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The Mayor of Carrickmacross, Matt Carthy, has contended that the provision of a facility which will allow for the safe overnight parking of Camper Vans will help boost tourism in the South Monaghan Town.

Cllr. Carthy has said that he was extremely pleased that the members of Carrickmacross Town Council had agreed with his proposal that officials be asked to identify a site for such a facility and that they aim to have it in place in time for next Summer.  Cllr. Carthy said that the idea for his proposal arose from a discussion at a previous meeting of the Carrickmacross-Carhaix Twinning Committee.

Speaking this week Cllr. Carthy said:  “Camper Van ownership has increased substantially in Ireland over recent years.  Many Camper Van owners take short, impromptu weekend trips.  What they seek is a safe place to park with the provision of water, electricity and waste water facilities.  I believe we can provide that in Carrickmacross and that in turn local businesses will benefit from the resulting visitors.

“I have been very pleased with the positive approach to this idea from other councillors and the council officials who have said they are very willing to explore this idea.  I have asked that a small Camper-Van facility ‘Aire’ be put in place at a location which will allow for expansion in future years if proven successful.

“I think it is ideas like this that will help improve tourism numbers to County Monaghan” Cllr. Carthy concluded.


Bernie’s Kitchen expands with Evening Dining

~ Visit from Celebrity Chef Nevin Maguire ~

Bernie’s Kitchen is expanding its service and now offering evening dining for private parties. Located on O’Neill Street, Carrickmacross, owner and chef, Bernie Duffy and staff officially launched ‘Evening Dining at Bernie’s Kitchen’ recently with a visit from Irish celebrity chef, restaurateur and television personality, Nevin Maguire.

“Given the success of Bernie’s Kitchen over the past year and customer interest in our food products, we realised a demand for evening dining,” said Bernie Duffy, owner and chef, Bernie’s Kitchen. “We’ve already hosted a number of private parties for evening dining and they have been a great success. There’s nothing better than sharing good food and wine with friends and family in a relaxed friendly environment and we are very pleased to now cater for private parties such as birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, hens and stags and other special occasions.”

Seating for Evening Dining at Bernie’s Kitchen will be from 7pm onwards 7 nights a week and will cater for parties of up to 30 people. Availability for evening dining is in demand and needs to be booked by having a consultation with Bernie in advance.

The menu will change from what is on offer during the day in Bernie’s Kitchen. A set menu will cost €25 for four courses and a range of foods will be served to include Bernie's infamous spiced chicken wings and blue cheese dressing; sticky molasses baby back ribs; slow cooked lamb shanks; oven baked cod with sun dried tomato and olive tapenade; monkfish curry; cheesecake brownies; rose hip pavlova; speciality coffees; macaroons and gourmet cupcakes.

Over the past 10 years, Bernie Duffy has been working in the catering industry in Ireland and abroad. Her chef experience includes fine dining, bistro style and casual dining. As well as running Bernie’s Kitchen, she also has a cake making business and outdoor catering service.

Bernie’s Kitchen employs six people from the local area and will celebrate one year in business at O’Neill Street in Carrickmacross in September. Bernie Duffy sources her food supplies locally and believes in supporting local business.

Youth Work Ireland Monaghan in conjunction with the HSE are hosting a SafeTALK on 18th September 2013 from 10-2pm in The Workhouse, Carrickmacross. SafeTALK is a 4 hour suicide alertness programme that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.

This training is OPEN TO EVERYONE, once they are over 18. To register your place please call Melissa on 087 9057598 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive an application form. Applications need to be returned by  2nd September 2013@5pm. REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL

Youth Work Ireland-Monaghan is part-funded by the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.,


4 chinese students from the city of Wenzhou, who were recently on a 1 week adventure holiday at the Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre, paid a visit to Carrickmacross, during which they visited the Lace Gallery where they were given a demonstration and the history of Carrickmacross lace making by Elizabeth Daly. They also spent some time shopping in the town and were later entertained by members of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and dancers from the Sorcha McCaul school of Irish Dancing in the Shirley Arms hotel.

The students thoroughly enjoyed their time in County Monaghan and have taken a very positive impression back to China.


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