The Vision of a Healthy Monaghan is where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential, where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society and is everyone’s responsibility.
Healthy Monaghan request the input of individuals, agencies, groups and organisations to help identify the health risks, health priorities and associated target groups across County Monaghan. The output of this survey will be used to support our planning for health and wellbeing activities across the County for the next three years.
The survey is composed of multiple-choice questions with the option to provide further detail in some places, however it is not required to provide further detail if you do not want to. Please note that if you would like to have your own view and that of your organisation(s) represented you will need to complete a separate survey for each perspective you wish to have represented.
If you feel there is further information that would help us, please include these comments at the end of the survey (Question 8).
The survey takes no more than 5 minutes to complete. We appreciate you taking the time and for your interest in the health and wellbeing of the population of County Monaghan.
Monaghan Social Inclusion Week 2022 will take place from Monday 14th November to Sunday 20th November. The initiative was officially launched by Cathaoirleach Councillor Seán Conlon on Friday 4th November at the Íontas Arts and Community Resource Centre in Castleblayney.
The initiative is being organised by the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) Equality Subgroup which is made up of representatives of the key service providers in Monaghan. Social Inclusion Week is an educational and insightful week which provides opportunities for service providers, community groups and educators from across the county to showcase the great work which they undertake in our communities. Local community groups were invited to take part in Social Inclusion Week with an advertising campaign inviting them to submit their events to be included in the Programme of Events.
The theme for this year’s Social Inclusion Week is “Tolerance”. Respecting and tolerating the beliefs of others is a key part of living in any democratic society. Ireland’s population is the youngest in Europe and is becoming increasingly diverse as more people from around the world choose to live, work and study here.
The key aims of Social Inclusion Week is to highlight the positive work which Monaghan County Council and other service providers, as well as community groups, undertake which seeks to reduce social exclusion and poverty. It will raise awareness of the barriers experienced by citizens of Monaghan that lead to social inclusion. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of people in County Monaghan. Finally, it also aims to promote an understanding of inclusion in and to celebrate diversity throughout the county.
Please find a full programme of events which will take place during Monaghan Social Inclusion Week 2022 below:
Time to explore some of the traditions associated with Brigid.
Age & Opportunity and Age Friendly Ireland are inviting Older People to take part in a series of inter-county events at the end of September, finishing off the event with a pageant to commemorate Samhain.
We will explore the traditions associated with Brigid through poetry, craft –making, myth and ceremony.
We will be exploring Celtic wisdoms, stories, poems and folklore while linking natural world learnings to the elements of fire, earth, air and water plus heritage sites.
We will be filming the final ceremony so that we can broadcast it on Brigid’s Day in 2023.
No expertise needed, come and have fun with artist Marie Brett, joint workshops for Cavan/ Monaghan will take place in:
Errigal Hotel, Cootehill, Co. Cavan- September 27th (Participants from Cavan and Monaghan).
For further information or registration please contact:
Barry Eaton, Age Friendly Programme Manager (Monaghan), Beaton@monaghancoco.ie
Are you interested in joining Monaghan’s Older People’s Council?
Monaghan Older People’s Council is looking for new members and is inviting all Monaghan residents aged 55 and upwards to join.
The Council provides a platform for older people to take a more active role in their communities and to have their voices heard on relevant issues both within Monaghan and nationally.
Quarterly meetings of the Council take place and issues raised are followed up with various stakeholders in the Age Friendly Alliance including Monaghan County Council, the HSE, An Garda Síochána, transport providers and local voluntary organisations.
Membership of the Monaghan Older People’s Council is inclusive and is open to all Monaghan residents aged 55 and upwards, to reflect the views of all older people throughout the county. Everybody will be made to feel welcome!
What is Monaghan Older People’s Council?
Monaghan Older Peoples Council is a voluntary community group made up of individuals and representatives of older people’s groups in Co. Monaghan. It aims to improve the quality of life for older people in Monaghan.
Monaghan Older People’s Council will aim to ensure the voice of older people is represented at the relevant structures in Co. Monaghan.
Monaghan Older People’s Council will aim to raise issues of concern for older people in the county with local and national decision makers.
Monaghan Older People’s Council will provide regular updates by email which will include news, events of interest and information about relevant services available.
Members of Monaghan Older People’s Council sit on the Age Friendly Alliance along with decision makers of statutory agencies and local service providers. Members also sit on the National Network of Older Peoples Councils.
If you are interested in joining or would like more information about Monaghan’s Older People’s Council please contact Barry Eaton, Monaghan Age Friendly Programme Manager, by emailing Beaton@monaghancoco.ie or by phoning 086 3134557.
Monaghan County Council is establishing a PEACEPLUS Partnership Board for the PEACEPLUS Programme 2022-2027. The PEACEPLUS Partnership will oversee the design and implementation of a co-designed PEACEPLUS Action Plan for our area.
The new programme will provide scope to incorporate projects which span a range of different sectors and activities including health and wellbeing initiatives; children and young people; community regeneration including redevelopment and re-imaging of existing community facilities for shared usage; initiatives to build positive relations; social innovation; social enterprise; and education and skills and community education. All supported projects should be designed to address issues of racism and sectarianism, increase social inclusion, and promote civil leadership.
We are seeking nominations for social partners from the PPN for its new PEACEPLUS Partnership board. The Monaghan LCDC PEACEPLUS Partnership will comprise 16 representatives from four categories including 4 nominated Elected Members; 4 nominated public sector representatives; 4 social partners representing the different geographies of our area (e.g., our 3 Municipal Districts); and 4 social partners representing target groups.
Nominations are now welcomed for social partners through the PPN. We are seeking nominations from community representatives, including volunteers, from PPN Member Organisations within our council area and who could represent our Municipal Districts (MDs) and PEACEPLUS Target groups.
The role is a voluntary, unpaid role that will require a time commitment of approximately 8 meetings per annum c.2 hours per meeting. Travel expenses will be paid where required. Training will be supplied for all partnership members in all aspects of the programme.
Nomination forms have been attached to this email or further information is available by email@example.com
If you would like to discuss this further a drop in event is being held Tuesday 31st May from 3pm – 7pm, at the Four Seasons Hotel, Sakura Suite.
Closing date for nominations is Friday 10th June at 5pm.
Monaghan County Council has announced its plans for Africa Day 2022, which will include a Family Open Day at Teach na Daoine Family Resource Centre on Saturday 28th May 2022 to celebrate the occasion.
It will be the second year that Africa Day is celebrated in Monaghan and this year will see the first event which the public are invited to attend in person. Teach na Daoine Family Resource Centre which is located in Mullaghmatt in Monaghan Town will host an open day on Saturday May 28th which is open to the public and which will be a family friendly event. This event will allow participants to gain a richer understanding of the diversity of African Culture. The family open day held in the Teach na Daoine FRC will include African food, musical and dance performances.
Africa Day, which falls on Wednesday, 25th May, celebrates the richness of African cultures and the contribution of people of African descent to Irish life. Africa Day celebrations are organised by Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs in partnership with African embassies in Ireland and local authorities around the country.
Commenting, Packie Kelly of Teach na Daoine said: “We are delighted and very proud to host Africa Day 2022 in Teach na Daoine Family Resource Centre. Our centre caters for the whole community and everyone is welcome to join us to take part in our Africa Day celebrations”.
Cllr. Aidan Campbell, Cathaoirleach of Monaghan County Council, said that “I am delighted that Teach na Daoine have partnered with Monaghan County Council and Irish Aid to organise the second Africa Day celebrations in Monaghan. Africa Day celebrations occur across the globe and celebrate Africa’s rich culture and heritage, and we are proud to celebrate Africa Day in Monaghan. This year will see the first event being open to the public and I would encourage people to come along to Teach na Daoine on 28th May where they will receive a very warm welcome”.
This year will see Ireland’s largest-ever Africa Day programme, with events being held nationwide. Africa Day 2022 will see the return of in-person events for the first time since 2019.
Minister for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora, Colm Brophy TD, said: “Ireland has been enriched in so many ways by the presence of a vibrant African community. Ireland’s arts, culture, business, community development, sport and so much more have been strengthened by people of African origin or descent. Africa Day is about recognising that contribution and celebrating the culture and potential of the continent as a whole.
“After two years of online events, this year will see the welcome return of in-person events nationwide. Irish Aid’s partnership with local authorities will bring the fun of Africa Day to communities around the country. I am delighted that Africa Day 2022 is set to be our biggest-ever Africa Day celebration.”
For more information visit www.AfricaDay.ie, Teach na Daoine’s Twitter page and Monaghan County Council’s social media pages.
Contact: Barry Eaton, Social Inclusion Development Officer, Monaghan County Council. Tel: 086 3134557.
Notes to Editors:
Barry Eaton (Monaghan County Council) and Packie Kelly (Teach na Daoine FRC) are available for interview on request.
Africa Day is an international day that commemorates the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity in 1963. It falls on 25th May each year.
Irish Aid has hosted Africa Day celebrations since 2006. Activities in 2020 and 2021 were held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thirty local authorities will stage events and activities to mark Africa Day 2022. Funding for these events has been provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs. Events will take place nationwide from 21st – 28th These events will be listed on local authorities’ social media channels and websites, as well as on www.AfricaDay.ie.
This May the RSA’s Check it Fits service will be visiting County Monaghan and we will be visiting the following locations in Monaghan:
The service is quick, it’s easy, it’s free and it is coming to Monaghan where our experts will advise on how to fix any problem, demonstrate how to fit the restraint correctly and answer any queries participants might have.
Funding for the Action Plan was provided by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Match-funding was provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.
Commencing in 2017, the Action Plan delivered four projects under the theme of Children & Young People, involving over 800 participants (aged between 3 and 24 years of age). Project themes were diverse and included youth resilience, outdoor pursuits, diversity awareness, active citizenship and creativity and understanding our shared history.
It also delivered three projects under the Shared Spaces and Services theme which included: a multi-use games area at Mullaghmatt, a children’s play area at Rossmore Park and the redevelopment of Clones Post Office into a home for the arts. A small grants programme supported seven community led projects. These included a small astro turf area, a community garden and renovations to community halls.
Furthermore, it delivered five projects under the Building Positive Relations theme. Projects covered a range of distinct themes including an intergenerational project, cultural awareness programmes, diversity awareness and active citizenship. A small grants programme supported six peace building projects developed and led by community groups. These covered a range of areas including documenting accounts of ex-prisoners, cultural awareness, documenting stories of life on the border and understanding of minority faith communities.
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD said: “I am delighted that my Department of Rural and Community Development was able to partner with the Northern Executive and the Special EU Programmes Body in providing support for these essential projects and initiatives that promote positive relations between people from all backgrounds.
Monaghan County Council secured over €3 million under the European Union’s Peace IV programme to deliver the Local Action Plan for the district and I would like to commend the collaboration, hard work and dedication between the project partners, including Cavan Monaghan Education & Training Board; Clones Erne East Sports Facility Management Company; County Monaghan Community Network, Monaghan Integrated Development and Monaghan County Council.”
Reflecting on the achievements of the Councils Action Plan, Gina McIntyre, Chief Executive of the Special EU Programmes Body said: “In recent years significant progress has been made to help us overcome issues associated with our shared past. However, many people still experience high levels of sectarianism and racism within our society with little or no opportunities to positively engage with each other.
“The EU PEACE IV Programme was designed to help change this with a significant amount of funding provided to local authorities across Northern Ireland and the border counties of Ireland, who have direct access to address local community needs. Monaghan County Council’s PEACE Action Plan is a great example of this as it has encouraged better community relations, built and improved shared spaces for all and invested in our children and young people; encouraging them to become active citizens and positive agents of change.”
“I would like to congratulate all of those involved in delivering and participating in the wide range of programmes that this Action Plan has afforded.” she continued.
Patricia Monahan, Director of Service at Monaghan County Council and Chair of Peace IV Partnership Board said, “The Monaghan LCDC Peace IV Action Plan has continued the good work of previous peace programmes by delivering activities with a focus on peace building, community engagement and community cohesion. It is important to recognise the contribution made by the members of Monaghan LCDC and its Peace IV Partnership Board. I would also like to acknowledge the work and support of the SEUPB and both match funding departments.”
For more information on this PEACE IV funded Action Plan please contact Nicola Payne, Peace Programme Manager with Monaghan County Council 047 30500 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the EU PEACE IV Programme, please contact John McCandless, Communications Manager with the SEUPB via mob. 07841 367052 or email: email@example.com