Monaghan Town is situated near the border with Northern Ireland in the Northeast part of Ireland. It is on the National Primary Route between Dublin and Derry. The town is located 1 ½ hours from the two major airports in Belfast and Dublin. It is also conveniently located to the ports in Dundalk, Dublin and Larne.
Monaghan town, which acts as the administrative centre for the county, is a popular commercial location and is a vibrant shopping centre with a wide surrounding catchment area. Recent research undertaken for the proposed new Monaghan Town Leisure centre indicates that the proposed facility will have a catchment area in excess of 39,032 people. The town boasts an intact urban centre and is a fine example of a prosperous 19th century trading and administrative centre.
The town has benefited from the improvement in the National Economy, with increased private investment and commercial activity. There has also been an influx of private investment capital to the town as a result of the urban renewal schemes of the mid-nineties.
The national roads development programme provides for the by-passing of the town to the north by a new route, currently proposed to leave the existing National Primary route at the location of the Ford Motor garage on the Dublin side re-connecting with the existing route on the Derry side at the Four Seasons Hotel.
Dublin 83.8 miles
There are County Council and Town Council offices in Monaghan.
There is a good bus service to and from the town. Bus Eireann runs a regular service to Dublin, Galway, Belfast, Derry, Letterkenny and Enniskillen. Mc Connons, a private bus company, run a regular service to and from Dublin.
There is no bus service around the town.
There is no direct train service to County Monaghan, the nearest mainline service is in Dundalk.
Monaghan Town Council has issued 25 hackney licences and all operate in the area, both day and night. The average cost is €3 per mile.
There is a good supply of new and second-hand houses and apartments. On average a new 3 bedroom house costs €190,000 and an apartment €140,000.
There are four hotels in Monaghan:
Four Seasons 047 81888
Westenra 047 81517
Hillgrove 047 81288
Lakeside 047 83599
The hotels all have conference facilities.
There are many excellent guesthouses both in the town and environs.
Monaghan Town has a large number of family run industries which have provided constant employment notably in the furniture and mushroom industries. The major employers are:
IJM Timber Engineering Ltd.
Mc Nally and Finlay
John E. Coyle
The Industrial Development Authority has a serviced estate at Knockaconny, including small cluster units, which are occupied by a mix of tenants. They have plans to build an advance factory in Monaghan and a planning application is presently under consideration by Monaghan County Council.
St Mary’s N S
St Louis Girls N S
Nai Scoil St Louis N S
Beech Hill College
St Louis College (girls)
St Macartan’s College (boys)
MIFET – Monaghan Institute of further Education & Training.
Childcare and Children’s Facilities
There are playgrounds at Killygoan and Mullaghmatt.
The scouts hall is at Latlurcan catering for boy scouts, girl guides, cubs etc.
The County Council Library is located at North Road and the County Museum on the Hill.
Monaghan General Hospital
St Davnet’s Hospital (Psychiatric)
Drumbear Nursing Home
Mullinahinch Nursing Home
Dr M Caraher Swan Park, Monaghan 047 81986
Dr E.E.A. Duffy Swan Park, Monaghan 047 81321
Dr Illona Duffy Swan Park, Monaghan 047 81321
Dr Michael McGinnity Swan Park, Monaghan 047 81321
Dr Dermot P O’Gorman 84 Glaslough St, Monaghan 047 81466
Dr Muireann O’Sullivan 19 Mill St, Monahgan 047 81168
Dr M Smyth 5 Glen Road, Monaghan 047 83449
Ciaran Allen 12a The Diamond, Monaghan 047 71400
James Malone 12a The Diamond, Monaghan 047 71400
Carol Horgan 14 Market St, Monaghan 047 72744
Michael Gilmore 21 North Rd, Monaghan 047 81032
Shirley Wright 21 North Rd, Monaghan 047 81032
Mel Currie 21 North Rd, Monaghan 047 81032
Nigel Redmond 9 Mill St, Monaghan 047 81792
Ronaghan Optical ServicesDawson St, Monaghan 047 81533
Marie McQuaid Opticians 39-40 Dublin St, Monaghan 047 38921
Shops and Shopping Centres
Monaghan Town has some very attractive shopping such as Monaghan Shopping Centre, Flemings, Dunnes Stores and Lidl. There is a wide diversity of other shops in the town.
Diamond Screen Cineplex 4The Diamond, Monaghan 047 84755
The Garage Theatre 047 81597
Jurells Restaurant 12/13 Glaslough Street 047 77866
Louie’s Steakhouse 84 Glaslough Street 047 84255
Mediterraneo Bistro 58 Dublin Street 047 82335
Paramount Restaurant 30 Market Street 047 77333
Andy’s Restaurant Market Street 047 82277
China Inn 77 Glaslough St 047 82812
Tummies Restaurant 7 Glaslough Street 047 81772
Vesuvio Ristorante 31-32 Market Street 047 30900
Roberto Geleteria Coffee unit 9 Monaghan SC 047 71688
McDonalds Restaurant 31/32 Monaghan SC 047 71909
There are midweek and weekend discos at the Four Seasons Hotel and at Master Deerys. Pub events take place regularly.
Rossmore Park (320 hectares in size) is a beautiful natural resource situated at the edge of the town. The park was purchased by the Forest and Wildlife Service form Baron Rossmore in 1950.
The park is a sanctuary for a large number of birds, animals and plant life.
Community and Sporting Facilities
There is a Community Centre at Mullaghmatt which is due to open shortly. There is one private leisure centre attached to the Four Seasons Hotel.
Monaghan Town Council have plans for a new swimming pool and leisure facility on the site of the old pool at Clones Road.
There are tennis courts on the old swimming pool site at Clones road.
Snooker & Billiards are available at the Thomas Hughes snooker hall, Dublin Street.
Irish Country Quads Inniskeen 042 9378997
Lough Muckno Waterski club Castleblayney 087 6660077
Lough Muckno adventure centre Castleblayney 086 3131612
Monaghan Valley Pitch & Putt 047 84928
Rowan Springs Pitch & Putt Castleblayney 042 9740096
Malone’s Pitch & Putt Castleblayney 042 9740613
Monaghan Harps GAA Club Monaghan 047 71155
Monaghan Rugby Club Monaghan 047 82886
Monaghan United Soccer Club Monaghan 047 84798
Rossmore Golf Club Monaghan 047 81316
Cultural landmarks and visitor centres
Monaghan County Museum 047 82928
St. Louis Heritage Centre 047 83529
St Patrick’s Day Parade
Fireworks Display on Halloween
Turning on Christmas Lights