as the community came together in spectacular style. Well done!

Blayney Blades First Saturday Coffee Morning This Saturday 6th February

The Blayney Blades will host their First Saturday Coffee Morning this Saturday 6th February in the Parish Centre, Castleblayney.

The Blayney Blades were established in 1995 to support women and their families. Their aim is to empower, encourage and enable individuals to return to education and therefore employment. They do this through a range of different avenues including training and development, networking and the provision of information. They also hold regular coffee mornings. These mornings raise vital funds for a range of charities and causes.

All support is greatly appreciated, please come along. Alternatively, if you would like to make a donation, these can be left in the Blayney Blades Office. They can be reached on 042 9753410/412, by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can find them on Facebook.

Interested in the Good Life?! Allotments still available at Drumillard Castleblayney!

This is an exciting opportunity to grow your own vegetables/flowers and is now available right here in Castleblayney. One which will provide an improved quality of life, an enjoyable hobby and of course the main incentive – low cost, high quality foods!

Allotments of various sizes are now available at Eagle Ridge Community Gardens Drumillard, Castleblayney. There are a limited number of small and medium sized, low cost allotments available for rent.

For more information, please contact: 087 2167890

Allotments, while practical, also offer many other benefits to society. An organisation based in Luxembourg that represents three million European Allotment Gardens since 1926, have hailed the socio-cultural and economic functions of allotments gardens. They also represent an opportunity for learning and contact with nature.

So whether you are a novice or a keen gardener, why not try growing your own!!

Training Opportunities for Retailers and Businesses

Castleblayney Regeneration Committee have organised a range of retail development courses that are available through Castleblayney Enterprise Centre.

The courses will cover various subject areas, with a strong focus on encouraging growth in your business, examining all facets of the business environment.

The courses available include:

  • Developing Retail Sales Growth January 26th with James Burke
  • Customer Service February 9th with Keith Harford
  • Marketing Tools for Retailers February 23rd with James Burke

These courses are FREE and are open to retail businesses within the Castleblayney and Ballybay areas.

A full detailed list of courses can be found here: http://castleblayney.ie/index.php/castleblayney-regeneration To book your place please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can also contact Leona on 042 9746087.

These courses are specifically designed and developed to assist businesses in meeting their full potential within the community. They target business owners and aim to give them the tools and knowledge needed to flourish in the current climate.

Please note course places are limited.

Castleblayney Players – The Salvage Shop

Castleblayney Players are ready to go on tour with their production of The Salvage Shop by Jim Nolan.

The play will open in Iontas Theatre for local audiences and will be performed for 3 nights: Thursday 11th, Friday 12th & Saturday 13th February at 8.30pm. 

Aidan Mc Quillan, who has directed and appeared in many of the group’s productions, is this year’s Director. The cast consists of other well known faces Francis Gerard Duffy, Roraidh Irwin, Pauline Clarke, Nicky Hore, Jim O’Neill and, newcomer to the group, Sabrina Beggan. In addition there is the backstage crew, without whom no play can get to the stage, Paul O’Neill, Carmel Allen, Emma Duffy, Eoin Ward, Mickey Carroll & Ronan Duffy.

The writer, Jim Nolan, is from Co.Waterford and has written a powerful story about a family in a small Irish town where the local Brass Band is central to the community and to the family. Tension builds among the family members and close friends as old family arguments boil up from the past. Jim Nolan portrays a family, and community, full of rivalries, politics but also love. Central to the play is the beautiful music of Verdi, Strauss, Bellini, Donezetti and the voice of Luchiano Pavorotti.

Following the performances in Iontas the group will be going on tour, to include the Festival Circuit, in a number of venues in Counties Monaghan, Cavan, Tyrone, Leitrim and Donegal.

You can check us out on facebook ‘Castleblayney Players’.

 

Muckno Parish Building Fund Bowling Classic this February in GR8

This February 22nd -26th Muckno Parish will once again host their popular Bowling Classic in aid of The Muckno Parish Building Fund.

All this will take place in GR8, Castleblayney where the top five teams will play in the grand final on Friday 26th February at 8pm. A team of four will cost €50 and here, only the top three scores will count.

Prizes at the event include €100 voucher for the Old Coach Inn & Restaurant on each night and there will also be a grand final prize of €500.

For all bookings at GR8 please contact 042 9749955

This event is in aid of The Muckno Parish Renovation Fund which incorporates a whole host of fundraising events for major restoration works to both churches within the Parish of Muckno – St. Mary’s Church Castleblayney and St. Patrick’s Church Oram. All contributions are greatly appreciated.

For more information please visit www.mucknoparish.ie

Castleblayney College Presents The Addams Family!

Castleblayney College will present their interpretation of the popular stage show in the Monaghan premier of The Addams Family the musical in Iontas, Castleblayney this January Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd at 8pm.

This ghoulish play is one not to be missed, and tickets on sale now and are also available from the school reception Admission: €10/€8.

Blayney Blades Upcoming Events for 2016

The Blayney Blades have started 2016 with a full schedule of events, some of which are outlined below.  A full list of these can be found in their new 2016 brochure, will is available now. For a brochure call in or phone 042 9753410/411/412

You can email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can also find us on Facebook.

Some upcoming events commencing in January are listed below.

Book Club: Monday 11th January (monthly) at 10.30am. Fee: €2 Light refreshments served.

Monday Night Talk: “Think Ahead” Monday 11th January. This talk will help with guidance for people on planning for end of life.Registration: 7.45pm. Talk will commence at 8pm.Fee: Members-€3, Non-members-€5.

Coderdojo: Saturday 9th January and every Saturday until 19th March from 12 noon-2pm. CoderDojo is a global movement of free, volunteer led, community based programming clubs for young people.

For further information please contact Sandra 087 7410272

Crochet Classes: Tuesday 12th January 2pm - 3.30pm. Fee is €30 for 6 classes or €6 per week.

Knitting & Crochet Club: Wednesday 13th Jan and every Wednesday 10.30 am –12.30pm €2 pay as you go.

Yoga: Wednesday 13th January and every Wednesday 10.30am –12pm, €7 pay as you go.

Health, Wellbeing & Tai Chi: Thursday 14thJanuary from 2 –4pm and every Thursday, €6 pay as you go.

Pilates: Thursday 14th January 7.30 - 8.30pm, €7 pay as you go. Pilates: Friday 15th January10.30-11.30am, €7 pay as you go.

New members always welcome.

The Blayney Blades were established in 1995 to support women and their families. Their aim is to empower, encourage and enable individuals to return to education and therefore employment. They do this through a range of different avenues including training and development, networking and the provision of information. They also hold coffee mornings on the first Thursday of every month. These mornings raise vital funds for a range of charities and causes.

Training at Castleblayney Enterprise Centre 2016

There is a wide variety of courses and training opportunities on offer in Castleblayney Enterprise Centre for 2016. The training in the centre focuses on quality of training to groups in small numbers. This therefore means that places are limited. The centre offers high quality training facilities at reasonable rates and provides an ideal learning environment for the level of training required.

Click Here to go to Castleblayney Training Centre and the full schedule of Courses for 2016.

Courses on offer include: Equalskills (Beginners Computers), Intermediate Computers, ECDL, ECDL Walk-in Tests, Digital Photography, Photoshop, Smartphone and Tablet Workshops, Facebook (for Business/Groups) Workshop, Skype and Twitter Workshops, BenefIT 4, Farm Accounts, Knapsack Training (Pesticide Application Training), Boom Training, Safepass, EHOA (Basic Food Safety Awareness), HACCP Level 2 and 3, Manual Handling Training, Patient Handling Training, 3 Day Occupational First Aid, 1 Day Occupational First Aid, Basic First Aid, Abrasive Wheel Trianing, Fire Safety Training, Basic Life Support, Manual Handling Instructor Training.

There are also a number of FREE courses running in the centre. These include: Developing Retail Sales Growth, Customer Service and also Marketing Tools for Retailers. These are currently available for businesses in the Castleblayney and Ballybay areas only.

For more information and a detailed description on any of these courses please visit: Castleblayney Training Centre

You can also contact: Leona McEnroe at Castleblayney Training Centre on 042-9746087 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cavan Monaghan Healthy Families Programme

Castleblayney is to host a healthy families programme this January.  The programme will be held in the Child Well-Being Centre and will run from January 19th - March 8th.

Cavan Monaghan Healthy Families is a fun free exciting new initiative aimed at helping families become more healthy and physically active.

At Healthy Families we target families who have children aged between 8-11 years old, who may be above their ideal weight. To identify if your child is above their ideal weight you can contact your local G.P./Public Health Nurse or the Programme Coordinator of Healthy Families Rachael at 04739029.

Healthy Families is an exciting 8 week boot camp which involves the whole family learning about healthy eating through interactive workshops and getting more physically active. During the programme the families take part in a cookery session, supermarket tour and other exciting activities. Facilitating the 8 week programme we have a team of Health Professionals who are available at any time to answer any of your queries or questions. These professionals include Physical Activity Experts, Dieticians, Physiotherapists and Psychologists.

Cavan Monaghan Healthy Families is in its second year and has since helped around 20 families living in County Monaghan and the same throughout Cavan.

The families who have completed the programme have had the following to say;


'We really enjoyed taking part in the programme as it was something we could do as a family together. It made us so aware of food and our choice. We really loved the group sessions and kids made new friends. Everyone is there for the same reason and we all helped each other'.

'We found the programme a fun way of introducing and maintaining healthy eating and physical exercises. It changed the attitude of my children when making healthy choices'.

The children's view: "I enjoyed the cooking and also when the parents joined in with the games. I enjoyed making new friends and I now am more confident." "I learned to eat healthy food and less portion and I learned to eat vegetables."

Cavan Monaghan Healthy Families is coming to Castleblayney on Tuesday January 19th to March 8th in the Child Well-being Centre starting at 6.30pm-8.30pm

If you are interested in getting you and your family healthy and happy - this is the programme for you. You can contact Rachael on 047 39029 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Spaces are limited due to the high demand so book your place now to avoid disappointment.

 

Muckno Parish Building Fund Presents “The Wonders of Christmas Concert on Old Christmas Day”

On Wednesday 6th January 2016, in St. Mary’s Church, Castleblayney at 7pm, Muckno Parish Building Fund presents The Wonders of Christmas Concert on Old Christmas Day.

Appearing on the night will be St. Mary’s Senior and Junior Choirs, representatives from each school in the parish and local talented musicians.

Tickets are on sale from Declan Loughman Sports, SuperValu and also the Parish Office.

Ticket Prices: Adults: €10 Children: €5

Please visit www.mucknoparish.ie

Christmas Wishes and Service Times for 2015

As we draw nearer to the end of another year and prepare to usher in 2016, we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone in the Castleblayney, its surrounding areas and also all Castleblayney natives living abroad, a very happy, peaceful Christmas and New Year. We would also like to thank everyone who contributed news and stories to the website over the past year. We really appreciate everyone’s views, input and stories.

 Below are the times for Mass services within the Parish over the Holiday period.

Christmas Mass Times for Muckno Parish

Christmas Eve 24th December

St. Mary’s Church, Castleblayney 7pm Vigil

Carol Singing from 6.30pm

St. Patrick’s Church, Oram 8.30pm

Christmas Morning 25th December

St. Mary’s Church Castleblayney 8.30am, 10.00am, 11.30am

Services in St Maeldoid’s Parish Church

Community Carol Service this Thursday 17th December at 7.30pm tea afterwards.

Christmas Day service of Holy Communion at 10 am.

First Castleblayney and Frankford Presbyterian Church Services

The annual Carols by Candlelight service will be in First Castleblayney on Sunday, 20th December, at 7.30pm followed by refreshments.

The Christmas morning service will be at 11am in Frankford.

The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated in Frankford on Sunday, 3rd January 2016.

Castleblayney Shop & Stay Publicity Drive

Now that we are heading towards the Christmas countdown, it is more important than ever to showcase all that our town of Castleblayney has to offer, by way of all your shopping needs in the run up to the festive season and beyond.

With this in mind Castleblayney Regeneration Committee, in conjunction with the Castleblayney/Carrickmacross Municipal District have, in an important publicity drive,located pole banners and signs at various points throughout the town and surrounding areas.

These banners represent the vision of local businesses within the town and also support the town’s economic growth as a flourishing community with a lot to offer.

For more information on all things Castleblayney please visit:

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/castleblayneyshopandstay 

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/castleblayneyie

Website: http://www.castleblayney.ie/index.php/castleblayney-regeneration

 

 

Convent Junior School Parent’s Association “Monster Christmas Bazaar” This Saturday 12th December

The Convent Junior School Parent’s Association will host their “Monster Christmas Bazaar” on Saturday 12th December. The Bazaar will run from 7pm until 10pm in the Scout Hall, Castleblayney.

Admission is free and there will be free face painting and light refreshments will also be served.

Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy all the fun this great event has to offer!

 

 

 

Laois Man Colin Maher Wins Mc Mahon's Supervalu 5K; as Over 700 Turn Up in Castleblayney to Take Part.

Last Sunday saw the Castleblayney Faughs hold their annual Mc Mahon Supervalu 5K race which finished on the main street of the town.

The morning time proved to be very miserable and cold but the rain thankfully eased to leave the conditions for the 700 starting participants of the race at 2pm, dry but cold.

It wasn’t long before the serious runners got moving with a group of eight leading the way until after the turn. It was at this point that Colin Maher from Ballyfin in County Laois started to pull away and open up a gap between himself and Brian Mc Cluskey from the North East Runners Club in Dundalk. 

Colin managed to stay ten seconds ahead of Brian, crossing the line in 15:21 seconds, just two seconds outside the course record set by Patrick Hamilton in 2013 with Shane Tonner from Glenmore coming in third. First female home was Amy Hamill from Glaslough Harriers in a time of 19:31, Laura Matthews from North East Runner was second, followed by local athlete Donna Evans in third.

After the race all participants and supporters attended a packed Glencarn Hotel where the staff supplied free tea, coffee and sandwiches to all. The audience was entertained as local athlete Aidan Campbell held a question and answers session with the Godfather of Irish Athletic Frank Greally, Motivational Speaker Gerry Duffy , local athlete Tony Ward and current Irish 800 metre record holder and double Olympian David Matthews.

Matthews, the Club’s special guest speaker on the day was blown away with the event remarking that “I have been amazed at what I have seen today, the community spirit generated by the Castleblayney Faughs at such an event is a great example of what GAA clubs can do within their communities.  I go to lots of different runs around the country but to see the great sense of happiness, achievement and fun all mixed together in one race is truly unique. The fitness programme run by the Club called Operation TransFAUGHSmation is very special; it really does seem to be the “fun way to a healthier lifestyle”,  I would like to congratulate everybody who took part in such a great day”.

When asked about the whole event a clearly delighted Operation TransFaughsmation leader Tom Miller replied “This year was an unbelievable year for everyone involved, you can see the improvements that people have made in their fitness and also in their general lifestyle, the main aim for the guys at the start of the Operation TransFaughsmation programme was to be able to run/walk Castleblayney 5K, we have seen everyone achieve that goal today, we are proud of the every one of them”. The Fastest Faugh for 2015 and Senior Chairperson Stephen Dignam was cleary delighted “It was another great day for the Club, to get that many people to turn up on such a miserable day was great.  We put a lot of effort into both the Operation TransFaughsmation and the run and thankfully everybody has left with a positive impression of both our Club and our town. Next year’s race date will be Sunday 27th November 2016, I recommend that you put the date in your diary, it really is a great occasion. Well done to all".

Blayney Blades First Friday Coffee Morning This Friday 4th December

The Blayney Blades will host their first Friday Coffee Morning this Friday 4th December from 10.30am – 11.30am in the Scout Hall Castleblayney. All proceeds on the morning will go to the homeless charity; The Simon Community.

The Blayney Blades were established in 1995 to support women and their families. Their aim is to empower, encourage and enable individuals to return to education and therefore employment. They do this through a range of different avenues including training and development, networking and the provision of information. They also hold regular coffee mornings. These mornings raise vital funds for a range of charities and causes.

All support is greatly appreciated, please come along. Alternatively, if you would like to make a donation, these can be left in the Blayney Blades Office. They can be reached on 042 9753410/412, by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can find them on Facebook.

Castleblayney Gardening Club’s Meeting on Thursday December 3rd

On Thursday December 3rd, The Castleblayney Gardening Club will once again host a meeting in The Enterprise Centre at 8pm.  This is also the Club's Christmas party night so there will be plenty of festive spirit! The guest speaker on the night will be Suzanne Campbell. There will also be a flower demonstration taking place.

The Castleblayney Gardening Club is a group of people from the local and surrounding areas that are interested in all things horticultural! They meet once a month to discuss all aspects of gardening and exchange vital information about gardening and plants. Various guest speakers attend throughout the year, this upcoming night’s speaker is as mentioned above – Suzanne Campbell.

The group also go on annual outings to historic houses and gardens and sometimes occasionally visit various garden centres in the region.

Both old and new members are very welcome!

Upcoming Events in Castleblayney this Weekend

The town of Castleblayney is abuzz this weekend with something for everyone! The Christmas atmosphere has well and truly arrived with lots of activities in store in the run up to the festive period. A decorated Christmas tree at the Market house adds to the magic of the town.  So whether you are on the lookout for bargains on this special shopping day known as Black Friday, a keen runner or walker or want to get a glimpse of Santa, look no further than right here in Castleblayney.

This Sunday 29th sees the arrival of Santa to Wilbert’s Enchanted Playground Muckno Park. This event is organised by Muckno Community Partnership and promises lots of fun and adventure for young and old alike.

Next we have the fifth Mc Mahon Supervalu Castleblayney Flat 5 K walk/run which is proudly promoted by the Castleblayney Faughs. Organisers have been working extremely hard over the last few months preparing for the walk/race as the club seek to keep building the event into one of the best events on the North East athletics calendar.

And let’s not forget one of the biggest shopping days of the year Black Friday, fast overtaking the January sales. There are lots of bargains to be had for keen shoppers. You can find all the deals right here: http://castleblayney.ie/index.php/castleblayney-regeneration/231-black-friday-madness-in-castleblayney

All Local People Urged to Come Out and Take Part in the Mc Mahon Supervalu Castleblayney 5K

The fifth Mc Mahon Supervalu Castleblayney Flat 5 K walk/run happens this Sunday the 29th of November and is proudly promoted by the Castleblayney Faughs. Organisers have been working extremely hard over the last few months preparing for the walk/race as the club seek to keep building the event into one of the best events on the North East athletics calendar. This year is no different with double Olympian and current Irish men’s 800 metre record holder David Matthews traveling up to take part this Sunday the 29th of November at 2pm.

David expressed his delight at been available for the run, “I have heard about Operation TransFAUGHSmation a few years ago through a good friend of mine who worked In Castleblayney had have also seen the Video that the GAA Health and Wellness team produced about the 5K which looked very impressive”. David continued “we have seen since the start of the recession the number of people who have turned to Health and Wellness increase significantly and thankfully as we emerge into better times those numbers have continued to rise. Programmes similar to Operation TransFAUGHSmation are helping to improve people’s physical and mental health which is extremely important in the longer term. I am really looking forward to the race on the 29th of November. The race organiser were also thrilled when local Athlete Tony Ward who is an visually impaired athlete confirmed his attendance for the question and answers session directly after the race in the Glencarn Hotel. The Great Santa will also make an appearance to the Glencarn at 4.15pm to say “Season’s Greetings” to everyone

The event which will mark the end of the 12-week training programme called “Operation TRansFAUGHSmation” was put in place as a target for the participants to test their fitness by either walking or running the route.This year’s race will be certified and will be a chipped event , while Safety has been a key priority, with the Committee and the Gardai working closely to develop the stewarding plan and traffic diversions.

The Walk/Run is very much a community effort and will cater for all levels of fitness, fun walkers, walkers, joggers and runners. Registration will take place in the Glencarn Shopping Centre between 11 and 1 o’clock, for those people who have pre registered you will be able to collect your Race numbers and chips at this time. As a result of the huge interest that this event has generated we would ask all contestants to present themselves as early as possible for registration. There will a brief race warm up at 1.45 by Operation TransFAUGSHmations fitness instructor Tom Miller with the gun sounding for the start of the race at 2pm sharp. Presentation of medals will happen directly after the race as you either run or walk across the line. All participants and their families are invited back to the Glencarn Hotel for tea and sandwiches were David Matthews , Gerry Duffy and Tony Ward will speak to the audience.

The local community is very much encouraged to don their runners and join in on the fun or alternatively come out and shout on your family, friends and neighbours as they push to complete the walk/run. Let us show everyone in the North East what the people of Castleblayney can do if we put our minds to it.

Finally, Registration forms are available from Mc Mahons Supervalu or online at www.castleblayneyfaughs.com or www.Runireland.com

Muckno Community Partnership Presents Santa in the Park!

On Sunday November 29th Muckno Community Partnership present their Christmas Fun-Day at Wilbert’s Enchanted Playground Muckno Park, Castleblayney. The fun on the day starts at 3pm. There will be train rides, a carousel and there will even be a giant 40ft Snowman! A parade will also take place to the Glencarn Hotel at 4.15p.m. and the much anticipated Christmas Lights Switch On will take place at the Courthouse at 4.45p.m.

Santa will arrive by boat at 3.30pm, North Pole weather permitting of course! Meet Santa and receive a Christmas gift from 5-7p.m.

Everyone is welcome, so come along and enjoy the fun on the day!!

St. Mary’s Hospital Car Boot Sale this December

St. Mary’s Hospital, Castleblayney will hold a Car Boot Sale on Saturday 5th December 2015.

It will take place in the front car park from 9a.m.-2 p.m.

All funds from the sale will go directly to the Patient Comfort Fund.

So, sellers come along to sell your unwanted wares and buyers please come along and maybe find a few bargains!

FREE RETAIL WORKSHOPS for businesses in Castleblayney and Ballybay

Castleblayney Regeneration Committee are organising FREE RETAIL WORKSHOPS for businesses in Castleblayney and Ballybay.  All of the courses listed below take place in Castleblayney Enterprise Centre and places are limited so must be booked by calling 042-9746087. 

The courses are as follows:

Social Media Course
Dates:  Monday 23rd & 30th November (2 Evenings 6.30-9.30pm)
FREE to Participants (Only open to Businesses in Castleblayney and Ballybay)

Visual Merchandising Course
Date:  Monday 23rd November (1 Evening 6.30-9.30pm)
FREE to Participants (Only open to Businesses in Castleblayney and Ballybay)

Developing Retail Sales Growth Course
Dates:  Tuesday 26th January 2016 (1 Evening 6.30-9.30pm)
FREE to Participants (Only open to Businesses in Castleblayney and Ballybay)

Customer Service  Course
Dates:  Tuesday 9th February 2016 (1 Evening 6.30-9.30pm)
FREE to Participants (Only open to Businesses in Castleblayney and Ballybay)

Marketing Tools For Retailers Course
Dates:  Tuesday 23rd February 2016 (1 Evening 6.30-9.30pm)
FREE to Participants (Only open to Businesses in Castleblayney and Ballybay)

Please call Leona on 042-9746087 to book.

International Ironman Champion Gerry Duffy to join Irish 800 metre record holder David Matthews at the Supervalu Castleblayney 5K

The organisers of the Supervalu Castleblayney 5K were delight this week as endurance athlete Gerry Duffy signed up to run alongside former Irish International Athlete David Matthews on Sunday the 29th of November at 2pm .Gerry who is a professional speaker and writer on ‘motivation’ and ‘goal setting’, has a sporting CV which has seen him complete some of the hardest endurance challenges on the planet. Indeed Gerry who has been regular attender at the Castleblayney 5K explained the attraction of the event during the week, “ The Mc Mahon Castleblayney 5K is quiet an unique event , it has an ability to provide a good competitive race as well as been a huge community event , the atmosphere as you run back into the town is fantastic with large crowds cheering all the participants home , the event in the Glencarn is always really interesting , over the years there have been some great athletes interviewed on the stage you always learn something new from the question and answers sessions.I have been a great fan of the Operation TransFAUGHSmation programme this is a real community initiative which real does make a positive impact on people lives, the fact that it finishes with so many of the participants finishing the 5K Walk/Run is a credit not alone to the those people but also to motivational powers of the leaders, I regularly refer to the event wherever I go on my travels around Ireland.”

Gerry recently launched his third book ‘THE GOAL GETTER- 35 Different ways to Reach Your Goals’ in the last view weeks. It’s a simple book on strategy to achieve any goal whether it’s personal, business related or a sports ambition, with sales going really well over the last few weeks. Gerry’s first two books, Who Dares Runs and Tick Tock Ten both reached the top five in the Irish Best Sellers list and were nominated forBord Gais Irish ‘Sports Book of the Year . Gerry will be signing copies of his new book at the upcoming Castleblayney 5k.

The Mc Mahon’s Supervalu Castleblayney 5 km run takes place on Sunday 29th of November at 2pm.Online registration is open through www.runireland.com or www.CastleblayneyFaughs.com.

Entry fee is €10 pre-registration or €13 on the day. The Club is looking for all locals to participate during the event weather you’re a walker, runner or an interest spectator the Club would like to see you there on the day.

There will be cash prizes and novelty prizes including the Fastest Club in the North East and the First Santa Home. Gerry will be joined by a host of local celebrities who are also running.

This is a great event, so why not come along and join in one of the last local races before the Christmas.

The Nearly New Corner at St. Mary's Hospital Castleblayney

St. Mary's Hospital Castleblayney are currently seeking donations in the form of clothing, jewellery, bric-a-brac, pictures etc. in a new their fundraising venture.

All items donated should be in good condition please.

All proceeds of any sales made will go directly to the Residents Comfort Fund within the hospital.

Any donations are greatly appreciated and can be left at hospital reception.

Launch of Castleblayney Shop & Stay Town Vouchers

Last Thursday 29th October saw the launch of the Castleblayney Shop & Stay Town Voucher initiative in Iontas, Castleblayney.

A large crowd, mainly comprising of local business and retail owners attended the launch which included addresses from Annmarie Mc Hugh; Chairperson of Castleblayney Regeneration Committee, Martina Quinn; Churchview Gardens and Paul Clifford Monaghan County Council Director of Services, Economic Development and guest speaker Keith Hartford, who delivered a presentation on the advantages of business development and progression.

The Castleblayney Regeneration Committee are instigating this initiative with the belief that it is vital people are encouraged to buy local vouchers to keep jobs and business in our community.

The vouchers are on sale in three locations in the town; The Post Office, The Cozy Cafe and Churchview Garden Centre. 

They are available in denominations of €20 and €10 vouchers. Recipients of the Castleblayney Town Voucher can use their voucher in over 80 participating stores in Castleblayney.

A full list of participating stores and more information can be found here: http://castleblayney.ie/index.php/castleblayney-regeneration

On the night also, Martina Quinn; on behalf of the Castleblayney Regeneration Committee unveiled the group’s plans for a Christmas marketing campaign.

The Castleblayney Regeneration Committee meet monthly with staff members of the Carrickmacross and Castleblayney Municipal Area to investigate and progress plans for town and trade development.

Garden Club AGM this Thursday 5th November

The Castleblayney Garden Club will host their AGM this Thursday 5th November at 8pm in the Enterprise Centre, Castleblayney. 

The Castleblayney Gardening Club is a group of people from the local and surrounding areas that are interested in all things horticultural! They meet once a month to discuss all aspects of gardening and exchange vital information about gardening and plants. Various guest speakers also attend throughout the year.  The group also go on annual outings to historic houses and gardens and sometimes occasionally visit various garden centres in the region.

Everyone is welcome to come along to the meeting on Thursday.

Local History Meeting This Thursday 22nd October

history groupThis Thursday, the 22nd October at 10.45am the Local History Group will once again meet in The Enterprise Centre.

The theme and topics up for discussion this week will be Family Research and Identification of Old Photos.

These meetings have become a very popular and much anticipated monthly event. They offer a slice of historical life for Castleblayney and its inhabitants, who are treated to wonderful stories of days gone by and fascinating tales of yore. With insightful, informative and factual anecdotes that weave within them the town’s rich history, everyone is welcome to come along.

Admission is €2 and there will be tea and coffee served.

Castleblayney Players – “Bad Blood” & “Stay Carl Stay”

castleblayney players posCastleblayney Players are back again with a new production in Iontas Theatre next Sunday 18th, Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th at 8.30pm.

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Success of We Mean Business Exhibition

photo 2Over the past two days Castleblayney has been abuzz with all things business related in the County of Monaghan. The “We Mean Business” Exhibition took place at Drumillard Business Park and focused on a broad business spectrum of exhibitors including: manufacturing, retail, food, IT, banking, agriculture, tourism and hospitality within the County.

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Castleblayney Urban Text Alert Launch

urban text alert launch 1Castleblayney Urban Text Alert Service is now officially open and ready for action. On Saturday the 19th September at 11.00am in McMahan’s Supervalu Castleblayney was when and where the official launch event was held.

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St. Mary’s Hospital Fundraisers

fundraising 1St. Mary’s Hospital Castleblayney will host two fundraising events over the coming months.

The first of which, a Car Boot Sale, will take place on Saturday 17th October from

9am-2pm. Here cars will be €10 and vans €15.

Their second event, FUN Table Quiz, will take place on Friday 20th November.

All proceeds will go to the Patient’s Comfort Fund. More details of this event will follow shortly.

Castleblayney Fair Day Saturday 26th September

fair day 1Castleblayney Town will host this much anticipated event this Saturday 26th September.

The town will once again be transported back to the early 1900’s, recreating a Fair similar to that of what would have taken place in towns across Ireland for hundreds of years. On the day the scene will be recreated through all manner of props, costumes, photographs, period clothing and a sprinkling of nostalgia from interesting tales of the good old days!

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Enterprise Centre to Light Up Gold this September

gold rgb 1Castleblayney Enterprise Centre has announced plans to light the building up in gold during each weekend in September insupport of the International Light It Up Gold Campaign which is promoted by the Childhood Cancer Foundation.

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Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts in Scout Hall

taekwondo classsesThe popular self defence classes are set to run again in the Scout Hall Castleblayney.

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Operation TransFAUGHSmation is Back!

operation transfaughmationThis much anticipated event returns with a new programme, incorporating all the fun of previous years with specially tailored events designed to get individuals feeling healthier and happier.

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St. Mary's Hospital Castleblayney Needs Your Help

irish cottageIn an effort to bring some nostalgic cheer to the Lorgan Unit of St. Mary’s Hospital Castleblayney, they are looking for your help with the following requests.

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The Outlaws - Head Lining Act at Muckno Parish Gala Dance

outlaws resizedWhen it comes to real sounds of traditional country music, The Outlaws have cultivated deep roots.The band will be very much on home territory when they provide the music for The Gala Parish Dance and Draw in the Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney, on Saturday, 29 August.

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Limited Places Left on Exciting Moving on Sports Education Course

blayney bladesThere has been great interest shown in Monaghan’s Level Four Award in Sport & Recreation which is currently being offered by Blayney Blades Moving On Programme.  Anyone interested in securing a place on this exciting course should get their Expression of Interest Form in as soon as possible. These forms are available at the Iontas Centre or by contacting Annette or Barry at 042 9753404 or email .  You can also visit our Facebook Page by searching ‘movingonblayneyblades’.

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Irish Cancer Society’s Care to Drive Service

iriish cancer society logoThe Irish Cancer Society’s Care to Drive Service is currently seeking volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments in Cavan General Hospital. We are looking for volunteers from all over Co. Monaghan to pick local patients up at their homes, drive them to the door of the hospital, pick them up again when they are finished their treatment and bring them home. The service is free to the patient and all drivers expenses are paid.

Tel: Rebecca 01 2316 642

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Lost Paradise Art Exhibition in Iontas

art exhibition in iontasIontas Castleblayney is currently running the art exhibition “Lost Paradise” by Irish artist Leonard Graham. The origins of the exhibition lie within the artist’s keen interest in the famous poem by John Milton’s “Paradise Lost”. The works are completed in oils showing fluidity to create an atmosphere from the poem’s interpretation.

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Monaghan Team Overcome Donegal to become Ulster Final Champions

monaghan finalSunday 19th July saw the crowning of the Monaghan team in Clones with a win over Donegal in the Ulster final.

This was the third outing for both teams in the Final of which they had both won, one each.

In front of a packed crowd both teams traded points until the very end with Monaghan emerging victorious with a final score line of 0-11 to Donegal’s 0-10.

Congratulations to the Monaghan team, well done!!

Coffee Day and Jumble Sale in Aid of The Muckno Parish Building Fund

coffee morningA coffee day and also a jumble sale will take place in the Scout Hall on Saturday 25th July from 10am – 5pm.  

The proceeds of the day will go to the Muckno Parish building Fund which incorporates a whole host of fundraising events for major restorations works to both churches within the Parish of Muckno – St. Mary’s Church Castleblayney and St. Patrick’s Church Oram.

All the wonderful home baked cakes and tarts will be served on the day with tea and coffee.

Meeting of Ideas for Town’s Regeneration

hview castleblayney resizedOver 50 members of the business and community sector packed the Castleblayney Enterprise Centre last Thursday night (25 June 2015) to discuss ways to regenerate the town and establish a forum for business and community development over the coming years.

Presentations delivered by Council officials and community leaders highlighted the potential to develop the town potential as a retail and business hub for the area. Updates were received in relation to Lough Muckno and Market Square and a new development committee or town team was established to advance plans for the town. The workshop identified significant immediate measures that can be implemented by the Municipal District Council and businesses throughout the town.

The first meeting of the new Town Team will take place on Thursday 2 July 2015.

Muckno Mania 9th-12th July 2015

events pageMuckno Mania is nearly here and this year’s line up promises some spectacular events and fun, fun, fun!

The Festival begins on Thursday the 9th of July with a packed schedule of workshops, Come Dine with the Queens and the introduction of the pop-up cinema!

Friday sees a lot of the old favourites including the Large Puppet Parade, Music by the Lake, Push the Button and the much anticipated Fireworks Display.

On Saturday we will have the Sprint Triathlon, Music Mania and the crowning of the Festival Queen 2015.

On Sunday, the last day of the Festival we will have Fun Day Sunday with events starting at 2pm at Lough Muckno.

So come along and enjoy this wonderful, award winning Festival happening right here in Castleblayney!

Monaghan Team Go Through to Senior Football Championship Final

monaghan matchOn Sunday June 21st, Kingspan Breffni Park in Cavan set the stage for the Ulster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final between Monaghan and Fermanagh.

The game saw both sides trading points till just before the half time whistle when Monaghan’s Darren Hughes edged ahead, leaving the score going into the break at 07 points to 05.

Upon return of the teams, Monaghan grew in confidence gaining momentum to counteract a rejuvenated Fermanagh side. A goal from Conor McManus proved the final insurance to seal victory for the Monaghan side, who will now face the victors of the semi final between Donegal and Derry.  We would like to wish the entire team and also local Castleblayney Faughs Club player; Dermot Malone the best of luck in their next game.

Final score Monaghan 1-20 Fermanagh 0-13

Public Art "The Nest" Unveiled at Lough Muckno

the nestFriday 19th June saw the unveiling of Castleblayneys unique and inspirational public art piece entitled “The Nest”.

Minister of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Heather Humphreys attended the official launch in Lough Muckno organised by Project Promoters – Castleblayney Community Enterprise.

The Nest structure itself evokes the celebration and recognition of talent, achievement and community spirit. It incorporates stainless steel, which is interwoven with fused glass.  The piece was a collaboration between Compass North Glass and Ballinliss Forge Works.

The Nest was part financed through the Building Peace through the Arts – Re-imaging Communities programme which was funded by the arts Council of Northern Ireland European Union’s Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (Peace III), managed by the Special EU Programmes Body and the International Fund for Ireland.

The launch on Friday was a great success and the project’s vision of encouraging the creation of a vibrant shared space through the use of creative arts in the public realm, which celebrates life, enhances the natural environment and helps feel part of the community in which we all live was most definitely realised.

Photo courtesy of Glenn Murphy

Muckno Mania Float Your Soap Competition

untitled 1Can you create a soap box that can also travel on water?

Read on for details.

Float your soap is back once again, taking its place at this year’s Muckno Mania Festival. This exciting event can quite rightly be regarded as the wacky water race event of the Festival and also takes its place as Ireland’s only Float Your Soap Box race! It sees entrants race on custom built boats across 300 metres of water for the coveted title. Each year the ingenuity and creativity of the race vessels is exceptional and we look forward to more of the same this year.

As with any competition there are rules, you’ll find these below.

Rules & Regulations

  • Each team must have 2-4 members
  • Soap Box must be capable of travelling 50m on land
  • Brakes or steering are not compulsory
  • Soap Box must Not be mechanically propelled
  • Soap Box must be capable of splashing into water and completing a 300m course on water
  • Soap Box must be no higher than 1800mm when in water
  • No width or length restrictions
  • Any person under 14 yrs of age must be accompanied by an adult
  • Each member of the team must wear a life jacket(NOT supplied by race organisers)
  • Each team must follow the course outlined by the organisers and collect their team flags
  • Fancy dress is encouraged!
  • A time penalty will apply to any team that does not follow the outlined course

Local History Meeting This Thursday 18th June

castleblayneyThis Thursday, the 18th June at 10.45am the Local History Group will once again meet in The Enterprise Centre.

The theme and topics up for discussion this week will be Market Square and Castle Square families and history.

These meetings have become a very popular and much anticipated monthly event. They offer a slice of historical life for Castleblayney and its inhabitants, who are treated to wonderful stories of days gone by and fascinating tales of yore.   With insightful, informative and factual anecdotes that weave within them the town’s rich history, everyone is welcome to come along.

Admission is €2 and there will be tea and coffee served.

Annalitten National School; Old and New Past Pupils Reunion 27th June

annalitten ns for reunion pIt is now fifty years since the pupils of Annalitten National School made the big move from the old school to the new school. To mark this anniversary, past pupils are organising a school reunion on Saturday 27th June. All past pupils are very welcome to come along from 4pm to enjoy a cup of tea and a chat before the evening’s event, beginning at 7pm in the Glencarn Hotel.

Tickets are €12 and are now available at: McCaughey’s Filling Station Broomfield, Breige’s Newsagent, Glencarn Shopping Centre, Annalitten National School and The Glencarn Hotel.

Any old photographs from by gone school days, tours, Holy Communion/Confirmation or indeed and other school memorabilia would be most welcome and greatly appreciated. These can be forwarded to the school or you can also email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Muckno Parish Building Fund Host Coffee Morning

coffee morningOn Sunday 14th June, from 9am-1.30pm in the Priest’s House there will be a coffee morning in aid of the Muckno Parish Building Fund.

For more fundraising ideas or more information on upcoming events please contact Tracey on 042 9740027 or you can also visit www.mucknoparish.ie

All support is greatly appreciated so please come along.

Muckno Parish Golf Classic

concrawood golf course logo1The Muckno Parish Golf Classic will take place on Wednesday 25th June.   Tee of times will be 12 noon – 6pm at Concra Wood Golf Course.

The entry fee per team is €100. If you would like to sponsor a tee or green it is €50 each or both for €75

Concra Wood Golf Course overlooks the beautiful scenery of Lough Muckno and boats magnificent views of the surrounding areas. It opened in 2008 and was designed by Christy O’Connor Junior and Christy O’Connor Senior.

Being intertwined with Lough Muckno and the outstanding design of the course makes Concra Wood one of the finest golfing destinations in Europe. So what better place to enjoy a round whilst raising funds!

For more information please contact 042 9740027.

Monaghan Win a Closely Fought Contest against Cavan in Ulster Championship Battle

monaghan matchYesterday, Sunday 24th May, saw the meeting of two great sides in Irish sport; Monaghan and Cavan. Supporters from Castleblayney who travelled to Kingspan Breffini Park, had added interest in the selection of Castleblayney Faughs man Dermot Malone, who made the starting list.

In front of a packed crowd at Breffini Park, both sides started strong with Mongahan getting the opening score after one minute! The game continued with both sides playing well and the half-time score line saw 0-09 to 0-07 in Cavan’s favour.

After the break, with no changes to either team, both sides played their best game whilst exchanging points in a very exciting game. All was equal at 0-15 to 0-15 and the final strike came from Monaghan’s Conor Mc Manus, sealing victory for the side.

The final score: Monaghan 0-16 Cavan 0-15.

Monaghan now meet the winners of Fermanagh and Antrim in the semi-finals.

Scorers for Monaghan: Conor McManus 0-7 (5f), Paul Finlay 0-3 (3f), Dessie Mone, Darren Hughes, Karl O’Connell, Dick Clerkin, Colin Walshe, Kieran Hughes (1f) 0-1 each.

History Walk in Castleblayney

castleblayneyAn informative and interesting history walk will take place this Thursday 28th May at 7.15pm. Meeting at the gates of the Hope Castle, participants will walk the route of The Castle Grounds and The Market Area of Castleblayney.

As has been apparent from the monthly history talks, Castleblayney has a wealth of rich history that the whole community is interested in. The sheer depth of knowledge and imparted stories fascinate listeners and evokes great interest in our little town! These walks are fast becoming a much anticipated event in the town’s calendar and each walk details different areas of the town with tales of bygone eras.

Everyone is welcome to come along on this walk down memory lane.

Nature Trail Signs at Lough Muckno

castle islandCastleblayney Tidy towns supported by Muckno Community Partnership are delighted to announce the installation of five new Nature Trail signs at Lough Muckno Park. The Nature Trail launch took place at the Family Fun Day held by Muckno Community Partnership on Sunday 26th April. These new features to Lough Muckno will be a useful guide to families on the environment and wildlife habitat at Lough Muckno.

The theme and location of the trail signs include the following:

Lough Muckno and The Fane River Catchment – at Triathlon entrance.
Muckno By Night – at Wilbert’s Enchanted Playground inside at second entrance.
Blayney Birds – at this side of the bridge.
Muckno Mammals – at far side of the bridge.
If You Go Down to the Woods Today – at the point.
Worksheets for juniors and seniors can be obtained from the Castleblayney Library or through the Tidy Towns Facebook page.

Christopher’s name is written in the stars....

christopher at isefAs he comes 2nd in the world at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh.
Christopher Carragher, a 6th Year student in Our Lady’s Secondary School has certainly written his name in the stars and in the history annals of Our Lady’s as he returns from the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair held in Pennsylvania with a second prize in the world award in the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics category. Christopher who was accompanied by his teacher, Ms Kathryn Higgins, has spent the week in Pittsburgh where around 1,700 students from over 75 countries compete at Intel ISEF for a prize fund totalling $4million. His reward for his hard work and efforts with ‘Memory Buddy’ has won him a prize of $1500 and the privilege of having an asteroid named after him!!!
Christopher’s journey with Memory Buddy began last November when he won the National Scifest 2014 award from where he would take his invention to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in May 2015. Memory Buddy is essentially an automated device which assists people with memory loss to deal with such important issues as the administration of medicine and keeping appointments. It uses Google Calendar to alert the person about appointments and medication via flashing lights, sound and also via the TV. It also includes a remotely controlled medicine drawer to give the appropriate medicine at a specific time – there’s even a feedback facility to notify a carer when medicine has or has not been taken. An organiser for care rotas and appointments also comes with Memory Buddy.
Christopher’s invention attracted a lot of attention at Scifest and he was also successful at the BT Young Scientist Award 2015 when he took the overall Technology Award in addition to the HPRA (Health Products Regulatory Award) Award.
Christopher who is son of Martin & Roisín Carragher, Moneyvolan, Castleblayney said of his trip to Pittsburgh, “it was amazing. I met students from all over the world, and heard speeches from famous scientists like Nobel laureates Sir Harold W Kroto and Martin Chalfie. It’s been great to see all the projects that other students from around the world have been working on and it has been brilliant to spend a week together sharing our ideas”.
Christopher’s teacher, Ms Higgins who herself was awarded the Intel Teacher of Excellence back in November has described Christopher as a very focused and hard worker. “He has been tremendously focused on the project and has given a huge amount of time and commitment to it. Indeed Christopher’s parents also deserve a lot of credit for the support and encouragement given to him since he embarked on this project in January. He has been a very enthusiastic, focused participant and just simply could never do enough! I am delighted that he has achieved deserved international recognition for his Trojan efforts”.
Speaking at a ceremony in the school to mark Christopher’s success, school Principal, Mr Eddie Kelly extended his congratulations to Christopher on his wonderful success. “This is an absolutely tremendous achievement for Christopher and one which is well and truly deserved. From the moment Christopher came up with the concept of Memory Buddy he has put an incredible amount of thought, planning and effort into this project. I am delighted that all of his hard work and commitment has been recognised at such a prestigious level on the international science stage and no one deserves this more than Christopher. He is such a talented but also a modest and unassuming young man who has taken everything in his stride, he continues to be an excellent ambassador for Our Lady’s and is such a positive role model in many different ways for his peers and the younger students in our school. As he is approaching the end of his time in Our Lady’s I would like to wish Christopher every success as he moves on to third level and I have no doubt that his experiences from his journey with Memory Buddy will open many doors for him in whatever path he chooses to follow. I would in particular like to acknowledge the part played by his Science teacher Ms Higgins who gave generously of her time, experience and expertise to support and guide Christopher on this incredible journey. I would also like to echo the thanks of Ms. Higgins in acknowledging the important role played by Christopher’s parents in this process and to thank them for their continued support and cooperation. Here in Our Lady’s we are all extremely proud of their efforts and congratulate them wholeheartedly on their successes”.

Distinguished Family Visit the Town

conabury houseThe importance of the town Website www.castleblayney.ie in creating links to the Community’s diaspora was yet again proven last weekend with the visit of the ancestors of Hugh and Elizabeth Swanzy who were listed among the town’s ‘Nobility and Gentry’ in the late 1800’s.

Rosalie Dietzel of Carolina in the Untied States along with her husband Joseph decided to visit Ireland in search of the place where her great grandmother of the same christian name Rosalie Swanzy was born and her journey took her to Castleblayney. Rosalie Swanzy was daughter of Hugh Swanzy who was a solicitor in the town in the mid 1800’s and who had his offices in the Market Square. Resulting from the success of his legal profession Hugh purchased the superb dwelling known as Conabury House (now home of Paddy and Eileen Tavey) and remained there until his death in August 1889. Rosalie Swanzy married Christopher Harley a Church of Ireland Minister in 1862 and later left for County Cork.

The visitors from Carolina began the initial research of their genealogy links to Castleblayney by emailing the town website www.castleblayney.ie which is maintained by staff at Castleblayney Community Enterprise and their query was progressed by the Centre Manager Tommy McGuire who facilitated a meeting for them with local historian Michael Burns who was able to provide them with a comprehensive overview of the Swanzy families associations with Castleblayney and their previous roots in the Parish of Clontibret.

Having been officially welcomed to the Enterprise Centre on their arrival to Castleblayney by Marese Heavin Chairperson of Castleblayney Community Enterprise the visitors then met up with popular local businessman Brendan Tavey who greeted them at his parent’s residence at Conabury where Rosalie’s ancestors resided almost 120 years previous.

Their visit then proceeded to Clontibret where Hugh Swanzy was born in 1806. Here they were also kindly greeted by Jim and Kathleen Ward who guided them through their house at Avelreagh which was also once the Swanzy homestead. The Swanzy families had a long association with the Parish of Clontibret dating back to 1666 when Henry Swanzy settled there.

The town website www.castleblayney.ie was created by Castleblayney Community Enterprise in 2004 and has been an important resource to the community since its inception providing invaluable local business, tourism and historical links to the town.

The site attracts regular enquiries from ancestors of the area who are attempting to research family histories.

Muckno Mania Now Recruiting Singers & Dancers for Festival 2015

flyer logoThis year’s Festival will see a new event in the form of “Music Mania” on Saturday 11th July. The show will provide a mix of music and dance productions, all culminating from weeks of rehearsals.

So, if you are 16 yrs and over and can sing or dance or perhaps both and want to take part in this exciting new production please contact us on 042 9746087 or visit the Muckno Mania Facebook Page.

Art Exhibition “May Be” at Iontas Arts Centre

art iontas mayAn exciting new art exhibition by Irish artist; Kathryn Crowley entitled “May Be” has started in Iontas Arts Centre from May 8th – June 18th 2015.

The “May Be” exhibition is a collection of paintings, photographs, drawings and writings. Kathryn received awards in both Ireland and France. She has exhibited a lot across Ireland and expresses her artistic talent through the visual mediums of drawing, painting, collage, photography and sculpture.

One of the aims of Iontas is to provide space for initiative and innovation. This is promoted through all manner of educational, creative and artistic directions. This is highlighted in this current art exhibition, whereby it is promoting the artist’s work but also serves as a vessel by which the viewer is encouraged to think, connect and rationalise what it is they think the artist in question is trying to achieve. This is a very important aspect of the centre’s aims and one that extends to the ardent art fan or casual peruser of such works.

The gallery is open daily from 9am – 9pm. Please come along to view and enjoy the works on display

Annalitten National School; Old and New Past Pupils Reunion

annalitten national schoolIt is now fifty years since the pupils of Annalitten National School made the big move from the old school to the new school. To mark this anniversary, past pupils are organising a school reunion on Saturday 27th June. All past pupils are very welcome to come along.

Any old photographs from by-gone school days, tours, Holy Communion/Confirmation or indeed and other school memorabilia would be most welcome and greatly appreciated. These can be forwarded to the school or you can also email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tickets are €12 and are now available from: McCaughey’s Filling Station Broomfield, Breige’s Newsagent in the Glencarn Shopping Centre, Annalitten National School and The Glencarn Hotel.

Alzheimer’s Tea Day May 7th

tea day alzheimer societyOn Thursday 7th May, from 11am until 1pm Irish Homecare will host a Tea Day in order to raise funds for The Alzheimer Society of Ireland.

The event will take place in the Irish Homecare offices which are situated on the Monaghan Road across from Lidl Supermarket.

Everyone is welcome to come along and support this worthy cause.

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland is the leading dementia specific service provider in Ireland. They work across the country, providing dementia services and support all the individuals living with dementia and also their carers.

The vision of the organisation is to have an Ireland where no one goes through dementia alone. They are a national non-profit organisation and are person centred, rights-based and grassroots led. The person with dementia and also their carers and families are at the core of everything they do.

The Alzheimer National Helpline is 1800 341 341.

Castleblayney Garden Club Meeting on Thursday May 7th

garden clubOn Thursday 7th May, The Castleblayney Gardening Club will once again host a meeting in The Enterprise Centre at 8pm. The speaker on the night will be Suzanne Campbell. Both old and new members are very welcome!

The Castleblayney Gardening Club is a group of people from the local and surrounding areas that are interested in all things horticultural! They meet once a month to discuss all aspects of gardening and exchange vital information about gardening and plants. Various guest speakers attend throughout the year, this upcoming night’s speaker is as mentioned above – Suzanne Campbell.

The group also go on annual outings to historic houses and gardens and sometimes occasionally visit various garden centres in the region. The upcoming outing is to Bloom on Friday 29th May.

The Bloom Festival is heralded as the country’s largest gardening show. Held across five days in the Phoenix Park in Dublin, it is well received by all in attendance including country ambassadors, earls and presidents!

For all gardening enthusiasts or even a casual interest – this is the event for you!

The fee is €25 which will cover both the bus and admission into the Festival.

Bookings for this, the Club’s first outing of the year can be made at the meeting.

Coffee Morning and Cake Sale in Aid of Sophie’s Dog Foster Rescue

scout hall dog rescue“Let’s eat, drink and make the dogs merry!”

On Sunday 3rd May at 11am, The Scout Hall will host a coffee morning and cake sale in aid of Sophie’s Dog Foster & Rescue. This wonderful charity aim to help dogs find their forever homes and live the lives they truly deserve.

There will also be a raffle and tickets for this will be sold in Supervalu on the 1st of May between the hours of 9am until 5pm. One line is €2 and three lines for €5.

So please come along and enjoy the event whilst supporting a wonderful cause!

Green Door Art Group to Host Art Exhibition this May

green door artAn exciting new art exhibition is opening on Friday 1st May and will run until Sunday May 3rd. The event will be hosted by The Green Door Art Group and will be staged in the “55 Club”, Laurel Hill, which is directly beside the ambulance station.

Everyone is welcome to come along and view and enjoy some wonderful art pieces. Refreshments will also be served.  

Times for the exhibition are as follows: Friday 1st May at 7.30pm, Saturday 2nd May at 10am -5pm and Sunday 3rd May from 2pm – 5pm.

Family Activity Day in Lough Muckno Park this Sunday 26th April

activity day flier 2Muckno Community Partnership will host a Family Activity Day this Sunday 26th April at 12 noon in Lough Muckno Park. Assembly will take place at the bridge 12 noon. To begin with there will be a wonderful nature trail through the blue bells. There will also be an introduction to angling delivered by two top angling national coaches. Afterwards a barbeque will take place in the Ski Club.

All children that would like to attend must be accompanied by an adult. Parking is limited for the event and any visitors attending are advised to park in adjacent car parks in the town.

This event is free and everyone is welcome.

Calling All Businesses for the Muckno Mania Festival

flyer logoThe Muckno Mania Festival 2015 is once again fast approaching! This year’s festival will take place from 9th – 12th July. The theme for the festival, now in its 17th year, is “The Year of the Puppet”.

Festival organisers hope to encourage businesses to get involved and produce original, innovative creations that will embrace and incorporate the theme.

To get involved, your business and employees can utilise their artistic skills in one of two ways. The first being – the creation of a Window Display that centralises the theme. Displays should ideally be in place by Wednesday 1st July. Entry forms must also be completed and these are available from the Enterprise Centre.

The second way in which your business can get involved is by making a Large Puppet or indeed by hiring one to take part in the Large Puppet Parade which will be held on the Friday evening of the Festival – 10th July at 7pm.

As always the Festival wouldn’t be the success it is without the support and goodwill of businesses and community alike. If any business would like to provide a donation or sponsorship towards the festival, you can do so by contacting the Festival Office on 042 9746087. If you are already supporting the Festival, we would take this opportunity to say a huge thank you for your generosity.

Muckno Parish Sponsored 5K Fun Run/Walk This Saturday 25th April

muckno parish fun run posteOn Saturday April 25th at 2pm Muckno Parish sponsored 5k Fun Run/Walk will take place. The course will run from St. Mary’s ChurchCastleblayney to St. Patrick’s Church Oram. A bus will be provided for transport back to Castleblayney also.

This is sure to be a fun, enjoyable day out for all the family, so please come along and get involved!

For any more information or for sponsor cards please contact Tracey in the Parish Office on 042 9740027 or you can email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
All proceeds of this event will go to the renovation of the Parish Churches.

Cultural Companions Group at Iontas Castleblayney

ageopportunityThis is an exciting new initiative in association with Bealtaine Festival 2015 and Age & Opportunity that aims to provide more opportunities for older people within thecommunity. It hopes to promote a local network of like-minded people with an interest in the arts and entertainment and get involved in the community’s vibrant culture and events.

The rationale behind this new group is that most of us would probably go to a lot more plays, films, concerts and exhibitions if only we had someone with the know-how or shared interest to go along with. To join the Iontas Cultural Companions or indeed to find out more; please visit www.iontascastleblayney.ie

Team Blayney Win in National Finals to Take Home Two Boxing Titles

boxing logoThe past weekend saw great anticipation at the All Ireland Boxing Finals in the National Stadium in Dublin for Team Blayney. The competition that began last Tuesday saw a total of 225 bouts completed over the entire Championship.

The Castleblayney contingent welcomed two great wins:

54kg Conor McKernan (Castleblayney) beat Luke Byrne Doyle 3-0

57kg Jason Irwin (Castleblayney) beta Thomas Doherty (Baldoyle) 2-1

All winners were crowned on Saturday at the Home of Irish boxing.  Congratulations to all involved!

Blayney Blades Upcoming Events

blayney blades logoFirst Thursday Coffee Morning  Tomorrow, Thursday 9th April, Blayney Blades will their monthly first Thursday Coffee Morning.   This is a much anticipated fundraising event that will start at 10.30am in The Scout Hall Castleblayney. All support is greatly appreciated.

April Stress Management Workshop in Iontas Will take place in Iontas on Monday 13th April at 8pm. This workshop is aimed at students who are preparing for upcoming exams – both Junior and Leaving Certificate, but all students are more than welcome to come along. There will be no fixed charge, but if you wish donations can be made to Blayney Blades on the night. For any more information please contact 042 9753412

Retail is e-Tail 2015 Coming to Iontas Castleblayney

e commerce 1On Thursday 16th April 2015 at 4pm until 7pm Retail is e-Tail 2015 is back in Iontas Castleblayney.

At the event there will be expert speakers from Google Ireland, a panel of local e-tailors who will be interviewed by Paul Bond and a guest speaker on eBay and Amazon selling.

This idea is borne out of a form of electronic commerce – which is online shopping and can sometimes be known as e-tail which comes from electronic retail or e-shopping. This allows consumers to directly buy goods or services from sellers electronically.

Please come along to find out more. Places are limited and booking is free. Please click here to register.

Muckno Parish Sponsored 5K Fun Run/Walk

muckno parish fundraiserOn Saturday April 25th at 2pm Muckno Parish sponsored 5k Fun Run/Walk will take place. The course will run from St. Mary’s Church Castleblayney to St. Patrick’s Church Oram. A bus will be provided for transport back to Castleblayney also.

This is sure to be a fun, enjoyable day out for all the family, so please come along and get involved!

For any more information please contact Tracey in the Parish Office on 042 9740027 or you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
All proceeds of this event will go to the renovation of the Parish Churches and your support is greatly appreciated..

Muckno Parish Building Fund Raising Events this April

muckno parish fundraiserCake Sale

The Muckno Parish Building Fund starts off with a Cake Sale on Good Friday 3rd of April at 8.15pm in the Oram Centre. Cakes can be left in the Centre on the day from 6.15pm. Also, donations may be given to any committee member.

Monster Easter Raffle

Tickets for this raffle will go on sale Thursday 2nd April and Saturday 4th April downstairs in The Glencarn Shopping Centre.  Draw will take place on Saturday evening in the shopping centre.

Sponsored 5k Fun Run/Walk

This fun event will take place on Saturday April 25th at 2pm and the course will run from St. Mary’s Church Castleblayney to St. Patrick’s Church, Oram. A bus will be provided for transport back to Castleblayney. For any more information please contact Tracey in the Parish Office on 042 9740027 or you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
All proceeds of all events will go to the renovation of our Parish Churches

School Principal Retires after 22 Years at the Helm

retirement from schoolToday 27th March 2015 marks the end of an era for the Convent Junior School, Castleblayney with Sheila Donnelly retiring from her role as Principal, which she first took over in 1993. To mark this special occasion, both students and parents turned out in a special guard of honour to welcome her to her final day at work.

The Convent Junior School first opened in January 1981 and its mission, first and foremost is to enhance the lives and experience of each and every pupil taught there.

The school motto seems especially apt on this special day;

Do unto others as you would they do unto you

Treat others as you would like to be treated

We would like to take this opportunity to wish Sheila many happy years of retirement and every success in the future.

Calling all Artists to the Arts Lounge at the Hillgrove, Monaghan

arts lounge hillgrove monagOn 13th and 14th June 2015, Monaghan Rotary Club in Partnership with The Monaghan Arts Network will host their inaugural ARTSLounge at The Hillgrove Hotel in Monaghan.

This is an Annual Art Exhibition and performance opportunity for Artists, Sculptors, Photographers and Performance Art from across the country.

Artslounge are currently holding open submissions for our first exhibition of 2015. This exhibition will focus on promoting artists and creative professionals and shall be overseen by members of The Monaghan Arts Network core committee. The exhibition is open to artists working in all medium and aims to showcase Ireland’s Arts talent. There is no submissions fee for this event, however, commission on sales is set at 20% with all commission given as a charitable donation to the Rotary Club of Monaghan.

To apply please send:

– 3 images of your proposed work in jpeg format.
– an Artists C.V./ Bio AND short statement (PDF format) along with clear contact details, address, phone, email and web

In terms of Performance Art please send:

-Direct online link to youtube/vimeo of proposed work
- Bio/CV (PDF Format) along with clear contact details, address, phone, email and web. (please note this in an unpaid performance opportunity on behalf of the Rotary Club of Monaghan, thank you.)

Deadline is midnight on 14th April 2015 and artists will be notified of selection shortly thereafter.

All applications can be emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Lady’s Secondary School Castleblayney Claim Victory to Win the Danske Bank MacLarnon Cup!

maclarnon cupOur Lady’s Secondary School in Castleblayney displayed great skill against Patrician, Carrickmacross in the prestigious MacLarnon Cup on Tuesday 17th March in the Athletic Grounds in Armagh.

Up until 1960 the only Colleges Football Competition at Senior Level was the MacRory Cup. In an effort to address the emerging trend of schools wanting to compete but who did not have the necessary resources or numbers, The MacLarnon Cup was introduced by Dean MacLarnon in 1959.

School principal and main coach Eddie Kelly said “It was a top class display from start to finish”. His side were on course for their second win, having won the same title exactly ten years ago in 2005. Incidentally this was the first time that two schools from Monaghan have contested this cup.

With the final score Our Lady’s Castleblayney 4-8 and Patrician Carrickmacross 0-8, we wish to congratulate the team on their notable success.

Our Lady’s : J Lavelle, E McNally, E McKearney, E McCann, D Friskey, B Kerr, D Ward, J Leonard, C Marray, R Murphy, B McGinn 1-6, 0-3 frees, J Walshe 1-0, J Wilson 1-0, M Bannigan 1-1, F Connolly.
Subs : A Courtney for B McGinn (29), B McGinn for A Courtney (ht), A Courtney 0-1 for R Murphy (56), B Rice for J Walshe (56), J Gorman for J Leonard.

Castleblayney Cancer Society Daffodil Day takes place this Friday 27th March

daffodil dayThis Friday 27th March will see Castleblayney Cancer Society’s annual Daffodil Day take place, where volunteers are needed on the day. For more information please contact Tracey on 087 6594620.

Daffodil Day is the single, largest fund-raising activity of the Irish Cancer Society. First held in Ireland in 1988, it was first inspired by the Canadian Daffodil Day. It has since become a major annual event and the daffodil is becoming an international symbol for cancer – recognised around the world.

Daffodil Day funds are used to provide vital patient care and cancer information services nationwide. All services are free to patients and also their families.

All donations on the day are greatly appreciated.

Local History Meeting This Thursday 19th March

history groupThis Thursday, the 19th March at 10.45am the Local History Group will once again meet in The Enterprise Centre.

The theme and topics up for discussion this week will be New Street, Brewery Street and The Railway.

These meetings have become a very popular and much anticipated monthly event. They offer a slice of historical life for Castleblayney and its inhabitants, who are treated to wonderful stories of days gone by and fascinating tales of yore.   With insightful, informative and factual anecdotes that weave within them the town’s rich history, everyone is welcome to come along.

Admission is €2 and there will be tea and coffee served.

Patrick Kavanagh Gallery Walking Tour & Dramatic Monologue

gallery tour in iontasAn evening of all things Patrick Kavanagh will take place on Friday 20th March at 7.30p.m. Here visitors will be treated to an informative walking tour of the Gallery Exhibition, where guests will be joined by one of the artists – Joan Mallon. Afterwards with host Mr. Art Agnew there will be a monologue taking place in the theatre for full dramatic effect!

This informative, imaginative evening is entitled “Kavanagh Lite” and is free of charge. Everyone is welcome to this evening full of wonderful artwork, historical anecdotes and drama.

The Gallery Exhibition, which will play host to a beautiful collection of works by well known local artists including – Eileen Ferguson, Neil Greig, Kate Beagan, Paraic McQuaid, Orla Ruxton, Joan Mallon and Brenda O’Reilly-Hughes. All these are available for viewing in the Iontas Foyer Gallery until Thursday 26th March 2015. The Gallery is open daily from 9am until 9pm.

Volunteering Opportunities at Monaghan Volunteer Centre

logo 1Castleblayney residents will be delighted to hear about the range of volunteering opportunities available through The Monaghan Volunteer Centre.

The Monaghan Volunteer Centre was established in 2006 and is part of Monaghan Integrated Development. The Volunteer Centre provides assistance for people who wish to volunteer whilst also supporting organisations who require volunteers and is one of twenty two Volunteer Centres in Ireland.

It is also a member of the National Development Agency; Volunteer Ireland. The Centre is funded by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and is committed to enabling, promoting, supporting and advancing volunteering in County Monaghan.

If you are based in or around the Castleblayney area and would like more information on any of the services or activities promoted by the Monaghan Volunteer Centre, you can contact: Grace Sherry or Sinead Keenan on 047-72191. Also on Facebook: Monaghan Volunteer Centre or on their Twitter handle: @VolunteerMonagh

There is also a facility on this website whereby you can fill out the Volunteer Form and your details can then be forwarded to the Volunteer Centre. Details can be found here: http://castleblayney.ie/index.php/volunteers

Castleblayney Drama Festival February 27th - March 7th 2015

poster 2015 drama festivalOur Drama Festival is nearly here again and 2015 promises to be another exciting year of top class plays from some of the best groups in the country.

There are 8 performances in competition fighting to gain places in the All-Ireland Finals. As usual, the Festival runs in the Iontas Theatre where visiting groups avail of the theatre’s state of the art facilities. First night is Friday February 27th followed by plays on Saturday 28th & Sunday March 1st. After a short breather the festival continues on Tuesday 3rd until final night on Saturday March 7th.

Opening Night always has someone interesting to officially launch the festival and this year we are delighted to have a Co.Monaghan native in front of the red curtain: Heather Humphreys, Minister for the Arts, Heritage & The Gaeltacht. The Minister recently visited Blayney with her “Arts” hat on when she met with locals involved with Blayney Fair last September, and now the Drama Festival will show once again how important it is to keep art alive in the local community.

A big part of the Festival is the adjudication after each performance. Audiences love to hear what the visiting adjudicator has to say which normally starts plenty of debate and some predictions of a festival winner or best actor, best set etc. Martin Maguire takes the best seat in the house this year and will be attending Blayney for the first time. He has come hot from adjudicating the 2014 All-Ireland One-Act Finals. Martin is a writer, actor & director so should give us an insight into all aspects of drama.

The Festival is proud that it can attract regular Sponsors and is delighted to have many of them on board again: Monaghan County Council, Monaghan Cavan ETB, Mc Mahon’s Supervalu, AIB Bank,  The Glencarn Hotel, Grant Thornton, Watters’ Old Coach Inn, Bank of Ireland, and Castleblayney Credit Union. We also thank the many Friends of the Festival who donate every year.

An exciting venture for the Festival has been the new website www.castleblayneydramafestival.ie which includes details of all the plays this year as well as information on past festivals. There is also a link to the Iontas Theatre Booking system. See us also on facebook: Castleblayney Drama Festival 2015.

Box Office:
Web: www.iontascastleblayney.ie
Phone: 042 9753401
Note: Plays start 8.00pm (except Final Night 7.30pm)
Tickets: Adults €14
Concessions: €12
Primary & Post Primary Students: €5              
Season Ticket: €60
4 Play Ticket: €35

Muckno Mania Festival 2015 - The Year of the Puppet

puppet workshop 1The Muckno Mania Festival is once again fast approaching, with all the fun and activities taking place from 9th – 12th July. The theme for this year’s Festival is “The Year of the Puppet” which will be interwoven into all the Festival’s events and activities throughout the entire weekend.

The annual window display competition will also incorporate the puppet theme and organisers would take this opportunity to encourage businesses to think creatively about their entries for the competition. Also on the Friday night of the festival – 10th July a large Puppet Parade will take place and all schools, groups and individuals are invited to take part.

If anyone would like to participate and find out more about the art of puppetry – workshops on large puppet making will be held shortly. These workshops are designed to impart the skills and artistic knowledge needed to produce puppets on a large scale.

If anyone is interested in the large puppets workshops please contact the Enterprise Centre on 042 9746087 for more information.

Art Therapy Workshop in Iontas

art therapy workshop in ionFrom Tuesday 10th February until Tuesday 3rd March, Oonagh Campbell will introduce an Art Therapy workshop in Iontas, Castleblayney.

These workshops will run from 10.30am – 12.30pm over four sessions. No previous experience of art is needed as these classes are all about self-reflection, self-expression and communicating through art as a medium.

The fee is €100 and this will include all materials. For more information please visit www.iontascastleblayney.ie

Booking is essential for these workshops. Please call 042 9753410/11/12

Blayney Website Recognised in National Awards

lama awardsThere was further good news for the Board of Castleblayney Community Enterprise this month when they were shortlisted for recognition in the National Lama Awards, which were held in the Crowne Plaza, Santry, Co. Dublin on Saturday night last.

The group’s website www.castleblayney.ie was chosen in the top five nationally for special recognition under the category of Best Connected Community and Connecting People.

The awards ceremony, which attracted an attendance from all over Ireland, is staged annually by The Local Authority Members Association (LAMA). These awards acknowledge the important role that businesses, communications and tourism play both on a local and national level in conjunction with County Councils.

Those who attended the event included Marese Heavin Chairperson of Castleblayney Community Enterprise, Board members; Aidan Campbell, Sinead O’ Brien, Maire Mc Quillan, Enterprise Centre staff Tommy Mc Guire, Leona McEnroe, and others Alica Campbell and Alan Clarke. The group were also joined by staff members of Monaghan County Council, namely Cathal Flynn and Paul Clifford. The ceremony was officiated by popular and well known TV presenter Miriam O’ Callaghan who kept the night flowing and added to its entertainment.

The other websites listed under the category were: Millstreet.ie, Clontarf.ie, Drumlane.ie and Donegaltown.ie. Unfortunately success for the Blayney contingent was not to be and the winners on the night in this category were Clontarf.ie.

The Castleblayney website was introduced by Castleblayney Community Enterprise in 2004. The development of the website was made possible through funding from ADM/CPU under the EU Peace II Programmes and part-funded by the Irish Government under the National Development Plan 2000-2006.

Muckno Parish Renovation Fund Bowling Classic

bowling 1GR8, in conjunction with The Muckno Parish Renovation Fund present an exciting bowling classic event from Wednesday 18th February until Sunday 22nd February. The top eight teams will play on Sunday 22nd February at 6pm. Teams should be made up of four to five people and the entry fee for each team is €50. First prize for the winning team is €1000. The tickets for this event are available from the Parish Office or from GR8. You can contact the Parish Office on: 042 9740027 or GR8 on: 042 9749955.

This event is in aid of The Muckno Parish Renovation Fund which incorporates a whole host of fundraising events for major restorations works to both churches within the Parish of Muckno – St. Mary’s Church Castleblayney and St. Patrick’s Church Oram. All contributions greatly appreciated.

Mary Makes Tv Debut!

marys makeover 1Local lady Mary Byrne was recently chosen for an exciting makeover on the RTE 1 entertainment show – TODAY. Mary, who had to travel to Cork for the show, set aside her camera for a day’s pampering and enjoyed a full hair, makeup and clothing makeover.

Mary, who is a very inspirational lady, was thrilled to get this unique opportunity and this makeover by RTE was in part, recognition of her healthy life-style and fitness regime, which hosts of the show; Daithi O’ Shea and Maura Derran showed a keen interest in.

Throughout the show different styles were tried and chosen in terms of hair and makeup and clothing and at the end of the show was the big reveal of Mary’s new style!

Photo courtesy of Mary Byrne

Pancake Tuesday Fundraiser at Blackhill GFC

pancake tuesdayCastleblayney Cancer Society and The Muckno Parish Renovation Fund have joined forces with Blackhill GFC to host a Pancake Tuesday day from 9.00am until 9.00pm. All this will take place on the 19th February and is a wonderful opportunity for the community to get together and enjoy the fun of the day. There will also be a raffle on the night including an Easter Hamper and lots of other prizes.

Everyone is welcome to come along to enjoy a cup of tea and a pancake or two! Donations are also welcome on the day. All help is greatly appreciated.

The proceeds of the event will go to both The Muckno Parish Renovation Fund www.mucknoparish.ie and Castleblayney Cancer Society www.castleblayneycancersociety.com.

Local History Group Talk in The Enterprise Centre Castleblayney

castleblayney townThe Local History Group will meet again this Thursday 22nd January at 10.45a.m. in The Enterprise Centre.

The theme and topics for discussion this week will include Town land names, translations and meanings of Town land names in Muckno Parish, the families of Thomas Street and some memories of the Commons.

This popular event has previously attracted large crowds who have now come to expect interesting and informative insights into bygone days and factual accounts of Castleblayneys rich history, including families, streets and landmarks.

Please come along, everyone is welcome.

Castleblayney Drama Festival 2015

castleblayney drama festival 1This year Castleblayneys Drama Festival will take place from Friday 27th February till Saturday 7th March 2015. In 2014 the Festival celebrated 25 years and this year all the fun, drama and entertainment of previous years.

Ninety eighty nine saw the first ever Festival take place in the small Gatehouse Arts Theatre in Castlesquare, then moving to Our Lady’s Concert Hall. In 2005 the Festival moved to theIontas arts and Community Resource Centre here in Castleblayney and has been entertaining audiences with their wide range of excellent dramas and plays since.

Some of the upcoming performances include: Pygmalian By George Bernard Shaw presented by The Bridge Players, Tea in a China Cup By Christina Reid presented by The Lislea Dramatic Players, The Lonesome West by Martin McDonagh presented by The Pomeroy Players, The Drawer Boy by Michael Healy presented by The Estuary Players and The Lost Weekend presented by The Sillan Players.

Tickets are available from the Iontas Box Office, where there are season tickets and also concessions available. They can be contacted on 042-9753400 or by visiting www.iontascastleblayney.ie.

For further information on the Festival and all the upcoming performances, please visit www.castleblayneydramafestival.ie Please come along to enjoy the Festival and all the wonderful performances on offer!

Art Exhibition "Accession" comes to Iontas Theatre Castleblayney

art exhibition iontasAccession is an intriguing collection of artwork by the artist Helen Blake. Helen is a painter and her work focuses on colour that engages with rhythm and formalism, chance and deliberation. She employs a working method whereby the process and contemplation are allowed to guide the progress of the piece.

Helen makes small, handmade paintings that record and examine colour conversations. In April 2013, Helen was the overall winner of the County Wicklow Visual Arts Open Submission.

The exhibition is available for viewing in the Iontas Foyer Gallery from 5th January until Thursday 12th February 2015. The Gallery is open to the public daily from 9am – 9pm.

Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy these individual, thought provoking pieces.

One of the aims of Iontas is to provide space for initiative and innovation. This is promoted through all manner of educational, creative and artistic directions. This is highlighted in this current art exhibition, whereby it is promoting the artist’s work but also serves as a vessel by which the observer is encouraged to think, connect and rationalise what it is they think the artist in question is trying to achieve. This is a very important aspect of the centre’s aims and one that extends to the ardent art fan or casual viewer of such works.

Castleblayney Hurling Club Variety Show 30th January

hurling club variety showFriday 30th January at 8.30pm in Iontas, will see a night of fun and entertainment to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the club.

Everyone is invited to this very special night which will be full of variety and fun. The night will showcase the musical and comical talents of the members of the club, including Tom Gilanders, Ciaran Sid Connolly, Noel Mc Guigan, Paul Forde, Jim Mc Hugh and David Connolly. Special guest on the night will include – Brendan Gormley, Niall McGuigan and The Brown Notes and Mickey McCarthy.

This is a night not to be missed and will be full of popular and contemporary music, entertainment and comedy.

Tickets are €10 and are available from Iontas Reception – 042 9753400/01, David Connolly – 086 2517407, Noel McGuigan – 086 2375507, Hugh Cullen – 086 2541200.

Training at Castleblayney Enterprise Centre for 2015

enterprise centreThere is a wide variety of courses and training opportunities on offer in Castleblayneys Enterprise Centre for 2015. The training in the centre focuses on quality of training to groups in small numbers. This therefore means that places are limited. The centre offers high quality training facilities at reasonable rates and provides an ideal learning environment for the level of training required.

Click Here to go to Castleblayney Training Centre and the full schedule of Courses for 2016.

Some courses on offer include:

Health and Safety Awareness Training, abrasive Wheel Training, Fire Safety Training, Basic Life Support Instructor Course, SafePass, EHOA, HACCP, Manual Handling, Patient Handling, Basic First Aid, Occupational First Aid, Heartsaver AED, Equalskills(Beginners Computers), BenefIT 4 (Beginners Computers), Intermediate Computers, ECDL, Microsoft Excel, Farm Accounts, digital Photography, Photoshop, Smartphone, Facebook and Skype Workshops.

For more information and a detailed description on any of these courses please visit: Castleblayney Training Centre.

You can also contact: Leona McEnroe at Castleblayney Training Centre on 042-9746087 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Courses for Castleblayney Enterprise Centre

new course flyerJanuary 2015 will see several new courses being delivered in the Castleblayney area for Parents and young babiesby Health Promotion Specialist Duana McArdle. Baby massage facilitates parenting skills, infant-parent interaction, bonding and attachment, and parents’ ability to read their babies’ cues. The difference between this and other baby massage courses is that baby reflexology is incorporated into the course. Parents learn simple, effective baby reflexology techniques which can calm babies and toddlers and helps improve sleep patterns, digestion, teething and other common aliments such as colds.

Bringing these simple techniques together in an accessible way for parents is important to Duana McArdle who delivers the courses. Duana has worked for almost 10 years with groups and on a one to one basis with women, children and families on a range of issues in a variety of settings and currently works in an Early Years setting as a Health Promotion Specialist co-ordinating and delivering courses and providing 1:1 support to families who have children under 5 years of age.

A Baby Yoga course will also be delivered in the new year for slightly older babies and their parents. This is a gentle way for parents to get back to physical activity and strengthen gradually whilst having fun with their baby, and the exercises also strengthen baby’s muscles. Each course lasts 4 weeks and is 40 euro per course. They begin on Saturday 10th January 2015 in Castleblayney Enterprise Centre. For more information, general queries or to book onto any of the courses you can access the website http://babysolebigsole.weebly.com/ , email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone Duana on 0872843315.

Muckno Mania wins Best Annual Festival at Best in Ireland Awards 2014

muckno mania win best festiOn Friday 5th December, the first Best in Ireland Awards 2014 took place in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin. These awards celebrate and reward the helpful people of Ireland and tell the amazing stories of some amazing people. There are numerous “Best of” categories and Castleblayneys Muckno Mania was nominated in the Best Annual Festival category along with festivals in Lisdoonvarna and Galway.

The whole event was broadcast live on the Ray D’Arcy Show on Friday morning with listeners eagerly awaiting the results.

Selected for its sheer variety, individuality and diversity – it is clear that the Festival has something for everything to enjoy and commands attention, even from the Guinness Book of World Records no less, with numerous successful attempts at records.

So, huge congratulations to everyone involved in making the Muckno Mania Festival what it is. All elements, from planning to the implementation, to the actual days of the Festival, are all integral to the success of such a great event and this award is not only recognition of this, it is also a nod to the standing Castleblayney Town and its people have on a national level.

Muckno Community Partnership presents Santa in the Park this December!

On Sunday December 14th Santa will arrive to Wilbert’s Enchanted Garden, Muckno Park, Castleblayney. The fun on the day starts at 1.00pm. There will be train rides, a carousel and there will even be a giant 40ft Snowman too! Santa will arrive by boat at 4.00pm, North Pole weather permitting of course! Everyone is welcome, so come along and enjoy the day!!

santa in the park

 

 

Mc Mahon's Supervalu Castleblayney 5K Race Proves a Huge Success, as Conor Duffy Cruises Home to Victory Ahead of Nearly 800 Participants!

Sunday the 30th of November proved to be yet another fantastic day in Castleblayney as the people of North East literally turned up in their hundreds to play their part in the Mc Mahons Supervalu Castleblayney 5K .Shortly after 10am an army of volunteers gathered in the Glencarn Shopping Centre so that the registration process would be quick and easy for the large crowd anticipated.

getting ready to start
When the guest speaker Pat Divilly from Divilly Fitness arrived at 1 pm, he was taken aback, firstly by the large crowds but more so by the great sense of community at the event .The Race Stewards Committee had worked hard with the local Gardai to insure that Main Street and the other areas of the town were closed off, so that the Runners would have a clear and safe passage from the start, right through to the packed finishing area in the middle of the town.  The Race field had a large number of Athletics Clubs present, with runners coming from as far afield as Dublin ,Donegal, Belfast, Galway and Mayo, with the age profiling from the very young to the not so young .The GAA community turned out in large numbers with eighteen clubs entering the “Fastest GAA Club” while some thirty five athletics clubs were represented in the “Fastest Athletics Club”, with Scoil Mhuire na mBuchaillí deserving special mention as they registered over 50 boys along with a further seven staff members.
Pat Divilly offered the Runners/Walkers some advice from the platform before Operation TransFAUGHmations Tom Miller took the huge crowd for a warm up to Katriona and the Waves “Walking on Sunshine”. When Faughs and Monaghan legend Gerry Fitzpatrick sounded the horn for the start of the race there were nearly eight hundred runners /walkers registered.
The elite athletes such as Michael Mc Killot, Conor Duffy, Dessie Duffy, Shane Boyle and Shane Brady were quick off the mark with Conor laying down an early marker by making it first to the turning point. The field had been well spread out after 1KM and it wasn’t long before all participants had found their rhythm. The Race route was lined with a huge number of supporters as they clapped each individual home to the main finish line which was on the Main Street. It wasn’t long before Conor Duffy wearing the Glaslough Harriers vest came sprinting down the main street to huge applause to cross the line in first place with a time of 15”23. Indeed the win capped a great few days for Conor who was chosen on the previous Friday to represent Ireland at the 21st SPAR European Cross Country Championships which take place in Samokov, Bulgaria on Sunday December 14th.
Conor was followed shortly after by Michael McKillot (2nd Male)in 15’59”.The first female was Olivia Martin from Bohermenna Club in 19’30” and for the second year in a row the 2nd Female went to Donna Evans in 20’12.Senior Footballer Benny Mc Elroy won the Fastest Castleblayney Faughs person in an excellent time of 18”53”. But the biggest cheers were reserved for all the participants of the Operation TransFAUGHAmation who stayed to applaud each other home on completion of their race. In the Fastest GAA Club, the Doohamlet Club won the bragging rights for this year while the fastest Athletics Club also left Castleblayney for its new home in Clones thanks to three of their team finishing in the top sixteen finishes.

conor duffy cruising to the

After the race all participants and supporters attended a packed Glencarn Hotel were Patrick Mc Fadden and his staff supplied free tea, coffee and sandwiches to all. The audience was entertained as local athlete Aidan Campbell held a question and answers session with Colin Regan from the National Health and Wellness Committee, Jason Hughes and Tom Miller from Operation TransFAUGHSmation programme, as well as motivational speaker Gerry Duffy.

Pat Divilly was the Clubs special guest speaker on the day was highly impressed with the day remarking that “This really is a special event, I heard quite a bit in advance from different people who have attended in the last couple of years but to honest with you I am blown away with the Community spirit in Castleblayney . The fitness programme run by the Faughs Club called Operation TransFAUGHSmation is very special, it really does seem to be the “fun way to a healthier lifestyle”, I would like to congratulate everybody who took part in such a great day”.

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When asked about the whole event, a clearly delighted Tom Miller replied “This year we had a mixed crew of people who were new to the programme plus a large crowd of people who had completed Operation TransFAUGHSmation in previous years which worked really well. The main aim for everyone at the start of the programme was to run/walk Castleblayney 5K. As we have seen, everyone achieved that goal today to say I am proud of them all would be an understatement, but credit must be given to all the participants who have been nothing but great craic and the community spirit created at Operation TransFAUGHSmation is something really very special.” .It was clear to all that Stephen Dignam Senior Chairperson of the Faughs Club was equally delighted “Today is about what we as the Faughs Club can offer back to our local community, hopefully everyone has enjoyed the experience today and will have gone home happy , I know today we missed one of our race organisers the late Pauline Devlin. Hopefully Pauline and indeed the greater community of Castleblayney are proud of what was achieved today, I know I certainly am”. Next year’s race date will be Sunday the 29th of November 2015. I recommend that you put the date in your Diary; it really is a great occasion. Well done to all.

Fundraising in Muckno Parish

2muckno parish draw 1Fundraising is continuing for major restoration work to both St. Mary’s Church, Castleblayney and St. Patrick’s Church Oram. To do this, there is a 10 week draw with €30,000 in prizes. If there is anyone who can help sell tickets or indeed anyone who would like to buy tickets, please call into the Parish Office behind St. Mary’s Church.

The first two draws will take place in the Glencarn Hotel on Sunday 14th December after a Big Christmas Bingo session. All proceeds will go to the Churches Restoration Fund. All assistance is greatly appreciated. For more information please contact the Parish Office on 042 9740027.

Youth Work Ireland, Monaghan – To Host Jingle Bingo in Castleblayney College

ywi logoOn Sunday, December 7th at 3pm – Youth Work Ireland, Monaghan will host a Jingle Bingo event in Castleblayney College. All proceeds will go to the Youth Café/Youth Information Service in Castleblayney.

Olivia Hobbs of YWI Monaghan is encouraging as many people as possible to come and enjoy the fun of the day, with plenty of chances to win. She also noted how much the event will benefit the local Youth Information Service – which supports young people and their families with information and advice. The Youth Café provides a safe place for young people to meet up with friends and also gives them the opportunity to join groups.

Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the fun! For any more information please contact 042-9751979.

Blayney Blades Upcoming Events in December

blayney blades logoMonday night, the 1st December will be a demonstration on how to make Christmas decorations for your home, presented by Martina Quinn. Registration is at 7.45pm and the talk is at 8pm. The fee is €3 for members and €5 for non-members. Light refreshments will  also be served and everyone is welcome to come along.

The First Thursday Coffee Morning will take place in the Scout Hall on Thursday 4th December from 10.30am – 12 midday. The proceeds from the morning will go to charity.

On Wednesday 3rd December, there will be an Advent Reflection Morning with Lily Sexton from 10.30am – 1pm in Iontas. The fee is €5 and if you would like to book, you can phone Blayney Blades on 042 9753412. Light refreshments will also be served. Everyone is welcome to come along.

Walkers, Runners and Supporters All Wanted for the Mc Mahon Supervalu Castleblayney 5K

final map of castleblayney The fourth Mc Mahon Supervalu Castleblayney Flat 5 K walk/run happens this Sunday 30th of November and is proudly promoted by the Castleblayney Faughs. Organisers have been working extremely hard over the last few months preparing for the walk/race as the club seek to keep building the event into one of the best events on the North East Athletic calendar. This year is no different with National fitness expert Pat Divilly confirming a few weeks ago that he will line up with fellow participants at the start line at 2pm. Pat who hails from Barna, County Galway is regarded as one of the country’s top experts in physical fitness and is also widely renowned for his motivational talks to a wide variety of groups ranging from fitness clubs through to some of the top Blue Chip corporations in the world. Pat’s expertise also extends to nutrition and he has just recently completed his second book called Naked Paleo which looks at the impact of food on weight loss and longer living. Pat can regularly be heard on RTE 1 Radio on the Sean O Rourke Show where he gives advice on fitness and diet. Pat is also a regular TV contributor on fitness on both RTE and TV3. Divilly Fitness also has a huge social media following with over 120,000 followers on Facebook who regularly tune in to watch Pat‘s tutorial fitness class.

The race organiser are also delighted to welcome back Gerry Duffy, the Deca Ironman World Champion to Castleblayney. Gerry who is a regular attender is delighted to return “The first question I ask when I arrive in Castleblayney for the 5 K is - what is the date for next year’s race. I really look forward to the day , this is a very special event which is always so well run and so well supported by walkers runners and indeed the general population of Castleblayney. To have 33% of the population of Castleblayney involved at some stage during the day speaks volumes for the community spirit in the town”.

Many local competitors have already committed to the race, including a large contingent from the Blayney Rockets, Muckno Movers and the Muckno Triathlon Club. The wider GAA community have also added to the event with a number of Clubs entering the fastest GAA Club competition which will see the Castleblayney Faughs hoping to defend their title.

The TV cameras will be making a welcome appearance as the GAA National Health and Wellness Committee set about developing a video on how local GAA Clubs can improve the health of local people. The Mc Mahon Supervalu 5K was highlighted at a National Level as being a great example of how a GAA Club can have such a positive effect on the local community.

The event which will mark the end of the 12-week training programme called “Operation TRansFAUGHSmation” was put in place as a target for the participants to test their fitness by either walking or running the route. This year’s race will be Athletics Ireland certified and will be a chipped event. Safety has been a key priority, with the Committee and the Gardai working closely to develop the stewarding and traffic plans.

The Walk/Run is very much a community effort and will cater for all levels of fitness - fun walkers, walkers, joggers and runners and offers a wonderful community atmosphere for all. People can Preregister on runireland.ie and registration will also be open on Saturday morning beside the Super Valu Store from 11am to 1pm. On the morning of the race registration will take place in the Glencarn Shopping Centre between 11am and 1 o’clock and for those people who have pre registered you will be able to collect your Race numbers and chips at this time. As a result of the huge interest that this event has generated we would ask all contestants to present themselves as early as possible for registration. There will a brief race warm up at 1.45 with the gun sounding for the start of the race at 2pm sharp. Presentation of medals will happen directly after the race, as you either run or walk across the line. All participants and their families are invited back to the Glencarn Hotel for tea and sandwiches where Pat, Gerry and Colm O' Regan from the National Health and Wellness Committee will speak to the audience.

The local community is very much encouraged to don their runners and join in on the fun or alternatively come out and shout on your family, friends and neighbours as they push to complete the walk/run. Let us show everyone what the people of Castleblayney can do if we put our minds to it.

Finally, Registration Forms are available from Mc Mahons Supervalu or Budz florists on Main St. or online at www.castleblayneyfaughs.com or www.Runireland.com.

Art Exhibition “Essence and Existence” by Catherine Hearne in Iontas

art exhibition iontas 2Iontas Theatre in Castleblayney is delighted to host a new collection of paintings created by the very talented artist Catherine Hearne. The work which was carried out over the past two years displays a rich and intricate body of work which amply demonstrates all the hallmarks of this artist – attention to detail, complex layering of information, intricate building of surfaces and rich colour relationships.

All these prove to be vital aspects of Catherine’s work. The paintings provide a visual feast of colour, surface and form.

One of the aims of Iontas is to provide space for initiative and innovation. This is promoted through all manner of educational, creative and artistic directions. This is highlighted in this current art exhibition, whereby it is promoting the artist’s work but also serves as a vessel by which the viewer is encour