Your views sought on the future of Hope Castle & Stable Buildings/ Annexe


Wednesday, 19th July from 4-7pm

The Lough Muckno site is an important one to the people of Co. Monaghan, with its historic landscaped parklands and culturally important buildings – in particular, Hope Castle and the Stable Buildings/Annexe that are now in disrepair, having been previously used for a variety of purposes.  The broader site also has a well-deserved reputation as a leisure amenity that is much used and appreciated by the local community.

In this context, Monaghan County Council has commissioned CHL Consulting Ltd and Howley Hayes Conservation Architects to assess the potential to redevelop and find sustainable uses for both Hope Castle and the Annexe/Stable Buildings. The work relates only to the named buildings and not to the broader parkland, although the context of the historic landscape will be taken into account as part of the review.

As part of the work, the Council is inviting the local community to share your opinions with regard to the buildings.  If you would like to contribute your ideas to the project, there are two ways in which you can do so.  Firstly, the short questionnaire below can be completed and returned directly to CHL Consultants (contact details are on the form) anytime up to the 4th August 2017. 

 Hope Castle Questionnaire

Alternatively, CHL Consultants in conjunction with Monaghan County Council will be available for an Open Session at the Muckno Gate Lodge on Wednesday, 19th July, between 4.00pm and 7.00pm, where you can drop in, collect a copy of the questionnaire and/or talk to the Council and consultants directly. 



Consultation Day on Rossmore Park’s new Plan Sat 3rd June

Master Plan for Rossmore Forest Park

A draft plan has been drafted and a consultation event is planned for the Park on Saturday morning the 3rd June 10am to 2pm. The consultation will be based around a family fun morning with Bouncy Castles and food in the park.
Please come along and have your say on the draft plan!

Ulster Canal Greenway Strategy – Meet the Planning Team & Discuss the Route: Tues 9th May Market House Monaghan. Drop in from 3 to 8 pm

Monaghan County Council, along with project partners Waterways Ireland, Cavan County Council, Fermanagh & Omagh Council, Mid Ulster Council and Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council, have devised a long distance greenway route, primarily using the disused Ulster Canal and a network of abandoned railway lines which intersect the canal,  to create over 90km of unbroken greenway connecting the towns of Cavan, Clones, Enniskillen, Monaghan, Armagh and Portadown, and providing connections into routes beyond which would enable a traveller to traverse the entire island by foot or bike.

A Development Strategy outlining the routes, and how it is proposed to achieve the vision, is now in draft form.   The partners, as is good practice for a route of this length, have commissioned a Strategic Environmental Assessment of the draft Strategy, so that any environmental impacts of the project – either by virtue of the route proposed to be followed, or the design of the greenway itself – might be uncovered at this early stage, taken on board and mitigated against, so that the impact might be minimised at a minimal cost (it’s much cheaper to change a route or a design at the planning stage than after you have the land bought and the digger on site!!)

The consultants who carried out the SEA (Strategic Environmental Assessment) have now reported back.  A summary of their findings and recommendations is in report form.  You can find all documents associated with the SEA, including the draft Strategy, on the Ulster Canal Greenway’s website,

You can also view the documents in any of the Council’s offices or libraries, or by following this link:

View consultation documents

A public information day has been organised in Monaghan on Tuesday 9th May from 3 to 8pm in the Market House.  Engineering staff from Waterways Ireland will be on hand to discuss the planned route. The consultants Paul Hogarth will also be present, and will be able to go through the results of the SEA screening process.

Comments on the draft Strategy, and the SEA report are invited from the public up until July 21st.  Comments should be sent to:

By email:
By post:  Ulster Canal Greenway Development Strategy
Cormac McCarthy
Environment & Heritage Section
Waterways Ireland
Dock Road
Co. Clare

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.

Water Quality project along Fane

The LAWCO office (Local Authority Water & Communities) has been in touch to say that they’re organising a number of community events in March with the aim of creating a ‘vision’ for the rivers which flow into Dundalk Bay. This includes the Fane, which flows from Lough Muckno through Inniskeen. An event is planned for Carrickmacross Workshouse on 13th March and in Hope Lodge Castleblayney on 21st March and for the Glyde river in Kingscourt on 15th March as well as the Co. Louth venues. 

The initiative is being led by Gretta McCarron, formerly of This Parish – having worked for Monaghan Community Forum for a time. As you will be aware, the LEADER programme has funding for the ‘protection and sustainable use of water resources’, so collaborating as a community with the assistance of LAWCO to improve water quality in your area could bring funding into your community and make a real difference to the environment you live in.

To register for any of the events, contact Gretta on or 085 808 5756


Win an iPad Air – have your say about new Council website


Monaghan County Council is seeking your Help!

“We are in the process of redesigning our Website  and we would like you to have your say on what you would like to see on the new County Council Website.

There is a chance to win an iPad Air…. If you complete the Online Survey.  Click on Survey.

The survey has 15 Questions & it will only take 5 minutes to complete.

This is your opportunity to shape the new website for

Closing date for completed survey is Friday, 30th September 2016 at 5pm.

The winner will be contacted by Friday, 7th October 2016.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey, we look forward to taking on board your responses.”

Looking for Training? Then look no further ……

Monaghan PPN are planning to host a Community Training Week in October throughout County Monaghan. To provide training that best meets the needs of your community we need your input.  Some of the training we have suggested is :

An  introduction to funding – how to make a successful application
How to write a Development Plan
What is Policy and How Do we Influence It?
Representation – role of the PPN representative
Committee Skills Training
Writing Skills for Committees – Minutes, Report Writing, Press Releases
Event Management
Best practice under the Charities Act & Governance Code
Strategic Planning
Social Media
Recruiting and retaining volunteers
Leadership training
Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults
If you would like to sign up for any of these or suggest anything else please click here:

We have a winner!

Monaghan PPN would like to thank the 224 young people who took the time to complete our survey on how Monaghan could be made better for young people.

You can view a pdf of the results here

We offered a wee incentive for completing the survey, in the form of a half-sized acoustic guitar or a One4All voucher.  We’ve drawn a name from our hat………….congratulations Jake O Neill!!!

We’ll be in touch shortly to arrange for you to collect your prize.

Thanks again to everyone who took the time to complete the survey. Your feedback has really helped us.