Farney Community Development Group Ltd


Kevin Gartlan


The Workhouse
Shercock Road
Co. Monaghan


042 9664540

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Farney is a collective term for five parishes in South Co. Monaghan – Donaghmoyne, Inniskeen, Killanny, Magheracloone and Magheross. It has a population of approximately fifteen thousand, with Carrickmacross as its principal town.

On 16 June 1993, as a response to the high levels of social and economic deprivation in Farney, twenty-eight voluntary/community groups came together to form an umbrella group that would be located in Carrickmacross – Farney Community Development Group.

Our primary aim is to serve the inhabitants of Farney by responding to peoples’ needs and developing their potential, with a particular focus on the most disadvantaged within our community. This we carry out without distinction of age, gender, class, race, politics or religion.

To further this aim, we opened a Resource & Information Centre in 1994, a Centre for Young People, One-Parent Families, and Early School Leavers in 1998, and an ICT Training Unit in 1999. Since their opening, over 19,000 members of our target groups and the general community have received information, training, support and job opportunities.

Our long-term goal is the restoration of Carrickmacross Poor Law Union Workhouse, situated on the Shercock Road, into a community centre. One hundred and thirty workhouses were built throughout Ireland between 1840 and 1843, in an attempt to alleviate the widespread poverty and destitution. Redeveloping the Workhouse will ensure that it is preserved for future generations, as an asset to the community and a memorial to those who lived and died throughout its history.

Due to limited funding, the ‘Farney Workhouse Project’ was divided into two phases. Phase 1, which is due for completion this summer, will offer workspace and training facilities to agencies, groups and individuals working to advance the social, community and economic development of South Co. Monaghan and its environs.

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