xmasjumperCarrickmacross Christmas Jumper Day is on Friday 21st of December. 

We ask all Banks, Shops, Offices and Businesses to take part in this event by wearing your Christmas Jumper to work. Donate €5.00 each towards this years chosen charity which is Carrickmacross St Vincent De Paul (Food Appeal) 
The funds raised will be used to purchase food for hampers for people in need in the Carrickmacross area. 

All donations can be dropped into @SVP - Vincent's Shop Carrickmacross, please mark it clearly in an envelope that it is for the Christmas Jumper Day.


a3posterThe 2nd Shop Local Christmas Draw for €1000 in Chamber Town Vouchers will take place tomorrow in the Market Square Shopping Centre at 4pm. So if you are shopping in Carrickmacross look out for free tickets and enter, sometimes shops can be busy so you might need to ask for one.

Santa will switch on the Carrickmacross Christmas Lights on Friday November 30th. Meet at the Shirley Arms Hotel at 6.15pm and walk down Main Street to St. Finbarr's Church. Santa will meet everyone there and after the lights switch on you are invited to the Festival of Trees in St. Finbarr's. The 1st draw for €1000 vouchers in the Chamber of Commerce Christmas Promotion will take place at the switch on so shop local in Carrickmacross to be in with a chance to win.


XMas-Tree-Festival-for-PrintThis year the spirit and goodwill of Christmas is coming early to Carrickmacross. It comes in the form of a Christmas Tree Festival to be held in St Finbarr’s Church of Ireland, Maynooth from the 30th November to the 2ndt December.

This will be the first time such an ambitious event has been held in the area and it will involve the whole community. The Festival, which in some ways could be compared to a flower festival seeks to tell the story of Christmas and the story of the local community through the medium of Christmas trees, both real, artificial and completely hand made. Visitors can journey through the Christmas story as well as the story of the local community as told through the medium of Christmas trees.
Each tree will be uniquely made or decorated to tell its part in the Christmas story. One of the most exciting aspects is the way it involves the whole community in finding a new way to tell it’s story.

Not only will the three Church provide trees, local schools, businesses and community organisations will also be taking part, to create something eye catching. Imagine a bookshop that creates a tree made of books or a garage producing a tree made of tyres.

The aim of the Christmas Tree Festival is to create a community celebration, at the same time as raise funds for the Church. Santa’s Grotto and a Nativity scene add to an air of celebration.
The Festival launches on Friday 30th November alongside the switch on of the Carrickmacross lights. Following the official switch on of the town lights Santa will make his way to the church as we open the Festival. He will then make go to his specially made Grotto to greet all the boys and girls.

On Saturday we open from 10am – 6pm and throughout the day there will be refreshments, a cake stall, raffle and the chance to buy a copy of our parish cookery book. Santa will also be in his Grotto throughout the day.
On Sunday we open from 1pm with all the activities continuing right through the day until our closing ‘Carol’s of Praise” Service at 7pm to which everyone from the community is warmly invited.

Rev Colin McConaghie says the Festival is already creating a real buzz in the town; “we are delighted to be working with the Chamber of Commerce to deliver a truly community based Festival. The response from local schools, organisations and businesses has been very positive and we are looking forward to what the trees they will create. We at St Finbarr’s have a mission of being community focused and this Christmas Tree Festival will bring church and community together as well as bringing to life the wonderful gift of Jesus to our world.”

There is no Admission charge but visitors are invited to give a donation. This promises to be a truly unique event in the life of Carrickmacross. Please plan to come along and support this community celebration and experience something special.


MDA-Award-LogoRepresentatives from Carrickmacross Chamber, Municipal District and Tidy Towns will attend the National Enterprise Town Awards in the Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny on Wednesday 28th of November 2018. This is a Bank of Ireland organised competition and we hopefully will do swell as this is the first time Carrickmacross has entered.


Cavan/Monaghan Education & Training Board, (CMETB), will commence the part-time courses below in the Workhouse in January.

To enrol, or for more information, contact Cavan/Monaghan Education & Training Board at:
T: 047 719 14
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F: www.facebook.com/CavMonETB

The courses include:
* Business Administration Skills - Level 5
* Childcare: Child Health and Well-Being - Level 5
* Childcare: Child Psychology - Level 6
* Communications - Level 5
* Computer Applications and IT Skills - Level 4
* Customer Service - Level 4
* History - Level 5
* Horticultural Practice - Level 4
* Introduction to Beauty
* Introduction to Computers
* Payroll: Manual and Computerised - Level 5
* Personal Effectiveness and Mindfulness - Level 3
* Word Processing - Level 5

BTEI courses are free to those in receipt of a Social Welfare payment, have a Medical Card, or have less than a Leaving Cert qualification. Otherwise, the cost is €50 per BTEI course.

For details of other part-time courses delivered in Co. Monaghan by Cavan/Monaghan Education & Training Board, see:





Feile Samhain 2018, Emmets Centre, Carrickmacross
31st October 2018, Gates open at 6:30pm

Fireworks, Fancy Dress - Prizes for best costume and music.
Supported by Monaghan County Council and an Garda Siochána

CA03 P1Inver College Open Night - Thursday 8th November 2018, 7pm to 9pm.

Patrician High School Open Night - Monday 19th November 2018, 6pm til 9pm.

St. Louis Open Night - Tuesday 20th November 2018, 6:30pm to 9pm.

GIBRGOI harp 2018 colourThe Government launched the 'Getting Ireland Brexit Ready' public information campaign. The campaign is a further intensification of the Government’s preparedness and contingency planning, which was
initiated in advance of the UK’s referendum in June 2016.

As part of the campaign, public outreach events have begun to take place across the country. These outreach events showcase the extensive work of the Government’s agencies, including Enterprise Ireland, Bord Bia, Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland. The events bring together this experience and expertise in a ‘one stop shop’ for citizens and businesses in particular. The opening event, on Friday 5 October in Cork, was very successful, with a large attendance and significant interest in the topics discussed.

The events will take place on the following dates:

  • NUI, Galway (ILAS, North Campus), Friday, 12 October;
  • Four Seasons, Monaghan, Friday, 19 October; and
  • Croke Park, Dublin, Thursday, 25 October.

Registration is available here >>

Comhairle Contae Mhuineacháin
Oifigí an Chontae, An Gleann, Muineachán

Monaghan County Council
County Offices, The Glen, Monaghan

Public Information Event

County Monaghan Reval 2019

Monaghan County Council and the Valuation Office are holding a public information event on the forthcoming revaluation of commercial properties in County Monaghan to be held on:-

Tuesday 2nd of October 2018 at 7pm The Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan

The purpose of this meeting is to provide information to commercial rate payers on the revaluation process and give property owners an opportunity to seek clarification from the Valuation Office.

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(Wednesday 26 September, 2018 – 8.00 pm)


Monaghan County Council officials; members of An Garda Siochana; along with members from the Exploration and Mining Division of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and a representative from the EPA met with representatives of Gyproc Ireland this afternoon.


Mining engineers and geologists engaged by Gyproc Ireland have inspected the site and have compiled a Preliminary Assessment Report. The report states that no further geological activity has been detected on the site. Further, more detailed, geological assessment is necessary to ascertain the conditions beneath the R179 Kingscourt to Carrickmacross Road and the L4900 Drumgossat road.


Gyproc’s team are working to provide this detailed information as soon as possible. In the interim, the Carrickmacross/Kingscourt Road (R179) will remain closed from Drumgossatt Crossroads to O’Rourkes Filling Station at Drummond. In addition, the LP4900 to Drumgossatt will also remain closed to traffic.   Traffic between Carrickmacross and Kingscourt is being diverted via Shercock.  The road closures are projected to remain in effect until mid-October.


The area in the vicinity of the Clubhouse remains closed to the public. Monaghan Co. Council reiterates that the site is unsafe and advises all members of the public to avoid the area and to observe the detours in place.


An Garda Siochana and Monaghan County Council will continue to liaise with Gyproc and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment over the coming days.

Monaghan County Council

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