Monaghan lyes on the drumlin belt in North central Ireland. The Northern half is almost entirely surrounded by Northern Ireland. There are many reasonable size lakes and stretches of beautiful green drumlins as far as the eye can see. And also the low mountains of Sliabh begh in the North west of the county, stretching into Northern Ireland.
County Monaghan has 5 towns:
Monaghan Town - is the county town in the north of the county it has a beautiful lake in the centre and a fine diamond Square in the centre to , so typical of Ulster towns. Its an interesting and charming town with a lot to offer including the County Museum.
Castleblaney - is a town in the middle of the county - It has a good selection of bars restaurants and facilities , its also very close to the counties largest lake - Lough Muckno.
Clones - is a Town in the West of the county close to the border with County Fermanagh. It has a 9th Century round tower and high cross.
Ballybay - is a small town in the centre of the county, close to several small lakes.
Carrickmacross - is a town in the south of the county. It is a well known centre for lace-making.
Monaghan County Museum - 1-2 Hill Street, Monaghan Town, Co Monaghan, Ireland It was established by Monaghan County Council in 1974. Its brief is to provide an education and leisure service for County Monaghan and to collect, preserve and display the heritage of the County.
Patrick Kavanagh Rural and Literary Resource Centre - Iniskeen, Co. Monaghan Parick Kavanagh Rural and Literary Resource Centre at Inniskeen, celebrates the life and works of the illustrious Monaghan Writer.
Broad Road, Monaghan Town, Co. Monaghan, Ireland The St Louis story is told in the framework of Irish, European and world history, but is particularly linked with Monaghan itself from post famine times.
Monaghan is one of the few Southern counties to suffer mildly in the troubles due to its proximity to Northern Ireland , so the same precaution should be taking here as in Northern Ireland . Avoid politics and religious conversations and also take heed that some areas in Monaghan on the border are republican.
Monaghan like the rest of the Republic is for most English speaking even though Irish is the first official language and typical of midland counties excluding Meath it has no gealtacht community.
Theres no train that goes to county Monaghan but it has a good regular bus service provided by bus Eireann from all the close major towns Like Dublin Dundalk Drogheda and Newry in Northern Ireland, plus local buses to take you between towns.
Though Monaghan is within the hilly drumlin belt , cycling would stll be a must especially in good weather as the scenary is awe inspiring . The roads have fairly improved except for some dodgy country lanes. Driving is also a bliss as you can take in the lakes on the main roads along many of its scenic drives.
Lough Muckno Leisure Park
Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan A leisure park boasting many amenities
St. Joseph's Church
Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan Built in 1866, it boasts 10 windows by the renowned stained glass artist Harry Clarke, and in addition has noteworthy Stations of the Cross.
St. Davenets Complex, Armagh Road, Monaghan, Co. Monaghan More information on Garage Theatre
An Poc Fada
North Rd, Monaghan Town, Co Monaghan
An Poc Fada is Monaghan's premier venue for live music and sporting action. Enjoy live music every weekend and watch all sporting action on our six screens positioned around the pub! The pub hosts the classic, warm invitation of an Irish pub, furthered by
Because Monaghan is on the Drumlin line it has gave way to a landscape that looks like a Basket of eggs from a height. There are many lakes large and small in the county and low lying mountains with walking trails in the north west of the county, it Also has many fine buildings and houses within its towns and also facilities to spoil yourself. Also every year there are small festivals around the county.