Join us in Corcaghan for our AGM Tuesday 27th November 2018

Come along to our AGM to find out about Monaghan County Council’s Future Community Planning projects, launch of our ‘Developing Grant Applications’ booklet and the work carried out by Monaghan PPN in 2018. Refreshments will be served and member groups in attendance will be entered into our 4 x €100 draw. To register to attend contact Leona Keenan at 047 73750 or email

The AGM takes place in Corcaghan Community Centre, starting at 7.30pm.

All are welcome to attend.

Come help celebrate 100 years of Lithuania!

There are some 2500 Lithuanians living in County Monaghan, making them the largest non-Irish population in the county, at 4% of the population.

Ireland has many things in common with Lithuania, amongst them a history of occupation by a larger neighbour, and the fact that they both very recently won their independence.

Remember how big an occasion 2016 was for us proud Irish?

Well, 2018 marks 100 years since the foundation of Lithuania as an independent state.

We would like to help our Lithuanian friends, colleagues and neighbours mark this occasion by inviting the people of Monaghan to come celebrate with them in the Museum at 6pm this Friday, July 6th.

The 6th July has a special significance for Lithuanians. It is a public holiday in Lithuania, and is celebrated as ‘Statehood Day’.  It is traditional that the national anthem be sung at a set time, and this will be honoured at the Monaghan event.

There will be plenty of delicious treats on offer, as well as entertainment.

This is the first time that the Lithuanian community in Monaghan town has held an event outside of their own community, and we would very much appreciate if the people of Monaghan could show their support and encouragement by attending this event.

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A National First for Monaghan Groups

Yet another first was recorded last night in Co. Monaghan, when James O Neill from newly launched charity Property Marking Ireland came up to Monaghan Community Safety Network’s summer meeting to deliver the first road signs to communities which have completed property marking campaigns in their areas.

Oram Mullyash,  Kilmore Swanns Cross, Clones and Mullaghmatt all took possession of brand new signs, which warn would-be thieves that possessions in the area are marked. The signs carry the Garda logo, to leave thieves in no doubt that this scheme has the official backing of An Garda Siochana.

Speaking at last night’s Community Safety Network events, Sgt Ken Coughlan, who was instrumental in bringing the property marking scheme into Carrickmacross on a pilot basis last year,  remarked that the number of thefts in the Carrickmacross area had dramatically reduced after bringing in the scheme, and that he was convinced that the scheme would have a tremendous impact on crime.

‘Until now, it has been next to impossible for Gardaí to reunite recovered items with their owners.  Warehouses full of  bikes, lawnmowers and other items are auctioned off when they are unclaimed each year after being recovered by Gardaí. If these items had their owners’ Eircodes printed onto them, finding their rightful owners is a simple click of the mouse exercise.’

Sgt Coughlan also pointed out how having items clearly marked with an owner’s Eircode makes it much easier to deal with travelling gangs.

“When we stop a vehicle that is acting suspiciously, and find that it is full of tools, who is to say that those tools don’t all belong to the driver of the vehicle?  But if we were to find tools with an Eircode in that vehicle, and that Eircode did not correspond to the address of the driver, then we can make an immediate arrest on suspicion of receiving stolen goods.  We can also call in to the station and find out if any equipment has been reported stolen from that Eircode’s address. That person could have their property back before they know it’s gone!”

Monaghan County Council is the first Council to have purchased a property marking machine, and is lending it out to community groups, sports clubs, and businesses free of charge as part of a Joint Policing Committee initiative to reduce crime.   Since purchasing the machine at the start of the year, other Councils have now followed Monaghan’s lead, and Cavan now has its own machine, with Sligo, Donegal and Louth also considering investing in their own machines.   The PSNI has recently purchased four machines, and will be carrying out property marking events all over Northern Ireland, which will hopefully make an impact on cross border thefts, which have plagued parts of this county.

The machine works by punching a series of holes, in the shape of the property owner’s Eircode, into the item to be marked.  The size and depth of the lettering can be changed, to take account of the material being marked, such as hard metal or soft plastic.  Any material that you can make a hole in without shattering can be marked with this technique; it’s not suitable for glass, for example, which will shatter.  It will, however, mark things like trailers, caravans, ride on lawnmowers, strimmers, power tools, generators, leather saddles, carbon fibre bikes, golf clubs, plastic games consoles, TV’s, tablets and smartphones.

“Anything from an iPhone to an Ifor Williams!”

To book the machine, contact the Community Section of Monaghan County Council on 047 30500 or email Fionnuala at or Carol at

The Community Safety Network is one of the Networks affiliated to the PPN, and brings together all the Community Alert, Community Text Alert, Community First Responders, CPR groups, defibrillator groups and others who are working to improve safety in Co. Monaghan.   They provide PPN Representation on the Joint Policing Committee, amongst others.

Funding to run an Event for Culture Night

Monaghan County Council Culture Night 2018 – Open Call

Culture Night is an annual event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts. This year it will take place on Friday 21st September 2018 from 5pm.

It is an opportunity  to throw open the doors and show the public what goes on in your organisation. This can mean literally opening up a building which might not be accessible to the general public,  or it may involve putting on a concert, or erecting an exhibition to showcase the work of your members.

It can be a great way to promote awareness of your organisation, your work, your cause. It can also be a fantastic way to make new friends and even gain new members.

So, what are you going to do to mark Culture Night?  And would you like a little help with that?

Monaghan County Council is now inviting groups and organisations in County Monaghan to hold an event and have it included in a County Programme of events for Culture Night.

Monaghan County Council, in partnership with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, will have a small funding scheme for events and promotion. Some events may not require funding, others will.

Guidelines on criteria and application forms are available by contacting or by downloading from

Closing Date for receipt of applications is Thursday 31st May 2018 at 1pm. Late applications will not be accepted.

Queries can be emailed to

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

Has YOUR Community Signed up to host a STREET FEAST?

3 weeks until Street Feast 2017

National Day of Street Parties and Community Celebrations

 Over 1000 Street Feast Parties registered to date with 7 parties planned for Monaghan so far!


Is YOUR community up for a few sausages and bit of an oul tune on the accordion?  Then drag a few tables out onto the green, get everyone to make up a bowl of something, buy a few paper plates and a bottle of squash and tell everyone to turn up at twelve on Sunday 11th June for a bite to eat and a bit of a catch -up. And to bring a friend. And their friend.  And the dog.  And a guitar…….you get the idea!

To register and receive your Free Party Pack* for Sunday, 11th June 2017, log onto

Street Feast are delighted to confirm that over 1000 Street Feast parties around the country have been registered to date, including 7 taking place in Monaghan.  The 8th Annual Street Feast Day, which is to be held on Sunday, 11th June 2017, is attracting greater numbers than ever before. In Monaghan this year, Street Feast parties are taking place throughout the county, including in Glaslough, Newbliss, Emyvale and Clones.  It is expected that over 450 neighbours will take part in county-wide Monaghan Street Feasts, which are being supported by Monaghan County Council and Monaghan Public Participation Network.

There is still time to register and include your community in the 2017 celebrations. Please visit

Street Feast is an Irish local community initiative and is an all-for-fun, do-it-yourself, not-for-profit celebration.  The initiative invites individuals, groups or clubs to host a lunch on their street, in a local park or in their front gardens – inviting other neighbours to come along and join them.  The all-inclusive, age-friendly initiative aims to encourage active participation, bring communities together and reduce isolation.  Everyone is encouraged to bring something along to share, whether it be a dish, a chair or a tune.

Street Feast are calling on people nationwide to come together at 12.00 noon on Sunday, 11th June to enjoy a bite to eat with their neighbours for a simple and fun way of reconnecting with those that live near them.

Patron of Street Feast, President Michael D Higgins congratulated the initiative,

“We must all by now realise the importance of community, inclusion, creativity and togetherness – all values that require support and a conscious effort of care, protection and solidarity.  Initiatives such as Street Feast provide exactly that type of opportunity.”

Geraldine Watterson, one of the hosts of a Street Feast in Monaghan, said

“We are Emy Belles, a women’s group in Emyvale. We held the Street Feast last year and it was an outstanding success. We want to do it even better this year. It got new neighbours and old residents together to share food, and most of all chat and laughter. People did not want to go home! We had loads of different types of food. People had guitars and there was a sing-song in the evening. That was really great. Other groups got involved and helped out with face-painting and other children’s activities. It was all very informal and relaxed.”

Speaking today, Sam Bishop, one of the founders and Co-Ordinator of Street Feast said:

“We are very excited for Street Feast 2017! We want it to help rejuvenate communities, introduce new faces, bridge the gap between generations, share culture, stories and skills, and make our streets safer places to be.

“The registrations are coming in fast and the feedback has been exceptional, with some theming their celebrations or running them to coincide with other community projects.  Over 1000 Street Feast parties are confirmed to date and 7 confirmed in Monaghan so far.  There are still three weeks to go and we encourage as many individuals, friends, neighbours, clubs, community groups, faith groups, resident associations, etc. to get involved in this special all-inclusive community initiative. It can be as simple as laying out a few picnic blankets in your nearest green area! Go for it!”

Street Feast will support these individuals and community groups to host their own celebration, which is repeated on streets, parks, carparks and gardens all across Ireland.

Everyone who registers can claim a free Street Feast party pack which includes balloons, bunting, invites, posters and a DIY guide, everything you need to kick start your celebrations.

To register or for more information, visit the Street Feast website –




Child Car Seat roadshow coming to Monaghan

The RSA’s Check it Fits service will be visiting County Monaghan on Tuesday 28th February and Wednesday 1st march 2017 and will be at the following locations;


Location Street Name Town Date Time
Supervalu Church Square Monaghan Tuesday 28 February 2017 10.00am – 5.30pm
Toyota Marron’s Garage Ltd Castleblayney Wednesday 1 March 2017 10.00am – 5.30pm

The law states that all children under 150cms or 36kgs must use a child car seat appropriate to their weight and height. Since October 2013, the RSA’s ‘Check it Fits’ Service has checked over 21,000 child car seats and restraints in Ireland. Of those seats checked, 79% required a major adjustment, of which 3% were deemed not fit for purpose and condemned, meaning they could have caused injury or even death in the event of a collision.

The Check it Fits service is quick, it’s easy, it’s free. On the day experts will advise on how to fix any problem, demonstrate how to fit the restraint correctly and answer any queries participants might have. The experts aim to put parent’s, grandparent’s and guardian’s minds at ease that their child’s car seat is safely and securely fitted in their car.

If you have any questions or require any additional information or for more information on the service visit  They look forward to seeing you in Monaghan.

Please pass this information on to any friends, family members or any other relevant contacts who use child seats, to inform them of the upcoming visit to County Monaghan.

Don’t let your child be a statistic. Get your child car seat checked.