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County Monaghan Travel Guide
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Co. Monaghan straddles the border with Northern Ireland. The Stony Grey Soil of Monaghan has been penned by Patrick Kavanagh. For all the sadness and anger with Monaghan, he depicted the countryside and nature in a very caring way.
Monaghan is a great place to get away from the stress of the city and spend time in the countryside fishing, hiking or finding out more about the arts and crafts of Monaghan and Ireland.
Top Things to See and Do
Monaghan Town is the heart of Monaghan with a lot of interesting buildings such as Macartan's Cathedral, the Courthouse, the Market House, St. Patrick's Church of Ireland and the Monaghan Presbyterian Church. The Garage Theatre and the Market House Arts Centre are the providers of cultural events in Monaghan town.
Clones is perhaps the best known town in Monaghan. It is famous for its GAA ground, St. Tiernach's Park. The Ulster Football Final is usually held here. Clones once had a thriving lace industry that is now recovering. "The Butcher Boy" was filmed here. The Clones round tower is symbolic of the town.
Carrickmacross is a quaint market town renowned for its lace-making. Carrickmacross Lace Co-operative has succeeded in keeping the tradition alive. You can purchase some lace goods at The Lace Gallery, Market Square.
There is a tourist trail around the town of Carrickmacross taking you to the churches of both Catholic and Protestant denominations and the Courthouse.
Castleblayney is home to Country and Western Music not just in Monaghan but maybe in Ireland. Big Tom and Paddy Cole are two well-known performers of the scene in Ireland.
Hope Castle was named after Henry Hope, owner of one of the largest uncut diamonds in the world. It is now part of Lough Muckno Leisure Park and is ideal for a gentle stroll. It is not so far away from Castleblayney.
Ballybay has nice forest trails. Lough Major and Lough Minor are also in the area and are pleasant to walk round. It is not advised to go fishing in Lough Major at the moment due to a fall in fish stocks.
Rossmore Forest Park
Carrickmacross Festival - early June
Bog Snorkelling Festival - early - mid September
Clones Film Festival - October Bank Holiday weekend
The Flat Lake Festival - June Bank Holiday weekend
Neighbor regions/States: Co. Cavan, Co. Tyrone, Co. Louth, Co. Meath
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Edited by: derick on 18.05.2010