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County Monaghan is set in 500 square miles of lush rolling hills and beautiful lakelands in the north Midlands of Ireland. This ancient landscape of drumlins in the province of Ulster derives its name from the MacMahons, the medieval ruling clan of the county.

Monaghan was home to the renowned Irish poet, Patrick Kavanagh, giving rise to annual literary and arts festivals in the county. The award winning Monaghan County Museum and art gallery has outstanding displays of historic and archaeological importance. The Monaghan Jazz and Blues Festival attracts international performers and fans alike. Visitors to County Monaghan can also enjoy fine dining at Castle Leslie and some of Ireland's finest handmade lace from Clones and Carrickmacross.

Monaghan's excellent waterways provide superb angling, highlighted by a series of annual fishing competitions and festivals. Walks, cycling and abundant wildlife can be enjoyed in many of the county's natural forests and parklands. For the golfing enthusiast, County Monaghan has world class 18 hole golf courses and excellent Country Club facilities.


Twinning

County Monaghan is twinned with Geel in Belgium and the Canadian settlements of Prince Edward Island, Miramichi and Peterborough in Ontario. The Canadian twinning stems from those who emigrated to Canada from County Monaghan during the Famine.


Towns in County Monaghan

The county capital is the town of Monaghan. Other principle townships are Castleblaney, Carrickmacross, Ballybay and Clones. The total population for County Monaghan is just over 51,000. Please see our town guides for further information.

Business Information

Agriculture and food production accounts for over 60% of the county's employment. The poultry production in County Monaghan represents some 40% of the national quota. Other agribusinesses include dairy and beef, milk products, meat processing and the production of mushrooms. Furniture manufacturing is the other principle business activity in County Monaghan. This sector has developed a healthy export market to the UK and the high standard of craftsmanship is sought after in Ireland and abroad. Precision and general engineering has a smaller representation in the county for both building and farm related industries. Overseas companies to make their Irish home in County Monaghan include Bose electrical manufacturing and Virgin Cola's concentrate plant at Lough Egish.

Helpful contact details for business enquiries

Monaghan County Council

Tel: (353) 047 71818
Monaghan County Enterprise Board Tel: (353) 047 30500
Monaghan Leader II Tel: (353) 049 38477
Enterprise Ireland Regional Office Tel: (353) 042 9338371
IDA Ireland Regional Office Tel: (353) 042 9331261
Sources of finance applicable to business start up, development and acquisition, and related agencies, are as follows

Credit Unions:

Tel: (353) (0)1 490 8911
National Irish Bank:  Tel: (353) (0)1 678 5066
Ulster Bank (Small Business Unit):  Tel: (353) (0)1 677 7623
Bank of Ireland Enterprise Support Unit:  contact any branch
Smurfit Job Creation Enterprise Fund Tel: (353) (0)1 478 4091
 
The Dept. of Enterprise, Trade and Employment:
TEL: (353) (0) 1 661 4444;
www.irlgov.ie/entemp has extensive and very helpful advice on all aspects of business and employment in Ireland, including a business start up information pack which is superbly put together and includes everything from planning, funding, locating, employing people and development businesses.
 
Travel (see also town guides)

The main route between Dublin and Derry passes through County Monaghan as does the Belfast to Galway road. The nearest airports are Aer Rianta Dublin and Belfast's City and International Airports. Bus Eireann operate a service across the county with connections to the rest of Ireland. Larne and Dublin are the closest seaports to County Monaghan for ferry crossings to and from the UK.

Airports
Aer Rianta Dublin Airport
www.dublin-airport.com

Tel: (353) 01 8141111
   
Belfast International Airport
www.bial.co.uk

Tel: (44) 01849 422888

Ferry  
P&O European Ferries
www.poef.com

Tel: (44) 01870 242777
   
Stena Line
www.stenaline.com

Tel: (353) 01 204 7700
   

Irish Ferries
www.irishferries.ie


Tel: (353) 01 555 1995

Train  
Iarnrod Eireann - Irish Rail
www.club.ie/railnet

Tel: (353) 071 69888

Bus  
Bus Eireann
www.buseireann.ie

Tel: (353) 071 60066

Tourist Office  
Monaghan Tourist Office Tel: (353) 047 81122
 
 
Tourism, Leisure and Accommodation
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