safe imageDonaghmoyne Òg are asking that on Saturday 20th or Sunday 21st of February , you do a 5k run/walk( obeying all Covid rules and regulations) , post a photo on your social media & tag the club , and then donate on our GoFundMe link. All funds raised are being donated to Carrickmacross & Castleblayney Cancer Societies.

Click here to donate: GoFundMe >>

photo 1560012057 4372e14c5085This is a Zoom event and you will get details after you register. You will need 2 smart devices for the quiz (ie 2 phones, tablets, laptops or PCs).

Carrickmacross Tennis Club is a new tennis club for South Monaghan and surrounding areas. We are building 2 courts at Mannan Castle Golf Club, Carrickmacross as the first part of a 5 court floodlit development. New members welcome. Coaching available for all tennis players , new and experienced, young and old.

Buy your ticket here >>

Monaghan Imidlntegrated Development are offering one to one life coaching if you are out of work. Details below or visit





Life coaching Jan 21

th 4During January, Cavan/Monaghan Education & Training Board, (CMETB), will commence the following course modules in Carrickmacross, Castleblayney and Monaghan Town:
* Art - Level 3
* Beauty (Anatomy, Massage, etc.) - Basic and Level 5
* Business Administration (Bookkeeping, Desktop Publishing, Spreadsheets, etc.) - Levels 3 and 5
* Childcare Modules - Levels 5 and 6
* Communications - Level 5
* Computers (IT Skills, Word, etc.) - Basic to Level 4
* Creative Writing
* English for Business - Level 4
* Health and Fitness
* Health and Safety - Level 3
* Healthcare Modules - Level 5
* Home Repairs and Maintenance - Level 4
* Embroidery
* Flower Arranging
* Maths for Apprentices
* Mindfulness and Stress Control - Basic and Level 3
* Patrick Kavanagh History
* Reading and Writing Skills
* Work Experience - Level 5

For full details of all courses and their locations, see:

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, courses will be a mixture of Online and Classroom sessions.
So, students MUST have access at home to a Computer and Internet/WiFi.

To ENROL, or for more information, contact Cavan/Monaghan Education & Training Board at:
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T: 047 719 14

Carrick Aces Track open during the current lockdown.
The lights will continue to be switched on at the following times:
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 6pm-8.30pm

To safeguard the health of everyone in our community, we're asking all Track users to please follow Government guidelines re social distancing.

Under no circumstances can any group training take place. Strictly individual training only.


HGV Fleet specialists2Monaghan Co. Council is now implementing measures to restrict the movement of HGV’s (Heavy Goods Vehicles) through Main Street, Carrickmacross between the hours of 8am to 5am Monday to Sunday. These restrictions will apply only to vehicles of 3-axle or greater. Under these measures Monaghan Co. Council can issue permits for exemption to the restrictions under section 35 of the Road Traffic Act, 1994 as amended by Section 26 of the Roads Traffic Act, 2004 (44 of 2004).

Signage has now been erected on approach roads alerting drivers of these new restrictions which will come into effect from Monday the 11th of January, 2021.

Download HGV permit application >>

Carrickmacross HGV Restriction Map (PDF) >>

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Doctor's in Carrickmacross:

GP Carrickmacross: (042) 966 3233

Dr Pascal Larney: (042) 966 1274

Carrick House Family Practice - Dr Laura Breen (042) 969 0222

Dr On Call

Address: 21, 23 Bleaberry Walk, Bree, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan, A75 E627, Ireland
Hours: Closed ⋅ Opens 6PM
Phone: +353 1850 777 911

Below are opening hours of Chemists within Carrickmacross:

Carrick Pharmacy: (042) 969 2552

Sunday 20th December 2 to 6
Monday 21st December 9 to 6
Tuesday 22nd December 9 to 6
Wednesday 23rd December 9 to 6
Thursday 24th December 9 to 4.30
Friday 25th December CLOSED
Saturday 26th December CLOSED
Sunday 27th December CLOSED
Monday 28th December 12 to 4
Friday 1st January CLOSED

Connolly's Pharmacy: (042) 966 1217

Monday 14th to Saturday 19th: 8.45am til 6.30pm
Sunday 20th December: 10am til 5pm
Monday 21st to Wednesday 23rd: 8.45am til 6.30pm
Thursday 24th: 8.45am til 4.30pm
Closed Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th
Open Monday 28th: 9.30am til 5.30pm
Tuesday 29th to Thursday 31st: 8.45am til 6.30pm
Closed Friday 1st January
Saturday 2nd January: 8.45am til 6.30pm
Closed Sunday 3rd January
Reopen from Monday 4th January

McGuire's Pharmacy: (042) 969 0690

Thursday 24th: 9am til 6pm
Friday 25th and Saturday 26th: Closed
Sunday 27th: 2pm til 6pm
Monday 28th to Wednesday 30th: 9am til 7pm
Thursday 31st: 9am til 6pm
Friday 1st January: Closed

AllCare Carrickmacross Pharmacy: (042) 9663421

Thursday 24th: 9am til 6pm
Friday 25th til Monday 28th : Closed
Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th: 9am til 6pm
Thursday 31st: 9am til 5pm
Friday 1st January: Closed

Eakins Chemist: (042) 966 1245

22nd Dec: 9-6 pm 
23rd Dec: 9-6 pm 
24th Dec: 9-4:30pm 
25th Dec: CLOSED
26th Dec: CLOSED
27th Dec: CLOSED 
28th Dec: 11-6 pm 
29th Dec: 9-6 pm 
30th Dec: 9-6 pm 
31st Dec: 9-5 pm 
1st Jan: CLOSED
2nd Jan: 9-6 pm




councilImageMonaghan County Council Offices will close Wednesday 23rd December and reopen on Monday 4th January 2021

The Public Counter in the Carrickmacross Civic Offices will close at 12 noon on 23rd December

screenshot2020 has presented a unique challenge and Carrickmacross has responded by going online and supporting local businesses who are online through is a collective of online retailers in Carrickmacross offering both an opportunity for the shopper, to support local Irish businesses, and for Carrickmacross retailers to reach customers nationally as well as internationally.
The aim of the site is to act as a virtual shop window to showcase the wide range of products the town has to offer and to make it easier to buy online from online Carrickmacross businesses.

On you will find a selection of products and services, with individual retailers listing their popular items for display on the site. Each item is linked directly to the shop’s product on the retailers own website, allowing you to easily select and item and shop online with the online retailer.

Carrickmacross businesses taking part include clothing and footwear, skincare and beauty, homewares, decorative items, books and more. Retailers play an active part in the upkeep of the site, ensuring the availability of products listed and fresh content added on a regular basis.

2020 has seen phenomenal online growth and its important that we support local businesses online and offline. is an initiative of Monaghan County Council and Carrickmacross Chamber of Commerce.



Photo by Pat Byrne

Speaking during the week the Cathaoirleach of the Castleblayney/Carrickmacross Municiple District Cllr Aidan Campbell has being wishing that this Christmas we need a message of hope in what has been a strange and challenging year.


The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone” (Isaiah 9:1). With these prophetic words, Isaiah captures the meaning of Christmas.

Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ, the Savior of the world. He is the Light of the world ( John 8:12), and He comes to illumine the darkness. And we have had our fair share of darkness this year although we are not out of the darkness yet we have to look forward to the light of Christmas and a time in the future where Covid-19 will be a memory.The season of Christmas is a season of light and hope.

“Christmas is a time for coming home and being with family. However this year we are being asked to be cautious and limit our social contacts which is totally against our nature but we need to listen to the experts and protect the vunerable and those who would be prone to the virus. And while

Christmas can often be a difficult and lonely time for people aswell.

This will be magnified by the year that we have all experienced and the constraints this virus places on the lives of some people, especially those more vulnerable.

Over the coming weeks, there will be a real challenge individually and collectively. While society and the economy are reopening, we have choices to make which will have a significant impact on how we manage COVID-19 into the next year.

With the huge and understandable interest in vaccines and their rollout – here and around the world. There is a lot of work going on at the moment and there is at last hope for the future.

With this interest there will be a lot of information and a lot of discussion in the public sphere – and especially on social media.

There will be different viewpoints and different theories – It is important that we get our information from reliable sources.

The approval processes for these things are exacting and rigorous.

We have to have hope and listen to the facts from the experts.


We saw data published last week by the CSO where one in three people surveyed in November rated their overall life satisfaction as ‘low’. The amount of people who reported feeling downhearted and depressed doubled between April and November this year. We have to acknowledge that this has been a very tough year for people and there’s a bit to go yet.

We are being bombarded with Covid-19 news on all media platforms day and night and it can become overwhelming not to mention Brexit.

Campbell went on to commend the recent launch by the Government of #KeepWell campaign which aims to show people of all ages how we can mind our own physical and mental health and wellbeing by adding healthy and helpful habits to our daily and weekly routines.

The simple things like getting out into the open air and going for a walk makes a difference for us all. Keeping connected with people who live on their own.


Monaghan County Council’s Monaghan Age Friendly Programme, have played a big part in this including helping people in nursing homes feel connected with the community.

This year again when we have not being able to get into the nursing homes to see our loved one has been very very hard. I have an Uncle who resides in a nursing home and when you are trying to have a conversation through a window, wearing a mask and I know that lots of people are in the same situation with loved ones its hard and has to be hard for our loved ones too. We also owe a death of gradditude to all the front line workers who work in the Nursing homes and who take such great care of our loved ones at this time. Indeed for all the front line workers in all areas we say a big THANK YOU.

There are resources to help you keep well this Christmas – check out full county listings on

A range of other supports are also available, for example, The Community Call, you can find their details on There are also links to mental health supports that you might need at this time and those services are being delivered in innovative ways.

Safe Shopping.

At this busy time of the year, I would encourage everyone to shop local to support the local businesses who have had such a difficult year being closed for long spells. You can still shop online and with so many local traders/businesses who have an online presence. Please support local.

You can still order over the phone and collect your goods or have them delivered.
If you go out shopping, wrap up warm in case you have to queue.
Try to shop at off-peak times and keep a 2 meter distance from other shoppers.
You must wear your mask in store for your safety and for that of other shoppers and staff.
Try to keep our shoppping to a minimun and remember to use hand sanitiser on entering and leaving the shop.

As has been mentioned so often if you are planning on spending time with someone who is more vulnerable to COVID-19 take this into account when planning your activities and restrict your movements as appropriate.

“Celebrations of Christmas with families this year will be tempered by the physical distancing and other restrictions brought on by our concern to protect each other from the Covid-19 however If we can do it this Christmas though, we can start off next year holding on to the freedoms we do have, and hopefully, next Christmas this will be a memory we can look back on and talk about as something we have overcome.

In Conclusion Cllr Campbell believes we have to have hope for this Christmas and for 2020. Go mbeidh Nollaig bheannaithe agat atá lán le háthas agus ag gach duine atá i do shaol. Agus bliain úr shláintiúil faoi mhaise duit.