Have your say on the draft Town Centre First Plan for Carrickmacross

The public is warmly invited to have their say on draft plans for the future of Carrickmacross Town Centre through a consultation process taking place between 30 November and 4 January 2024.   

Carrickmacross is the first town in County Monaghan to participate in the national Town Centre First programme. This aims to create Town Centres that function as viable, vibrant and attractive locations for people to live, work and visit, while also functioning as the service, social, cultural and recreational hub for the local community.

The process for Carrickmacross has been led by a newly formed local Town Team with the support of Monaghan County Council and the assistance of consultants, The Paul Hogarth Company.   To inform the plan a first round of public consultations took place in October 2023 with over 500 responses received.

Welcoming the launch, Cllr Aoife McCooey, Cathaoirleach  of Carrickmacross-Castleblayney Municipal District said “I am delighted to see this Draft Plan being launched today and would like to congratulate the Town Team for all their hard work to date.  It is clear to me that together with the consultants, they have listened very carefully to the people of Carrickmacross and drawing upon their considerable knowledge of the town, have identified a series of compelling draft projects.”

The chair of the Town Team is local businessman Jim Hand. In launching the Draft Plan, Jim explained “We are now eager to hear again from everyone in Carrickmacross. We are inviting people to take a look at the draft plan and projects, to let us know what they think and to share their further ideas.  It is very important that this plan reflects the priorities of local people, so please take this opportunity to help us get it right for the town”.

Once complete in 2024, the Town Centre First Plan be used to inform funding applications for project delivery by a range of parties, from the public, community and private sectors. It will also be used to guide future policy and decision making in relation to the town centre.

Plans will available to view:
Consultation Responses via the survey can be made between
  • Thursday 30 November 2023, and
  • Thursday 4 January 2024
Drop in consultation event will be held at the following times and locations:
  • 4pm – 8pm, Wednesday 6 December 2023, Carrickmacross Civic Offices
  • 11am – 2pm, Thursday 14 December 2024, Market Square Shopping Centre

For further information please contact

Kevin McNally

Town Regeneration Officer,

1 Dublin Street, Monaghan.

Email: TRO@monaghancoco.ie

Town Center First Plan for Carrickmacross

Carrickmacross has been chosen by Monaghan County Council as the first town in the county to develop a plan through a local Town Team.  The Plan is been developed in accordance with the guidance set out in the “Town Centre First – A Policy Approach for Irish Towns”, published by the Department of Rural and Community Development, the aim is to create town centres that function as viable, vibrant, and attractive locations for people to live, work and visit, while also functioning as the service, social, cultural and recreational hub for the local community.

Carrickmacross Town Centre Flyer

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A study area for the Ballybay to Castleblayney Greenway has now been developed. Public Consultation events will be held over the coming weeks for communities along the proposed route.
Landowners, local communities, and the general public are invited to review the Study Area and to discuss with the project team.

The drop-in sessions will be held in: The Doohamlet Community Centre, Thursday 15th June 4:30-7:30pm

Should you have any queries in relation to the Ballybay to Castleblayney Greenway, please contact the Ballybay & Clones Municipal District on 047-51018.

Warm Air Does Not Mean Warm Water. Advice to reduce your drowning risk.

WATER-SAFETY-IRELAND-LOGOWater Safety Ireland is cautioning people not to underestimate the dangers of swimming in cold water. The caution comes as air temperatures rise however water temperatures are still cold. Swimming in cold water can result in the rapid cooling of muscles needed to swim and stay afloat. Swim within your depth, swim briefly and be mindful that any cooling of the muscles can make it more difficult to swim safely.

Advice to reduce your drowning risk:

  1. Swim within your depth, stay within your depth and enter the water slowly to acclimatize as sudden immersion in cold water can result in “cold shock” which can lead to deep gasping, uncontrollable rapid breathing and panic.
  2. Swim at Lifeguarded waterways this weekend – locations at https://watersafety.ie/lifeguards/.
  3.  If you cannot get to a lifeguarded waterway, swim in areas that are traditionally known to be safe and have ringbuoys available for rescues.
  4.  Never use inflatable toys in open water as they can be swept away by currents and offshore breezes.
  5. Children require close, uninterrupted, adult supervision at all times near water.
  6.  Swim within your depth and stay within your depth. Make sure that the edges are shallow shelving so that you can safely and easily enter and exit the water.
  7. To escape a rip current, swim parallel to the shore and then swim back ashore. See www.watersafety.ie/rip-currents/
  8. Never swim in quarries or reservoirs.
  9. Alcohol is a factor in one third of drownings – never mix alcohol with water activities.
  10. Beware of stranding by incoming tides. Carry a charged phone at all times and in an emergency, call 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.
  11. Always wear a correctly fitting lifejacket when boating and have a means of communication in a waterproof pouch.
    1.  If you see somebody in trouble in the water: SHOUT – REACH – THROW
      a. SHOUT to calm, encourage and orientate them;
      b. REACH with anything that prevents you from entering the water (clothing/stick);
      c. THROW a ringbuoy or any floating object to them.


Know The Lifeguard Flags:
No Lifeguard flag means that there is no Lifeguard on duty. A red flag means that a Lifeguard is on duty but has deemed conditions to be too unsafe to swim. The red and yellow flags mean a Lifeguard is on duty and the Lifeguard is patrolling between those flags.

Visit www.watersafety.ie for more information.

Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme

An annual grants scheme for the conservation and repair of traditional farm buildings and related structures.

The Heritage Council, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, manages the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme. The principal objective of this scheme is to ensure that traditional farm buildings and other related structures that contribute to the character of the landscape and are of significant heritage value, are conserved for active agricultural use.

The 2023 grant scheme is now open for applications.

You must apply online for this grant scheme through the Heritage Council’s online grants management system located here: https://www.heritagecouncil.ie/funding/on-line-grants-system

For more information on the grant click here:



Ukrainian Welcoming & Information Event

Information will be provided on services and supports available to recently arrived Ukrainians to County Monaghan.
Hot refreshments will be provided along with entertainment for children, music and dance.

When: 23rd March 2023, 6 to 8pm
Where: Iontas Arts & Community Resource Centre, Castleblaney

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Temporary Closing Of Roads – LS-8400 in the Townland of Toome

Monaghan County Council gives notice to close the following road in the Municipal District of Carrickmacross-Castleblayney in County Monaghan:

Date: Monday 23rd January 2023 to Friday 27th January 2023 

To Facilitate: Reservoir upgrade works

Roads Closed: LS-8400 in the Townland of Toome

Diversion Routes:

Traffic wishing to proceed Northbound past the Reservoir will be diverted back on the LS-8400, Left on the LP-4410 and Left on the LS-8400.

Traffic wishing to proceed Southbound past the Reservoir will be diverted back on the LS-8400, Right on the LP-4410 and Right on the LP-8400.

All Detours will be signposted in order to direct the Traffic. (Local Access and Emergency Vehicles will be catered for at all times).


This notice complies with the Roads Act 1993 (Section 75)

Gareth Mc Mahon 

A/Director of Services

Transport, Community and Rural Development

12th January 2023

Night Time Temporary Closing of Roads – N2 Castleblayney Bypass – from the townland of Kilcrow (N2 Clontibret Roundabout) to the townland of Tullyvin (N2 Tullyvin Roundabout)

Monaghan County Council intends to close the following road in the Municipal Districts of Carrickmacross-Castleblayney, Ballybay- Clones and Monaghan in County Monaghan.

Dates of Closure:            Thursday 26th January 2023 until Friday 27th January 2023


Road Closed: N2 Castleblayney Bypass – from the townland of Kilcrow (N2 Clontibret Roundabout) to the townland of Tullyvin (N2 Tullyvin Roundabout).

Times: 7.30pm – 6am  

To Facilitate: Pavement Investigations.

Diversion Routes:    South East Diversion- From the N2 Clontibret Roundabout, take the R184, then travel south east along the Old N2 (LP3444), through Annayalla Village and Castleblaney Town (R183 & R181), then access the N2 via the N53.

North West Diversion- From the N2 Tullyvin Roundabout, take the N53 into Castleblayney Town. Travel north west through Castleblayney taking the R181 & R183, then continue north west along the Old N2 (LP3444). Then access the N2 via the R184 at the N2 Clontibret Roundabout


Diversions will be in place for the duration of the closure.

Every effort will be made to minimise delays.

Any interested person may lodge an objection to the closing of the above-mentioned roads with the Head of Roads, Monaghan County Council, MTEK II Building, Knockaconny, Monaghan not later than Tuesday 17th January 2023.  Any objections must be clearly marked on envelope “Objection to Road Closure”.

This notice complies with the Roads Act 1993 (Section 75)

Gareth McMahon

A / Director of Services 

Transport, Community and Rural Development

12th January 2023

Monaghan County Council is about to make an Annual Rate on the rateable properties in County Monaghan.


Oifigí an Chontae, An Gleann, Muineachán


County Offices, The Glen, Monaghan




Notice is hereby given that Monaghan County Council is about to make an Annual Rate on the rateable properties in County Monaghan.

The Annual Rate on Valuation (ARV) for the ordinary expenditure of the County Council for the service year ending 31st December 2023 is €0.2374.

The Rate Book is available for inspection by appointment by any ratepayer in the Rates Offices, Monaghan County Council, County Offices, The Glen, Monaghan, and will be open for inspection between the hours of 10.00 am and 4.00 pm during the fourteen days following the date below, exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.


John Murray 

Head of Finance

County Council Offices 

The Glen 


H18 YT50


Dated this: 

12th day of January 2023