Wednesday, 19th July from 4-7pm

The Lough Muckno site is a significant one, with its historic landscaped parklands and culturally important buildings – in particular, Hope Castle and the Stable Buildings/Annexe that are now in disrepair, having been previously used for a variety of purposes. The broader site also has a well-deserved reputation as a leisure amenity that is much used and appreciated by the local community.

In this context, Monaghan County Council has commissioned CHL Consulting Ltd and Howley Hayes Conservation Architects to assess the potential to redevelop and find sustainable uses for both Hope Castle and the Annexe/Stable Buildings. The work relates only to the named buildings and not to the broader parkland, although the context of the historic landscape will be taken into account as part of the review.

As part of the work, we are inviting you, as members of the local community, to share your opinions with regard to the buildings. If you would like to contribute your ideas to the project, there are two ways in which you can do so. Firstly, the short questionnaire (see below link) can be completed and returned directly to CHL Consultants (contact details are on the form) anytime up to the 4th August 2017.

Alternatively, CHL Consultants in conjunction with Monaghan County Council will be available for an Open Session at the Muckno Gate Lodge on Wednesday, 19th July, between 4.00pm and 7.00pm, where you can drop in, collect a copy of the questionnaire and/or talk to us directly. We appreciate your participation on this important project.

Download Hope Castle Questionnaire (PDF)

Download Hope Castle Questionnaire (Word Doc.)

Safety Improvements at Ballybay/Castleblayney Road Junction

Monaghan County Council
Carrickmacross – Castleblayney Municipal District

Safety Improvements at Ballybay/Castleblayney Road Junction
An open public consultation night to give your views on the Road Safety Improvements proposed for the junction at Ballybay/Castleblayney Road at Inver College, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan will take place in The Carrickmacross Civic Offices, Riverside Road, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan on Wednesday 5th July 2017 from 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Submissions Sought from the Public on Local Adjustment Factor for Property Tax

The Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012 (as amended), makes specific provision that elected members of a local authority may pass a formal resolution to vary the basic rate of the Local Property Tax for their administrative area by a percentage known as the local adjustment factor.
At the meeting set by Monaghan County Council to consider this matter, the members may set a local adjustment factor within the range of +/- 15% of the basic rate, or, may decide not to adjust the basic rate. Monaghan County Council will meet in September 2017 to consider the setting of a local adjustment factor.
Monaghan County Council welcomes written submissions from the public on this matter specifically covering the potential effects of varying the basic rate of the Local Property Tax on businesses, individuals and on local authority services.
Submissions must be received by Friday 28th July 2017 and be sent to:


John Murray, Deputy Chief Executive
Dated: 29th June 2017

Canada 150 – 1867-2017

Friday 30th June
8.30 p.m. Sliabh Beagh, Knockatallon -Launch of specially commissioned CD ‘Home from Home’ by Monaghan Poets and Songwriters Group celebrating the links between Canada and Ireland through song, poetry and storytelling. Irish Dancing. Refreshments Served. An evening of music and fun for all!

Saturday 1st July
8.00 – 11.00 a.m. Today FM Alison Curtis Show – Live broadcast from Westenra Hotel
Interviews with the local folk and visitors exploring their relationship with Canada and involving the listeners to share their stories about Canada.

11.30 a.m. Flag Raising Ceremony in front of the Courthouse -The Canadian Ambassador to Ireland His Excellency Mr. Kevin Vickers will deliver the Canada Day 150 Address followed by a rendition of the Canadian National Anthem ‘ O Canada’ performed by the local Oriel Singers Group

12.00 a.m. – 2.30 p.m.
Ice Hockey Skills demonstrations and fun activities (Belfast Giants and Captain Adam Keefe)
Bouncing Castles, face painting and other fun activities for kids.
Canadian food (Nanaimo Bars, Pancakes w/ Maple Syrup, Maple Cookies, Poutine)
Monaghan Arts Network and Poets and Songwriters Group Exhibition “The ties that connect Canada and Ireland” in verse, song and art.
Genealogy Workshops

3.00 p.m. Old Monaghan Society Canada Day Talk – ‘From MacNamara Place, Monaghan Town to Yonge Street, Toronto – An early 19th Century Adventure’ in St Patrick’s Hall, Church Square

For more information contact Monaghan Municipal District (047) 73777

Brexit – LEO Specific Business Supports

Local Enterprise Offices will be the “first-stop-shop” for micro and small businesses for BREXIT guidance and supports. The following supports are now available from your local office;

  • Access to the ‘Brexit SME Scorecard’ online tool where micro and smaller businesses can self-diagnose their readiness for Brexit;
  • A ‘Technical Assistance for Micro-enterprises’ grant to help LEO clients to find new markets and exports: More info on Technical Assistance Grant
  • Rollout of ‘Lean for Micro’ nationwide which will make small businesses more efficient and competitive. More Info 
  • A ‘LEO Innovation and Investment Fund’ pilot programme to support innovation in micro-enterprises and get them investor ready to scale their businesses

Tailored mentoring clinics in Carrickmacross, Castleblayney & Monaghan to address BREXIT related business challenges To book online click here

Phone: 047-71818



Local Enterprise Office Monaghan
MTEK Building, Armagh Road

Consultation Process for Rossmore Forest Park

Welcome to the Consultation Process for Rossmore Forest Park Draft Masterplan.

As you may be aware Monaghan County Council and Coillte have appointed Landscape Architects The Paul Hogarth Company to prepare a masterplan for the future of the park.   This plan will be used to guide management, improvements and investment in the park, phased over a number of years as funding becomes available.

Help us to improve the Draft Masterplan for Rossmore Forest Park with your thoughts and ideas.

Consultation Board Draft Masterplan

Please take two minutes to complete this form:

Your Rossmore Forest Park Have Your Say

Following the public consultation evening in February, Monaghan Municipal District has been working with Coillte and the Stakeholder Committee and with their consultants Paul Hogarth Company on the Master Plan for Rossmore Forest Park.

The draft plan will be presented on information boards at an open consultation day in the Park, with fun for all the family, music, bouncy castles and food.

Rossmore Forest Park


Saturday 3rd June 2017


10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.