Fire Safety Week

Hello again Folks,

This week is national Fire Safety Week, so we thought we’d issue a little reminder to you all to :

a)  check your own homes    – see the advice below from our Fire Dept on what you should have in terms of smoke detectors etc.

b) check your community buildings – if you are holding public events, does  your building have the proper Fire Certification?  When did you last check your fire exits?

c) look out for vulnerable people in your community – consider getting involved in Muintir na Tire’s Crime Prevention Ambassadors programme, and get out and visit the vulnerable people in your community, delivering advice to them on how to stay safe in their homes from crime, and also from fire, falls etc.

Some Information for you on FIRE SAFETY:

On average 36 people die each year in FIRES in Ireland.

82% of fire fatalities had no working Smoke Alarm.

Smoke Alarms are designed to give you an early warning of a fire. Make sure to:

  • Have at least one Smoke Alarm on every level in your home
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a week
  • Change the batteries every year
  • When the warning beep sounds change the battery immediately

 And remember :- Most people who die in fires, die from smoke inhalation and not from burns and it can take as little as 3 minutes to die from smoke inhalation.

If you discover a fire or the smoke alarm sounds, you will only have a short time to get out.  If possible:

  • Close the door of the room where the fire is
  • Get everyone out as quickly as possible and stay out
  • Telephone the fire service on 999/ 112 from a neighbour’ s house or mobile phone
  • Never go back into a house until the fire service says it is safe to do so

 “STOP Fire – Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives”

Throughout Fire Safety Week:-

  • Fire personnel will be in your local town giving out free 10 year smoke detectors & providing advice on fire safety in the home.

Monday 2nd                        Ballybay                                12pm – 2pm

Tuesday 3rd                         Monaghan                         12pm – 2pm

Wednesday 4th                  Castleblayney                   12pm – 2pm

Thursday 5th                       Clones                                   12pm – 2pm

Friday 6th                              Carrickmacross                 12pm – 2pm


Two APPs for your Phone – get Citizen Mobilised

Aren’t computers wonderful things altogether?

You can do so much now without even leaving the house – including reporting to the Council that the street light outside your house has just gone on the blink!

All you have to do is log on to .  Put in your address, and the map will zoom right in to your street. Every light will be market with a blue dot (if it’s looked after by the Council.  If it’s not ‘taken in charge’ by the Council, it’s shown in red).  Click on your offending light, and off an email goes to the Council to inform them of the fault.

Here’s a video to explain the whole thing step by step in case you need it: http://monaghan-moss1/Energy Usage/Forms/AllItems.aspx?RootFolder=%2fEnergy%20Usage%2fThe%20How%20To%20Folder&FolderCTID=&View=%7b8A5CB425%2dC684%2d4177%2dB757%2d6477AA303A17%7d

Got a pot hole problem?

Or maybe an overflowing drain, a broken kerbstone, or a manhole cover that rattles every time a car goes over it?

You can bring it to the Council’s attention, and even post photos of the problem, on

You can bring any problem in a physical location to the Council’s attention through FixMyStreet, including illegal dumping, a tree that needs to be removed, a wall in a dangerous condition, an abandoned car…….

So, two more apps for the smartphone!

Have fun 🙂

Have a say on our draft submission to the County Development Plan

Thanks to all who attended our March plenary and took part in the workshops that evening on the County Development Plan.

We took away the material from those workshops, and added material from other past meetings, along with issues coming up from discussions in Reps Network meetings, and drafted up a Submission on behalf of the community sector.

Before we send it in to the Planners, we would like to be sure it reflects what the community sector are saying to us.

Please take a few minutes to have a read.  If you would like to make a change or addition, please use the comment form below.

You can read the submission here:  draft submission to Council April 2017.

Thank you for helping your community.

Do your local streams, rivers and lakes matter to you?

The Waters and Communities Office are hosting public meetings within the coming weeks to discuss the natural waters of county Monaghan. If you are interested in water quality, angling, heritage, biodiversity, amenity use or issues affecting your local waterways then this is an opportunity to share your views.


We will present information on the latest draft River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2018 – 2021 along with details on how you can input into the final plan. The Waters & Communities office aims to get local communities more involved in valuing and protecting our local waters and these meetings provide an opportunity to have your say.


Gretta McCarron, Community Water Officer for Monaghan will present this information and facilitate a discussion on the issues raised.  There will be refreshments after the meeting and opportunities to network.  The times, dates and venues of the meetings are set out below.  For further information contact Gretta on 085 808 5756 or Visit and like us on Facebook.


Location Date Time
YWCA North Road Monaghan Tuesday 25th April 7.30 – 8.30 pm
Ulster Canal Stores, Clones Wednesday 3rd May 7.30 – 8.30 pm
The Workhouse, Carrickmacross Tuesday 9th May 7.30 – 8.30 pm

Information evening on European Funding & Policy – Monaghan, 21st April, organised by The Wheel

European Funding and Policy – An Interactive Discussion with Matt Carthy MEP: Monaghan – 21 April 2017

Venue: Hillgrove Hotel, Old Armagh Rd, Latlorcan, Monaghan

Time: 11am-1pm, 21 April 2017

Cost: FREE

Taking place in the Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan from 11am, this short but highly impactful session will inform voluntary and charitable organisations about European funding opportunities available and also give them a chance to consider some crucial questions relating to Europe: What is the impending impact of Brexit on their work; what EU funding is available to civil society; and overall, in a rapidly changing context, what is the value of engaging in Europe? All are welcome but please register a place here.

Are you free for a few hours on Thursday morning?

Monaghan Secondary Schools are hosting their 3rd annual Triathlon in Monaghan town, and are in dire need of a few roads marshalls for their cycling route.  The route goes from Monaghan Leisure Centre out to Rossmore Park and back.  Marshalls are needed from 10am to 1pm this Thursday, 6th April.  hi viz gear, water and refreshments will be provided to volunteers.

If an organisation would like to send a number of volunteers, a donation could be made to your group by way of a thank you.

If you are interested in giving a few hours, either as an individual, or as a group, contact Maeve McCabe on 085 2265560

Do you know someone who achieved something exceptional during 2016?

The Members of Monaghan County Council have initiated an Awards Scheme to recognise those individuals/groups in County Monaghan who, during 2016, have excelled in the following areas:

  • Sport and Recreation
  • Arts & Culture
  • Youth
  • Community
  • Environment & Heritage

Members of the public are invited to nominate individuals/groups who they feel have excelled under any of the categories listed above.

For more information and to download nomination forms, visit:,15227,en.html

Orange is our Favourite Colour…..please make it yours, too!

orange-the-world-campaign-2016The PPN Secretariat took a few minutes out from their monthly meeting – followed by Christmas dinner – to reflect on one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: to end Violence against Women and Children. Co Monaghan had the highest reported number of incidents of domestic violence reported to the Gardai in 2015 in Ireland, making the Women’s Network’s support of the UN’s current ‘Orange the World’ campaign of 16 days of activism to bring attention to the issue of violence against women and children especially important. Christmas can often be a stressful time, with high expectations for a ‘perfect day’, family members spending longer periods of time together than usual, financial pressures and of course increased consumption of alcohol all contributing to a very volatile environment which can quickly spiral out of control.


  • If you’re in fear for your safety, GET OUT and call the Gardaí  
    • Monaghan Station: 047 77200
    • Carrickmacross: 042 96 90190orange-the-world
    • Castleblayney:  042 97 47900
    • Ballybay: 042 97 41002
    • Clones: 047 51028
  • If you need emergency accommodation, contact the County Council  047 30500
  • If you need advice, or just support while you make your way through some tough decisions, contact Tearmann Domestic Violence Support Service   047 72311

Show your Support for the Orange the World campaign to End Violence against Women – light up your building to for the 16 Days of Action

Co. Monaghan has one of the highest reported rates of domestic violence in Ireland. The PPN, the Women’s Network, the  Equality sub-committee of the Local Community Development Committee, the Joint Policing Committee and Monaghan County Council would like to ask all community groups in Co Monaghan to please support a special campaign which will be running in Co Monaghan from 25th November to 10th December.

It’s called Orange the World – 16 Days of Activism to end Violence against Women & Girls.   The Women’s Network are planning a number of events around the county over the 16 days, to highlight the issue.  To bring the issue to the attention of the public, many public buildings will be turning orange for the 16 days, including all Monaghan County Council’s buildings.    Monaghan County Council have some extra gels available, suitable for slipping over spotlights to turn a plain white light into a strong orange light – if your group would like to light up a prominent building or monument, to show your support for the campaign please contact Bernie Bradley on 047 73727 to make arrangements.

The women’s network would also like as many groups as possible to post photos in support of the Orange the World campaign. If you have an event planned over the 25 Nov-10 Dec period, please contact Leona, who has some promotional goodies which can be used in your photo, to get the message across.  Feel free to get creative – break out your most orange outfit…….or maybe  you’ve been looking for an excuse to use up that fake tan that turned out an oompa loompa shade…..  🙂

The Network is asking groups to take photos and post them to their own facebook pages etc.  Please also post them to Monaghan County Council and Monaghan PPN’s facebook pages, to help to maximise the impact the campaign creates around the county.

You can learn more about what is happening around the world to mark the UN International Day for Ending Violence Against Women  and the UNITE 16 days campaign to Orange the World at:    or



Oh, What a Night!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all our wonderful community leaders who came out in force last night to Iontas, Castleblayney to share what was a truly inspirational night with two very special speakers.

The new Chief Executive of Monaghan County Council, Eamonn O Sullivan, addressed the PPN for the first time, sharing with us his vision for the county, and the important role that community plays in bringing it into being.

Then former governor of Mountjoy prison, John Lonergan, reminded us of the importance of community, of why what we are doing matters, of the difference we are making, and of the power we all, as community leaders,audience eamonn-o-sullivan eamonn-o-sullivan-1 group-3 john-lonergan-1 john-lonergan-2 john-lonergan-4 panel hold in our hands and in our hearts. He reminded us of the power of kindness, and of the fundamental need for all of us to have something to work for, something to dream of, and someone to love.

It was a night to celebrate the good, and to be proud to be a community leader. A tremendously positive event, which left everyone energised and motivated. Job done