imagesFREE Five Week Basic iPhone, iPad, Tablet and Smartphone class commencing on the 19th February from 13:15- 15:15 in Carrickmacross Workhouse.

If you would like to book a place please call Angela on 046 9280790

On Monday, 27th January 2020, the 6-acre Carrickmacross Workhouse site, including its Famine Graves, returned to community ownership when they were purchased by Monaghan Co. Council.

Built in 1841, the first families were admitted to the Workhouse on 11th February 1843 - almost 177 years ago to the day.

Since this time, the buildings and site passed into private ownership, while a local group, Farney Community Development Group, took a long-term lease and restored the front building into a Community Heritage, Training and Resource Centre.

We sincerely thank Monaghan County Council, in particular our Carrickmacross and Castleblayney Municipal District Councillors, for securing €540,000 funding to purchase this historic site in order to protect and develop it into the future.

Special tribute is due to the hundreds of people, past and present, who supported the Workhouse over the past 20 years, and those who worked behind the scenes to return it to its rightful owners - our community.

The full story can be read in this week’s Northern Standard, 30th January, and the photograph is courtesy of the Standard's photographer, Pat Byrne.





CMXTennisCarrickmacross Tennis Club are having an information desk in Supervalu tomorrow Saturday from 10am - 4pm.

We are looking for people interested in playing tennis to drop in to get an update on construction of courts for the club.

MHotelA public information meeting will take place on January 13th at 7pm in Tracey’s Hotel, Magheracloone to inform residents of Carrickmacross and Magheracloone about potential mining developments in the area. Adventus Zinc Ireland Limited have applied for a renewal of their prospecting licence and Gyproc Mines have proposed the extension of their existing open cast mine.

There is an application in progress at the moment to renew the prospecting licence for Base Metals, Barytes, Gypsum, Silver (Ores of), and Gold (Ores of) held by Adventus Zinc Ireland Limited. The area covered by this licence includes highly populated address including; Drummond Otra, Magheross, Magheraboy and Lisanisk. The planning for this was advertised on December 19th and people have only 30 days to respond to this. After the huge disruption caused by road closures in Magheracloone in 2018/19 due to the flooding of the Gyproc Mines, there is great concern about mining under roads in populated areas.

This meeting is being held to discuss the potential impact on the environment and health of residents in the area by these possible developments. There is a lack of information available to the community about the environmental changes that could take place if licences and planning permission is granted to extend mining around this area.
Mining can have a significant impact on people's lives so it is important to be aware of the impact of noise, blasting and dust which can occur close to mining areas. Whilst these developments may not affect you now they may affect future generations.

At the meeting residents who live beside the current Gyproc open cast mine will share their experiences to date. Speakers from the SOS – Save Our Sperrins Group and the Cavan Mining Objection Group will give information on the effects of Mining and point out the key elements residents should be aware of.

At this time of significant climate change when we are all more aware of our environment and the fragility of our ecosystem it is important that we have access to all key information on the impact of mining on it.
This meeting is being organised and held by the concerned residents of Drumgossatt/Knocknacran, Magheracloone. Everyone is welcome.

MapPublic notice on Notice of Intention to Renew Prospecting Licence with map and listed townlands:

Click to download PDFs:

Notice of Intention to Renew Prospecting Licence - PDF

Townlands PDFs

Prospecting Licence Area PDF

Townlands affected:

Aghlattacru, Annacroff, Ballyloughan, Coolaha, Coolderry (E.D. Ballymackney), Coolreagh, Coolremony, Corcrin, Corcuilloge, Corduff (Kelly), Corkeeran, Cornacarrow, Cortober, Derrylavan, Doohatty, Drumcargy, Drumever, Drumgoan, Drumhillagh, Drummond Otra, Kilmactrasna, Kinallybane, Kinallyduff, Leons Beg, Leonsgarve or Leons (McKenna), Lisanisk, Liscorran, Losset, Magheraboy, Magheross, Monaltybane, Monaltyduff, Mullaghmacateer, Mullaghmeen, Nure Beg, Nure More (E.D. Ballymackney), Nure More (E.D. Lough Fea), Part of Nure Beg, Radrumskean, Rahans (E.D. Donaghmoyne), Rossdreenagh, Shanmullagh, Stradeen, Trostan, Tullyallen, Tullynaskeagh East, Tullynaskeagh West.

christmas treeMonaghan County Council

Emergency Cover arrangements for the Christmas period

The 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 Monday 23rd December, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. and will re-open on Monday 30th December, 2019 at 9.15 a.m.

The Offices will close again on Wednesday 1st January, 2020 and re-open on Thursday 2nd January, 2020 at 9:15 a.m.

The Motor Taxation Office at Market Street, Monaghan will close to the public on Monday 23rd December, 2019 at 3.00 pm and will re-open to the public on Monday 30th December 2019 at 9.30 a.m. The office will close at 1pm on Tuesday 31st December, remaining closed on Wednesday 1st January 2020 and re-opening Thursday 2nd January.

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 Incl Monaghan Town   Colm Lynch       087 6501833  
Municipal District of Ballybay-Clones   Clones Town and Environs     Michael Leonard         087  2041672    
Municipal District of Carrickmacross- Castleblayney   Michael Duffy 087 6873154
Water Services Irish Water Customer Services 1890 278 278 or 01 707 2828


Fire Service Telephone Number 999/112


Ireland’s First Reverse Plastic Bottle Vending Machine Far Exceeds Expectations

Carrickmacross Tidy Towns has been overwhelmed with the level of interest and use of the Reverse Plastic Bottle Vending machine. The machine has processed over 50,000 bottles in just over 2 months since its launch. Carrickmacross Tidy Town's secretary Gerry Hand said the committee hadn't expected to reach this target for at least 12 months after launch, stating that the really great news from the tidy towns perspective is that there isn't a plastic bottle to be seen on the streets of Carrickmacross.

Recycling 50,000 PET Bottles can avoid the equivalent of more than 4 Tonnes of C02. This is equivalent to saving the Co2 emissions on 450 gallons of petrol or 500,000 mobile phone charges or the planting of 66 Trees to offset. Over 1.5 tonnes of plastic has been recycled through this machine.

The Reverse Plastic Bottle Vending machine was launched on the 30th of September. On its busiest day the machine took in over 1700 plastic bottles. Andrew Spare, the committee member who initiated the machine after seeing it operational in German is delighted with the response. He said that the Committee have been inundated with enquiries from other Tidy Towns and interested groups from around the Country, who are keen to implement a similar system in their towns, businesses and schools.

The Committee has stated that the implementation and use of the system has been a learning process which is ongoing. They have said that they will be providing updates on the implementation and learnings from the experience to help other groups. And that there is a Reverse Vending Seminar proposed for the end of January 2020, when the committee will outline their experience of the entire process.

The machine, located in Market Square Shopping Centre, is sponsored by Monaghan County Council, Monaghan County Council Environmental Section, Shabra Plastics & Re-Cycling and Quinn Packaging Ltd.






The Murphy Twins celebrating the 50,000 milestone. 

The Chamber of Commerce €5,000 is on again in Carrickmacross. To enter this free draw just shop in Carrickmacross. Participating shops will give you a free ticket to enter the draw. First Draw for €1,000 in vouchers takes place on November 30th so shop local to win!