Early Bird Season Tickets to Castleblayney Drama Festival 2022

The annual Castleblayney Drama Festival will take place in ĺontas Theatre, Castleblayney and will run each night from Friday 4th March to Saturday 12th March with performances starting at 8pm except Saturday 12th March at 7.30pm.

The Early Bird season tickets to the annual Castleblayney Drama Festival are only €75 and may be purchased by contacting Jaki in ĺontas Theatre on 042 975 3400 or 042 975 3401.

To view this year’s programme click on the link below:

List of Performances

Season’s Greetings

As we draw closer to the end of another year and prepare to usher in 2021, the Board of Directors and the staff of Castleblayney Community Enterprise Centre would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone in Castleblayney, its surrounding areas and all Castleblayney natives living abroad: a healthy, peaceful Christmas and a prosperous 2022.

We would also like to thank everyone who contributed news and stories to the website over the past year.

The New Meeting Pods & Acoustic Phone Booths At CCE Centre

Castleblayney Enterprise Centre is delighted with its new delivery and installation of a number of meeting pods and acoustic phone booths in the building.

These new additions will greatly enhance our provision of remote working opportunities and provide a personal space for focused work and collaboration without constant noise, debris and distraction.

Huge Response to Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Castleblayney was chosen as the collection point for Shoeboxes in south Monaghan through the offices of the Church of Ireland.  In total, 1662 shoeboxes were collected across the South Monaghan area with €6,926 being the final lodgement. The organisers were delighted with the response given the difficulties posed by covid.

Christmas Shoeboxes have headed to the Ukraine in Eastern Europe.

Shoebox Appeal aims to bring hope and happiness to the children, who may not otherwise celebrate the significance of Christmas and the holiday season.

On behalf of The Church of Ireland a big thank you to everyone who has donated and to volunteers who have been working hard to check that all the Christmas Shoeboxes meet with customs and safety requirements.

For more information on this worthy cause please visit: www.teamhope.ie

St. Stephen's Day Event Goes Virtual

Locals are being invited to take part in this year's annual St. Stephens Day walk/run event.

The 17th St. Stephen’s Day 10k run/walk will go virtual this year and will take place anytime between 26th December – 1st January starting and finishing at St Marys Hospital.

The event is supported by Americold and is in aid of St. Marys Comfort Fund.  The donations can be made via gofund.me/f81332c2.

A Full List of Businesses Participating in Town Voucher Scheme

The following businesses accept the Castleblayney Town Vouchers

Addictions Beauty Salon – AES Security – Akinsons Menswear – Apache Pizza - Blayney Dry Cleaners – BML Mechanics – Brendan Hughes Gift Shop – Budz – Burns Bros -  Carragher’s XL Shop – Carvilles Tools – Castleblayney Veterinary Clinic – Centra - Churchview Flowers & Garden Centre – Concra Woods Pro Shop / The View Restaurant - Conlon’s Café – Coyle’s Pharmacy – Cozy Café -  Dan Hughes – Declan Loughman Sports – Duffy Oils - Eamon Byrne Butchers – Eileen’s Tea Rooms – EJ Hughes – Frank & Polly Children’s Boutique – Glencarn Hotel – Good 2 Go – GR8 – Gillian Oliver Physiotherapy - Iontas Theatre – Irwin Tiles – Jewellers – John Flanagan & Sons – Katies - King’s Forge Glass – Kiva’s – La Traviata – La Buton Hair Salon – Lakeside Angling Leavy’s Pharmacy – Lins Takeaway – Liz Christy Handwoven in Ireland – Mac L Beauty MacMahon Paints & Wallpaper – Mc Ardles Office Supplies – McKeevers Chemist - Me-Me Boutique – Monaghan Hire – Mr. Richard’s – Oceans Hair & Beauty Salon - Old Coach Inn – Peking – Picasso Hair & Beauty – Pixies / Beauty World - Quinn’s Butchers – Rayells Unisex Hair Salon – RB Coogans Ltd. – Royal Jade – Shoe City Shabra Plastics – Shortt’s Butchers - Sole & Sea Fishmongers – SuperValu – Tavey Bros The Barber Shop – The Blayney Barber – The Corner Pharmacy – The Mascot – Tygerlillys Boutique – Today’s Local – Top Oil – Vision Hair Design – Watters Londis - Watters Maxol and many more.                                                                                      

Minister Humphreys announces funding for Castleblayney outdoor project

Yesterday the Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys announced investment for an outdoor project which will benefit Castleblayney. This is great news as € 50,000 funding will be allocated to Castleblayney, Doohamlet and Ballybay to plan and design a new greenway linking the three areas.

Minister Heather Humphreys stated that “the projects that we are investing in today will make a huge difference to people of all ages and abilities and will also help further support rural towns like Castleblayney economies and make them a destination of choice for adventure tourism”.

Castleblayney town Christmas lights are On

Last Friday Santa came to Castleblayney town to switch on the Christmas lights.  He spectacularly arrived in fire engine and after meeting some of young children who were gathered there, proceeded to switch on the town lights.  The event was organised by Castleblayney Regeneration Committee.  Much praise goes to Monaghan County Council’s staff, who worked so hard over the previous weeks put the lights in place.  The colourful and bright display of the Christmas lights creates warm Christmas atmosphere and will be a huge asset to the town in attracting shoppers and visitors over the Christmas period.

 

Shop Local For Christmas

blayney posterWe want to encourage consumers and businesses to “look locally” when buying products and services for Christmas to help support the economy.

Castleblayney Christmas Lights Switch On

 

Castleblayney town Christmas Lights Switch On 

will take place on Friday 19th November 

at the Big Tom Statue at 7pm.

 

Proposed Parking Control Scheme for Carrickmacross and Castleblayney

Carrickmacross-Castleblayney Municipal District

Public Consultation – Proposed Parking Control Schemes

Draft Carrickmacross Town Parking Control Scheme 2021

Draft Castleblayney Town Parking Control Scheme 2021

In accordance with Section 131A of and Schedule 14A to the Local Government Act 2001 (as inserted by section 21(3) and 21(4) of the Local Government Reform Act 2014), and as provided for under Section 35 of the Road Traffic Act 1994, Carrickmacross-Castleblayney Municipal District intends to adopt the above Parking Control Schemes.  

The draft Parking Control Schemes, together with associated mapping and a briefing note, shall be available for review on Monaghan County Council’s website, www.monaghan.ie, for a four- week period, commencing Friday the 5th of November 2021. You may submit your views/comments by emailing them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before 5pm on Friday the 3rd of December 2021.

The draft Parking Control Schemes, together with associated mapping, shall also be available for inspection at Carrickmacross Civic Offices, Riverside Road, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, during normal office hours (9.30am- 4.30pm), from Friday the 5th of November 2021. Please contact the above-mentioned offices, via telephone on 042 9661236 or alternatively via Email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to  arrange an appointment to view the draft Schemes. Hardcopy submissions with respect to the draft Schemes may be made in writing to:

Mr. Damien Thornton,
A/Municipal District Co-Ordinator, Carrickmacross Civic Offices, Riverside Road,
Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan A81 RY22
no later than 5pm on Friday the 3rd of December 2021.

ADVICE NOTE - RESIDENTS PARKING PERMIT - 2HR PARKING ZONE

Residents on a street or portion of a street where parking is restricted to a period of 2 Hours during business hours, 9am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday, may apply for an exemption Permit.
Application forms and particulars are available here:

Application Forms

Please note that the following conditions/eligibility criteria:

  • Maximum of one Permit per residence
  • Residence must be owner-occupied
  • Applications will not be considered where there is car parking available for one or more vehicles within the curtilage of the residence/premises
  • Parking Permit issued in respect of one vehicle only
  • Parking Permit to be displayed on vehicle at all times

New Digital Hub Facility officially opened at Castleblayney Community Enterprise by An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Minister Heather Humphreys

An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar TD Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment and Minister Heather Humphreys Department for Rural and Community Development jointly performed the official opening of a new modern Digital Hub Facility at Castleblayney Enterprise Centre.

The new facility offers a number of hot desk options as well as small glass pod offices which can be hired on a daily or weekly basis by those seeking to work remotely or to benefit from faster broadband speeds. 

Speaking at the unveiling Tánaiste Leo Varadkar stated “Remote working won’t suit everyone, but it will suit many. It cuts down on commuting, means more time at home or in the community, and can help to increase productivity. It can also be a huge boost for rural towns and villages boosting footfall and local spend. So it’s fantastic to see this expanded remote working facility in Castleblayney…

 Speaking on behalf of Castleblayney Community Enterprise Pete McMahon Chairman thanked the Tánaiste and Minister Humphreys for attending to perform the official opening of their new Digital Hub facility.  He said, “the Board of Castleblayney Community Enterprise were delighted that this new addition to their invaluable resource in Castleblayney will allow many local people work from their hometown and cut down on unnecessary commuting to major cities and towns”.  He said, “the Board are grateful for the personal support they received in relation to their successful outcomes they received under both the Grant Programmes Covid 19 Enterprise Ireland grant Programme titled Powering the Regions, Enterprise Centre Fund and the Connected Hubs Call and thank in particular Minister Heather Humphreys TD and Mr Aidan Mc Kenna Regional Manager of Enterprise Ireland”.

The event which was restricted in numbers due to COVID 19 also included attendance by Senator Joe O’Reilly, Aidan McKenna Regional Manager Enterprise Ireland, Aidan Campbell Cathaoirleach Monaghan County Council, Cllr. Mary Kerr Conlon, Paul Clifford Director of Services Monaghan County Council, Finbarr Daly CEO Enterprising Monaghan, Paul Shortt Chairman Enterprising Monaghan and members of the Board and staff of Castleblayney Community Enterprise. 

An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar TD visits the Ridge

During his visit to County Monaghan An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar TD Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment paid a visit the site at McGrath road which is under construction for the new Ridge project. Taking its name from the Irish townland Droim Iolaird (Ridge of the Eagle) The Ridge will comprise of business orientated workspace and facilities of exceptional quality. This will be a modern 3 storey building above a lower ground floor/basement area and has potential for 24 business units offering adaptability and flexibility.

The construction of the building which emerged from needs identified in a feasibility study prepared by Castleblayney Community Enterprise will be completed in September 2022.

The Tánaiste was accompanied on his visit by Minister Heather Humphreys TD, Department for Rural and Community Development. The Ridge received funding under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF) which is administered through Minister Humphreys Department.

The purpose of the fund is to support job creation in rural areas, address de-population of rural communities and support improvements in our towns and villages with a population of less than 10,000, and outlying areas.

Further information on tenancy of the new Ridge building can be obtained by contacting the Manager, Castleblayney Community Enterprise.

Telephone: 00353 (0)42 9746087   or   Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Castleblayney College will have three new special education classes!

There was good news this week for Castleblayney College when Minister for Education Norma Foley confirmed that they were to receive three new special education classrooms under the Additional School Accommodation Scheme.

Castleblayney College is a medium sized secondary school. It is co-educational and multi-denominational. The College has an excellent track record in academic achievement across a wide range of subjects, and in helping the students to achieve their potential.

The news has been welcomed by Principal and Board of Management.

Castleblayney family make RTE headlines as they get to meet all the first responders who saved their toddler’s life.

Toddler Therese Hickey, from Castleblayney, got to meet all the first responders on Saturday last who saved her life last August.  The two-year-old girl was found unresponsive in a pond at the family home, but thanks to CPR immediately carried out by her mother and later by Paramedics, survived and made a full recovery.  The Hickey family, as part of Restart a Heart Day, got the opportunity last weekend to meet again the fire crews, paramedics, call operators and the air ambulance crews to celebrate the successful outcome which has been hailed as a miracle.  The weekend event was widely covered on national media.  Dr Cathy Gibbons Paediatric Consultant at Temple Street Children’s Hospital said Therese was a patient who will be always remembered.

Bank of Ireland Closes its branch in Castleblayney

Last Friday, 8th of October Bank of Ireland branch in Castleblayney closed its doors to the Public. Bank of Ireland, which is regulated by Central Bank of Ireland, served Castleblayney community for over 100 years and was based in terraced three-bay three-storey bank building, constructed in 1874 and situated on MainStreet. Affected residents of Castleblayney town and local area can continue banking at An Post Office in Castleblayney or other Post offices for no additional charge.  This will include over the counter cash and cheque lodgements, and cash withdrawals, with longer weekday opening hours than traditional bank branches, as well as Saturday opening. Local people who had account with Bank of Ireland had an option to transfer their accounts to other branches situated in Ballybay or Carrickmacross. 

Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2021

The local Church of Ireland and Muckno Parish have once again teamed up with Irish Charity Team Hope for this year’s Christmas Shoebox Appeal.

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

Donations would be much appreciated from the Castleblayney community. The appeal is asking people to contribute school supplies, small clothing items, toiletries (no liquids), musical instruments, toys, jewellery/make-up for girls aged 12 to 14 etc.

Filled Shoe Boxes or just fillers can be left in the Parish Centre from Monday to Friday between 9.30am – 2pm or Contact: Janet Hill 086-8181468 by 8th November.

Northern Sound FM will be broadcasting Live from Castleblayney on Friday 1st October

Northern Sound FM radio station will broadcast LIVE from Castleblayney tomorrow from 11 to 1 and from 2.30 to 5.30 to celebrate the best that Castleblayney has to offer. Northern Sound FM will campaign local community to shop local in Castleblayney and support local businesses in Castleblayney. Therefore, Northern Sound FM will have some fantastic prizes and giveaways. To be in chance to win it, you can listen live broadcast from Castleblayney on FM, on your phone, on https://www.northernsound.ie/, using the Northern Sound App and even on Alexa.

Young people from Castleblayney to avail of new Support Service launched in Monaghan

Frank Feighan, Minister of State with responsibility for Public Health, Well Being and National Drugs Strategy, on Tuesday 21st September officially launched Monaghan and Cavan’s first support service for under 18s who are concerned about their alcohol and other drug use. Minister Feighan stated “Monaghan and Cavan Youth Substance Support (MaCYSS) is a newly established service for young people aged 12 to 18 and their families who are concerned about their alcohol and other drug use, and the first of its kind in the region." Yang people from Castleblayney area can seek for such support via phone no.: 085 7442857 or email.: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Cost of service to user is free. Young people under 18s need parental permission to use this service.

Bernard O’Connor’s book launch was a huge success

Bernard O’Connor’s book launch event in Iontas Theatre was a huge success with big crowds attending the event. Journalist Martin Shannon acting as MC on the night spoke introduced the various speakers who included s Fr Pat McHugh, Aidan Campbell, Seamus Coyle and Caoimhghín O’Caoláin.  The author himself read extracts from his book which give a flavor of the pulsating content of the book.

The book ‘Freeing the truth’  is available for sale in Watter’s Filling Station, Castleblayney; Mc Brien’s Newsagents, Lisnaskea; Waterstones, on Amazon or from Bernard O’Connor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +0860462424

 

Castleblayney Gymnastics Club

Castleblayney Gymnastics Club are holding a registration night next Tuesday 28th September from 5pm to 6pm in Castleblayney College Gym for ages 5 to 12.

Please contact 0868433600 / 08772427243 with any enquires.

Other Festival in Iontas Theatre

Other Festival! OUTDOOR on an impressive stage at Iontas theatre.

 

Friday 24th - The Scratch + SOMEFINN +The Brown Notes , 7pm €20

Saturday 25th - Ryan Sheridan + Brendan Mc Cahey + Ben Reel Music, 6.30pm. €20

Sunday 26th - Hothouse Flowers + Dani Larkin + Jim McHugh Music, 4pm, €20

You can book now via these websites:

https://bit.ly/Iontas_TheScratch

https://bit.ly/Iontas_RyanSheridan

https://bit.ly/Iontas_HothouseFlowers

Entry as per gov guidelines (proof of vax) at the time of the event.

Weekend tickets are available at €50 from Iontas Theatre Box Office on 042 9753400

This festival is funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media #LLPPS #MonaghanArtsCouncil

Castleblayney man launches his Book in Iontas

Bernard O Connor who has made a new home for himself in Castleblayney this past 17 years will launch his eagerly awaited book Freeing the Truth in Iontas this coming Tuesday 21st September at 8pm. The following gives some insight to what the reader will learn from his amazing story. 

 

‘FREEING THE TRUTH’-HOW ONE MAN TOOK ON THE JUSTICE SYSTEM AND THE RUC AND WON BUT AT WHAT PRICE?

In 1977, a young Enniskillen schoolteacher, Scout leader and father of eight, Bernard O’Connor was arrested and taken to Castlereagh Interrogation Centre where he was brutalised and tortured for four days. Brainwashed, worn down, sleep deprived, and in pain O’Connor knew how very close he was to doing a deal, to confessing to crimes including murder that he had no knowledge of and could not possibly have committed.

He was saved, he believes, by a fish supper.

Three years later, O’Connor made history by becoming the first person to win a civil case for torture against the RUC. The law governing interrogation methods was changed as a result.

But the price was high. O’Connor would be subjected to a lifetime of harassment by the security forces affecting both himself and his family. He would survive a Loyalist murder bid. Always, fighting the insinuations that a man who had never had a charge proffered against him, had somehow eluded justice.

The collateral damage was incalculable. A mental breakdown, a broken marriage would follow before he retrained as a psychotherapist and discovered renewed personal and professional happiness. Yet still, today, Bernard O’Connor knows he will never be a free man.

This is his testimony, written in the hope that others will understand; and that such evil injustice can never again be perpetrated on another innocent. 

‘Freeing the Truth’ will be launched in the Iontas Theatre in Castleblayney, on Tuesday, 21st September, starting at 8.00pm, when there’ll be an opportunity to hear Bernard talk about his experiences. Guest speakers will address the assembly.

Copies are available for sale on the night, priced  15 Euro and also available in Watter’s Filling Station, Castleblayney; Mc Brien’s Newsagents, Lisnaskea; Waterstones, on Amazon or from Bernard O’Connor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +0860462424

Bernard O’Connor can be contacted for interview at 00353860462424

In 1980 O'Connor made history by becoming the first person to win a civil case for torture against the Royal Ulster Constabulary. In this book, Bernard O'Connor tells of the trauma he suffered at the hands of the state and charts his triumphant recovery to a new life.

Public Consultation – Draft Public Realm Spatial Plan for Inniskeen Village

Monaghan County Council in conjunction with The Paul Hogarth Company has developed a Draft Public Realm Spatial Plan for the village of Inniskeen. We now invite you to have your say and help us shape the Public Realm Spatial Plan so that it accurately reflects the needs of the village both now and in the future.

An online Webinar, providing an overview of the Draft Public Realm Spatial Plan, took place on Tuesday 17th August 2021. A recording of this Webinar may be accessed here.

The Draft Public Realm Spatial Plan, together with summary “Consultation Boards”, are available at the following links:

INNISKEEN CONSULTATION BOARDS (PDF)

INNISKEEN SPATIAL PLAN DRAFT (PDF)

You are strongly encouraged to review these documents in advance of making any submission.

This Public Consultation process shall run for a three-week period, from Wednesday the 18th August 2021 to Wednesday the 8th of September 2021. You may submit your views/comments via the completion of the dedicated online survey and/or by emailing them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before 5pm on Wednesday the 8th of September 2021.

It is understood that online information cannot be accessed by everyone. The Draft Public Realm Spatial Plan shall also be available for inspection at Carrickmacross Civic Offices, Riverside Road, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, during normal office hours (9.30am- 4.30pm), from Wednesday the 18th August 2021. Please contact the above-mentioned offices, via telephone on 042 9661236 or alternatively via Email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to arrange an appointment to view the Draft Plan. Hardcopy/handwritten submissions with respect to the Draft Plan may be made in writing to:

Mr. Damien Thornton,
A/Municipal District Co-Ordinator,
Carrickmacross Civic Offices,
Riverside Road,
Carrickmacross,
Co. Monaghan
A81 RY22

no later than 5pm on Wednesday the 8th of September 2021.

ONLINE SURVEY

Castleblayney Music Festival - Update

Castleblayney Music Festival is still going ahead but a few weeks later than planned. 

With the guidelines lifting in September, the event had to be pushed back slightly. 

Tickets for Sunday are now sold out so be quick and get your Friday and Saturday tickets.

For more information or to purchase tickets please follow the link below:

www.castleblayneymusicfestival.ie

 

Public Consultation – Draft Public Realm Spatial Plan for Inniskeen Village

Monaghan County Council in conjunction with The Paul Hogarth Company has developed a Draft Public Realm Spatial Plan for the village of Inniskeen. We now invite you to have your say
and help us shape the Public Realm Spatial Plan so that it accurately reflects the needs of the village both now and in the future.
Please join us for an initial online webinar, on the Draft Spatial Plan, on Tuesday the 17th August 2021 at 7pm. The webinar shall be accessible via the following link:
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87497585137

Following the webinar, the Draft Plan, together with summary supporting documentation, shall be available for review on Monaghan County Council’s website, www.monaghan.ie, for a three week period, commencing Wednesday the 18th August 2021. You may submit your views/comments via the completion of a dedicated online survey and/or by emailing them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before 5pm on Wednesday the 8th of September 2021.

It is understood that online information cannot be accessed by everyone. The Draft Public Realm Spatial Plan shall also be available for inspection at Carrickmacross Civic Offices, Riverside Road, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, during normal office hours (9.30am- 4.30pm), from Wednesday the 18th August 2021. Please contact the above-mentioned offices, via telephone on 042 9661236 or alternatively via Email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to arrange an appointment to view the Draft Plan.

Hardcopy/handwritten submissions with respect to the Draft Plan may be made in writing to:
Mr. Damien Thornton,
A/Municipal District Co-Ordinator,
Carrickmacross Civic Offices,
Riverside Road,
Carrickmacross,
Co. Monaghan
A81 RY22

no later than 5pm on Wednesday the 8th of September 2021.

Local Community invited to view new vision for Lough Muckno Estate

The following information has been issued by Monaghan County Council:

Monaghan County Council in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland has recently engaged with Terry Stevens and Associates, International Tourism Consultants, to prepare a Visioning Report for Lough Muckno Estate, Castleblayney and the surrounding area. The results of this report will shortly be available for review as part of a public consultation process. 

Please join us for an online webinar to get an overview of the vision for Lough Muckno on Thursday 12th August at 7pm. Access to the webinar is via the following link - https://tinyurl.com/MCCpublicevent     

The Vision for Muckno presentation will be available to view on the Monaghan County Council website – www.monaghan.ie – from Friday 13th August 2021 and will remain open for public consultation for a period of four (4) weeks thereafter.

For further information contact Dympna Condra,Monaghan County Council Tourism Officer, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.