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The Monaghan Rose selection night will take place at the Glencarn Hotel on this Saturday, April 20th, with the selected Rose going on to represent Monaghan and contest the Rose of Tralee semi-finals in Portlaoise on the June Bank Holiday weekend.

Local Carrickmacross Company Insurance have a representative in the competition:

"Joanne Allen works with part time for the last year, carrying out administration. Joanne is a 1st year student studying to be a National School teacher.

Joanne is a fun, bubbly person, and of course this is why Insurance have asked her to represent them in the Monaghan Rose Finals. Joanne is from Drumacrutten, Monaghan.

We would like to wish her all the best in the Competition." Emma Gollogly,

The evening starts at 7pm and promises to be a great nights entertainment with performances from Ben Tighe of the Voice of Ireland fame and special prizes from and Cloud10Beauty to be given away to guests on the night with MC for the night in the shape of the excellent Connor Phillips from Cool FM.
A charity raffle will be held on the night in aid of the Castleblayney Crannog centre with prizes including bottles of wine, dinner for two and even an overnight stay in Castle Leslie.

Entry is on the door and is priced at €15. So please come along and support the Monaghan Rose entrants for 2013 (see below)

Closing date for applications 30th April

Fine Gael TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Heather Humphreys, has encouraged local childcare organisations to apply for funding under the Childcare Capital Programme 2013.

Deputy Humphreys said:
“I am pleased with the announcement by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD that €2.75 million is to be provided under the Childcare Capital Programme 2013. This funding will help to support ongoing improvements in the childcare sector and I would encourage local childcare organisations to apply for funding.

“This is the second year in a row that significant capital funding is being provided for the childcare sector. This year’s funding will help to ensure that we continue to improve the quality of early childhood care and education which is of such benefit to our youngest children.

“The 2013 funding scheme covers four strands: small grants to purchase equipment or carry out small maintenance work; grants to improve accessibility of services for children with disabilities, grants to provide natural outdoor spaces that promote active outdoor play and;
grants towards critical works to ensure that buildings are fit for purpose under the childcare regulations.

“I am particularly pleased that funding will be available for the provision of safe outdoor play spaces. It is hugely important that we provide quality play and recreation facilities in order to support children’s development and in promoting physical activity, particularly in light of the rising problem of childhood obesity in Ireland.

“In 2012, Minister Fitzgerald reintroduced a capital funding scheme for childcare for the first time since 2008 and the provision of further funding this year is evidence of this Government’s continued commitment to provide quality childcare facilities.

“The scheme will be administered by Pobal on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and full details of the Programme and instructions are available on the Pobal website at Applications must be made online and can be made up until Tuesday 30th April 2013,” said Deputy Humphreys.

Two music teachers from the Carhaix School of Music visited Carrickmacross for the Feile Patrick Byrne 2013 on March 25th. They arrived in Carrickmacross on the Saturday afternoon and were met by their hosts, Brian Keyes and Breen Jackson. At the concert in Corduff that night Kevin Ruellan and Hoela Barbedette performed for the large crowd. Hoela played the harp while Kevin accompanied on the clarinet and bombard. The audience gave a warm welcome to the musicians and enjoyed the Breton music.

On Sunday, the two visitors played a full part in a number of workshops and music sessions. The weekend was rounded off by a trip to Dublin on Monday with visits to Trinity College, the Guinness Hop Store and other attractions.

Hoela thanked the Keyes family for allowing her to use their harp and both visitors were delighted with the reception received from the host families.

The two music teachers hope to bring a group of their students to Carrickmacross in 2014 to participate in Feile Patrick Byrne and other music activities.

Closing date for applications 12th April

Fine Gael TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Heather Humphreys, has welcomed the allocation of €1 million by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs for the development of youth cafes and has urged local groups to apply for funding.

Deputy Humphreys said:
“I am very pleased that the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has allocated €1 million for the development of new youth cafes and I would encourage local youth groups in Monaghan to apply for funding.

“The provision of youth cafes is vitally important for young people today as it provides them with a safe, alcohol free environment in which to socialise with their friends.

“The Youth Café Funding Scheme is concerned with promoting the structured development of new youth cafés around the country by giving support to local organisations and groups which are providing youth services. The criteria for the Scheme places a clear focus on both long term sustainability and service planning.  The scheme will be administered by Pobal on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

“Last year €82,000 was provided for the establishment of a Youth Café in Carrickmacross and I was delighted to be involved with that project. I would strongly encourage other local youth groups around the county to apply for funding this year. Details on the application process can be found on the Department of Children and Youth Affairs website at and the closing date for applications is Friday 12th April,” said Deputy Humphreys.


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