Arts Partner Grant Applicants




Arts Partner Grant Applicants                                    Amount Awarded

1              Castleblayney Drama Festival                                       €   4,000

2              The Garage Theatre, Monaghan Town                           € 19,000

3              Ballybay Arts Initiative                                                  €  4,000

4              Íontas Theatre, Castleblayney                                       € 22,000

5              Féile Patrick Byrne, Carrickmacross                              €   3,840

6              Muckno Mania, Castleblayney                                       €   3,000

7              Clones Film Festival                                                     € 10,000

    Total                                                                                              € 65,840

Isolated Terrain by Eileen Ferguson: Visual Art Project

Isolated Terrain by Eileen Ferguson

‘This visual art project is based on the theme of social /political/cultural landscape, opening a dialogue with my art practice studio .The narrative of my work incorporates landscape but is primarily concerned with a sense of loss, place, memory and history.

The theme is based on a journey made to Palestine focusing on the landscape within the walled territory which has created a sense of isolation for the Palestinian people. My work is in response  to the imagery and dialogue I was privy to and collected.

I have been developing a series of paintings which are multi-layered including collage.  Bruised Berry Media worked along with me in the studio who produced this film.’

This project was funded by The Arts Council of Ireland and was supported by Monaghan County Council.

The Film was shot entirely at the Clones Artists’ Studio

Christmas Classroom Theatre

A Gift for Christmas from your Local Arts in Education partnership

funded by Cavan and Monaghan County Councils and CMETB

in association with the Ramor and Garage Theatres

Presenting two wonderful productions with performances for the whole school to enjoy:


  1. For Junior infants-2nd class: We present Rockin Christmas Rhymes from Branar Theatre Company Galway ( Filmed live from the Blackbox in association with Townhall Theatre Galway, this feel-good live music show combines a merry mix of festive favourites and rocking rhymes that will have everyone jiving all the way! (This show is suitable for all primary level classes but may appeal to the junior classes in particular and runs for 40 mins.)
  2. For 3rd class -post primary: Next up is a playful & physical stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol from Livin Dred Theatre Company ( Filmed live from the Ramor Theatre, award-winning actors Aaron Monaghan and Bryan Burroughs dressed in snazzy suits – play all the characters at break-neck speed using an array of colourful hats, scarves and an Ikea coat-rack! This production is funny, slightly scary, utterly heart-warming and features a surprise special guest appearing as Tiny Tim.


Shows will be available free of charge for primary/post primary schools from Wednesday 16th – Tuesday 22nd December via a dedicated link provided by Monaghan Education Centre. If you would like to access this link simply respond to this email or express interest to

This initiative has been developed by the CMETB Arts in Education partnership, Arts Council Creative Schools programme and the Ramor Theatre and is funded through Creative Ireland funds for Cavan & Monaghan, Cavan and Monaghan County Councils, CMETB and the Garage theatre.

Platform 31 Scheme for Artists

Platform 31 Scheme for Artists

Designed to support and offer career development for 31 mid-career artists (one artist in each of the 31 local authorities around Ireland), there are two elements of support for participating artists in the scheme: financial and developmental.

Participating artists will receive an €8,000 bursary to invest in themselves and their practice, combined with participation in an advisory and developmental framework and a national peer network.


Who can apply:

The Platform 31 scheme is open to:

Artists living in any of the 31 Local Authority regions in the Republic of Ireland.

Artists working in any medium and practice, as well as multi-disciplinary practice and design of all kinds.

Artists who have received Local Authority Arts Office or Arts Council funding within the last 3 years (2018, 2019, 2020).


Full details of the scheme – including information on the selection process, selection criteria and how to apply will be available on this website later this week. Applications can be made via an online form, on this website, from November 9th-30th.


If you would like to receive more information about this scheme as it becomes available, please provide your name and email address here

Artist Support Scheme 2020


Monaghan County Council

Comhairle Contae Mhuineacháin

Scéim Tacaíochta Ealaíontóir


Emerging Talent – € 400.00 awarded to each Artist


Applicants Address Art Form
 1 Grace Cotter  Monaghan Town Scriptwriter/Film
 2 Joanne Lynch Latton Singer/Songwriter
 3 Breda McGuigan Monaghan Town Painter/Visual Arts
 4 Denise McCabe Castleblayney Abstract/Visual Arts
 5 Hattie Billingham Carrickmacross Glass/Mixed Media
 6 Shona Greig Glaslough Experimental Film
 7 Donal Deeney Monaghan Town Musician/Composer
 8 Mary Scott McGarry Monaghan Town Painter/Visual Artist


Established Artist – € 600.00 awarded to each Artist

Applicants Address Art Form
1 Shane Ward Ballybay Playwright/Theatre
2 Kevin Murray Ballybay Musician
3 Pádraig O’ Baoighill Monaghan Town Writer
4 Evelyn Conlon Rockcorry Writer
5 Shay Sweeney Castleblayney Musician
6 Orlagh Meegan Gallagher Carrickmacross Painter /Visual arts
7 Claire McCabe Rockcorry Film
8 Niamh O’ Connor Ballinode Visual Artist
9 Fiona Keenan O’ Brien Doohamlet Dance Theatre
10 Ronnie O’ Flynn Monaghan Town Musician
11 Gráinne Hunt Carrickmacross Singer/Songwriter
12 Sarah Wren Wilson Glaslough Painter/Visual Arts
13 Declan Gorman Monaghan Town Theatre


Music Network Music Capital Scheme 2020

This year’s Music Capital Scheme has now been launched; details are on the Music Network site: they have set a deadline of 13th October for submissions

Monaghan is again one of the prioritised counties this year, so along with an information session on the Scheme (whether online or in person), we are also looking at having experts present on certain topics relevant to Award 1 applicants e.g. putting governance structures in place, creating tuition plans, creating audio/video recordings.

Designed to provide support for the purchase of musical instruments

Award 1: Non-professional performing groups in County Monaghan

An online virtual workshop will be held on Tuesday 22nd September between 14:30 -16:00. Make sure you are FREE!

If interested, please email to register your interest by 12 noon on the 21st of September


Calling all Youth Arts practitioners youth workers, volunteers in Monaghan and Cavan!


NYCI Youth Arts Programme in partnership with Cavan Monaghan Education and Training Board Youth Office invites you to join your colleagues at our:

Youth Arts Networking Day & Training Workshop (Using Photography in Youth Work and Capturing Magic- Evaluating Outcomes in Youth Arts projects )

Date: Tuesday, 1st October 2019
Venue:  Hilton Park, Clones, Monaghan
Time: 10 – 4pm (including networking lunch)
Fee: Free
Book or enquire with: Joanne Brennan, Arts Officer, Cavan Monaghan ETB 0860878820

Calling all youth workers, volunteers and youth arts practitioners in Monaghan and Cavan!

Following on from a very successful workshop in drama skills, our next network training will focus on using photography in youth work settings, with an additional inductory session on evaluating youth arts projects.

Training: Using Photography in Youth Work
Photography activities and techniques can be used in their own right, but are also very useful and beneficial techniques in general youth work – this workshop provides ways to build a sense of community and belonging by exploring ways that you can use photography to support young people to share experiences with each other, build relationships and potentially create something new together. This training will be led by Aislinn Delaney, who has worked as an artist with a number of community groups on photographic projects.

Networking and lunch
Over lunch, we can informally explore participants’ needs in terms of  running youth arts projects within their projects/clubs and any issues/concerns that arise for them.  It is also a chance to catch up and build connections with your peers and colleagues. NYCI will also provide a brief overview of the supports offered by it’s Intercultural and Equality Programme.

Training: Capturing Magic- A Tool for Evaluating Outcomes in Youth Arts Projects
This training was developed by the NYCI Youth Arts Programme as a  way to track and measure the magic in your project. This condensed session provides an introduction and practical tips on how to use the resource to identify the best outcomes for your particular project and plan your evaluation.

Please note that numbers are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.  Further information and booking with Joanne Brennan, Arts Officer at the details above.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Artist Support Scheme 2019

Monaghan County Council
Comhairle Contae Mhuineacháin

Artist Support Scheme 2019
Scéim Tacaíochta Ealaíontóir 2019

The Artist Support scheme is Monaghan County Council’s recognition that we have a responsibility to provide assistance to artists, so that they can be supported in the making and presentation of their work.

This Scheme is active from the 12th of September 2019

Closing Date – 10th October 2019

Application Form Professional Artists 2019 And Scoring Sheet (MS Word)




Artist Support Scheme 2019


Successful Applicants Amount Awarded
Claire McCabe – Producer/ Film €900
Siobhan McDonald – Visual Artist €900
Eileen Ferguson – Visual Artist/Painter €900
Neal Greig – Visual Artist/Painter €900
Evelyn Conlon- -Writer €900
Joanne Behan – Visual Artist/Sculpture €600
Dara MacGabhann – Singer/Songwriter €450
Mary O’ Donnell –  Writer/Poet €600
Roland Purcell – Organist €400