Welcome to County Monaghan
Unlike much of the province, Monaghan was largely left alone during the Ulster Plantation. After the Cromwellian wars, though, local chieftains were forced to sell their land for a fraction of its true value, or else have it seized and redistributed to Cromwell's soldiers.
In the early 19th century, lace making became an important facet of the local economy, providing work and income for women. Carrickmacross was one of the key centres of the industry and you can still see the fine needlework on display here.