walkingTourA4 adThe Free Walking Tours of Carrickmacross are back! Starting on Saturday May 4th at 11am outside the Courthouse and running every Saturday until the end of September. So if you haven't been on the tour or you have friends and relatives visiting Carrickmacross over the Summer please let them know. Its a very informative and enjoyable tour, approx 90 minutes.


WhatsApp Image 2019 04 25 at 14A night of Appreciation for the St. Louis Sisters Including a Documentary Launch on the St. Louis Sisters,
Convent Building and Carrickmacross Lace, 200 Year History & Presentation Night

Thursday 9th May 2019 at 7pm sharp in Nuremore Hotel, Carrickmacross

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Easter Egg Hunt

Look out for this poster in the window of shops participating in the Easter Egg Hunt, there are over 80 of them so have fun! Forms are available in Birdys, Keegans and Gifts n Things today.

Draw will take place on Saturday April 20th at 2.30 in the Market Squre Shopping Centre.

 councilImageKnocknacran-Drumgossat Residents Forum Update – 11 April 2019

The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment confirmed that it had received the report and it was currently being considered by Wardell Armstrong, consultants engaged by the DCCAE, together with analysis and modelling detail from the investigation. The DCAE’s verification process will be completed over the coming weeks and the results issued to Monaghan County Council.


Pat O’Connor, Operations Director, Gyproc Ireland Ltd., presented on Gyproc’s water discharges the river Bursk since October 2018, stating that the company would submit a Water Management Plan to the Environmental Protection Agency by the end of the week and also intend to seek an EPA licence review application in May 2019, which will propose a new water discharge point. Pat O’Connor also delivered a presentation detailing the historical sinkhole occurrences over the Drumgossat mine.

Monaghan County Council confirmed that no decision can be made on the reopening of the LP4900 until after the investigation process was complete. The Council had requested funding from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport to restore roads in the vicinity of the mine and the DTTAS Inspector had visited the LP4900 again. The Council is in discussions with Gyproc Ireland Ltd. regarding its costs relating to road closures and restoration works.
The next meeting of the Residents Forum is scheduled for 29 April 2019

Paul Clifford
Director of Services
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Reminder to Blood Donors in the Carrickmacross Area


The Irish Blood Transfusion Service Mobile Unit will be located in the

Nuremore Hotel, Carrickmacross on the following days:

Wednesday 17th April, 2019

Thursday 18th April, 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 www.giveblood.ie


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Feile Patrick Byrne smallFEILE PATRICK BYRNE - Irish Traditional Arts Festival

Dates: 11 - 14 April

Venue: Carrickmacross Town

The Mairtín O’Connor Band, Gerry ‘fiddle’ O’Connor and the Salamanca Céilí Band are among the confirmed artists for this year’s Féile Patrick Byrne in Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan. Organised since 2007 by the local branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, the féile honours the local 19th century harper Patrick Byrne who was the first Irish traditional musician ever photographed. The Mairtín O’Connor Band – Mairtín with Cathal Hayden and Seamie O’Dowd - top the bill. All master musicians, together they produce music of astounding virtuosity. Their vibrant sound has been described as verging on perfection and redefining one’s concept of brilliance. Genuinely, their concert on 13 April can be rated as one not to be missed. Returning to the féile this year is legendary fiddle player Gerry O’Connor. Gerry will both teach and perform at the féile, giving audiences a perfect opportunity to sample the rich Oriel music tradition showcased on his latest album, Last Night’s Joy, and book, The Rose in the Gap. A must for all fiddle fans. Dancers will be well catered for with champion dancer Aoife McCabe giving a sean nós dance workshop, followed by the sets céilí with The Salamanca. For those who want to take it easier, there will be music sessions, a singing session plus heritage events. Carrickmacross Comhaltas / Féile Patrick Byrne would like to thank our funders, the Arts Council, Monaghan County Council, the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht and the Comhaltas Meitheal Programme for their support. Further details on Facebook and www.carrickmacross.ie/feilepatrickbyrne

CCSCarrickmacross Cancer Society is holding the Annual Public Information Meeting in the Shirley Arms Hotel on Friday, April 5th at 8pm.

The guest speaker is Aileen Emery from the Gary Kelly Centre, Drogheda. Aileen will speak about counselling, wig service, support for families and a variety of other services available in the Centre for people living with cancer.

Committee members will give brief reports on the activities of CCS over the last twelve months.

A number of fundraisers will present cheques and have photos taken for the local press and CCS Website www.carrickmacrosscancer.ie

The support and generosity of the people of Carrickmacross and surrounding areas makes it possible for Carrickmacross Cancer Society to continue to help so many since it was founded in 1986.

Everybody welcome to attend.

monaghancoco logoMonaghan County Council in partnership with Carrick Aces Athletic Club and Carrick Rovers  Football Club are carrying out a study to assess the potential for development of a shared Sports Complex Building on the former convents lands adjacent to the Carrick Aces running track and the new pitches development being undertaken by Carrick Rovers.

Any new facility would in both service these investments and also be made available for use by other interested clubs and community organisations. Funding is potentially available for predevelopment supports under the recently announced Large Scale Sports infrastructure fund.  Any new shared building and facilities' would complement existing provision in the area and would service the greater South Monaghan and surrounding areas. A key part of the process is to undertake an extensive public consultation regarding the development of any new facilities.

We would appreciate if you could take a few minutes to complete this questionnaire.



monaghancc logoMonaghan Co. Council is seeking expressions of interest for the use of the former Ski Club and launch facilities at Lough Muckno, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan. The Council has recently received funding to refurbish the building and upgrade the facilities and are seeking expressions of interest from interested parties for short term lease agreements for use of the building, water facilities and surrounding areas.

The area consists of the land, buildings, compound and facilities which will accommodate water and land based recreational activities at Lough Muckno.

This will be a two-stage process whereby persons expressing an interest before the below closing date will be invited to submit detailed proposals and a business plan for further consideration in stage two.

Expressions should be made in writing to the following address on or before Friday, 29th of March, 2019 and be clearly marked “Lough Muckno Recreational Activities”.

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Carrickmacross-Castleblayney Municipal District Council,
Riverside Road,
Co. Monaghan.