County Monaghan, a
county rich in unspoilt beauty, with its very many loughs, lakes and
rolling hills, drumlins and mountains, something for all the great
outdoor enthusiasts, activities which can range from, Angling at Ballybay, Carrickmacross, Castleblaney or Clones, golfing at any of
Monaghan Golf Clubs or Horse Riding at Castle Leslie or Cloncaw
Equestrian Centre, walking or cycling in the many cycle and forest
trails at Dartrey Forest, Rossmore Forest and Bawn and the Monaghan
Way walking route or on Sliabh Beagh mountains. Visit the many
outdoor centres specialising in extreme sports from off road
buggies, hovercraft experience, clay pigeon shooting or try your
hand at rally driving. Monaghan also being home to the famous
Carrickmacross and Clones Lace, must be visited. Monaghan also has
several archaeological areas of interest such as an the round tower
in Clones, and the round tower in Inniskeen, St. Peter and Paul's
Abbey, and the High Cross in Clones town and the Viking Fort in Emyvale.
County Monaghan is home to many Loughs and Lakes making it a very
popular county in Ireland for angling, some beautiful loughs and
lakes such as Lough Muckno, Lough Emy, Moynalty Lake and Lough Fea.
The Irish poet and novelist Patrick Kavanagh was born in County
Monaghan with some of his important works being poems such as The
Great Hunger, Raglan Road, The Ploughman and novel Tarry Flynn, you
can explore more of Patrick Kavanaghs history at the "Patrick
Kavanagh Rural and Literary Resource Centre" in Inniskeen, Monaghan.
There is a Patrick Kavanagh Weekend every year in November in County
Monaghan celebrating his life and work. A statue of Patrick Kavanagh
can be seen in Dublin along the Grand Canal in memory to this Irish
poet, in the town he adopted as his second home.
Monaghan is renowned also for its love of County and Western music
and especially the town of Castleblayney, which had its links to
music legends and show bands such as Big Tom and the Mainliners,
Anna McGoldrick and Paddy Cole, The Regal Showband, Everglades. and
the Maurice Lynch Showband. Clones town's famous son being
none other than Barry McGuigan, the former Irish world champion boxer.
Monaghan town is located just an hours drive from Belfast or
Enniskillen, under 2 hours from Dublin or Derry, 50 minutes from
Dundalk serviced by a very good road network.
More Monaghan towns to explore
include Ballybay, Carrickmacross, Castleblayney, Clones,
Clontibret, Glaslough, Inniskeen, Monaghan.
Within this site, you can find information about the cathedral and
its history, get to know some of the artists responsible for
elements of the cathedrals design, and learn how to visit the
BUILDINGS & MONUMENTS OF MONAGHAN An introduction to the buildings and monuments of Monaghan,
Ireland. Information on St Macartans Cathedral, the Courthouse,
Rossmore and Dawson Memorials
Monaghan Harvest Time
Co Monaghan is a Blues music festival held in September with
artists from all over the globe attending and performing. Taste of
Monaghan Festival held in October lets visitors to Monaghan to
sample the local produce. The Flat Lake Festival in Monaghan held
in June at Hilton Park, Clones is an arts and literary and music
festival all set on the beautiful woodland estate of Hilton Park.
Clones Angling Festival is held in August in County Monaghan.
Monaghan Visitor Attractions
In Monaghan town centre you can visit
Monaghan County Museum and the Patrick Kavanagh Rural and Literary
Resource Centre in
Inniskeen. Visit the Monaghan Round
Towers in Clones and
Carrickmacross Lace is a delicate and enchanting Irish craft
dating back to 1820. This tradition is now carried on by the Carrickmacross Lace Co-op, in Carrickmacross,
Monaghan What's On
For those looking
for walks in Monaghan try
Clones Heritage Trail,
Patrick Kavanagh Trail,
Sliabh Beagh Way and
The Monaghan Way.
Hilton Park Clones enjoys a glorious
setting where the house overlooks its
600 acre park and down to the focal
point of the old hill fort. Take a
stroll around the Billy
Fox Memorial Park, Bawn
also. Golfers can enjoy Clones Golf
Concra Wood Golf and Country Club, Mannan
Castle Golf Club and Rossmore Golf Club.