Community Recognition Fund 2024

This funding is specifically targeted at projects that are located in communities, towns and villages that are hosting the Beneficiaries of Temporary Protection and/or International Protection Applicants (‘new arrivals’) including towns identified for the rapid build homes programme. The Fund aims to support the development of facilities that will be used in the future by all members of the community. It is separate in its objectives and scope to any other public funding streams which aim to support the development of public service needs arising from the significant number of arrivals from Ukraine and other countries.

The proposal must demonstrate that the funding is targeted at, and specifically invested in, those communities, villages and towns where the highest level of new arrivals are located and where there is a clear need for investment identified.  In Monaghan the areas with the highest number of new arrivals from Ukraine and other countries are: Monaghan, Carrickmacross, Clones and Ballybay.

Projects situated in areas that do not have high levels of new arrivals will not be eligible for funding under the Community Recognition Fund 2024.

Type of projects eligible for funding are:

  • development, enhancement or refurbishment of community or cultural facilities including play areas, walkways, parks, community/sensory gardens, allotments, and recreational areas;
  • development, enhancement or refurbishment of local club and sports facilities including facilities such as community swimming pools, changing rooms, toilets, digital aids such as score / information boards etc.;
  • enhancement to school/parish facilities which are open to use by all of the community after school hours;
  • purchase of equipment for local clubs, festivals, community events and organisations e.g. music, arts or sports equipment;
  • transport infrastructure such as the purchase of community vehicles, bus shelters and attendant information boards; (any vehicle funded must be in good condition and not more than 5 years old)
  • projects that help address dereliction and/or wider local economic and community development objectives;
  • purchase and refurbishment of vacant or derelict buildings for community use where a clear need is identified.
  • Purchase of land and associated works for the development of community facilities such as play areas/ MUGAs or town parks/ community gardens, recreational areas etc. (purchases must only be administered by the local authority).

The minimum level of funding for an individual project is €50,000 with a maximum of €500,000 applying.

If you have a proposed project that is suitable for submission under the Community Recognition Fund and demonstrates the ability to be of benefit to the wider community, can be completed within the required timeframes and is within the identified areas, further information can be downloaded from

Information Sessions

As part of the process, the Council’s Rural and Community Development & Municipal District Staff will be liaising with and available to meet with community groups in host communities to assist them in identifying projects that might be eligible for funding under the Scheme.

Information Sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • Clones – Monday 15th April 2024 from 4.30 p.m. until 6.30 p.m. in the offices of the Municipal District of Ballybay/Clones, The Diamond, Clones
  • Carrickmacross – Tuesday 16th April 2024 from 6.00 p.m. until 8.00 p.m. in the offices of the Municipal District of Carrickmacross/Castleblayney, Riverside Road, Carrickmacross
  • Monaghan – Wednesday 17h April 2024 from 5.00 p.m. until 7.00 p.m. in the Market House, Market Street, Monaghan
  • Ballybay – Thursday 18th April 2024 from 6.30 p.m. until 8.30 p.m. in the Board Room, Ballybay Youth Centre, Birch Court, Ballybay

As in previous years, applications will be assessed on a competitive basis.

Please ensure that you have fully completed the application form before submitting.

All Expressions of Interest applications should be received no later than 4.00 p.m. on Wednesday 1st May 2024 by email to

Late application’s will not be considered after the closing date.

Attention All Dog Owners

There are lots of lambs in the fields.

Every year in Monaghan, there are many attacks on sheep by dogs, particularly around lambing time.

These attacks cause great cruelty to sheep and lambs.

These attacks result in serious losses for the farmer.

Any dog, large or small, may become involved in attacking sheep – MAKE SURE YOUR DOG DOESN’T GET THE CHANCE!

If you own a dog or dogs, you are required to:

  • Keep your dog under control at all times. This means not allowing your dog off your property unaccompanied.
  • Have a microchip certificate of registration which proves that your dog is microchipped and registered to you. (Required since 2016)
  • Ensure that every dog under your control wears a collar bearing the name and address of the owner at all times and that the name and address are legible.
  • Have a current licence for each dog in your possession or a general dog licence to cover all dogs in your possession. YOU CAN NOW BUY YOUR DOG LICENCE ONLINE AT


Brendan Smyth

County Veterinary Officer

11th April 2024

Temporary Closing of Coolshannagh Road

Monaghan County Council gives notice of its intention to close the following road in the Municipal District of Monaghan in County Monaghan:

Date of Closure – 29th April 2024 – 3rd May 2024

Times: 8am Monday to 6pm Friday (local access only)  

To Facilitate: Uisce Éireann in the Installation of a New Manhole for a sewer connection to a new development.

Road Closed:  LS-5182 Coolshannagh Road (Ballyalbany Bridge)

Diversion Routes:

An alternative route will be signed with traffic being diverted via:

Traffic travelling north will be diverted on to the N54 national road, taking the first exit onto the N2 national road, then a left turn onto Cluain Ard (L16302)

Traffic travelling south will be diverted on to Cluain Ard (L16302), taking a right on to the N2 national road, and taking the third exit on to the N54 national road.

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 16th April 2024.  Any objections must be clearly marked on envelope “Objection To Road Closure”.

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

Kevin West

A/Senior Engineer

11th April 2024

Landfill Remediation Project at Killycard

Notice of Application to An Bord Pleanála for Approval for

Killycard Closed Landfill Remediation Project at Killycard, Castleblayney, County Monaghan

Pursuant to Section 177AE of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) and the requirements of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended), notice is hereby given that Monaghan County Council proposes to seek the approval of An Bord Pleanála for the completion of Closed Landfill Remediation Works at a Closed Landfill site in Killycard, Castleblayney, County Monaghan.

The application site, as defined by the red line boundary in the accompanying drawings, is 2.25ha in size. The proposed capping area within the application site is 1.34ha in size.

The proposed development will consist of the following:

  • The development of a site access.
  • The development of a temporary site compound and office area for the duration of the works.
  • Invasive species management.
  • Site clearance, including the removal of an existing gate, existing timber post and wire fencing and clearance of existing vegetation.
  • Grading/profiling of the existing site area.
  • Installation of an engineered landfill capping system covering an area of 1.34 ha.
  • Installation of surface and subsurface surface water drainage infrastructures.
  • Installation of passive landfill gas management infrastructure.
  • The installation of stock proof fencing, and a new access gate on-site.
  • Landscaping of the final formation of the capping area using a high value multi species grass cover.

The proposed development will ensure compliance with conditions of a Closed Landfill Certificate of Authorization pertaining to the site granted by the Environmental Protection Agency (CoA Ref: H0364-01).

A Natura Impact Statement (NIS) has been prepared in respect of the proposed development.

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Screening Report for the proposed development has been carried out and has determined that there is no real likelihood of significant effects on the environment arising from the proposed development and has determined that an EIAR is not required.

The Board may give approval to the application for development with or without conditions or may refuse the application for development.

Plans and particulars of the proposed development, including Natura Impact Statement, will be available for inspection free of charge, or for purchase at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the following offices of Monaghan County Council:

  • Environmental Services Department, Monaghan County Council, Civic Offices, Riverside Road, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, A81RY22.
  • Carrickmacross Castleblayney Municipal District Office, Civic Offices, Riverside Road, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, A81RY22.

between the hours of 9.15am to 1.00pm and 1.30pm to 5.00pm each day during which said Offices are open for the transaction of business, for a period from Wednesday the 24th of April 2024 to Wednesday the 12th of June 2024 (inclusive of both dates) and at the following offices of An Bord Pleanála:

  • An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough St, Rotunda, Dublin 1, D01 V902

between the hours of 9:15am to 5:30pm each day during which said Offices are open from the transaction of business, for a period from Wednesday the 24th of April 2024 to Wednesday the 12th of June 2024 (inclusive of both dates).

Plans and particulars of the proposed development, including the Natura Impact Statement, are also available for viewing on Monaghan County Council’s online consultation portal ( from Wednesday the 24th of April 2024 to Wednesday the 12th of June 2024 (inclusive of both dates).

Submissions or observations regarding the proposed development may be made in writing to An Bord Pleanála (with an address of (64 Marlborough St, Rotunda, Dublin 1, D01 V902) during the period from Wednesday the 24th of April 2024 to Wednesday the 12th of June 2024 (inclusive of both dates) in relation to:

  1. the likely effects on the environment of the proposed development;
  2. the implications of the proposed development for proper planning and sustainable development in the area in which it is proposed to situate the proposed development; and
  3. the likely significant effects of the proposed development on a European Site, if carried out.

Submissions or observations are to be received no later than 5.30pm on Wednesday the 12th of June 2024.

A person may question the validity of any such decision by An Bord Pleanála by way of an application for judicial review under Order 84 of the Rules of the Superior Courts as provided for in Section 50 of the Planning and Development Acts 2000-2022. Further information can be obtained from An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, D01 V902 in respect of the judicial review procedure.

Further information in respect of the Judicial Review process can also be found on Contact Lo Call 1890 777 121 or + 353 21 452 1600 for details of the locations and operating hours of your local Citizens Information Centre.

Signed: Patricia Monahan,

Director of Services,

Directorate of Climate Action, Environmental and Water Services.

Date: 11th April 2024

Increased Cost of Business (ICOB) Grant available for small & medium sized businesses!

As part of Budget 2024, the Government signed off on a package of €257m for the Increased Cost of Business (ICOB) Grant as a vital measure for small and medium businesses.  This initiative is funded by the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment.

The grant is available to qualifying businesses as a contribution towards the rising costs faced by businesses and is based on the value of your Commercial Rates bill from 2023.

For qualifying businesses with a 2023 Commercial Rate bill of <€10,000, the ICOB grant will be paid at a rate of 50% of the business’s Commercial Rate bill for 2023 and for qualifying businesses with a 2023 Commercial Rate bill of between €10,000 and €30,000, the ICOB grant will be €5,000.

Eligible businesses will receive a once-off grant payment. The amount of the grant payable to eligible businesses is based on the value of the Commercial Rates bill the business received in 2023. However, it is not a Commercial Rates waiver and businesses should continue to pay their Commercial Rates bill as normal.

What is the purpose of the grant?

The grant is available to qualifying businesses as a contribution towards the rising costs faced by businesses. The grant is intended to aid businesses but is not intended to directly compensate for all increases in wages, or other costs, for every business.

How much is the grant?

The grant is based on the value of the Commercial Rates bill received by an eligible business in 2023.

  • For qualifying businesses with a 2023 Commercial Rate bill of <€10,000, the ICOB grant will be paid at a rate of 50% of the business’s Commercial Rate bill for 2023,
  • For qualifying businesses with a 2023 Commercial Rate bill of between €10,000 and €30,000, the ICOB grant will be €5,000,
  • Businesses with a 2023 Commercial Rates bill greater than €30,000 are not eligible to receive an ICOB grant.


What businesses are eligible to receive the grant?

The following are the main qualifying criteria:

  • Your business must be a commercially trading business currently operating from a property that is commercially rateable,
  • Your business must have been trading on 1st February 2024 and you must intend to continue trading for at least three months from the date you verify your information,
  • You must provide confirmation of your bank details,
  • Your business must be rates compliant. Businesses in performing payment plans may be deemed to be compliant,
  • Your business must be tax compliant and must possess a valid Tax Registration Number (TRN).


Please note that Monaghan County Council reserves the right to claw back any grant payment which is later found to be incorrect. This includes any circumstances such as error by the recipient business or the local authority making the payment, or where a business makes a false declaration of eligibility.

How soon can businesses avail of the grant?

An online system has been developed to manage submissions.  Eligible businesses have been issued an invitation letter with a PIN for registration.

What is the closing date?

The closing date for businesses to confirm eligibility and to upload verification details will be    1st May 2024.

Where can I find out further information?

If you have queries regarding your Commercial Rates account including outstanding balances, contact Monaghan County Council at

Our team are happy to discuss any balances outstanding on your rates and what steps can be taken to ensure compliance with the scheme.

Polling Day Orders made for European, local and Limerick mayoral elections

The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Mr. Darragh O’Brien, T.D.,  has today 05 April 2024) made orders appointing Friday, 7 June 2024 as the polling day and the hours of 7.00a.m. to 10.00p.m. to be the hours of polling at the European Parliament, local and Limerick mayoral elections.

The Minister has appointed Barry Ryan, a Principal Officer in the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, to be the chief returning officer for the European Parliament elections.  He has also appointed returning officers for the three European Parliament constituencies in which 14 MEPs are to be elected for the 2024-2029 parliamentary term.

Mr. Fergus Gallagher, Dublin County Sheriff, will be returning officer for the 4 seat Dublin constituency. Ms. Marian Chambers Higgins, Galway County Registrar, will be returning officer for the 5 seat Midlands-North-West constituency. Mr. Martin Harvey, Cork City Sheriff, will be returning officer for the 5 seat South constituency.  The three constituencies are specified in the Electoral Amendment (Amendment) Act 2023.


European election candidate nominations

The returning officers for the three European constituencies will in the coming days give public notice of the times for receiving nominations and of the application requirements.


Local election candidate nominations

The local authority returning officers for local elections will also give public notice of the times for receiving nominations and of the application requirements.


Limerick mayoral election candidate nominations

The returning officer for the Limerick mayoral elections will also give public notice of the times for receiving nominations and of the application requirements.

Voter Registration

A person eligible to vote but not yet registered as an elector still has time to apply for entry in the  register of electors. To be eligible to vote a person must be 18 years of age or over on or before polling day and be ordinarily resident in the constituency in which you wish to vote. You must also be included on the Register of Electors.

Everyone is encouraged to check that their details are correct and up to date at

Eligible voters who are not on the register, or who need to update their details, for example because they have moved house, can do so by submitting an online application at or by submitting a form to their local authority.  Relevant application forms are available from City, County or City and County Councils (these are the registration authorities) or online at


Completed applications must be received by the registration authority for the area in which you reside by Monday, 20 May 2024.

If a person is eligible to vote by post, or is unable to vote in person due to an illness or disability and is resident in a hospital, nursing home, mental health facility or similar institution, and they are not on the Postal Voters List or Special Voters List, as appropriate, they can apply up to Saturday, 11 May 2024 for inclusion in those lists. Application forms are available from City, County or City and County Councils and online at


Election posters

With arrangements for the 2024 local elections now set, the Minister clarified the time period during which candidates can exhibit election posters.  Candidates can only erect posters from 8 May 2024, which is 30 days before the polling date.  There is a requirement for candidates to remove all posters within 7 days of the poll.




Major Tourism Initiatives for County Monaghan as new Tourism Strategy announced and Tourism and Recreation Forum established

  • Development of Tourism Strategy for County Monaghan 2023-2028
  • Establishment of formalised voluntary forum of key tourism and recreation stakeholders to support the delivery of the strategy.


Cllr David Maxwell, Cathaoirleach of Monaghan County Council, officially launched the new Tourism Strategy for County Monaghan 2023 – 2028 at an event in the Council Chamber in Monaghan on Thursday 4th April.

The strategy comes at a time when there are significant challenges in the tourism industry and it identifies a series of actions which are designed to enhance the potential of tourism as a key driver of County Monaghan’s economy. The integrated forum structure is anticipated to become an enabler for the coordinated delivery of tourism products, services and experiences to realise the ambition of the strategy.

Speaking at the launch, Cllr Maxwell stated that ‘Today is just the start of a significant journey for tourism in the county. Monaghan has fantastic potential as a tourist destination but it requires further development of, and investment into facilities and experiences to drive job creation and economic benefit. Monaghan County Council has committed to this process by developing this strategy, by adding additional resources to our Tourism Unit and by establishing a Tourism & Recreation forum to help drive progress. We look forward to working with stakeholders and industry partners as we implement this strategy.”

In attendance at the strategy launch was Matt Mohan, Independent Chair of the new Tourism & Recreation Forum for Monaghan who hosted the inaugural meeting of the forum immediately after the strategy launch.

In his speech, Matt Mohan, said that as a proud Monaghan man, he was ‘honoured to be asked to spearhead this initiative and to work in partnership with key stakeholders to unlock Monaghan’s tourism potential. I am committed to adding value wherever I can, assisting with the challenges ahead and driving the forum forward while maintaining a focus on sustainability and a greener future’.

Robert Burns, CE of Monaghan County Council added that ‘The vision for Monaghan is to create a sustainable, engaging destination which will provide authentic, place-based visitor experiences. To this end, we have developed an ambitious strategy and have established a mechanism which will support us in achieving it. I’m confident that we have an experienced forum team now in place to provide the necessary momentum to alter the trajectory of Monaghan’s tourism economy’.


For more information please contact:

Dympna Condra, Tourism Officer, Monaghan County Council


Monaghan Delegation’s Visit to New York for the St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

For the first time in five years, an official delegation from Monaghan County Council visited New York for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The delegation was led by Cathaoirleach Councillor David Maxwell accompanied by the Chief Executive who met with members of the Monaghan Diaspora in New York. They held a series of meetings with key strategic partners and participated in events to showcase all that County Monaghan has to offer economically and culturally as well as promoting the county as a place to visit, invest and do business.  The official delegation from Monaghan County Council which also included Liam Bradley, Curator of the Monaghan County Museum, was joined on the visit by members of Monaghan GAA, including chairperson, Declan Flanagan and vice chairperson Brendan Casey, along with representatives of Enterprising Monaghan, Finbarr Daly CEO and board member, Paul Shortt.  A number of prominent businesspeople from County Monaghan were also present on the trip, including Martin McVicar, Managing Director of Combilift; Ciaran Marron, CEO of Activ8 Energies; Sammy Leslie, Owner of Castle Leslie and Trustee of the Leslie Foundation; Michael Mullan, Director of Mullan Lighting; Simon Murray, Director of CameraMatics, and; Barry Murray, Director of Universal Graphics.


The centrepiece event of the visit was the inaugural meeting of the Monaghan – New York Business Network which was held on 15th March, in which business and civic leaders from New York, the wider USA, Monaghan and other parts of Ireland came together to explore opportunities for business investment, job creation and tourism in Monaghan. It was also an opportunity for Monaghan-based businesses to look at the potential of investing in or exporting to the USA. Many Monaghan businesses already have a presence in the USA and the event presented an opportunity for them to strengthen their links with clients and customers and potentially expand in the US market.

The first of what it is hoped will be many meetings of the Monaghan – New York Business Network took place at the NYC Hub Bank of Ireland at 2 Grand Central Tower in Manhattan. The event was attended by over 100 guests including business and civic leaders from the County Monaghan delegation and a wide range of people in business or active in the community based in New York who are from Monaghan, are of Monaghan descent or who simply have an affinity with the county.  The MC for the event was Finbarr Daly, CEO of Enterprising Monaghan.

Martin McVicar who is Managing Director and co-founder of Combilift in Monaghan town and Ciaran Marron, CEO and founder of Activ8 Solar Energies in Carrickmacross attended the event and spoke about starting out in business and their positive experience of setting up and expanding their businesses in Monaghan and highlighting to the audience that being a very enterprising county, Monaghan is an excellent location to invest and in which to do business. Ciara Gormley, SEO Manager at Justworks, who is based in New York and originally from Castleblayney, spoke of her experience of being in business in the city and her career journey from County Monaghan to the USA. Also present at the event was Aidan McKenna, Enterprise Ireland Regional Director for the Americas, who is based in New York and originally from Emyvale.

The event was addressed by the Cathaoirleach Cllr David Maxwell and Robert Burns, Chief Executive of Monaghan County Council who both emphasised the benefits of doing business in the county. They introduced a video that that showcased a range of successful businesses in the advanced manufacturing, agri-food and renewable energy sectors that are already located in Monaghan. Thereby demonstrating why County Monaghan is a great business location, providing access to a strong cluster of existing industries, a culture of entrepreneurship, a well-educated workforce and a gateway to the EU and the UK markets.

The cultural partnership between Project Children and Monaghan County Council was also promoted at the event and present was Denis Mulcahy, the Co-founder and Chairman of Project Children, his family and ambassadors for the project in the USA. This recently announced cultural partnership between Project Children and Monaghan County Council will see Project Children’s archive hosted at the Peace Campus in Monaghan town. The 50th anniversary of the founding of Project Children will be celebrated in Monaghan next year.

The event was organised by Catherine Flood and Linda Croston of Croston Flood Recruiting, Consulting and Events, a firm based in New York. Catherine Flood is well known in New York business circles and is originally from Truagh in County Monaghan.

Commenting on the event and the visit by the wider Monaghan delegation, Cathaoirleach, Councillor David Maxwell, said, “I am delighted with the turnout at the business network event which was a huge success with a lot of positive feedback and I hope that it will be the first of many such events that will help strengthen social, economic and cultural ties between Monaghan and New York. It was a massive boost to have businesspeople of the calibre of Martin McVicar and Ciaran Marron speak to the audience at the event about their positive experience of doing business in County Monaghan and to be accompanied on this visit by a range of impressive people doing great work in business, sporting and cultural life in Monaghan.”

There was a busy schedule of meetings and events for the Monaghan County Council and the Enterprising Monaghan delegations, including meetings with Irish state agencies based in New York including the Industrial Development Authority (IDA), Enterprise Ireland, Bord Bia and Tourism Ireland, as well as a meeting with the Irish Consulate in New York.

During the visit, the wider Monaghan delegation met with the Monaghan Society and representatives of Rocklands GAA Club in New York State in order to renew and strengthen social, sporting and cultural links with the Monaghan community based in New York. The wider Monaghan delegation also had the privilege of attending the traditional St. Patrick’s Day mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and marching with the Monaghan Society in the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the longest-running parade in the world celebrating Ireland’s patron saint and all things Irish.

Robert Burns, Chief Executive of Monaghan County Council, said, “We are extremely happy with our visit to New York and what we have achieved over what was a busy few days.  We have renewed and strengthened ties with the Monaghan community based in New York and promoted County Monaghan as a premier location for inward investment and as an ideal base for US companies to launch into both the EU and UK. Coupled with that we envisage that Monaghan businesses will continue to grow their exports to the US with the support of the Irish State agencies based there.”



Funding available for heritage projects in Monaghan – The Heritage Council’s Community Heritage Grant Scheme is now open for applications

26 February, 2024

The Heritage Council is now accepting applications from community groups and not for profit non-governmental organisations in Monaghan for its Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2024. All relevant information is available from the Heritage Council’s website here.

A broad range of project types are eligible for funding under the scheme including:

  • Conservation works to collections, objects or places, including natural heritage projects e.g. control of invasive species or habitat restoration works; conservation works to buildings, including churches; stabilisation works to ruined structures;
  • Surveys, reports, plans, and audits to inform the future management of buildings and monuments, habitats, collections, or objects.
  • Accessibility projects that make heritage activities more accessible for people with disabilities e.g. building ramps, automatic doors, handrails, tactile interpretation
  • Projects that help people engage more with their heritage e.g. interactive maps, videos, virtual exhibitions, podcasts, websites
  • Purchase of specialised equipment e.g archival boxing for vulnerable documents, monitoring equipment for humidity or light, interpretation/multimedia equipment, specialised software
  • Projects that address the heritage of minority groups e.g an oral history project documenting Traveller heritage
  • Training in traditional skills and crafts e.g. workshops on skills such as roofing, thatch, dry stone walling etc.
  • Citizen science projects on environmental conservation

Last year, three Monaghan-based projects were funded through the scheme – the Monaghan Tidy Towns Rooskey Lockhouse and Lock Project, the Inniskeen Enterprise Development Group’s motte and abbey survey, and the Donagh Group of Parishes awareness raising project of significant sites in the communities of Donagh, Tyholland and Errigal Truagh (photos available below). For an overview of all projects funded under the scheme in previous years, see list of 2023 recipients here and 2022 recipients here.

The minimum grant that can be requested through the scheme is €500. The maximum is €25,000.

The closing date for applications is Monday, 25th of March 2024 at 5pm. Applications must be made via the Heritage Council’s online grants management system. Funded projects must be completed by 15th of November 2024. Full details are available here

The Heritage Council will host a Zoom information webinar on the scheme at 12 noon on the 4th of March with general application advice followed by a question and answers session. The event will be recorded and available on our website for viewing afterwards. Registration details are available on the site above.

Monaghan County Council is proud to announce a new cultural partnership with Project Children ahead of the Charity’s 50th anniversary in 2025.


The partnership will see a unique archive of images, interviews and footage documenting the Organisation’s work over the past half a century find a home in the County at the new Peace Campus.

Cathaoirleach of Monaghan County Council, Cllr David Maxwell, who championed this transatlantic collaboration with Project Children said ‘Monaghan County Council are honoured to provide a permanent home for the Project Children archive in our new facility at the Peace Campus. Both organisations have a common goal of working hard to provide a better life for the people we serve. I look forward to welcoming our entire community and the many thousands of visitors who will join us in celebrating Project Children’s 50th anniversary in 2025.’

Chairman and Co-Founder of Project Children, Denis Mulcahy said: ‘As the chairman of Project Children, I am very pleased about our partnership with Monaghan County Council and it is an honour to perpetuate our 50 year legacy at the Monaghan Peace Campus. The move is garnering great support from our key Project Children volunteers both in the US and Ireland, and we are entering this next phase of our program with a renewed focus on educating the next generation on the importance of peace.’

Speaking of the new partnership, Monaghan County Council Chief Executive Robert Burns said: ‘Project Children was about bringing children from different backgrounds together in a safe space so that they could learn from each other. The Peace Campus has the same ambition of having a transformative effect on Monaghan and the surrounding region. We are delighted to have the opportunity to formally document and to celebrate this remarkable programme which changed lives for many growing up on the border.’

Along with the archive, the Council is in the early stages of working with Project Children to plan a major series of exhibitions, events and programmes to mark the 50th anniversary of this transformative project in 2025.

A launch event hosted by Monaghan County Council will take place at the Hillgrove Hotel in Monaghan Town at midday on Friday 9th February. Denis Mulcahy, co-founder and chairman of Project Children will travel from New York to attend.

The celebrate this new partnership, a screening of How to Defuse a Bomb: The Project Children Story, the award-winning documentary narrated by Liam Neeson which documents the compelling story of Project Children, will be shown at the Garage Theatre at 6pm.

Here is a link to the documentary’s short trailer that offers an overview on the narrative.

About Project Children

Project Children was started by bothers Denis and Patrick Mulcahy and others in 1975. Following their emigration from Cork to New York in the early 1960’s, Denis went on to become a bomb disposal officer and celebrated member of the New York Police Department.

After watching too many news accounts of violence in Northern Ireland, Denis and Patrick reasoned that if Protestant and Catholic children could spend time together in an environment that was not toxic with war, they would be less likely as adults to hurl bombs at each other, and Project Children was born. That first summer in 1975, they brought 6 children, 3 Protestant and 3 Catholic, to spend the summer in New York State. Over the intervening years, the project expanded to see over 23,000 children from Northern Ireland travel to the United States to experience life in a different environment, a peaceful place. Spanning across 22 states, the program enlisted the help of over 16,000 host families to deliver the volunteer run program across the US.

The resounding legacy of Project Children is the experience of love that was felt by the children who took part and their host families. This incendiary story of life, love and tragedy was captured in the multi-award winning film How to Defuse a Bomb – The Project Children Story, narrated by Liam Neeson.

The project officially came to a close in 2015 after 40 years and over 23,000 children had the chance to travel to America for a summer break. Now, the Project Children Summer Work & Travel Program provides a once in a lifetime opportunity for students from Northern Ireland and Ireland; a seven-week ‘cultural exchange’ program runs each summer, and gives students the chance to immerse themselves in US culture by living and working in the US.


The Peace Campus

The Peace Campus is due to open to the public in Spring 2024 and will be home to several cultural and community services including Monaghan County Museum, Monaghan town library and Monaghan Foroige. This project has been funded through the Peace IV Shared Spaces initiative, which is managed by the SEUPB.

This service, when opened, is expected to have a transformative effect on the County and the surrounding border region. It will act as a conduit, a safe space where people from different cultural, religious, economic, and social backgrounds can come together in a truly shared public realm that will nurture and help develop better relations at a local level in an area that has been severally impacted by the legacy of the Troubles.