ShamrockThe town of Carrickmacross expects thousands of spectators at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade which takes place on Sunday, 17th March at 3pm.

The day kicks off at 11.15am with the raising of the flag at the Courthouse, which will be accompanied by music from the Stedfast Shoes Brass Band – all welcome!! Carrickmacross Comhaltas Branch are performing live traditional music from the reviewing stand on Main Street at 2.15pm which is sure to warm up the crowd!

The Parade will take its usual route, commencing at the junction of the Donaghmoyne and Dundalk Roads, up through Farney Street, down Main Street and finishing at the bottom of the town at the Courthouse. Parade participants are asked to assemble on the Dundalk Road at 2:30pm.

The Carrickmacross St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the best Parade’s around with many colourful floats and fantastic marching bands. There will be the annual Perpetual Cups and Shields awarded to the winners and runners-up of the “Best Float” and the “Best Band” on the day, and this year it could be you! €100 Prize Money for Best Dressed Window!!

Plenty of entertainment on the day for the whole family including The Vortex Tunnel and Bouncy Castles. Hudson’s Funfair will be in the Drummond Etra Carpark.

We are still taking names of any organisations, businesses, bands etc. who wish to take part in this year’s fun, so if you’re interested don’t delay in getting your name in!! If you wish to take part, please contact the Carrickmacross - Castleblayney Municipal District on 042 9661236 or alternatively email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible.

StPatricksDay2018Temporary Closing Of Roads

Monaghan County Council intends to close the following roads in County Monaghan to facilitate the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Route in Carrickmacross:

Date:- Sunday the 17th of March 2019 from 3pm to 5pm

Roads Closed in the Municipal District of Carrickmacross-Castleblayney;
Carrickmacross from the junction of the Dundalk Rd (R178) & Donaghmoyne Rd (R179) at the entrance to the Steadfast Industrial Complex, through Farney Street (R178), onto
Main Street (R927) as far as Monaghan Street (R927).

Local diversions will be in place


Monaghan Age Friendly programme will develop a new Age Friendly Strategy for county Monaghan in 2019. The most important part of this process is consultation with older people and those who work with older people in our communities. The consultation aims to identify the issues that are impacting on the lives of older people in the county and look at actions that the Age Friendly programme can deliver to address these issues.


Consultation with Older people - Services Providers - (Word Doc)

chamberCarrickmacross Chamber of Commerce AGM on Tuesday 12th of March 7pm. Upstairs in the Fiddlers. Have your say! Local Auctioneer Shane O’Hanlon will present the findings of the recent report: Rejuvenating Ireland's small town centres - A Call to Action.

All businesses are welcome.

StPatricksDay2019Take Part inCarrickmacross St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2019

Carrickmacross St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Sunday, March 17th at 3pm and we are now taking names of any organisations, businesses, bands etc. that wish to take part in this year’s fun!! After the success of last year’s parade, with over 60 organisations, along with a number of local and non-local bands taking part, we are anxious to recreate this success and make this year’s parade even bigger and better!

If you wish to take part, please contact the Carrickmacross - Castleblayney Municipal District Council on 042 9661236 or alternatively email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible as the line up for the parade is growing rapidly and booking is essential!

There will be lots fun and giveaways on the day, including best band and best float!!!!

€100 Prize Money for Best Dressed Window!!

So don’t delay, join up today!!


Carrickmacross Tennis Club Public Meeting

Carrickmacross Tennis Club is being established and we are holding a Public Meeting at the The Shirley Arms Hotel on Tuesday 5th March at 8pm.
The objective is to explain our plan to establish a new tennis club and to establish the level of interest in the community. The CEO of Tennis Ireland, Richard Fahey will address the meeting.
The club will have four floodlit tennis courts and a pavilion to be located on the grounds of Mannan Castle Golf Club. The club will be primarily focussed on family and community activities and will also have a competitive aspect associated with leagues both internally and with other clubs. Carrickmacross Tennis Club will be a separate entity to Mannan Castle Golf Club.

Coaching will be available for children, adults and seniors and special needs groups will be very much welcomed and catered for. The project has already gained considerable interest in the community but will rely on the support from within the town and environs, so please come out and support us. Tennis is a growing sport in the country and this new venture will enhance the availability of diverse sporting opportunities within the area.

Check out the website at, Carrickmacross Tennis on Facebook and @Cmxtennis on Twitter.



CouncillogoIn July 2018 the Municipal District of Carrickmacross & Castleblayney sanctioned funding to explore the development of a Greenway between Carrickmacross and Dundalk via Inniskeen.

A Greenway is an offroad walking and cycling track, and the popularity of Greenways is growing throughout the country, with huge success reported on the Great Western Greenway between Achill and Westport, and on the Waterford Greenway. In Monaghan Town the 4km Ulster Canal Greenway sees over 100,000 trips annually, and in Co. Louth the Carlingford Lough Greenway between Carlingford and Omeath has been a huge success. Both the Ulster Canal Greenway and the Carlingford Lough Greenways have secured INTERREG VA funding to extend over the coming years.

Wherever they are developed, Greenways have been welcomed by local people as attractive places to spend time on, local businesses and entrepreneurs recognise their economic benefits in bringing visitors to an area, and more and more Greenways are being used as safe and sustainable commuter routes for people travelling to and from work and school.

Monaghan County Council has appointed consultants for this feasibility study, and they will be commencing work in December 2018. Wherever possible, the study will consider the use of the Great Northern Railway Corridor as the route for the Greenway, however many sections of the railway route have been built on and developed, and where this is the case alternative route options will be considered by the Consultant.

The Consultants undertaking this Feasibility and Scoping Study – Clandillon Civil Consulting Ltd and Fehily Timoney & Co – will consider geometric, environmental, geotechnical and structural constraints and will be conducting walkover surveys in the area early in February 2019. The consultants will be responsible for their own health and safety and will have their own insurance. They may contact individual landowners during the course of their works but they will carry identification and have a letter issued by Monaghan County Council confirming their identity.

This feasibility and scoping study is one of the early stages of the development of a route. If the report shows it may be feasible to deliver a Greenway between Carrickmacross and Dundalk, further detailed studies and design would be required, including public consultation and planning approval.

Any queries about this project, whether in County Louth or in County Monaghan, can be made to the Municipal District of Carrickmacross &Castleblayney on 042 966 1240.