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Top Choice Gastropub in Carrickmacross

Riverbank County Pub

On the banks of the River Glyde (the source of salmon served here), this gem is 7.5km southeast of Carrickmacross on the County Louth border. A roaring fire warms the dining area, with no TVs to distract from fantas…
Top Choice Museum in County Monaghan

Patrick Kavanagh Resource Centre

Acclaimed poet Patrick Kavanagh (1904–67) was born in the picturesque little village of Inniskeen, 10km northeast of Carrickmacross. The Patrick Kavanagh Resource Centre is housed in the village's old parish church …
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Monaghan Town

Shifty Mulhares

Down a flight of stairs from the street, this basement cocktail bar at the Westenra Arms is ingeniously themed as the home of fictitious intrepid explorer Shifty Mulhares. It's decked out with items collected on his…
Gallery in Carrickmacross

Carrickmacross Lace Gallery

In the town's former cattle yards, a local cooperative runs this thimble-sized lace gallery, where you can see lace-making demonstrations and check out exquisite designs. Designs are appliquéd on organza using thick…
Park in Monaghan Town

Rossmore Forest Park

Crumbling remains of the Rossmore family's 19th-century castle, including its entrance stairway, buttresses and the family's pet cemetery, can still be seen at Rossmore Forest Park, where rhododendrons and azaleas b…
Museum in Monaghan Town

Monaghan County Museum

More than 70,000 artefacts from the Stone Age to modern times are housed at this excellent regional museum. Its crowning glory is the 14th-century Cross of Clogher, an oak altar cross encased in decorative bronze pa…
Bistro in Monaghan Town

Batch Loaf

A floor-to-ceiling map of County Monaghan occupies one wall of this bright, contemporary two-level bistro, and locally sourced ingredients are used in dishes like roast duck breast with bacon, chestnut and cabbage, …
Bakery in Carrickmacross

Matilda's Artisan Bakehouse

In addition to artisan breads such as sourdough and focaccia, Matilda's bakes cakes, sweet pastries and savoury varieties including sausage rolls. It's ideal for picking up a quick breakfast or picnic ingredients; t…
Pub in Carrickmacross

Fiddlers Elbow

On Carrickmacross' wide main street, Fiddlers Elbow contains a buzzing bar, an upmarket restaurant serving dishes like honey-glazed duck (mains €12.50 to €26) and an upstairs nightclub (open 9pm to 2am Friday and Sa…
Pub in Monaghan Town

McKenna's Bar

This historic pub is famous throughout the region for its jam sessions, predominantly blues. They take place in its upstairs bar 'the Brewery': the ideal moody venue with its dark wood, barrel tables and exposed bri…