Santa Arrives in CarrickmacrossThe Christmas Market Weekend ran from Thursday, 1st to Sunday, 4th December 2011.  The weekend was a great success with a wide range of local retailers, local food producers, local restaurants and local crafts people all showing their wares over the weekend.
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The weekend commenced with 'Passion for Fashion' on Thursday evening, featuring displays of the latest fashions & trends.

Salon 2000 at Christmas Market Weekend in Carrickmacross      Daisy at Christmas Market Weekend in Carrickmacross

Friday’s event 'A Taste Of Carrickmacross’  was very popular, with members of the public being very impressed with the wide range of free food available to taste.

Brian Lynch at Christmas Market Weekend in Carrickmacross      Home Bake at Christmas Market Weekend in Carrickmacross

There was no shortage of ideas for Christmas gifts on Saturday at the 'Christmas Craft & Gift Fair'.

Local Crafts at Christmas Market Weekend in Carrickmacross      Local Crafts on display at Christmas Market Weekend in Carrickmacross

On Saturday night Carrickmacross was brought back in time with the 'Reeling Back the Years' exhibition.  Local historians were on hand to give information on businesses and people from Carrickmacross over the years.

Reeling Back the Years Exhibition in Carrickmacross      Display at Reeling Back the Years Exhibition

On Sunday, 'Kids Day', over 300 children welcomed Santa to the town after a kiddies cinema and disco.

Kiddies Cinema at Christmas Market Weekend      Local Bands at Christmas Market Weekend

It was a fun filled weekend in Carrickmacross and the Chamber of Commerce are delighted with the support they received and the positive reaction in the town.



New Council Offices

Please note that from Monday the 28th of November, 2011 Monaghan County Council Area Office and Carrickmacross Town Council will be relocating to new Civic Offices, Convent Lands, Ardee Road, Carrickmacross.

Contact Details remain unchanged and are as follows:
Telephone Numbers: 042 966 1236 / 966 1240 / 966 1618
Fax Numbers: 042 966 1236 / 966 2921

St. Mary's, LisdoonanSt. Mary’s Church, Lisdoonan, which was built in 1812 will be celebrating its bi-centenary next August 2012.  If you have any relevant information or photos (especially wedding photos) in relation to St. Mary’s down through the years and with particular reference to its renovation in the mid 1970s please email same to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post to The Parochial House, Broomfield, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan.  All photos will be kept safely and returned to the owner.


Carrickmacross Lions Club Free Diabetes Screening DayCarrickmacross Lions Club held a very successful Free Diabetes Screening day in the Carrickmacross Market Square Shopping centre last Saturday. Just over 200 people were screened of which 5 were identified as needing further testing by their GP.

In the photograph from left to right - back row are Carrickmacross Lions Club members Shane Maguire, Patricia Fenix, Fr Michael Jordan, Máire Nic Grainne, Andrew Spare, Glen O'Reilly and Gene McKeown. Front from left to right are nurses Bernie Fealy and Jacinta McCooey.

Cllr. Matt CarthySouth Monaghan Sinn Féin Councillor, Matt Carthy, has renewed his call for extended public Footpath and Lighting to be put in place at the Lurgans area in Carrickmacross.  Cllr. Carthy confirmed this week that as a result of an official question by him at a recent meeting of Monaghan County Council that the matter will now be on the agenda of an upcoming Roads Area Committee.

Cllr. Carthy outlined that this part of the town has grown substantially in recent years and that the number of pedestrians had increased and there were concerns that the public lighting and footpaths were not sufficient.  He explained that there was huge pressure on the council’s road and lighting budgets as a result of government cutbacks but he would endeavour to get the support of the council to agree a timeframe for these necessary works.



Carrickmacross Lions ClubFollowing the success of last year’s event, Carrickmacross Lions Club are going to have a second Come Ceili With Me! The concept is simple and revolves around old-fashioned hospitality.  Hosting a ceili will help the long winter evenings go faster, letting you catch up with old friends, possibly make some new friends all the while raising vital funds for the Carrickmacross Lions Club, who in turn support a wide range of worthwhile causes.

If this sounds good to you, why not put your name forward as a host?  Contact any Lions Club member for a Come Ceili With Me pack.  Packs have a refundable deposit of €20.

Invite your friends, family, relatives and acquaintances to come on your ceili.  All you have to do is provide some light refreshments for your guests - the ceili pack will help you get started as it contains some goodies and vouchers.  Your Come Ceili With Me will benefit the Carrickmacross Lions Club as your guests can make a voluntary contribution if desired.

For more information or to register your interest, call any of the following numbers

Andrew: 087 763 5217
Marie: 087 227 1090
Paddy: 086 043 9084
Mairead: 087 799 8502
Grainne: 087 696 1375
Michael: 087 640 3416
Cathal: 087 213 9903

Cllr. Matt CarthyAt the most recent meeting of Carrickmacross Town Council Sinn Féin's Matt Carthy again called for a comprehensive strategy to deal with what he described as a 'growing problem with derelict and vacant houses in residential areas and estates'.

Cllr. Carthy made reference to a meeting he had with residents in one particular part of the town recently.  Cllr. Carthy explained the frustration of people who lived in an area who kept their own homes and gardens in immaculate conditions, worked together to keep communal spaces in good order, but who felt their efforts were hampered because a single house was left unattended.  That one house, he said, could be the cause of huge annoyance but also can be the cause of devaluation of property and in extreme cases can attract rodents.

The Sinn Féin representative said that local residents were rightfully demanding that the council take action against the owners of derelict houses in order to force them to either carry out necessary maintenance work or to sell them as he felt some of the properties he was speaking about were owned by speculators who were simply awaiting an upturn in the market.  That is fair enough, he said, but neighbouring property owners shouldn’t be the ones to suffer.  If properties in question are not improved then the council should compulsory purchase them in the public interest.

Cllr. Carthy has asked the council to be proactive on those derelict properties that have been brought to its attention and he informed the members that he would continue to press this issue until the problem was resolved.

Carrickmacross Town CouncilHi-viz vests and hi-viz backpack covers are now available to the public from the Council offices - Free of Charge.

For more information, please contact the Town Council at:

Administrative Headquarters
Town Clerk's Office
Old Fever Hospital
Shercock Road
Co. Monaghan

Tel: 042 966 1236 / 042 966 1618 / 042 966 3662

Helena NolanThe winner of the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award for 2011 is Helena Nolan. Kilkenny-born Helena currently lives and works in Dublin, after a number of years abroad in London and Kuala Lumpur. In 2008 she received an MA in Creative Writing from UCD. Her work has been published in journals and anthologies and shortlisted in a range of competitions, including Fish and Strokestown. Last year she was awarded joint second prize in the Patrick Kavanagh Award. She lives in Shankill and is married with two sons.
The judge was the poet, novelist and screenwriter Brian Lynch. He described Helena Nolan’s entry, ‘The Bone House’, which was partly inspired by the 1937 visit to Ireland of the great American poet Elizabeth Bishop, as a leap upward in her work, a heartfelt bid to overcome the downward force of everyone’s everyday experience.

The €1,000 prize was presented by Peter Murphy, Chairman, Patrick Kavanagh Society at the Patrick Kavanagh Centre in Inniskeen, Co Monaghan on Friday, 30th September 2011.

Sharing the second prize were Michael J. Whelan, Tallaght, Co. Dublin; Cliona O’Connell, Phibsborough, Dublin; and Andrew Jamison, Crossgar, Downpatrick, Co. Down.

TCarrick Lionswin(s) + Parade 2011 DVD is now available for sale from the Carrickmacross Lion's Club section of this website. Cost is €11 including post and packaging. Payment is through Paypal.

You can also purchase DVD's at McGuire's Pharmacy in the Market Square Shopping Centre on the Main Street.

Dr Terence Dooley

Dr Terence Dooley's profile has recently been added to the Local Profiles section of the web site.

Terence Dooley, MA, Ph.D. (NUI), H. Dip. Ed. was NUI Fellow in the Humanities 2001-03. He specialises in Irish social and political history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly the history of Irish country houses and the landed class in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; land and politics in independent Ireland; the working of the Irish Land Commission from 1881 to 1992; the revolutionary period 1916-23; and local history in Ireland. (Source

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