County Monaghan enjoys
a gentle, rolling landscape. It is a county of pretty detail
and grand estates. Dragonflies in profusion, little wooded lakes
sedge-rimmed bogholes; copper beaches everywhere. In parts, the
country lanes are so unused to traffic, the grass tufts up through
the tarmac! Not surprisingly, Co Monaghan is high on the wish
list of every coarse fishermen. The south has been romanticised
by the poet, the late Patrick Kavanagh, and his many admirers
make their Pilgrimage to the Rural and Literary Resource Centre
Monaghan was originally built on a monastic site but,
after being seized by English forces in the 17th century, was
developed in the Georgian style around three wide squares, the
grandest of them called The Diamond. In July, there is a music
festival with plenty of singing and dancing.
Navan Fort is one of the most significant archeological finds
of recent times. The huge site extends around a 40m round wooden
temple erected in 94 BC on a much earlier pagan site. A skull
from a North African ape was discovered on the site - why and
how did it get there?
Monaghan County Museum:
An EC award-winning museum housing the Cross of Clogher (dating
from 1400) and many other interesting relics.
This is the home of hand-crocheted lace. The town rather shows
its age and quietly hides a fascinating history. Amongst the
quaint and the curious is a 12th century heavily carved stone
cross and a fine graveyard with headstones bearing the skull
and cross bones.
Where Ireland's most treasured manuscript was created and now
in Trinity College Dublin . A small village with a vast Christian
inheritance and Seat of Kings.
Was founded by a warrior queen, Ard Mhacha, from whom the city
gets its name. Once the religious capital of Ireland, the Georgian
architecture, including Archbishop Robinson's palace, is grand
enough to rival Dublin. Today, the palace and stables (pictured)
are a museum in which 18th century life is brought alive.
Riding, walking, sightseeing, fishing.
Rossmore, Parkland course, 6000 yards, Par 68.
Founded 1916. Designer Des Smith.
Clones, Parkland course, 9 holes, 5788 yards, Par 68.
Nuremore, Parkland course, 18 holes, 6715 yards, par 71.
Founded 1991. Designer Eddie Hackett.
Slieve Russell, Parkland course, 18 holes, 7013 yards,
Founded 1992. Designer Paddy Merrigan.
Dublin - 85 miles
Dublin -85 miles
Castlebar, Mayo - 140 miles