Monaghan

Monaghan is a county  of gentle rolling hills, dotted with small lakes, quaint towns and villages and meandering
lakes.  This county has much to offer, including a wealth of unspoiled scenery and wildlife.


Monaghan town is a lively town with stunning architecture.  Some places of interest include:  The County
Museum, St. Louis Convent Heritage Centre and St. Macartan’s Cathedral, which was built in !892 and contains
The Stations of The Cross and tapestries.

Some places of Interest and Things to do in the County of Monaghan include:

Monaghan County Museum

The Monaghan County Museum, in Monaghan Town, hosts a comprehensive collection of artefacts including
medieval crannogs which are native to Monaghan and perhaps one of the most prominent finds of the region:
the Cross of Clogher dated to the 14th century.The Monaghan County Museum has been awarded the Council
of Europe museum prize and also the Gulbenkian (a Norwich Union award).

The Monaghan County Museum encapsulates the archaeology of the local region. It is also actively involved
in many archaeological excavations in the local area.

Castle Leslie

The famous Castle Leslie Estate at Glaslough, County Monaghan is surrounded by 1,000 acres of woodlands,
lakes and rivers. The tranquil and peaceful setting of the family drawing room will entice you to sit relax and
explore the many artifacts of the Leslie’s. The beauty of the Castle is that it still remains a family home where
people can come and stay, eat and relax.

Carrickmacross Lace Gallery

Carrickmacross Lace is a delicate and enchanting Irish craft that dates back to 1820. A piece of
applique lace which was brought from Italy in 1816 by a Mrs Porter to her gifted sewing maid, led
to the foundation of a world famous lace industry with a very distinctive style all of its own. The
tradition of this lace was kept going by the St. Louis sisters for 100 years, from 1888 to 1988.

Lough Muckno in Castleblayney

Located off the N2 on the eastern side of Castleblayney.  The lake is around 20m in depth and
covers 325 hectares.  Various areas within Lough Muckno include: The White Island, The Black
Island, South Lodge, Toome Point and The Gas Lake.

Patrick Kavanagh Trail Guide in Inniskeen

This trail absorbs the sites made immortal by the works of Patrick Kavanagh, including many
featured in "Tarry Flynn" and "The Green Fool".  Some sites may be visited by the public
(noted with a * if they can be visited). Others can be viewed from the roadside.  These
include:* Patrick Kavanagh Literary & Resource Centre, Norman Notte & Augustinian
Monastery (ruins)* Folk Museum & Round Tower, Railway Bridge,* Church of Mary
Mother of Mercy Dance Hall at Mullaghinsha, Billy Brennan's Barn Rocksavage Fort  
& The Triangular Field* Slieve Gullion View, Drumcattan Church, Rocksavage Estate,  
Mc Enteggarts' Boarding House, House of The Wake, "Cassidy's Hanging Hill, The
Kavanagh Homestead.

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