Monaghan Map and Tourist Information
Monaghan is a lively town with some wonderful architecture that can best be appreciated on foot. Incorporated by James I in 1613, Monaghan was once a base of the MacMahons who ruled this territory for centuries, setting up here formally in the 14th century. The 17th century was a tempestuous one for Monaghan with power over it changing hands between the Irish and English several times before residing in English hands after the Williamite conquest of the early 1690s. For the next two centuries it was basically a Presbyterian town and a colonial centre of commerce and local government.
On Hill Street, in the town centre, is the County Museum which is home to a vast array of historical artifacts, including the important Cross of Clogher dating from the 14th Century. Building commenced on the magnificent St Macartan’s Cathedral in 1862. It was built in the neo-gothic style and contains interesting Stations of the Cross and tapestries. It was constructed using limestone from a local quarry near Old Cross Square. Other buildings of particular note around the town include the original 17th c. Market House, the Courthouse, St Patrick’s Church of Ireland, and the First Monaghan Presbyterian Church.
The Rossmore Memorial and the Market Cross are also of historical interest. There is a signed Heritage Trail in place in the town which includes these interesting buildings and brochures of the trail are available in the Tourist Office, Town Hall, Market House, County Museum and local library.
The town also boasts a Leisure Complex, a pitch & putt course and
good shopping facilities. It also has excellent entertainment facilities with varied year-round programmes on offer at the Market House and the Garage Theatre.
St McCartan’s Cathedral - Easily the most imposing building in Monaghan is St Macartan’s Cathedral. The decision to build a cathedral was first made in 1858 by Bishop McNally and the site was bought for £800. Designed by the architect JJ McCarthy in the late 14th century style, its majestic tower rises to a height of 250ft. A superb statue of St Macartan stands at the front of the main entrance.
Monaghan County Museum first opened to the public in 1974. County Monaghan has seen many social, cultural and political changes both at local and national level since then. These diverse changes are reflected in the museum s collections of artefacts and displays. Every item in the museum collection is connected to the county in some way; it may have been found here, made here or owned by someone who lived here. The museum collection covers all aspects of the county's history incorporating archaeology, the early Christian period, the plantation era, transport, conflict, agriculture, lace and folklife. The services that the museum offers are diverse; tours of the museum and exhibitions; workshops; walking tours of Monaghan town; research; educational events; local history and heritage; outreach events and exhibitions and object identification are just some of the services you can use. There are also a number of interactive displays which aid in the
accessibility of the museum both physically and intellectually. Opening times are Monday to Friday 11am-5pm and Saturday 12pm to 5pm. Admission is Free. Monaghan County Museum, Hill Street, Monaghan Town, Tel: +353 (0) 47 82928
Arts & Entertainment
The Market House,
Venue & Gallery
Market Street, Monaghan Town.
tel: +353 (0) 47 38162
fax: +353 (0) 47 71113
The Market House, Monaghan, was built in 1792 to the designs of a talented amateur architect of the time called Samuel Hayes. The Market House holds arts events such as exhibitions, musical performances, readings, workshops and rehearsals. The building has access for people with disabilities and is also available for civil ceremonies.
The Garage Theatre
Armagh Rd, Monaghan.
tel: +35 (0) 47 81597 www.garagetheatre.com
Things to do & see in Monaghan
Patrick Kavanagh Centre,
Inniskeen, Co Monaghan.
tel: +353 (0) 42 9378560
or +353 (0) 87 1710592
The Patrick Kavanagh Centre houses a permanent exhibition which recounts the life and work of Patrick
Kavanagh and there is also a section on local history.
Dunelty, Inniskeen, www.brehonbrewhouse.ie
Carrickmacross Lace Gallery,
Market Square, Carrickmacross,
tel: +353 (0) 42 9664176
Carrickmacross Workhouse, Shercock Road, Carrickmacross www.carrickmacrossworkhouse.com
Swallow Studios Art & Craft Gallery, Annyalla : www.lizchristy.com
Wildlife and Heritage Centre, Listinny, Clontibret,
Co Monaghan. www.wildlifeandheritage.com
Ballybay Wetlands Centre, Derryvalley, Ballybay,
Ulster Canal Stores & Cara Street Playground
Cara Street, Clones
tel: +353 (0) 47 52125 www.cloneslace.com
Monaghan County Museum,
1-2 Hill Street, Monaghan Town.
tel: +353 (0) 47 82928
Sam Moore Open Farm, Threemilehouse.
tel: +353 (0) 86 2322601
Adventure & Activity
GR8 Entertainment - Monaghan Road, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan.
tel: +353 (0) 42 t. 042 9749955
GR8 is the North East’s number 1 entertainment venue. The facilities include 8 bowling lanes, over 5,000sq/ft of mega play frames, a bar and restaurant, games, amusements, Go-Karts, Laser Tag and much more! They specialise in parties for all ages and have established a reputation for quality and value.
Rally School Ireland,
Scotstown, Co. Monaghan:
Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre
Dartrey, Rockcorry, Via Cootehill
Monaghan Leisure Centre -
Clones Road, Monaghan Town.
tel: +353 (0) 47 81734
Monaghan Valley Pitch & Putt
Ballybay Road, Monaghan.
tel: +353 (0)47 84928.
Inniskeen Pitch & Putt
Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan.
tel: 087 184 5121
Monaghan Business Park.
tel: +353 (0)47 75830
tel: +353 (0) 47 86224
Mourne Clay Shooting Ground - Loughmourne, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan.
tel: +353 (0) 42 9745953
Lough Muckno Waterski & Wakeboard Club
Lough Muckno, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan.
mobile: +353 (0) 87 7402806 (Driver/Coach)
Muckno Adventure - Mindzsenty Park, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan.
mobile: +353 (0) 87 817 5520 : www.mucknoadventure.com
Irish Country Quads - Carrickakelly, Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan.
tel: +353 (0)42 9378997
Condor Publishers, Main Street, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan • Tel:+353 (0)42 9740776 • Fax: +353 (0)42 9740896 • Email: email@example.com
Nuremore Golf club has been described as one of the most picturesque parkland golf courses in Ireland. The 18 hole Championship golf course is set in tranquil surroundings and rolling drumlins.
Concra Wood Golf and Country Club is the latest stage in the evolution of Castleblayney Golf Club. Founded as a 9 hole course in 1905, opposite the entrance to Concra Wood, it closed in 1949. In 1985, it was reborn in the ground of Hope Castle (visible across Lough Muckno), before moving to its current location in 2008, and expanding to 18 holes designed by two Irish Golfing Legends Christy O’Connor Senior and Christy O’Connor Junior. The idea for a new 18 hole course began in early 2000, thanks to the vision and planning of the members of Castleblayney Golf
Club. The golf club approached Coillte to buy 240 acres of dramatic, wooded landscape that tilts down into Lough Muckno.
The views are spectacular, stretching across the Monaghan Drumlins to the Cooley and Mourne Mountains to the east, and the Slieve Gullion and Mullyash Mountains to the north. And all the while you are surrounded by the lake and its scattering of islands, including Black Island, Otter Island, Crane Island and White Island. It is a unique setting that golfers, fishermen and walkers will love.
Since opening its doors in 2008 Concra Wood has held three PGA Europro Tour events with great success, both being televised on Sky Sports HD.Concra Wood was ranked within the top 40 golf clubs in Ireland by Golf
Digest Ireland and 13th best Parkland course overall. The Rolex guide to the World’s 1000 best courses has given Concra Wood an impressive score of 85 out of 100 stating this is destined to be one of Ireland’s finest courses, each hole it seems requires great thought and accuracy while all the time there is the Lough with the mountains behind to distract and take your mind from the task in hand.
Concra Wood Golf Club
Dundalk Road, Concra, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan
Tel: (042) 974 9485