Emergency Water Outage Thursday 10th December 2020

Emergency Water Outage Thursday 10th December 2020

Due to a burst main on the N12 Armagh Road at Graham’s Hardware Store the following areas will be without supply; Knockaconny, Silver Stream and Lisanore.

Irish Water is currently on site locating and repairing the burst. Water Supply will resume as soon as possible.


Map of Armagh Road, Monaghan – Area affected by Water Outage outlined in red

Monaghan County Museum Calendar 2021

Monaghan County Museum Calendar 2021
In March 2020, the museum staff were faced with the challenge of continuing to provide a service to the community from behind closed doors.
As we moved much of our programmes online, we also knew we needed to keep interacting with the public we serve. We decided to launch a new project entitled ‘Recording Our Experience’.
Monaghan County Museum asked the people of Monaghan to send us images and stories, which reflected their experience of Covid 19.The response was tremendous, and the museum is building up a memory archive of life in Monaghan during this challenging and historic time, which generations to come will study and learn from. It is the intention of the museum to mount a major exhibition reflecting this archive but as the crisis continues, we decided to feature some of the images in our calendar for 2021.
Monaghan County Museum is still actively collecting for the archive, so please send your image(s) and/or story to comuseum@monaghancoco.ie
Monaghan County Museum looks forward to welcoming you all back to the museum and in the meantime please enjoy this glimpse in our collective experience of life in a pandemic.
Monaghan County Museum would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the project so far, your continued support is invaluable to us.
The calendars are available free of charge from the museum from Thursday, December 10th. Numbers are limited however to one copy per person.
The museum is operating on limited opening hours at present of Monday to Friday 12pm to 4pm.
The calendar is also available to download at the museum website on www.monaghan.ie/museum

Wifi4EU rolls out in Glaslough Village in time for Christmas

Wifi4EU rolls out in Glaslough Village in time for Christmas
Monaghan County Council is currently rolling out broadband to community centres under the Wifi4EU programme. This programme is supported by capital funding from the EU, Dept. Rural & Community Development, with ongoing maintenance and running costs being undertaken by Monaghan County Council the Wifi4EU Programme is being rolled out by Broadband Officer, John McArdle on behalf of the local authority.

Pictured here are the Wifi Access points mounted in the village square and also at the Oaklands Recreation Centre where internet and wifi facilities have been installed within the community Centre and overseeing the outside playpark. Thanks to Ron Kendrick for facilitating this installation which allows visitors to the village to access wifi and download the Glaslough Heritage Trail App upon arrival into the village itself.

North East Major Emergency Management Interagency Group: Appeal to Keep up our Guard and Continue to Protect Lives and Our Communities We need to Stop the Spread of Covid-19

North East Major Emergency Management Interagency Group

 Appeal to Keep up our Guard and Continue to Protect Lives and Our Communities

We need to Stop the Spread of Covid-19


From the HSE, An Garda Síochána and Cavan & Monaghan County Councils


The incidence rate of COVID19 in counties of Cavan and Monaghan has come down in recent weeks and we wish to thank the communities of Cavan and Monaghan for all their hard work and efforts in working together to reduce the number of cases.

As the country has moved from level 5 to level 3 restrictions it is more important now than ever that we continue to build upon this good work.  It is difficult but we need to keep up our guard, play our part and work with our families and communities to stop the spread of Covid-19.

In the last 14 days to the 29th of November there were:

  • 56 new positive cases in Cavan and 48 new positive cases in Monaghan
  • The 14-Day incidence rate of Covid-19 nationally now stands at 92.3 cases per 100,000 of the population. For Cavan this rate is 7 and Monaghan it is 83.1 cases per 100,000.


The HSE’s hospital and community services in Cavan and Monaghan County Council and An Garda Síochána are working together through emergency management structures to co-ordinate the community response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Today they are issuing an urgent appeal to the citizens of Cavan and Monaghan to continue to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Dr Augustine Pereira, Director of Public Health in the North East stated

“As we move out of level 5 into level 3 restrictions and we prepare for Christmas, I would urge everyone to go about their daily lives in a safe manner. Please make sure you social distance, wear a face covering and wash your hands and follow coughing or sneezing etiquettes. We know these measures work”.

“Please also prioritise who you plan to meet as this is our first winter with Covid and the risks of transmission in winter months are high. Until we have a vaccine and better protection of our vulnerable population, we cannot afford to let our guard down.”   

Chief Superintendent for the Monaghan Garda Division, Aidan Glacken said “An Garda Síochána are appealing to the public over the next number of weeks to stay at home unless their journey is absolutely essential. We are asking the public to drive down the virus by thinking twice before driving for non-essential purposes.

The Chief Executive of Monaghan County Council Eamonn O’Sullivan said “This is a very difficult time for everyone, we need to get the virus under control. If anyone needs assistance, I would ask them to call the Covid 19 Community Helpline.  We can get through this together, if we all do our part and adhere to the guidelines.”

North East Major Emergency Management Interagency Group: Appeal to Keep up our Guard and Continue to Protect Lives and Our Communities  We need to Stop the Spread of Covid-19

Press Release: 1st December 2020: Monaghan County Council Update on Service Provision

Press Release

1st December 2020


Monaghan County Council Update on Service Provision

In line with Government guidelines, regarding the end of Level 5 restrictions, Monaghan County Council wish to advise that from Tuesday 1st December Monaghan County Council Motor Tax, Library, Museum and Arts services will re-open to the public.

Motor Tax: Our Motor Tax service is open to the public and vehicles can be taxed during open hours 9.30 am – 12.30 pm.  Other options for taxing your vehicle include ‘Drop off forms’ for Motor Tax renewal, first time taxing, taxing of Goods Vehicles, Trailers  which may be left in Motor Tax post box or posted to Monaghan Motor Tax, Market Street, Monaghan or online at motortax.ie  – except first time commercial/goods vehicles and trailers.

Libraries: From today our three larger branch libraries, Monaghan, Carrickmacross and Clones are open for browsing.

Opening hours are;

Monday 11am to 1pm, 2pm to 5pm & 6pm to 8pm

Tuesday 11am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm

Wednesday 11am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm

Thursday 11am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm

Friday 11am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm


All Libraries, including Ballybay and Castleblayney branches that remain closed, will continue to offer a Home Delivery Option as well as a ‘Contact & Collect’ option for those who prefer to limit their social contacts or feel uneasy visiting the library buildings. You can avail of this service by contacting your local branch.


Ballybay Library, phonelines open Wednesday and Thursday from 10am until 1pm, 042-9741256 or email Ballybaylibrary@monaghancoco.ie

Carrickmacross Library, phonelines open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm, 042 9661148 option 4 or email Carrickmacrosslibrary@monaghancoco.ie

Castleblayney Library, phonelines open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am till 1pm, 042 9740281 or email Castleblayneylibrary@monaghancoco.ie

Clones Library, phonelines open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm, 047 74712 or email Cloneslibrary@monaghancoco.ie

Monaghan Library, phonelines open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm, 047 81830 or email Monaghanlibrary@monaghancoco.ie


Museum: Our Museum will be open to the public from Monday 7th December and visitors are welcome Monday to Friday between the hours of 12 and 4pm.


Arts: The Markethouse will be open to the public for the Christmas Craft Fair from the 5th December during the hours of 11am and 6pm.  The Markethouse office will be open Monday – Friday from 9am until 1pm.


Members of the public are asked to co-operate with the queuing systems in operation and to wear a face covering at all times. 


Customers are further advised that most Council services, including payments, may be conducted online, via the telephone on 047 30500 or email at info@monaghancoco.ie or eolas@monaghancoco.ie or by contacting the following services directly.


Housing Emergency Repairs 047 30515 Environment 042 9661240
Housing 04730502 Roads 047 30597
Planning 047 30532 Local Enterprise Office 047 71818
Finance 047 30589 Human Resources 047 30586
Monaghan MD 047 73777 Motor Tax 047 81175
Ballybay-Clones MD 047 51018 Carrickmacross- Castleblayney MD 042 9661236



Monaghan County Council appeal to the public, in the interests of minimising face to face contact, please use the email and phone contacts provided and avail of our online services at www.monaghan.ie


Public playgrounds and parks in the county are open and users of these facilities are asked to ensure compliance with HSE guidelines on social distancing and hand-sanitizing.


Monaghan County Council would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support in these challenging times.


For accurate and up-to-date information on coronavirus, please consult the Health Service Executive’s website at https://www.hse.ie/coronavirus

Patrick Kavanagh Centre Wins European Cultural Heritage Award

The recently opened Patrick Kavanagh Centre in Monaghan has triumphed in the Film and Video category at the Heritage in Motion Awards 2020.


A joint initiative of the European Museum Academy and Europa Nostra, the Awards are a celebration of the best examples of innovative multimedia and digital projects in cultural heritage in Europe. This year’s winners were announced at an online ceremony on 20th November, 2020.


The Patrick Kavanagh Centre is set in a deconsecrated early 19th century church in the poet’s hometown of Inniskeen, and was designed by Martello Media, in association with MakeDot, to work as a museum, resource centre, cinema and performance space.


The centre re-opened in July this year, following a €1m restoration, and tells the story of one of the best-loved poets of the 20th century, through an immersive, multimedia experience. The award has been given to the centrepiece of the exhibition, a triple-projection titled ‘The Pincer Jaws of Heaven’, designed to “envelop visitors with a cinematic flying journey”, and connect them with the raw power of Kavanagh’s words, and the landscapes that inspired them; key works are read by Kavanagh, plus an eclectic selection of local friends and fellow poets including Oliver Callan and John McArdle.


Speaking of the win, Brian O’Flynn Head of Ireland’s Ancient East, said: “Failte Ireland is delighted to see the creative team behind ‘The Pincer Jaws of Heaven’ recognised for their work with a Heritage in Motion award for best Film and Video. Fáilte Ireland proudly contributed over 200,000 to the restoration of the Patrick Kavanagh Centre in Ireland’s Ancient East.  ‘The Pincer Jaws of Heaven’ with its innovative combination of cultural heritage, creativity and technology truly captures the essence of Patrick Kavanagh and the rural landscape which inspired his poetry.”


Eamonn O’Sullivan, Chief Executive of Monaghan County Council warmly congratulated all involved: “It is a beautifully directed film which perfectly captures the atmosphere and tone of Patrick Kavanagh’s wonderful poetry.  As the centrepiece of the Patrick Kavanagh visitor experience, the film has been acclaimed by visitors young and old.”


Meanwhile, Councillor & Cathaoirleach, Colm Carthy, paid tribute to the innovative project team that delivered the film: “It is fantastic to see a small rural project sharing the same award stage as internationally renowned museums such as the Victoria & Albert museum in London,” he said.


For more information, visit www.patrickkavanaghcentre.com  or monaghantourism.com. Follow @patrickkavanaghcountry on Facebook to keep up to date with all Kavanagh Centre-related news and events.