Welcome To Monaghan!
County Monaghan is remarkable for the great number of its little hills.
Only a few rise higher than 1,000 feet, but from many points there are good views over the well - tilled, undulating countryside with its lakes set here and there between the hills.
The hills of County Monaghan are the answer to the lakes of its neighbour, County Cavan. The hills were created by the retreat of the glaciers at the end of the Ice Age ten thousand years ago.
The area of Monaghan itself was planted by Scottish Presbyterians in the seventeenth century, yet it was retained as a part of the Republic after 1921. The town of Monaghan still retains a flavour of assiduous, workmanlike Protestantism, with its stone brick buildings. A huge nineteenth century cathedral, St McCartan’s, has a spire seventy five metres high. In keeping with the fact that Monaghan prospered due to the linen trade, the county town has three main squares against the one that would usually feature in towns of a similar size.
Hilly as County Monaghan is, the farmers are burdened with land of poor quality. Inishkeen, made famous by the poet Patrick Kavanagh, who lived here until his life as a poet took him to London and Dublin, was the inspiration for much of his work. He himself lived as a small farmer on the land until his thirties. The farm of Shancoduff lies on a track about a mile off the road out of Inishkeen – this is Kavanagh’s actual farm.
In the town of Clones you will find a tenth century high cross – relocated from St Tiernach’s Monastery on Abbey Street, it now stands on the Diamond. One side of the cross features scenes from the Old Testamant, the other side scenes from the New. Sports fans may be interested to know that Clones (pronounced Clone-ezz) is also where the boxer Barry McGuigan grew up – he had the nickname “The Clones Cyclone”).
Clones is a lace manufacturing town, and so too is the town of Carrickmackross, home to a Lace Gallery where you may be lucky enough to catch a demonstration of the craft.
General information Monaghan
County Monaghan was named after the town of Monaghan (Muineachán in Gaelic). The county is bordered County Tyrone to the north, County Armagh to the east, County Louth to the southeast, County Meath to the south, County Cavan to the southwest and County Fermanagh to the west. Following the defeat of the rebellion of Hugh O'Neill, the Ulster chieftains in 1603, the county was not planted like the rest of Ulster. The lands were instead left in the hands of the native chieftains.
County Monaghan is the birthplace of the poet and writer Patrick Kavanagh, and inspired many of his works. Kavanagh is one of the most important figures in 20th century Irish Poetry. The poems Stony Grey Soil and Shancoduff are based on the area.Accommodation in Monaghan
Monaghan has a wide range of accommodation options to suit your requirement and your budget. Bed & Breakfast, Guest Houses, Hostels, Hotels and Farm Houses are some of the possible alternatives for your stay in Monaghan.Hotels in Monaghan
Monaghan has a number of hotels, many providing high class service in historical settings. Hotels in Monaghan include the Four Seasons Hotel & Leisure Club, Hillgrove Hotel Leisure & Spa and Hunting Lodge at Castle Leslie Estate.Bed & Breakfast in Monaghan
Bed & breakfast accommodation in Monaghan will provide you with a comfortable and affordable stay along with deliciously cooked breakfast to suit your budget. B&B in Monaghan includes names such as Canal Lodge in Monaghan Town and Blittogue House B&B in Castleblaney.Monaghan Restaurants
Monaghan restaurants serve dishes in a range of styles, most using freshly sourced local produce. Popular restaurants in Monaghan include Snaffles Brasserie in Glaslough, Louis Steakhouse in Monaghan Town and The Fiddlers Elbow in Carrickmacross.Shopping in Monaghan
Monaghan shopping centre will leave you spoilt for choice with 26 stores offering the latest fashions. There are also a number of small independent shops in the county where you will find the perfect souvenier.Monaghan Car Rental
There are several Car Hire companies in Monaghan, providing low cost Irish Car Rental with the cheapest rates. Rental locations including Clones Car Hire, Inniskeen Car Hire, Glasslough Car Hire, Monaghan Car Hire and Scotstown Car Hire.Monaghan Golf
Monaghan has many golf courses including Concra Wood Golf & Country Club in Castleblaney and Rossmore Golf Club in Monaghan Town, offering some fine parkland golfing.