The members of Monaghan County Council last week agreed to transfer the historic Market House building in Carrickmacross to the local Town Council, on the proposal of Sinn Féin’s Cllr. Matt Carthy.

The building will be transferred to Carrickmacross Town Council at a cost of €150,000. It is expected that substantial refurbishment works will need to be carried out by the town council particularly at the roof which is in a poor state of repair.

Speaking after the transfer was approved Cllr. Carthy said: “Since the final decision to move the council and library services into the new building on the Convent Lands was made I have been arguing that the Market Square property must be used for the benefit of the community of Carrickmacross and surrounding areas.

“The decision of Monaghan County Council to transfer ownership to the Town council allows this to happen. Carrickmacross Town Council will now initiative a public consultation process whereby any individual or organisation with views on the future of the building can submit them in writing. I am encouraging people in our town and hinterland to avail of this opportunity”.

To celebrate National Bike week in Carrickmacross Co. Monaghan a cycle event called Carrick Solstice Cycle will take place in the town on Tuesday 19th June 2012,commencing at 6am until 12 md.

The event is planned around the summer solstice.Come to Carrickmacross and partake in a cycle of a planned route of approx 14 k/l around the south Monaghan town

You can sign up for one hour of cycling at a time that suits your work/life schedule, starting from 6am onwards to 12 md.Early cyclists will enjoy an excellent Monaghan Sun rise The event is open to all cyclists,minimum age is 16 yrs.helmet to be worn and bicycle to be in good working order,rules of the road to be obey at all times.

Register on the day of the event at O Hanlons Property,Market square,Carrickmacross CO.Monaghan.

Donation €5 per person/or family.Proceeds will go to local charities.

Information:Valerie Campion Cycling Coach: 0876387164.Michael Clarke.Carrick Cycle centre 0879685829

Freda Hearty and the Carrickmacross Dance Kids are back and ready to take over An Táin Theatre on June 20, 2012 with their spectacular show, ‘Midsummer Beat’.
‘Midsummer Beat’ is a perfect night out for all the family, with performances to suit all ages. The talented dancers aged from just 4 years onwards are promising to stage a “show-stopping performance” of the popular Disney story, The Lion King. Let the Dance Kids transport you to the mighty jungle in Africa, where Timon and Pumba will undoubtedly keep you entertained with their antics whilst Simba the lion transforms into the king of the jungle.

“We are literally going to ‘Rock’ An Táin Theatre,” laughed Freda Hearty, founder and director, Dance Kids Stage School. “We have a show full of surprises this year; it’s all about having fun and we’re having lots of that. We have been so busy the last few months preparing for this show. I would like to thank all the Carrickmacross Dance Kids and their wonderful families; they have been great and so supportive. All the hard work has really paid off and it’s going to be a fantastic show.”

The night of entertainment will also include hit songs from Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and many more. If that wasn’t enough there will be a spectacular circus performance, which is sure to bring the house down. To finish off the show the Dance Kids will perform to the classic ‘A Star Is Born’, which is sure to have the audience dancing and singing along.

Over the past number of years, Freda Hearty and the Dance Kids have raised an amazing €127,000 for charity both locally and abroad. This year, proceeds from ‘Midsummer Beat’ will be going to local charities.

‘Midsummer Beat’ takes place in An Táin Theatre, Dundalk, on June 20, 2012. Book your tickets today at An Táin Theatre’s box office on 042 9392919. ‘Midsummer Beat’ will showcase some of the finest talent from Carrickmacross and is not to be missed. Book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.


The Irish Blood Transfusion Service Mobile Unit will be located in the Phoenix Leisure Centre, Carrickmacross on the following days:

  • Tuesday 29th May, 2012
  • Wednesday 30th May, 2012

From 5.00pm to 8.30pm

Please Note Days & Clinic Opening Times.

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 John Healy, Area Organiser at our Ardee Regional Office, 041 – 685 9994 or

One of the finest songwriters and performers of his generation, Declan O'Rourke has just announced a special intimate performance in Carrickmacross. This is a first in a series of shows at the beautiful surroundings of St. Finbarr's Church in Carrickmacross.

Over the course of the summer the church will play host to some of Ireland's finest modern musicians.

On Sunday June 24th Declan O'Rourke will kick off the showcase performing songs from his 3 Multi Platinum Albums. Declan came to Dublin in his mid-twenties and soon found himself trading songs with the likes of Damian Dempsey, Paddy Casey, Gemma Hayes, Damian Rice as well as other top Irish singer-songwriters.

In 2004, Declan released his debut album, Since Kyabram featuring the hit singles 'Galileo (Someone Like You)', Sarah, Your world and No Breaks. Such was the critical and commercial success of the album in Ireland that it opened the doors for him internationally, earning him plaudits from the likes of Paul Weller and Jonathan Ross, each of whom were rapturous in their praise of Declan’s deep-honey voice and astute song writing abilities.

His follow-up album in 2007, Big Bad Beautiful World, easily consolidated his appeal in Ireland as well as with his growing list of well-connected champions. Support slots followed in the UK and Europe to the likes of Snow Patrol, Teddy Thompson, The Cardigans, Paulo Nutini, Badly Drawn Boy, Divine Comedy and Paul Weller, and before too long major labels started calling, siren-like, for his signature on the dotted line. O’Rourke has since been through the major label mill and come out the other side – smiling (eventually!), we’re glad to say.
He’s a free man, then, with a free frame of mind, and a new record label he can, quite literally, call his own. And on his new record label he releases his third album and first independent offering, MAG PAI ZAI, which sees him maturing as a songwriter in ways he would, most likely, have never thought possible.

MAG PAI ZAI, released in April '11, managed to top the success of Declan's first two albums, holding its own in the top 10 for four consecutive weeks. 'A Little Something,' the album's debut single, received much airplay, climbing to the no. 2 spot in the Today FM Top 40. Both singles released to date, 'A Little Something,' and 'Time Machine' were Single of the Week.

Today his songs have been covered by many artists including Josh Groban, Eddie Reader, Mary Byrne, Brian Kennedy, Maura O'Connell, Paul Weller (The Jam), The Celtic Tenners.

Declan recently performed at the BBC Last Night of the Proms with the Ulster Orchestra in Castle Park, Bangor and with the RTÉ National Concert Orchestra in the National Concert Hall, Dublin. He has toured extensively in Europe, America, Australia and continues to be one of the most sought after performers in Ireland.

In St. Finbarrs Church, Declan will be accompanied by violin and cello as he performs in this unique, intimate setting. Tickets €25 are available from Keegans Newsagents and Hughes Coffee shop Carrickmacross and are selling fast so book now to avoid disappointment.

The inaugural Carrickmacross Lions Club North East Cycle Challenge took place on Sunday 6th May and attracted 300 cyclists from throughout the country. The event earned huge praise from the participating cyclists for the professional way it was organised and for the two routes selected.

Two hundred and sixteen experienced cyclists set off at 9.30am on the 100km Drumlin Challenge which passed through Shercock, Cootehill, Newbliss, Ballybay, Lough Egish and Castleblaney before returning to Carrickmacross. Mayor of Carrickmacross Noel Keelan had the honour of being the official starter before he himself got on his bike and rode the Oriel Route.

Eighty four cyclists signed up for the 30km Oriel Route which started at 10am and took them on a flat quiet route to the picturesque village of Tallanstown. Refreshments for the participants were kindly provided by the Tallanstown Tidy Towns Committee before the cyclists embarked on the return journey to Carrickmacross.

Carrickmacross Alzheimer’s Society representative Mrs. Alice Deery was the official Oriel Route starter. All proceeds from The North East Cycle Challenge will go towards the provision of a weekly bus service for Alzheimer’s patients taking them to the Drumkill Daycare Centre in Threemilehouse.

The Carrickmacross Lions Club members and volunteers provided refreshments and showers for the returning cyclists in The Phoenix Sports Centre. Some weary participants availed of a complimentary massage whilst others tucked into soup, sandwiches, savoury pies, brack and scones donated by local businesses.

Everyone who raised over €100 in sponsorship for the event were entered into a draw for a BOSE Wave Music System worth €696. Anthony and Breege Brennan from Kilnamaddy, Monaghan were the winners of this fantastic prize, which was kindly donated by locally based company BOSE Ireland Ltd.

Carrickmacross Lions Club President Andrew Spare was overwhelmed by the level of support and generosity that the first North East Cycle Challenge generated. He felt that ”the success of the event and the positive reaction from the cyclists means that The North East Cycle Challenge will become a permanent fixture in the cyclists’ diaries in the future”. He expressed thanks to Michael Clarke of Carrick Cycle Centre and to members of the Carrickmacross Cycling Club for their input into the organisation of the event. Special thanks went to Cycle Coach Valerie Campion who acted as Head Safety Steward and whose invaluable experience guided the event organisers throughout. The Carrickmacross Lions Club would also like to thank all local businesses who contributed to the running of the event, to the volunteers who helped out on the day but most of all to the 300 participating cyclists who completed both the Oriel and Drumlin Routes and whose efforts helped generate funds for Alzheimer’s Support.

Monaghan County Council in conjunction with Monaghan IT Forum, will hold a half day conference “Exploiting the Potential of IT - A Monaghan Perspective” on the 9th of May, at the Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan 9.30am to 1.30pm

The focus of this Conference is to demonstrate the importance of IT to businesses in County Monaghan through successful company case studies. The conference will also highlight the availability of broadband in the County and request feedback on future broadband developments in the County. Minister of State for the NewEra Project, Fergus O’Dowd,TD will launch the conference.

The conference is free to attend & open to all businesses in Monaghan. This conference may also be of interest to IT suppliers and other interested parties. All registrants who attend on the day will be entered into a draw for an iPad.
Registration is available by completing registration at or by contacting Kim McKenna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 047 73719.

If you are an IT company from or working in Monaghan and are interested in having a stand contact Kim McKenna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., stands are free of charge.

Conference Schedule
9.00-9.30 Tea/ Coffee & Registration
9.30 Welcome by County Development Board Chairman, Cllr. Pat Treanor
9.45 Opening speech & launch - Minister Fergus O’Dowd, Dept. of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources will launch  Monaghan Tourism/ Heritage APP &
10.30 Speaker - Martin O’Brien, CEO, Monaghan VEC
11.00 Break
11.15 Speaker - Andrew Shortt, Castlecool
11.35 Speaker -  Seamus Treanor, Astec P.O.S Ltd.
11.50 Q & A / Result of iPad draw
12.15 Concluding remarks by Adge King, Director of Services, Monaghan County Council
12.30 Lunch

Conference will be chaired by Claire Cunningham, Chairperson of the IT Forum & Director of Aura Internet

Visit Of The Australian Ambassador To Ireland Bruce Davis To Carrickmacross On Friday 20th April 2012

The Australian Ambassador to Ireland Mr. Bruce Davis, visited Carrickmacross on Friday 20th April, at the invitation of Carrickmacross Lions Club to launch the countdown to the North East Cycle Challenge event which takes place on Sunday 6th May. The two route event, in aid of Alzheimers Support, is set to attract cyclists of all abilities from all parts of the country.

The Ambassador, along with his wife, brother & sister and their spouses, first paid a visit to the newly built Carrickmacross Civic Offices for a civic reception and met with the Mayor, Noel Keelan, Town Council members, Monaghan County Manager David Fallon, Town Council Manager Paul Clifford, Carrickmacross Lions Club President Andrew Spare, Chamber of Commerce President Jim Hand and members of the Council office staff.

During the day, Ambassador Davis and his family also visited the Phoenix Sports & Recreation Centre where he met Christina McMahon and her staff and toured the premises to see the impressive array of equipment and facilities during which they saw a demonstration of cycle spinning.

After lunch in the Shirley Arms Hotel hosted by the Carrickmacross Town Council, Ambassador Davis and family visited the Carrickmacross Lace Gallery and met with Elizabeth Daly and Geraldine O’Reilly who demonstrated the art of lace making before presenting the party with fine pieces of Carrickmacross Lace.

Later in the day, the Ambassador and his family visited Drung in Co. Cavan where his great grandfather John Davis lived & worked before emigrating to Australia in 1857.

The day was a huge success, both for the Carrickmacross Lions Club in launching the countdown to the North East Cycle Challenge event and for the Town of Carrickmacross.