Work on the Castleblayney Library and The Ridge projects are progressing steadily

The two projects, which include Castleblayney Library and The Ridge, were commenced in 2021 and are set to open their doors in late 2022.  Both major projects are progressing steadily.  

The Castleblayney Library project involves the refurbishment of the Hope Castle Gate Lodge with the sizeable extension at the road where a new branch library space will be created.

The Ridge project will see the creation of a new and additional Enterprise Hub on a derelict site situated on the newly developed McGrath Road offering an additional 22 units for business, enterprise and technology usage. 

It is expected that both projects will enhance the area bringing an additional economic boost to the town and provide opportunities for job creation.

It is envisioned that both projects will be completed in the last quarter of 2022.

Castleblayney Show is back this Bank Holiday weekend!

65th Castleblayney show will take place thid Bank Holiday Monday 1st August at McShane’s Farm, Blackhill, Castleblayney.  Damien McDonald, Director General IFA, and Ciaran Rosney will Officially Open the Show.  Special guests attending Castleblayney Show are Rachel Woods, Monaghan Rose 2022, and the Garda Mounted Unit.

A variety of competitions will take place on the day including classes for cattle, horses, ponies, donkeys, sheep, goats, poultry, eggs, home industries, farm produce, horticulture, art, painting, drawing, needlework, crafts, photography, children’s competitions, special needs, senior citizens, teen scene and dogs.

New for 2022 is “Castleblayney Health and Wellness Marquee” where “Make the Move”, Embrace Ireland and Agri Kids will be among many other trade stands.

Other attractions include cookery demonstrations, dog show, trade stands, vintage display and free children’s entertainment including the very popular return of the Castleblayney Show Junior Tractor Run.  Many other side shows will be there on the day including Tug O’War, children’s entertainment, Bonny Baby, Little Mr Farmer, Little Miss Farmerette, Most Glamourous Granny, Grandad and Grandchild to name just a few.

Admission fee is €13 or 2 for €25.  Children under 12 years old are free and must be accompanied by an adult. 

Free Shuttle Bus from Castleblayney town centre to the Show Field will operate from 11 am throughout the day at regular intervals with Castleblayney town collection point situated at the Supervalu car park.

For more information visit Castleblayney Show website www.castleblayneyshow.ie or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 086 1955 731 / 087 790 4450

Feasibility Report on Water Initiatives in Lough Muckno, Castleblayney published

In 2020 the Environmental Protection Agency published an assessment of the Irish environment, identifying Lough Muckno in Castleblayney among the 11 ‘worst of the worst’ lakes in Ireland from an ecological perspective.

Many factors result in the poor water quality status in Lough Muckno, and work is required to start the process of improving the water quality in Lough Muckno. This will require all agencies and stakeholders to work together in partnership.

As part of this partnership approach, local groups and organisations could deliver community projects that could raise awareness and improve water quality. To this end, Muckno Community Partnership commissioned a Feasibility Report on water quality initiatives on Lough Muckno. Funding was received from the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO) Community Development Fund, with match funding provided by Monaghan County Council through Muckno Community Partnership.

The report identifies potential projects that could be delivered by community groups and organisations, and how these projects could be funded. Potential actions include citizen science type projects, raising awareness of water quality issues, joining or forming a Rivers Trust organisation, establishing a catchment care type project, and the benefit of undertaking further ecological studies.

The ‘Lough Muckno, Water Initiatives: Feasibility Study’ is a community report. The full report can be downloaded here. The information can be used as a resource to identify potential projects and support funding applications being made by any local groups and organisations.

Muckno Community Partnership would like to thank all those who assisted in developing this report, particularly LAWPRO for funding the project and to Ben Malone, LAWPRO’s Community Development Officer for the area who was always on hand to provide support and assistance. Thanks to Monaghan County Council Municipal District for providing match funding and to the Environment Section for their technical support. Rivus Ecological Engineering were the authors, and special thanks must go to Jennifer McAree for her thoroughness and diligence in compiling the information.  

The report is complemented by a separate project delivered by another community based collaboration. Síolta Chroí and Transition Monaghan came together and also accessed the LAWPRO Community Development Fund, and commissioned an awareness raising video about the poor water quality in Lough Muckno and Lough Naglack. The video is called ‘Restoring Water Quality in County Monaghan's Lake Catchments’ – watch it here.

Castleblayney Music Festival will be celebrated this weekend

Castleblayney Faughs will stage their second Castleblayney Music Festival which will take place in the covered & seated stand at St. Mary’s Park, home to Castleblayney Faughs GAA, on this weekend of the 29th July – 31st July 2022 (the August Bank Holiday weekend) from 7pm to late. Gates will open at 6pm.

The cost of the tickets is €25 including booking fee.  Children under 16 years old can get tickets at a cost of €10.  The Weekend Pass cost only €65 including booking fee.  Tickets available at  www.castleblayeymusicfestival.ie

All proceeds will go towards the St. Mary’s Park Development Fund.

For more information visit the Castleblayney Music Festival facebook page or email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Castleblayney girl is the contender for the Miss Ireland 2022 title

26 year old Castleblayney girl Rachel Martin will represent Monaghan at the 75th Miss Ireland Competition to be held on August 20th in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar.  Rachel is one of 37 finalists competing for the title of Miss Ireland 2022 and she is delighted to be able to use this opportunity to highlight the struggles of those suffering from Motor Neurone Disease and hopes to raise as much money as possible for the Irish Association which assists people with this condition.  Rachel, the contender for the Miss Ireland 2022 title, enjoys running, meditation, reading and loves being outdoors.  Her recent interest is mindfulness – the concept of being grateful for everything in life and having a positive view on every situation.  She hopes to teach mindfulness to others in the future.  At the moment, Rachel lives in Dundalk and works as a Business Development Executive at Optimum Results, along with working at the Crown Plaza Hotel. People can follow Rachel’s Miss Ireland journey on her Instagram account @missmonaghan2022.

The 22nd Muckno Mania Festival was a huge success

A great programme of events, soaring temperatures and an eagerness to be back out again were among the key ingredients of a hugely successful Muckno Mania Festival which took place over 3 days last weekend. However, it wasn’t just simply the ingredients that contributed to the positive results of the weekend but also the part played by the cooks in the form of a hard working festival Committee that have to be credited with bringing one of the biggest crowds ever witnessed to the town for the 22nd Festival.

The festival’s link, impact and integration within the Community was clearly evident from the myriad of participation and involvement throughout the weekend from individuals, local organisations, local authority and local businesses, who clearly displayed an abundance of goodwill towards the festival and the organisers.

The added attraction of having an abundance of talented street performers and artists creating their own creative and artistic spectacle also hugely added to the atmosphere, enjoyment and the festival spirit. This was matched with a number of targeted workshops on stilt walking and samba drumming supported by Monaghan County Council Arts Partnership which both contributed and impacted on the Festival Programme.

The Muckno Mania Festival organisers who comprise mostly of young volunteers wish to acknowledge the support of all the festival sponsors who through their kind generosity have once more made the festival possible.  The weekend support and sponsorship from Monaghan County Council Arts Partnership and the Municipal District of Carrickmacross/Castleblayney and their staff who helped out over the weekend is also greatly acknowledged at this time. A special thanks to the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport and Media for generous financial support.  The committee are also keen to acknowledge and thank all those who helped and assisted them over the weekend and thus made this a most memorable festival. Special mention to An Gardai, the Red Cross, 5th Monaghan Scout Unit, Monaghan County Council outdoor staff and all those who helped out in anyway over the weekend.

A Saturday Night Showcase on Muckno Mania Festival weekend in Castleblayney

A Saturday Night Showcase will take place in Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney on 9th July at 8pm. It is a two-part show featuring the Moon Sisters performing together live for the first time and also featuring the popular Dublin Ukulele Collective who return to Castleblayney.

The Moon sisters were created during the pandemic, when the three singers Julieanne Black Reel from Castleblayney, Ilona Dekker and Eva Stultjens from Netherlands met via an online singing app called SMULE.

The Dublin Ukulele Collective consists of 30 entertainers and was a big hit at Electric Picnic. This collective brings energy and colour but above all brings sheer entertainment. The Dublin Ukulele Collective played at Muckno Mania Festival’s Street Carnival in 2019 and are back by popular demand.

A big crowd is expected at this event.

Castleblayney Annual Event Not To Be Missed Out!

The eagerly awaited Muckno Mania Festival will take place this weekend between Friday 8th to Sunday 10th July in Castleblayney.

This year the Festival will see a new event “The Wellness Island”, which has been added to the Saturday programme and replaces the Triathlon event.  The Wellness Island event will take place on Saturday morning at 10.30am on the White Island at Lough Muckno Park where local service providers in the health, fitness & wellness will demonstrate their activities, give useful tips and advice and much more.

  Also, the Festival welcomes artist Janna Wohlfarth who has travelled from Germany to entertain audiences this weekend.  In her JannaCycle Show the artist shows her audiences what it means to unicycle tricks and juggles up to 4 hats.  She fascinates audiences by dancing on one wheel and elates kids by having them ride the unicycle with her together on her shoulders.  As her grand final she climbs up the tall unicycle and shows rarely seen tricks with comedy so the audience will not only be impressed but smile a lot during her show. 

 

The other events that back by popular demand, include Mad-Hatters Tea party on Friday 8th July at 3pm-5pm, Fire show on Friday evening at Lough Muckno at 10.30pm, Craft your Raft on Saturday at Lough Muckno at 12.30pm, Teddy Bears Picnic on Saturday from2.30pm to 3.30pm in the Park, Dog Fancy Dress competition on Sunday at 3pm at Lough Muckno, Trialstar on Sunday at Lough Muckno and many more. 

The Festival will have many known Irish artist such as Logy on Fire, Mr Majestic, Hillas Smith AKA Mr H, Puppeteer Julie-Rose McCormic, Babcock & Bobbins and Busy Bee Ceramics.

Muckno Mania would not be a festival without the Firewoks Display!  This is a biggest attraction in festival’s weekenProgramme that will take place on Friday 8th July at approximately 11pm at Lough Muckno.

For more information check mucknomania.ie website, follow Muckno Mania Facebook page or see the Festival Programme 2022 Booklet.

Castleblayney Agriculture Show 2022

Castleblayney Show is in its 65th year and will take place after two years break due to Covid-19 restrictions on Bank Holiday Monday 1st August 2022. Show grounds are opposite Black Hill Football Field, Lough Egish Road, Castleblayney.

The entries to the Castleblayney Show can be made at Show Office located on No.1 Church Street, Castleblayney (A75H339) from Monday 4th July to Friday 8th July 10.30am-1.30pm / 5pm-9pm and Saturday 9th July 10am-3pm (Close of Entries). No late entries will be accepted.

The Show is offering information stands in their new for 2022 Health & Wellness Marquee and interested businesses can get in toutch via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Castleblayney show Schedule is available on www.castleblayneyshow.ie website. For more information contact the show office on 086 1955 731 / 087 6676 893, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via their Facebook Page.

Return of Muckno Mania Festival in July 2022

2022 will see the popular Muckno Mania Festival back after two years break due to Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions, and it promises all the fun and intrigue we have all come to expect from such an interactive and diverse festival over the years.

The tree day event that will begin on Friday 8th of July continues to be staged as a family Festival, which promotes sport and music with a particular focus on the Arts.

As always, the Festival is driven by a dedicated group of individuals who work unselfishly to stage one of the most important and valuable events in the Castleblayney town’s annual calendar. The Muckno Mania Festival was first introduced by Castleblayney Community Enterprise Centre in 1999 and they continue to provide management and resources to support the committee, which in turn ensure that the Festival has lasted for over 20 years.

For more information follow Muckno Mania Facebook page or see the Festival Programme 2022 Booklet.

You can also find all the information on The Muckno Mania Festival website mucknomania.ie

European Youth visit to the town hailed a huge success

Castleblayney last week played host to a group of young people from 3 European countries namely Spain, France and Belgium who arrive in town for 7 days as part of an Erasmus Programme organised by Castleblayney Community Enterprise.

The groups come from the towns of Marseillan South France, Malmedy in Belgium and Caudete in Spain.

The groups were also joined by a number of young people from County Monaghan bringing the total number of participants to 22.

This visit which was co-ordinated through the offices of Castleblayney Enterprise Centre was conducted under the themes of sport, culture and history with a number of talks, presentations and activities carried out over the week, which addressed the themes.

The included presentations from Paddy Mulroe on the history of the border area and a presentation from Ceara Nolan on the work and role of Youth Work Ireland Monaghan.

Activities undertaken included bowling in GR8, raft building at Lough Muckno, a training workshop on the skills of GAA delivered by Castleblayney Faughs, Drama workshops delivered by David Maine and Cultural night in the Iontas Centre at which participants cooked dishes from their respective countries.  The group also received a civic reception from Monaghan County Council, which was hosted by Cathaoirleach Aidan Campbell.

One of the highlights for the group was a visit to the Bluebell Lane Glamping facility in Mullaghbawn which is managed by local man Padraig Carragher.  During this day long visit the group enjoyed a varied programme of activities which included wood turning, weaving and an introduction to traditional music and song.

Castleblayney Community Enterprise Chairperson Pete McMahon said,the visit was another important step in promoting awareness of Cultural diversity as well as promoting Castleblayney as an exceptional tourist attraction.  He said, “the Board of Castleblayney Community Enterprise were delighted with the opportunity to host the young people”. He praised the management and staff for their work in facilitating the exchange.

A very positive feedback on their visit was recorded by the participants on their evaluation scoring prior to leaving.

Foreign youth visiting Castleblayney

Castleblayney Community Enterprise Centre are this week hosting a group of young people from Spain, Belgium and France who are in Castleblayney to participate in an Erasmus Programme. During their stay in a town, they will study topics on the themes of history, culture and sport. The group are staying in a number of self-catering accommodations within a Castleblayney area.

Spanish delegation had a three-day visit to Castleblayney

The Board of Castleblayney Community Enterprise were delighted to host a small delegation from Caudete in Spain who spent three days in the town on a fact-finding mission centred on education and training.

The delegation included the Mayor of Caudete Moises Lopez Martinez. Caudete is a municipality in the southeast of Spain in the province Albacete, Castilla-La Mancha. The Spanish delegation also included Maria Elia Lacárcel Megías, who is the Director of European Exchange Programmes.

During their visit the group met a number of local people and organisations involved in vocational training and education. These included David Mc Adam, Principal Youthreach, Eddie Kelly, Principal Our Lady’s Secondary School, Darren Mc Quillan, Manager Iontas, Lorraine Cunningham, Co-ordinator Blayney Blades, Margaret Comey, Training Co-ordinator Castleblayney Community Enterprise and Neill Mc Veigh, Principal Castleblayney College.

Their visit also included a tour of the Combilift business in Monaghan and a presentation from Annmarie Wards of the Cavan/Monaghan Education Training Board (ETB).

55 Club Coffee Mornings in ĺontas Theatre

The local 55 Club holds a coffee morning every second Tuesday at ĺontas Theatre, Castleblayney from 10.30 am to 12pm. The next coffee morning will be held on 7th June.

The Club welcomes everyone to call in for a chat, see old friends and make new ones.

Tea / Coffee and scones are served and cost only €2.

Artnonymous: Over 12,000 raised by Castleblayney College

Castleblayney College recently hosted an event entitled, 'Artnonymous' in memory of the late Ashling Mooney and Frank Mohan, RIP. The school raised over €12,000 for two charities chosen by the families: Castleblayney Cancer Society and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Special Care Unit. These charities provided incredible support to the families whose children attend the school.

A presentation of money raised was made by members of both the Mooney and Mohan families on Wednesday 11th May, to both charities. Genevieve McEneaney, Treasurer and Moya Lynch, Chairperson of Castleblayney Cancer Society were in attendance. France King, Deputy Principal relayed a message from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital expressing how grateful they are for the effort made by all involved. Dr McVeigh expressed a thank you to all the staff and students involved in organising the event, commenting on how creative the fundraising idea was.

The event called upon artists to donate artwork which was then raffled to anyone who made a financial donation to the Artnonymous online fundraiser. The Artnonymous Team wish to thank all of the artists who kindly donated work; over 150 artworks were received in all manner of medias from painting to poetry. This generosity was the foundation of the event.

The support and generosity shown by local businesses was phenomenal, not only through financial donations which were gratefully received but many businesses showcased the artwork in their shop windows and helped to promote the event on social media. The Artnonymous Team are immensely grateful for this support in making the event so successful.

Thank you also to all those who donated. A list of winners can be found on the school Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. There are small number of artworks still to be collected, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are a winner and wish to arrange a time.

Castleblayney students win Major Awards at SciFest Competition

Local Transition Year students Katie Coleman, Sarah and Katie Mooney from Castleblayney College won two major awards at SciFest@DkIT 2022 Competition.The SciFest programme promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in second-level schools and this competition provides an excellent opportunity for students to develop an interest in science.

Katie Coleman was awarded the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award for her project “Red Light for Go?”, where Katie researched red light therapy which has proven to be effective for the people with Parkinson’s Disease. Katie will showcase her research to a board of judges in the SciFest national final, which will be held in Dublin in November.

Sarah and Katie Mooney were successful in winning Accenture Maths in Science Award. Their project “An investigation into the effect of different auditory stimuli on the pulse rate of boys vs. girls” focuses on comparing the reactions of males and females to different sounds and carries out a detailed statistical analysis of the results.

Best of luck to Katie Coleman in the national final in November.

Castleblayney Hurling Club Breakfast Morning

The local Hurling Club will host a Big Breakfast Morning on Sunday 29th May in ĺontas Theatre, Castleblayney from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm. So, whether you are heading to the Ulster Final in Clones or just want to start the day well, come along and enjoy the Full Irish breakfast, cooked and served by the hurlers.

On the morning Hurling Club will also be having their 50/50 draw for the month of May. Last month's winner, Fergal Rafter scooped €540.

Everyone is welcome and all support is greatly appreciated.

Another Festival Weekend in Castleblayney

A new indoor contemporary music and arts festival called ANOTHER FESTIVAL WEEKEND will take place on Friday 27th May & Saturday 28th May at 7.30pm in ĺontas Theatre, Castleblayney.

On the Friday night, the audience will have an opportunity to listen to successful musician Duke Special, also known as Belfast’s Peter Wilson, and who has already released 14 albums. Also, an Irish indie-folk band Blue Fish Diamond, which music has been played on radio stations across Ireland and in various European countries, Australia and the United States.

On the Saturday night, the public will be able to enjoy Paul Sherry, one of Northern Ireland’s most respected musicians, who is an award-winning guitar player since the age of sixteen and is currently getting regular airplay nationwide, followed by Sasha Terfous, Poet Laureate for Wexford 2021 and one of the most important figures in Ireland’s spoken word community. The evening and festival program will be completed by a 4-piece acoustic act performed by The Scratch from Dublin, Ireland.

Another Festival Weekend is funded by Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media & Monaghan County Council Arts.

Tickets are €20 each night and available at ĺontas Theatre venue or

online at https://www.iontascastleblayney.ie/index.php/theatre

Local student awarded a prestigious Queen’s University Football Future Stars Award

Jamie Mooney, a student at Our Lady’s Secondary School, Castleblayney, has been awarded a prestigious Queen’s University Football Future Stars Award and was selected as Goalkeeper on the Queen’s University Football Future Stars team of 2022.

Jamie, the son of Brendan and Marguerite Mooney, attended trial in Cookstown on Tuesday 29th March, where he was selected for a final trial game on Wednesday 6th April in Belfast. After demonstrating an outstanding goalkeeping skill and ability with accurate Kickouts and exceptional shot stopping, Jamie was selected on the team. This was an exciting news, which led to the boost of Gaelic Games in Our Lady’s Secondary School.

Our Lady’s Secondary School Celebrates Golden Jubilee

Local Castleblayney Our Lady’s Secondary School held a poetry and music evening on the occasion of its 50th anniversary at the ĺontas Theatre. The songs from past musicals were staged by various singers and poetry from previous award winners was recited by students at this event. On the occasion of this anniversary, the school also launched a Golden Jubilee Poetry Anthology, which contains a selection of poems written by school students over the past fifty years. A Golden Jubilee Poetry Anthology was compiled by former staff member Joe Hanratty. Our Lady’s Secondary School Principal Mr. Kelly said that “the event in Iontas Theatre gave us all an opportunity to celebrate all that is good about our school as we took a trip down memory lane and listened to various poems and songs that allowed our students to develop their skills, talents, personalities and interests outside the classroom.”

Death of Former Parish Priest of Muckno

It was with deep sadness that the community learned of the passing Fr Pat McHugh, former Parish Priest of Muckno, Castleblayney, on Wednesday the 27th of April at The Mater Hospital, Dublin, after a long illness. Fr Pat McHugh was appointed Parish Priest of Castleblayney in 2010 and officiated here until his retirement due to illness in September 2018. Fr Pat, as he was popularly known, was devoted to his work and faithfully served in the different parishes and educational settings in which he ministered. He also was a devoted GAA member. He played for his home club in Ederney, later, coached teams in St Macartan’s College, Monaghan and in the parishes he ministered in. Fr Pat was originally from Killynoogan, Kesh, in the Parish of Ederney, close to the Fermanagh / Donegal border. The funeral Mass will take place in St. Mary’s church, Pettigo on Saturday at 12 noon followed by interment in Saint Joseph’s Church Cemetry, Lettercran, Co Donegal. The funeral Mass can be viewed on Saint Mary’s Parish Pettigo Webcam.

Castleblayney Vintage Club Breakfast Morning

Castleblayney Vintage Club are holding their first ever breakfast morning which is taking place on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May in Blackhill Emeralds GAA. This will be followed by a Vintage Tractor / Car Run (Strictly Vintage).

Breakfast will be served 9.30am – 1pm and the Vintage Tractor/Car run leaves at 12pm.

This year event is in memory of the deceased members of the Castleblayney Vintage Club and all money raised will be given to Cancer Charities.

For more details contact Patricia / Mickey / Sean or Ronan on 087 682 4192.

Iontas Theatre presents a free event

The local Theatre Venue ĺontas are holding a free screening of Military Wives, which is open to the general Public. The film will be shown on 4th May at 7.30 pm in the theatre premises. The screening of Military Wives is possible because of the support of The Arts Council of Ireland and Lionsgate Films UK.

The film Military Wives is an inspirational story of friendship, love, and support on the home front. A group of women come together as their partners serve in Afghanistan. Together they form the very first military wives’ choir, helping each other through some of life’s most difficult moments and also becoming a media sensation and global movement in the process.

This is a free event and everybody is welcome.

For more information visit ĺontas Theatre website: www.iontascastleblayney.ie

Big Tom Golf Classic Event

Oram GFC are organising Big Tom Golf Classic event on Friday, 29th April at Concra Wood Golf Club, Castleblayney. All proceeds from the event will go towards the Oram GFC Walking Track project. Also, a donation will be made to the Castleblayney Cancer Society. The Big Tom Perpetual Cup will be awarded to the winning team and many more great prizes will be won at the event.

The cost of a team of four people is €200. It includes a meal. While tee sponsorship is €50 and €100 for greens.

Anyone wishing to book in a team or interested in sponsoring can contact Jim on 087 906 8773.

New modern notice board at Lough Muckno

The new electronic notice board, with the aim for local businesses to promote their products or services and signify any upcoming local events, is placed at Lough Muckno, Castleblayney. This notice board was organised through the efforts of Castleblayney Regeneration – Town Team.

Please contact Castleblayney Regeneration – Tow Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are organising or hosting a community event and wish to place an advertisement on this modern notice board.

Monaghan IFA will host meeting focusing on mental health in farming at Castleblayney Glencarn Hotel

Mental health in the farming community will be the main aspect of tonight’s Monaghan IFA County Executive meeting, which takes place in the Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney at 8pm. The guest speaker of this event is Dr Loran Martin.

IFA regional chairman, Frank Brady says that we all know somebody who has chosen a very permanent solution to a short term problem. Depression, loneliness and suicide will be discussed at this meeting.

Everyone is welcome to come to the meeting tonight and join in the conversation. The event participants are not required to be an IFA member.

Coffee morning and cake sale in Scout Hall, Castleblayney

Castleblayney Comogie Club will hold an annual coffee morning and cake sale on Good Friday 15th April from 10am to 4pm in the Scout Hall, Castleblayney. This event is in support of Castleblayey Comogie Club, which has girls’ groups from 6 years old up to 18 years old.

Camogie is a fast and furious Irish stick-and-ball team field sport played by women and is almost identical to its male counterpart Hurling, being played on the same field with equivalent equipment and under the same basic set of playing rules.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Castleblayney school welcomed students from Poland as part of the Erasmus programme

Last Monday morning Scoil na gCailíní, Castleblayney welcomed a small group of children and their teachers from Gorzow town in Poland, who came for a week as part of the Erasmus Exchange programme. The group of visitors included six children, Karol, Symon, Maja, Sofia, Lena and Olga and their two teachers Karolina and Anna. The girls from Scoil na gCailíní presented traditional Irish singing, music, dancing, poetry and drama as aspects of Irish culture for the guests.

The Erasmus Exchange programme is funded by the EU to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Activities throughout the week of this Exchange included visits to the Alms Houses and Hope Castle; learning GAA skills, making scones, a few trips to Lough Muckno and a trip to Scotch Corner Recycling Centre. Scoil na gCailíní principal Paula Coleman hope her students will pay a return visit to Poland next year. As part of the Erasmus Exchange programme Scoil na gCailíní also collaborates with other schools in Sweden, France, Spain and Italy and will host the Italian school the following May.

Castleblayney basketball team have been named champions of All Ireland Club Championships

Muckno Lakers, U14 Boys basketball team from Castleblayney, won the All Ireland Club Championships on Sunday 3rd April. The event took place last weekend in Gormanston Park situated in Gormanston town, County Meath, where 24 teams from all around the country battled it out for the right to be crowned champions. Muckno Lakers played Sligo All Stars in the Final and were declared champions after winning the game.

Castleblayney students will represent their school at Junk Kouture finals in Dublin

Our Lady’s Secondary School, Castleblayney Transition Year students Lara Raducevic, Ellie Cumminskey and Salomeja Skalisiute have been qualified for the National Finals of the prestigious Junk Kouture competition with their Monster Extinction design. The event will be held at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin on 5th May.

The Junk Kouture Competition has been running since2010 and has since gone viral with Dubai, Milan and New York cities taking part in it. The competition is open to students aged from 13 to 18 and the brief is to create designs made sustainably from recycled or repurposed materials. Impressive Monster Extinction design was inspired by sea pollution and its harmful effects on sea and animal life. The top of the costume is made of donated material from local Bridalwear designer Jacinta Carraher and the rib cage features plastic sheets supplied by local business Shabra Plastics. The skirt is ceated from torn shards of old denim skirts, which are sewed together, painted and laid over a chicken wire frame. A fabulous headpiece is made of torn tights and upcycled boots together with tin foil and electrical wire.

The top 10 designs from the National Finals in Dublin will be selected by judges Louis Walsh, Roz Purcell, Stephen McLaughlin and singer/song writer Soulé.

Tickets for the event can be purchased via Ticketmaster and from the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre Box Office.

Castleblayney Tidy Towns invites the local community for a Spring Clean at Lough Muckno

Castleblayney Tidy Towns are organising a Spring Clean at Lough Muckno on Saturday 2nd April from 11 am to 1 pm. The meeting point for this event is at a front of Hope Castle, where litterpickers, bags and jackets will be provided.

All members of the community are welcome to come along. This is everyone’s chance to help clean up Castleblayney’s fabulous amenity. As well as making an area look bad, litter also harms the wildlife. Castleblayney Tidy Towns committee ask that any children be supervised by their parents for safety reasons.

As the gates at the main entrance area at Lough Muckno Park are closed to traffic, volunteers will need to park in the nearby town carparks.

Castleblayney host a night of Music & Song in Aid of those affected by Russian invasion of Ukraine

ĺontas Theatre, Castleblayney presents A Night of Music for Ukraine on Wednesday 6th April at 7.30pm. This concert, which is being organised by Castleblayney Muckno Singers, is dedicated to the people of Ukraine who have experienced horror of war. Performers on the special night include Muckno Singers, Brendan Gormley, Oram Community Choir, Sandra Clarke, OLSS, Ben Redmond & Martin Og McAllister, St Mary's Senior Choir, Ronnie Morgan, Brendan McCourt, Castleblayney College, St Mary's Folk Choir, Kelly Redmond/Darren Murphy, Roraidh Irwin and many more.

The cost of ticket is €20 and it is available to purchase in ĺontas Theatre or on their website www.iontascastleblayney.ie. All proceeds will go to Irish Red Cross & UNICEF Ireland.

If you are unable to attend the concert, but would like to donate, the donations can be made in ĺontas Theatre or on their website www.iontascastleblayney.ie.

A Night of Music for Ukraine will include Raffle & Donations.

Notification of Works - Castleblayney Town Parking Control Scheme 2021

Subsequent to the adoption of the Castleblayney Town Parking Control Scheme 2021, Monaghan County Council wishes to notify the public of upcoming delineation works to facilitate the implementation of the Parking Control Scheme. The proposed schedule of works is as outlined below. 

Thursday 31st March

Time 7pm – 2pm

Parking bays on Main St from junction with York St to the roundabout at Monaghan Rd.

 

Monaghan County Council wish to thank you in advance for your cooperation and apologise for any inconvenience or disruption the delineation works may cause. If you have any queries in relation to these works please contact the Municipal District Office at 042 9661236 or alternatively email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Moving Remembrance and Recognition event’s ceremony in Castleblayney

An Emotional Remembrance and Recognition event in memory of those who lost their lives during the Covid-19 pandemic, was held in St Mary’s Hospital in Castleblayney during the March Bank holiday weekend. The event was organised by Monaghan County Council as part of a nationwide series of commemoration activities around St Patrick’s holiday weekend. During the event tributes were also paid to frontline health service workers, first response personnel and the voluntary sector in the county for their efforts made during the pandemic. The Ceremony of Remembrance and Reflection took place adjacent to the St Mary’s Famine graveyard where a wreath was laid by the County Council Cathaoirleach Aiden Campbell and candles lit by attendees. Fr Adrian Walshe PP of Muckno Parish and Imam Mohammed Tausmiah Talukder from the Muslim community, lifted the event to the spiritual dimension. Mary McGarvey, Monaghan County Council Meetings Administrator, acted as Master of Ceremonies. Cathaoirleach Aiden Campbell addressed ceremony audience with the opening lines of Patrick Kavanagh’s poem “In Memory Of My Mother”. In his speech the Cathaoirleach made special mention of those who had lost loved ones during the Covid-19 pandemic and welcomed the County’s front-line services representatives. As this event was one of remembrance, reflection and commemoration, there were also remembered all who are buried at St Mary’s Famine graveyard. The Cathaoirleach acknowledged the many front-line workers and thanked for all their hard work in supporting society when they needed them most. At the end of the ceremony, the Cathaoirleach thanked everyone who made this Remembrance event happen, making particular mention of Greg Boylan and PJ McMahon who made the ceremony area exceptional tidy, and the staff of Carrickmacross/Castleblayney Municipal District who assisted with the event’s organisation. He concluded the speech with the closing lines of same Kavanagh’s poem.

Among the event attendees were the HSE representatives Cathal Hand, the Network Manager of Primary Care Services in Monaghan, ad Paula Loughran, Operational Site Manager at the Vaccination Centre in the county. The local public representatives were P J O’Hanlon, Chair of the Carrickmacross/Castleblayney MD, Richard Truell, Chair of the Ballybay/Clones MD, Colm Carthy, the Chairperson of CMETB and Co Council members Aoife McCooey, Noel Keelan and Seamus Coyle. There was also a strong representation from the ranks of An Garda Síochána, Monaghan Fire Service and Monaghan Civil Defence.

Blayney Blades 1st Friday Coffee Morning

Blayney Blades will host their First Friday Coffee Morning on 1st April in the Muckno Parish Centre at 10.30am. All proceeds this month will go towards the Ukrainian Appeal.

Ukraine bravely opposed Russian invasion, but many cities already have been destroyed and many Ukrainians have been forced to flee their homes. They have no food, no water, no clothes and no shelter. Majority of them are children and women.

Everyone is welcome to come along, and your support will be greatly appreciated. 

New youth mental health service in Castleblayney

In the coming weeks an Early Intervention Youth Mental Health Service (EIYMH) for the region will start its service in Castleblayney. The Cavan Monaghan EIYMH will be based in the Tusla Castleblayney Child Wellbeing Centre, where young people aged 12 to 25 can expect the service such as social and psychological supports with established referral pathways to HSE and wider community interventions. The service will be provided by a Clinical Nurse Specialist, a Suicide Crisis Assessment Nurse, Administration Support and a Youth Mental Health Support Worker who are taking up their positions this month. The service will be managed and clinically governed by a senior psychologist, reporting to the principal psychology manager. This will enable the strong connectivity with primary care psychology services and wider primary care services.

Huge success for Our Lady’s Secondary School Students at the Student Enterprise County Finals

Students from Our Lady’s Secondary School, Castleblayney, represented their school at the Student Enterprise County Finals and achieved fantastic results by recently receiving several Awards and now represent County Monaghan in the National Finals.

Sarah Myles, a second-year student, got an Award in the Creative Video Competition in the Junior Category, where student had to refer a new innovative product or service to their target market, state who their competitors were and explain how they were going to advertise their product or service. Sarah will represent County Monaghan in the National Finals in May with her innovative product - a water bottle which notifies the consumer when they would need to drink more water. Our lady’s Secondary School student Emily O’Reilly came second. Emily’s innovative idea was an exquisitely designed jewellery, which monitors insulins levels for people with diabetes. Erin McQuillan won the best quality video in this category. Her innovative business idea was a jewellery with GPS which would help to track elderly people suffering from Alzheimer’s. Adam and Pauric McBride got Award in Most Innovative Product and the overall Senior Category Award in the Senior Category. Boys will represent County Monaghan in the National Finals with their SoundSafe product, which allows to store earphones in a strong and durable semi-circular case. SoundSafe gives an extra layer of protection and prevents consumers from losing or damaging their earphones.

You can support Boys business by purchasing their innovative product on the following link: https://t.co/5PlMQGcar8 They are donating a portion of their profits to relief in Ukraine

Best of luck to all students representing County Monaghan in the National Finals.

The Lorry with supplies for Ukrainian refugees in Poland, reached its destination

The 45 foot lorry from Castleblayney with the collected items and materials which were destined for the Polish border with Ukraine as a means of support for those who have been affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, arrived in the town of Tomaszow Lubolski late on Tuesday evening.  The driver of the lorry John Clinton who is one of McArdle Skeaths most experienced drivers made the five day journey by ferry to Cherbourg through France, Belgium, Germany and Poland was met on his arrival by Magdalena Tereszczuk who is the main coordinator employed through the Council of Tomaszow Lubolski.  The supplies on the lorry when unloaded will be distributed between the refugees who arrived in the Polish town and also will make its way across the border into Ukraine. 

Pete McMahon Chairperson of Castleblayney Community Enterprise praised the efforts and generosity of all those who donated to the appeal, which culminated in the filling of a 45 foot container supplied by McArdle Skeath for the collection.  He acknowledged the huge gesture by the Board and management of McArdle Skeath who had so readily and generously agreed to transport the consignment to the Polish border at their own expense.  He thanked in particular the personal support given by both Siobhan and Ciaran McArdle.

“Artnonymous” event in Castleblayney College

Castleblayney College are hosting an event entitled, 'Artnonymous' in memory of the late Ashling Mooney and Frank Mohan, RIP, in Spring 2022.  This will involve a chance to become a proud owner of an original piece of Art kindly donated by college students and local artists.  Money raised from this event will go towards Castleblayney Cancer Society and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda (Special Care Unit).

Castleblayney College wish to thank to all the artists who have donated to date. 

 The support has been immense and it is greatly appreciated.

Organizers would like to invite any other artists to donate a piece of artwork to this event if they so wish.  There is no limit on the size or medium of the piece you choose to donate.  Castleblayney College is accepting artwork right up until April 20th 2022 before the draw will take place.  Please contact organizers on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in getting involved and donating a piece of art to this worthy cause. 

Stay tuned to Castleblayney College Social Media pages for details on this event which will launch very soon!

 

New, eye caching fish sculpture at Lough Muckno, Castleblayney

The new colourful fish sculpture decorates Lough Muckno area in Castleblayney. Last year an old, pummelled fish sculpture was adopted from “Inland Fisheries Ireland” by Castleblayney Regeneration–Town Team, who had a vision to bring the sculpture back to life. Castleblayney Regeneration–Town Team with the help from Monaghan County Council brought the fish to its formal glory with the modern twist, so the local community can enjoy the art under the open sky.  The challenge Castleblayney Regeneration-Town Team took on by adopting the fish, was well worth it.

Update - Public Realm Enhancement Works at Entrance to Lough Muckno Park

Monaghan County Council wish to remind the public that the on-going works to the main entrance area at Lough Muckno Park in Castleblayney shall necessitate the closure of the main entrance to vehicular traffic, for a 5-week period commencing on Monday the 21st of March 2022. Park patrons may wish to avail of the public carparks located off Thomas Street during this period. Pedestrian access to the Park shall be maintained throughout the duration of the works. Monaghan County Council wish to again thank the public for their continued support and cooperation in the delivery of the Gate Lodge No. 2 refurbishment project.

Should you require further information regarding the above, please contact Carrickmacross-Castleblayney Municipal District by Email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or alternatively via telephone on 042 9661236.

Signed:

Mr. Damien Thornton,

A/Municipal District Co-Ordinator, Carrickmacross Civic Offices, Riverside Road,

Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan A81 RY22

Public Information Event – Inniskeen Village Public Realm Spatial Plan

Following extensive consultation with community partners and the wider public, Monaghan County Council, in conjunction with The Paul Hogarth Company, has developed a Public Realm Spatial Plan for the village of Inniskeen. Monaghan County Council would like to thank everyone that participated in the consultation process. It is through your feedback and continued support that the Public Realm Spatial Plan has reached fruition.

Monaghan County Council now wish to invite you to a Public Information Event to view details of the developed Public Realm Spatial Plan. The event will provide an opportunity to engage with representatives from Monaghan County Council and The Paul Hogarth Company, to discuss the proposals outlined in the Plan and consider public realm enhancements not already included.

Event Details

Date: Thursday the 7th April 2022

Time: 2pm – 8pm

Venue: Inniskeen Community Centre

            The Glebe,

            Inniskeen

            A91 Y188

Signed:

Mr. Damien Thornton,

A/Municipal District Co-Ordinator,

Carrickmacross Civic Offices,

Riverside Road,

Carrickmacross,

Co. Monaghan

A81 RY22 

Local girl launches book honouring the late Sr. Celine Mc Ardle

This week, Molly Ward, a fourteen year old student at Our Lady’s Secondary School, Castleblayney, launched a book “The Life And Legacy Of Sr. Celine Mc Ardle”. Molly chose to write about Sister Celine Mc Ardle for her Classroom Based Assessment Project. In compiling her book, Molly travelled the roads and byroads in order to conduct interviews and take photos, and source as much information as possible about Sr. Celine, who led and supported so many local women and men in the community over the years. Sister Celine was the founder of the ĺontas Theatre, which plays a big part in Castleblayney community, and set up many groups, which continue the legacy of the woman, who touched so many lives. Local minister Heather Humphreys TD, who participated in this event, said that she was “proud to have a wonderful generation of young, articulate women” like Molly Ward.

Molly Ward’s book can be purchased in the ĺontas Theatre for €10. All proceeds will go in support of Ukrainian people.

Huge response to aid appeal for Ukraine from Castleblayney

Today, 10th March, a consignment of food, clothes and essential items, left Castleblayney with donated supplies and items for the Ukrainian refugees at the Ukrainian Polish border.  The aid consignment will travel to the polish town of Tomaszów Lubelski near the Ukrainian border where staff of the town council will take charge of the delivery for distribution to those refugees who crossed the border and also to their counter parts across the border in Ukraine.

This campaign was organised by the staff and board of Castleblayney Enterprise Centre in cooperation with Mc Ardle Skeath and took place over the past three days.

People of Castleblayney and surrounding areas did not hesitate to donate to the cause in such a short time. It was very emotional to see so many locals willing to support the refugees and their generosity was remarkable.

Castleblayney Enterprise Centre wish to thank all those who generously and unselfishly donated to this very worthy cause and to thank all these who assisted with the boxing and packaging over the past three days.  A special mention also to the staff of the Carrickmacross/Castleblayney Municipal District for their help and the use of their premises.

Finally, a large thanks and acknowledgement to Mc Ardle Skeath, particularly Siobhan and Ciaran Mc Ardle, who have made the delivery of the supplies to those in need possible.

 

 

Castleblayney Ukrainian Food, Medical, Equipment and Clothes Collection

The Staff and Board of Castleblayney Enterprise Centre in cooperation with Mc Ardle Skeath are organising a lorry to go to the Ukrainian Polish border with supplies and items for Ukrainian refuges on Thursday 10th March. The collection point is open from Monday to Wednesday during the times 9am to 7pm at the MCC Maintenance Store in the Castleblayney town car park with access from Thomas Street.

We will be asking for your generous help in providing goods, clothing and materials. We know that the generosity of the people of Castleblayney and surrounding areas will not be found wanting to help all those who have been so sadly impacted by this unnecessary, heartless and devastating invasion of their Country.

Castleblayney Macra club organises a Table Quiz evening

Castleblayney Macra club will hold a Table Quiz on Friday 11th March at 8pm in The Old Coach Inn, Castleblayney.

The New Macra na Feirme Club is for people living in or around Castleblayney and it is a social club for people aged 18-35 which is involved in a number of different activities such as: Debating, Drama, Quizzes, Sports (Gaelic, Soccer, Rugby). The club has a Facebook page, "Castleblayney Macra", and Instagram - @castleblayneymacra where more information can be found.

The cost of a Table Quiz will be €20 per table of 4 people.

Everyone is welcome for a great night’s craic!

 

Tributes paid to sacristan Mickey Murphy on his retirement

Townsfolk were disappointed to learn the news that local man Mickey Murphy who had been sacristan of St. Mary’s Church for the past 36 years had decided to call it a day.

The popular sexton had succeeded his late father Pat Murphy in the job and was extremely well liked as he carried out the role over the years.

A special night’s tribute was organised last Saturday by the Dioceses of Clogher and Parish of Muckno to say thanks to him for his 36 years of generous service at St. Mary’s Church.  Bishop Larry Duffy attended the event and led the celebration of Mass in St. Mary’s Church. It’s been an emotional evening with the wonderful choir making it extra special.

We take this opportunity to first of all thank Mickey for his years of service and devotion to the job and to wish him every success and enjoyment in his retirement.

Textile Art Exhibition – Reliquary Sacred and Thread, launched at ĺontas Theatre, Castleblayney

ĺontas Arts, Theatre & Community Centre is once more presenting community events after a short break due to Covid restrictions. Last week seen the commencement of the Textile Art Exhibition – Reliquary, Sacred and Thread, by artists Theresa Kelly, Bernie Gallagher and Bridget (O’Connell) Regan, and was officially opened by artist Orlagh Meegan Gallagher at the ĺontas Theatre Castleblayney last Thursday 17th February. The exhibition celebrates Irish women’s handwork, stitching together both devotion and discovery, where ancient crafts find surprising daring new expression. The Textile Art Exhibition – Reliquary Sacred and Thread, runs until 16th March and this event is free!

Prestigious DCU Chancellor’s Medal awarded to popular local girl Tomasina McGinnity

The was great news for Castleblayney this week when Dublin City University announced their decision to award their prestigious DCU Chancellor’s Medal to popular local girl Tomasina McGinnity, daughter of Bernard and Una McGinnity from Drumhowan, Castleblayney. Tomasina received first-class grades for all four years of her Bachelor of Religious Education and Music programme while been living and commuting daily from outside Castleblayney throughout her studies. Tomasina received her award from DCU Chancellor Brid Horan on Wednesday 23rd February at a graduation ceremony which took place on DCU’s Glasnevin Campus.

Many of us know Tomasina as a founder member of the Castleblayney Musical Society. She is also a volunteer leader with the community arts group ‘Fusion’, which involves 180 children in music and dance, as well as a music teacher at popular ‘Born 2 Perform’ stage school, where Tomasina brings a passion through her teaching that instils a drive for excellence among her young students. Back in 2014 she was central to a High School Musical as a singer at the well-known Muckno Mania Festival event.

Professor at DCU Anne Looney said that “Tomasina across her activities in both Religious Education and Music, is admired and respected not only for her talent, but for willingness to help out, to make herself available, to prepare diligently, and to lead, sometimes from the front, sometimes from within.”

Sacristan is retiring after 33 years’ service in Muckno Parish

Local popular church sexton Mickey Murphy, who over the past 33 years has served as sacristan in Muckno Parish is set retire. A small ceremony will take place before the final Blessing at Saturday night’s Vigil Mass on 26th February in St Mary’s Church, Castleblayney to mark his retirement and to acknowledge his 33 years service.

Mickey Murphy served Muckno Parish and Castleblayney community with commitment and devotion. Everyone is welcome to attend the small retirement ceremony this Saturday night at St. Mary’s Church, Castleblayney.

 

The Launch Event of CCE 5 Year Strategic Plan

Last Thursday 17th of February, local community group Castleblayney Community Enterprise launched their Strategic Plan for 2022 -2026 in their Enterprise Centre building. The group was delighted with the opportunity to launch their Strategic Plan which outlines their work plans and activities for the 5 years ahead. This is an important document which comes in the aftermath of the difficulties the organisation faced during the Covid restrictions and lockdowns.  The Strategic Plan was created by the Board of Castleblayney Community Enterprise and the launch of the document was performed by keynote speaker Aileen Carville CEO of SKMMP. Other speakers included Minister Heather Humphreys TD, Bernard Bolger, Pobal and Castleblayney Community Enterprise Chairman Pete McMahon.

Bernard Bolger, Heather Humphreys TD, Aileen Carville and Pete Mc Mahon

The event was attended by members of Castleblayney Community Enterprise board of directors, staff, tenants and number of representatives from Castleblayney Community Enterprise main stakeholders.

Pictured L to R: Paul Clifford, Aidan Campbell and Peter Cairns

Irish Dance classes back in Scout Hall, Castleblayney

The Irish Dance classes once more take place in Scout Hall, Castleblayney after a break due to Covid restrictions. The young local girls age from 5 to 10 years are welcome to join Irish Dance classes on Mondays from 4pm to 5pm.

Irish Dance refers to a group of traditional dance forms originating from Ireland, encompassing dancing both solo and in groups, and dancing for social, competitive, and performance purposes.

For more information or to reserve your place contact via phone: 086 277 8390

Board of Castleblayney Community Enterprise to launch new 5 year Plan.

The highly successful local community group Castleblayney Community Enterprise will launch their 5 Year Strategic Plan this Thursday night in the Enterprise Centre at 6pm and the event will be attended by members of their board of directors, staff and tenants as well as a number of representatives from their main stakeholders. The 5-year Plan was created by the Board in response to the difficulties which were encountered by the organisation during the Pandemic as well as affording them an opportunity to plan a course of work and activities for the years ahead

The launch of the document will be performed by Aileen Carville CEO of SKMMP and other speakers include Minister Heather Humphreys, Bernard Bolger, Pobal and Pete Mc Mahon, Chairperson of Castleblayney Community Enterprise.

Two Castleblayney Sports Clubs Awarded Grants

There was good news this week for two well known and established sports groups operating in the town.  Blayney Rovers and the Castleblayney Golf Club have been awarded grants under the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme.

Blayney Rovers a Soccer Club were granted €20,900 towards storage containers, dugouts and a mower.

The Castleblayney Golf Club was awarded €50,000 towards the paving new paths for walking and jogging.

News of the awards was announced by Monaghan’s own   Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys who stated that “These grants will allow local clubs to carry out vital upgrade and development works”.

McKeevers Chemists Castleblayney is shortlisted for the Covid Champions Award

There was great news for McKeevers Chemists Castleblayney when they discovered their pharmacy had been shortlisted for the Covid Champions Award as part of the Pharmacy in Focus Awards which takes place later this year.

When Coronavirus first hit Ireland in March 2020, it had a major impact on McKeevers Chemists chain of pharmacies. However, they stepped up to the mark and went above and beyond for their customers, patients and each other, both internal and external to the business. Everybody worked together showing resilience, dedication and initiative. A pandemic was something McKeevers Chemists had never experienced before but working together they remained open throughout being classed as an essential service. McKeevers put in place all the recommended measures to provide the same high level of service and healthcare throughout the unprecedented lockdown measures that they had to overcome. Throughout these uncertain times McKeevers Chemists teams worked tirelessly to ensure no customer or patient was impacted, they just carried out their daily tasks in a different way, so their level of service remained the same and consistent throughout exceeding expectations. This was a learning curve for everyone and McKeevers Chemists are grateful to everyone who worked with them during these times.

This is a great achievement for the McKeevers Chemists Castleblayney!

Environmental Services Funding Scheme 2022

Monaghan County Council is committed to supporting local communities to promote, enhance and develop their local area. This commitment is supported by the annual Environmental Funding Scheme.

We are now inviting applications for the 2022 funding scheme.

EnvironmentGrant

Please note this funding is only for Environmental related projects.

   Guidelines on criteria and application forms for the Environmental Services Funding Scheme 2022 may be obtained:  

Environment Fund Application Form 2022 (MS Word) 

Environment Grant Scheme Guidelines 2022 (MS Word) 

Supplier Set Up 2022 (MS Word) 

  • By email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • By contacting Environmental Services on 042 - 9661240

  CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS IS FRIDAY 4th MARCH 2022 LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Public Realm Enhancement Works at Entrance to Lough Muckno Park

Monaghan County Council wish to notify the public of upcoming works to the main entrance area at Lough Muckno Park in Castleblayney. These works form part of the on-going project to refurbish the Gate Lodge No. 2 building and shall provide for the installation of utility services and pavement enhancement works to the footways, parking bays and roadway in the immediate vicinity of the Park entrance. It is intended that the works shall be undertaken on a phased basis, over a 10-week period, commencing on Monday the 14th of February 2022. The works shall necessitate the closure of the main entrance to vehicular traffic for a 5-week period commencing on Monday the 21st of March 2022. Park patrons may wish to avail of the public carparks located off Thomas Street during this period. Pedestrian access to the Park shall be maintained throughout the duration of the works. Monaghan County Council wish to thank the public for their continued support and cooperation in the delivery of the Gate Lodge No. 2 refurbishment project and apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption the entrance enhancement works may cause.

Should you require further information regarding the above, please contact Carrickmacross-Castleblayney Municipal District by Email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or alternatively via telephone on 042 9661236.

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

Castleblayney Community Pre-School now enrolling for the new year

Castleblayney Community Pre-School is now enrolling children for the pres-chool group commencing in September 2022.  The pre-school’s sessions operates Monday to Friday from 9:15 to 12:15.  ECCE places are also available. The Pre-School follows a high scope curriculum and a new Irish curriculum Aistear (meaning "journey").

The purpose of the Castleblayney Community Pre-School is to advance the education of preschool children through the operation and management of a high quality, affordable and accessible community playschool, which will benefit the community of Castleblayney and surrounding areas.

For more information contact 042 974 9146 or 085 871 1935.

For an enrolment form email.: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Work commences on the new 13 classroom extension at Our Lady's Secondary School Castleblayney .

There was great excitement at Our Lady’s Secondary School, Castleblayney last week as construction work officially commenced on the school’s new extension which will see them gain an additional 13 classrooms.  The extension will comprise of a three storey extension that will link in with the main school building.   It comprises of 9 general classrooms, 2 Science labs with preparation areas, 1 Art room and a Technology room.  The extension includes the replacement of prefabs at the main school building, some of which have been in pace for decades.  The works will be undertaken by Glebe Builders and it is expected that the project will be completed by the first quarter of 2023.

This year Our Lady’s Secondary School celebrates the 50th anniversary (Golden jubilee) of its founding in 1971.  The new extension which prepares for the school future, is a perfect way to mark that historic event.

Castleblayney Players present “Philadelphia, Here I Come!” by Brian Friel.

Castleblayney Players once more present classic Irish masterpiece by Friel. The show will take place on Friday 11th, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th February at 8pm in ĺontas Theatre, Castleblayney.

The play has been one of Friel’s most popular since it was first produced in 1964. Brian Friel ingeniously tells the story of Gar, who is depicted by Gar ‘Public’ (Pat Kerley) and Gar ‘Private’ (Shane Cumiskey), as both sides of his conscience grapple with his emotions. This play is, at times, hilariously funny; other times it is poignant with deep emotion.

Gar has announced that he is leaving Ireland to get work in America. Excited though he is about the prospect of a new life away from a domineering but uncommunicative father, his doubts about leaving his home town emerge on the night before he leaves. Should he stay and work in the family shop? Can he offer a financially secure life to Kate, the love of his life?

Castleblayney Players presented this play as their first production in 1991. They are delighted to have some of the older hands still treading the boards as well as giving a chance to our younger members to bring their talent to new audiences. 

For more information, please visit website iontascastleblayney.ie or call 042 975 3400 

Tickets can be obtained in Íontas Centre, Conabury Hill, Castleblayney or by following the link below:

https://iontascastleblayney.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173619367

 

Full Steam Ahead for Carrickmacross St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2022!

StPatricksDay1The Cathaoirleach of Carrickmacross – Castleblayney Municipal District, Cllr. P.J. O’Hanlon,  is delighted to announce the return of the Carrickmacross St. Patrick’s Day Parade. All interested groups, individuals and businesses are invited to take part in the planning of the 2022 Parade. Should you wish to be part of the planning committee, please come along and have your say. Please confirm attendance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Initial preparations are underway. A meeting will be held in Carrickmacross Civic Offices on Monday 7th of February at 17:30 Should you require any further information please contact Carrickmacross – Castleblayney Municipal District by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 042-9661236.

Castleblayney Library and The Ridge projects in progress

The two major projects which commenced in 2021 are progressing steadily and both buildings are set to open their doors in 2022.

The first of these projects involve the refurbishment of the Hope Castle Gate Lodge with a sizeable extension at the road for the creation of a new branch library space.

The second project will see the creation of a new and additional Enterprise Hub on a derelict site situated on the newly developed McGrath Road offering an additional 22 units for business, enterprise and technology usage.

Both projects will enhance the area bringing an additional economic boost to the town and provide opportunities for job creation.

It is envisioned that both projects will be completed in the last quarter of 2022.

Free Local Skills Program targeting Castleblayney women who would like to return to employment or education

Blayney Blades organise Free Local 14 Weeks Steps for Women Skills Programme. It is a fun workshop-based programme focusing on women returning to employment and education.

The Topic include: Steps to Success, Career Planning, IT Skills, Women’s Health & Wellbeing and Gender Equality Training.

Programme begins in February, one morning a week in the ĺontas Centre Castleblayney, for women aged 18 & over who would like to return to employment or education. For more Information or to register for the Programme contact Lorraine or Eimear on 0876878657, email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Castleblayney College organises an 'Artnonymous' Event

Castleblayney College will host an event in Spring 2022 entitled, 'Artnonymous'. This event is in memory of the late Ashling Mooney and Frank Mohan, RIP and will involve a chance to become a proud owner of an original piece of Art kindly donated by students from Castleblayney College and local artists. Money raised from this event will go towards Castleblayney Cancer Society and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda (Special Care Unit).

Local people are being invited to donate a piece of artwork to this event. There is no limit on the size or medium of the piece you choose to donate. Please contact Castleblayney College on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in getting involved and donating a piece of art to this worthy cause.

 

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.