Monaghan Wellness Week 2023 9th – 13th October 2023

World Mental Health Day takes place on Tuesday 10th October and the theme for this year is “Mental Health is a universal human right’“.

Monaghan County Council and Healthy Monaghan are proud to support Monaghan Wellness Week 2023. The initiative is being led by the HSE, with partners from a number of stakeholders throughout Monaghan, including Monaghan County Council. Staff working across statutory and community agencies in Monaghan have come together to organise a range of events to highlight World Mental Health Day. The key focus of Monaghan Wellbeing Week is to promote mental health and wellbeing through access to a range of engaging programmes, both online and in-person.

Everyone in the county is encouraged to take time out to learn, talk, reflect, and engage with others around the topic of mental health and wellbeing, and to encourage anyone with mental health issues to reach out and avail of supports and services available. All events are FREE, registration is essential and can be done by contacting the organiser of that event directly or using the registration links provided in the schedule below: Monaghan Wellness Week, 9th – 13th October 2023 – Schedule

Monaghan LCDC Progresses to Next Stage in Bid to Run 2023-27 LEADER Programme

Monaghan Local Community Development Committee recently received notification from the Department of Rural & Community Development that its application to run the 2023-27 LEADER Programme in the county has passed the first screening stage, and that it has now been awarded funding to prepare a detailed Local Development Strategy, which will outline the basis for how the LCDC plans to roll out the LEADER programme over the five-year programme period.

Two organisations have been progressed to this stage in Co. Monaghan, but ultimately only one will be selected to deliver the LEADER programme.

Monaghan LCDC has successfully overseen the current LEADER programme since 2016.  Monaghan LCDC is extremely well placed to deliver the LEADER Programme as it brings together all stakeholders in local development.

€6 million will be available to Co. Monaghan under the new LEADER Programme, which will target the three priority areas of:

  • Economic Development & Job Creation
  • Rural Infrastructure & Social Isolation and
  • Sustainable Development of Rural Environment & Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation

The LCDC is currently awaiting guidance documents from the Department which will set out the manner in which the Local Development Strategy shall be developed.   Widespread consultation will be undertaken throughout Co. Monaghan over the coming weeks to gather the views of those who may wish to make an application to the LEADER programme over the next few years.

Monaghan LCDC are also keen to engage with individuals and communities who have experience of applying to the current LEADER programme, to get feedback on the application process and to get suggestions for how it might be improved.

Further information on the consultation process will be widely publicised through the PPN, Social Media and the local newspaper.

If you wish to get involved in the consultation, you can do so by contacting Monaghan LCDC by emailing: or by phoning Olga Connolly on 047 73719 and asking for details of the consultation events to be sent to you when available.

More information – Olga Connolly 047 73719 


Monaghan PEACEPLUS Partnership seeks your views on a Local Community Peace Action Plan

Monaghan County Council has established a PEACEPLUS Partnership to oversee the effective development and implementation of a Local Community Peace Action Plan. The Partnership, formed in June 2022, is representative of communities across the county and includes Elected Members, Statutory representatives and Social Partners.

Working with a dedicated budget of €4.5 million under Investment Area 1.1 ‘Building Peaceful and Thriving Communities’, the Partnership is guiding the co-design process to identify local key priority projects that will promote peace and prosperity across the county.

To date, a number of consultation events have taken place across the county. The events, both in person and online were very successful in terms of the level of engagement with members from the Community/Voluntary Sector and the local priorities identified.

It is important that representation is achieved from all community backgrounds and everyone is encouraged to take part in the consultation process as the plan must focus on the needs and priorities of our communities and aim to overcome local challenges and barriers.

The consultation process is ongoing and there is still time to get involved and share your views on the development of a PEACEPLUS Local Community Action Plan for the county through an online survey.

The online survey is available here

The survey will remain open until 5.00pm on 28 February 2023.

It is anticipated that a plan will be developed and submitted to the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) by Summer 2023 for review and approval with delivery commencing January 2024.

For further information on the consultation process and/or the PEACEPLUS programme please contact the PEACEPLUS Team by email or by telephone at 047 30500.

PEACEPLUS – Public Consultation Events


Public Consultation Events

 Monaghan County Council wish to invite you to attend a public consultation event to hear your views on the development of a new Monaghan LCDC PEACEPLUS Local Community Action Plan.

The Plan will be based on community needs and will seek to overcome challenges/barriers across a wide range of areas that will promote peace and prosperity across the district

Date Time Venue
Wednesday 1st February 2023


10am – 12am Peace Link, Clones
Wednesday 1st February 2023 2.30pm – 4.30pm Iontas Theatre, Castleblayney
Thursday 2nd February 2023 2pm – 4pm St Joseph’s Pastoral Centre, Monaghan
Thursday 2nd February 2023 7pm – 8.30pm Online event


Get involved by attending one of the following events:

There is no requirement to register your interest to attend an in-person event.

To attend the online event or if you require any further information on the consultation process, please contact Nicola Payne by telephone on 047 30500 or by email at



Reminder –








Applications to the main fund must be made online 




Queries to:

Link to Guidelines, Application form and further Information here:

Healthy Monaghan Public Consultation Survey for Healthy Ireland Round 4 planning 2023-2025

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.

Link to Survey

This is an anonymous survey so please do not provide any personal data in the answers to your questions. 









Communication Boards at Rossmore Park Playground

Monaghan County Council have installed Communication Boards at  two locations at Rossmore Park Playground in Monaghan.

The Park is located only two miles southwest of Monaghan Town and covers a large area of approximately six by three miles. Facilities include a spacious car park, toilets, picnic tables, on site coffee shop and a maps of the entire park and its trails. The playground and a Giant Sculpture Trail are also stand out attractions. Admission to the park is free.

Playgrounds are important to aid children’s physical and mental health. The Communication Boards will aid communication, increase socialisation and provide learning for all users of the facility.

To have the ability to communicate is a necessity for everyone and to be understood is essential. Monaghan County Council understands that for someone who communicates using alternatives to speech that supports are useful to enable communication with everyone.

The Council has installed communication boards at Rossmore Park Playground, in association with InterAcT (Accomplish & Thrive), Trinity College Dublin and Inclusion Ireland, and supported by Safe Care Technologies and the HSE.

The Council also wishes to acknowledge the cooperation received from Coillte for the installation of the boards at their Rossmore Park site.

Communication Boards are primarily a communications support, with particular benefit to children or adults who may not communicate using speech.

The Communication Boards, which include picture representations of day to day core words, as well as images that are specifically tailored for its environment and the location for which it is proposed, help bridge this communication gap for everyone.

The Communication Boards represent and offer a unique opportunity for the community to communicate and connect with each other in a new way.

Please find two helpful documents below for download –

  1. “Tips for Communication Boards” – How to use Communication Board Inclusion Ireland InterAcT
  2.  Communication Board Rossmore Park Playground Board

The copy of the board can be printed so that someone who uses alternative communication can become familiar with the signs before visiting the playground.

Monaghan County Council believes that the provision of the Communication Boards will make Rossmore Park a more inclusive destination and a more enjoyable experience for all visitors.

Monaghan County Council welcomes feedback on the Communication Boards. Please email your feedback to Barry Eaton at



Explore the Traditions Associated with Brigid – Monaghan County Council & Age Friendly Ireland

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),

Monaghan Older People’s Council is looking for new members!

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.


Contact Details

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 or by phoning 086 3134557.


Call for Social Partners for Monaghan LCDC Peace Plus Partnership Board: Closing date 10/6/2022

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 contacting

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.

Nomination Form