st-patricks-day2St. Patrick’s Day is coming upon us once again 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!!

BBallStLouisVery best of luck to St. Louis U-19 in the All-Ireland league Final on Tuesday 22nd January.


The U-19s were back on court today in the All - Ireland play offs. The girls once again were successful and have booked themselves a place in the All-Ireland league Final!! 


Keep up to date with them on their Facebook page:

A4-Poster-Jan-19-JpegThe Irish Blood Transfusion Service Mobile Unit will be located in the

Nuremore Hotel, Carrickmacross on the following days:

Tuesday 15th January, 2019

Wednesday 16th January, 2019

From 4:30pm to 8:00pm

Please Note Venue

Help Ensure Essential Blood Supplies Are Always Available By Giving Blood Regularly.

New and lapsed donors always needed.

If you are fit and healthy, aged 18 to 65 (between 65 and 70 years if you have donated in the last 10 years),

over 7st.12 lbs (50kg) and have not donated in the last 90 days, please make a special effort to come along.

Help ensure that essential blood supplies are always available.

Remember YOU can make a difference. For further details, please contact our lo-call Donor Information Line 1850 – 73 11 37

or Finbar Gethins, Area Organiser at our Ardee Regional Office, 041 – 685 9994 or


MonaghanCoCoBrexit event organised by Grant Thornton, in partnership with Monaghan County Council. The event will take place on 16th January 2019 at 8 a.m in the Nuremore Hotel

This is a great opportunity for Monaghan Businesses to gain an insight into Brexit; the potential outcomes, the effects these outcomes might have on business and how to manage these effects.

christmas treeAs the Cathaoirleach of the Carrickmacross - Castleblayney Municipal District, I would like to take this opportunity to wish the Carrickmacross and south Monaghan area a Happy Christmas and Prosperous 2019.

I am always proud to come from Carrickmacross, we are a town full of community spirit with organizations, charities and committees who continue to do exceptional things. We, as a local authority, will continue to work with these groups in order to continue the betterment of the area.

2018 has seen many developments in the town - the opening of the Lace Gallery and Craft shop was the culmination of years of hard work. It will be a base in the town for tourists and locals alike to congregate and take pride in the local craft which has put us on the map. In terms of housing, a number of social housing units were allocated and private development continues to provide much needed homes in the area. Over the next 12 months we will see further developments come to fruition. A contentious issue I have been raising since joining the council, the unfinished estate on the old Ardee road, Drummond Ross, will be brought to completion over the next couple of years which will benefit the entire area.

The year ahead sees a number of plans and projects that will come to fruition. The Tidy Towns, who continue to make this town a great place to live, continue their quest to win the overall title. With the help of the Council, the businesses and the community, that goal is within reach. Plans are currently underway to introduce a water feature for the town which will draw visitors from near and far and will benefit the whole community; the Municipal district council have already committed our support for this and will continue to work closely with the Tidy Towns committee to bring it to a reality.

The Group Home for Persons with Physical and Sensory Difficulties, which has been completed now for almost 2 years and has, unfortunately been left unused, has been added to the 2019 HSE budget so it is expected to be opened in the first half of the year. Newbaze, a Chinese based baby-formula company, hope to begin production this year also in the former Bose factory.

An exciting plan to rejuvenate the town has been commissioned by the council and will be out for public consultation in the coming months. This plan includes the development of strategic zones in the town that will cater for markets, outdoor eating, cultural areas and off street parking. An application has been made to the new Rural Regeneration Scheme for funding and we will continue to push for its delivery.

It has been a difficult year for many and I want to take this opportunity to pass on my deepest sympathies to those who have suffered a loss.

It has also been a difficult time for the people of Magheracloone; the mine collapse in recent months has resulted in displacement of people from their homes, of a loss of revenue to businesses in the area and the lack of facilities for the GAA club and Community Centre. I, along with my council colleagues, will continue to keep this issue on the agenda and will continue to seek answers to those questions that have yet to be answered.

Finally, I want to remind you that the Council and the local representatives are available to the community so if you need our help please do not hesitate to make contact.

Cllr. Colm Carthy (Cathaoirleach of the Carrickmacross-Castleblayney Municipal District Council) 0876837180

monaghancc logoThe Offices of Monaghan County Council including the offices of the Municipal District of Carrickmacross-Castleblayney, Municipal District of Ballybay-Clones, Municipal District of Monaghan will be closed on Friday 21st December, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. and will re-open on Monday 31st December, 2018 at 9:15 a.m.
The Offices will close again on Tuesday, 1st January, 2019 and re-open on Wednesday
2nd January, 2019 at 9:15 a.m.

The Motor Taxation Office at Market Street, Monaghan will close to the public on Friday 21st December, 2018 at 3.00 pm and will re-open to the public on Monday 31st December, 2018, closing at 1:00 p.m.
The Office will close again on Tuesday, 1st January, 2019 and re-open on Wednesday
2nd January, 2019.

In emergency cases only, the following numbers may be contacted.

Area Contact Person Phone Number
Machinery Yard Damien Stirrat 087 2076506
Municipal District of Monaghan Colm Lynch 087 6501833
Municipal District of Ballybay-Clones Michael Leonard 087 2041672
Municipal District of Carrickmacross- Castleblayney Michael Duffy 087 6873154
Water Services Irish Water Customer Services 1890 278 278

Fire Service Telephone Number 999/112

The 2018 Carrickmacross GOAL MILE will take place on St Stephens Morning (Wednesday  26th Dec) at 11am at the Carrick Aces Running Track (Oriel Road). The GOAL MILE involves running or walking 4 laps with an opportunity to make a donation to GOAL’s work in the developing world.  Everyone is very welcome to this fun run/walk. Further information can be found on


xmasjumperCarrickmacross Christmas Jumper Day is on Friday 21st of December. 

We ask all Banks, Shops, Offices and Businesses to take part in this event by wearing your Christmas Jumper to work. Donate €5.00 each towards this years chosen charity which is Carrickmacross St Vincent De Paul (Food Appeal) 
The funds raised will be used to purchase food for hampers for people in need in the Carrickmacross area. 

All donations can be dropped into @SVP - Vincent's Shop Carrickmacross, please mark it clearly in an envelope that it is for the Christmas Jumper Day.


a3posterThe 2nd Shop Local Christmas Draw for €1000 in Chamber Town Vouchers will take place tomorrow in the Market Square Shopping Centre at 4pm. So if you are shopping in Carrickmacross look out for free tickets and enter, sometimes shops can be busy so you might need to ask for one.

Santa will switch on the Carrickmacross Christmas Lights on Friday November 30th. Meet at the Shirley Arms Hotel at 6.15pm and walk down Main Street to St. Finbarr's Church. Santa will meet everyone there and after the lights switch on you are invited to the Festival of Trees in St. Finbarr's. The 1st draw for €1000 vouchers in the Chamber of Commerce Christmas Promotion will take place at the switch on so shop local in Carrickmacross to be in with a chance to win.


XMas-Tree-Festival-for-PrintThis year the spirit and goodwill of Christmas is coming early to Carrickmacross. It comes in the form of a Christmas Tree Festival to be held in St Finbarr’s Church of Ireland, Maynooth from the 30th November to the 2ndt December.

This will be the first time such an ambitious event has been held in the area and it will involve the whole community. The Festival, which in some ways could be compared to a flower festival seeks to tell the story of Christmas and the story of the local community through the medium of Christmas trees, both real, artificial and completely hand made. Visitors can journey through the Christmas story as well as the story of the local community as told through the medium of Christmas trees.
Each tree will be uniquely made or decorated to tell its part in the Christmas story. One of the most exciting aspects is the way it involves the whole community in finding a new way to tell it’s story.

Not only will the three Church provide trees, local schools, businesses and community organisations will also be taking part, to create something eye catching. Imagine a bookshop that creates a tree made of books or a garage producing a tree made of tyres.

The aim of the Christmas Tree Festival is to create a community celebration, at the same time as raise funds for the Church. Santa’s Grotto and a Nativity scene add to an air of celebration.
The Festival launches on Friday 30th November alongside the switch on of the Carrickmacross lights. Following the official switch on of the town lights Santa will make his way to the church as we open the Festival. He will then make go to his specially made Grotto to greet all the boys and girls.

On Saturday we open from 10am – 6pm and throughout the day there will be refreshments, a cake stall, raffle and the chance to buy a copy of our parish cookery book. Santa will also be in his Grotto throughout the day.
On Sunday we open from 1pm with all the activities continuing right through the day until our closing ‘Carol’s of Praise” Service at 7pm to which everyone from the community is warmly invited.

Rev Colin McConaghie says the Festival is already creating a real buzz in the town; “we are delighted to be working with the Chamber of Commerce to deliver a truly community based Festival. The response from local schools, organisations and businesses has been very positive and we are looking forward to what the trees they will create. We at St Finbarr’s have a mission of being community focused and this Christmas Tree Festival will bring church and community together as well as bringing to life the wonderful gift of Jesus to our world.”

There is no Admission charge but visitors are invited to give a donation. This promises to be a truly unique event in the life of Carrickmacross. Please plan to come along and support this community celebration and experience something special.