Carrickmacross Lace Gallery
Carrickmacross LaceThis exquisite delicate hand made world famous lace is locally made and is on display and for sale in the gallery. Tour groups, sewing guilds etc catered for, please contact the gallery for bookings.

Market Square, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan
Tel: 042 966 4176
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Web: www.carrickmacrosslace.ie

 

 

Patrick Kavanagh Centre
Patrick Kavanagh CentreThe Centre houses exhibitions on local history and on Patrick Kavanagh, a sixty seat Audio Visual Theatre and a Research Library. Please contact the Centre for bookings and details of opening hours.

Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan
Tel: 042 937 8560
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Web: patrickkavanaghcountry.com

 

 

 

Dún an Rí Forest Park
Dun a Ri Forest parkDún an Rí Forest Park is located 1.5km north of Kingscourt on the R179 to Carrickmacross. There are a number of different walking paths in Dún an Rí.  There are four walks of approximately 1.5-2km in length all with points of interest.

History: The Forest Park embraces part of the Cabra Estate, which was formerly owned by the Pratt family. It is situated in the parish of Enniskeen, which includes a portion of the Barony of Clonee, Co. Cavan and a smaller part of the Barony of Kells, Co. Meath. The O'Reilly family ruled the area until the end of the 16th century when they were succeeded by the Flemings, who built Fleming's Castle at Cabra in 1605. In 1666, Col. Thomas Cooch, a forebear of the Pratt family, came into possession of the estate. The 'Romantic Glen' of the Cabra River, stretching the full length of the park is an area steeped in history and legend. It is said that Cuchulain camped here at night while conducting his single-handed defense of Ulster against the armies of Queen Maeve by day. Eilis Boland who wrote the famous ballad "Doonaree" wrote about "the wishing well, beyond the chestnut tree in a shady nook, by a winding brook". The chestnut tree still stands and is a feature of the parkland.

 

Carrickmacross Workhouse
Carrickmacross WorkhouseThe town was heavily affected by the Great Famine and the population dropped from 2, 711 in 1841 to 1779 in 1891. This saw the construction of the Workhouse. The Workhouse has been recently renovated by the Farney Resource and Information Centre.

Shercock Road, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan
Tel: 042 9664540
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Web: carrickmacrossworkhouse.com