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Top Choice Modern Irish in Carrickmacross & Around

Courthouse Restaurant

Chef Conor Mee uses local, seasonal produce in creative ways, resulting in daily changing Irish tapas (eg beetroot with cabbage-walnut pesto) and mains such as grilled sea bream with sea asparagus, shrimp and lemon …
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 oaken altar cross encased in decorative bronze …
Bistro in Monaghan Town

Andy's Bar & Restaurant

A longstanding local favourite, this whitewashed Victorian bar and old-school restaurant is a family-run Monaghan institution. House specialities include deep-fried breaded mushrooms with garlic mayo dip, and breade…
Park in County Monaghan

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 be seen at Rossmore Forest Park, where rhododendrons and azaleas blaze w…
Arts & Crafts in Clones & Around

Ulster Canal Stores

To learn about the history of Clones lace, see it on display or purchase samples, visit the Ulster Canal Stores.
Church in Carrickmacross & Around

St Joseph's Catholic Church

Craftsmanship shines at St Joseph's Catholic Church, with 10 windows designed by Harry Clarke, Ireland's most renowned stained-glass artist. Opening hours can vary.
Museum in Inniskeen

Patrick Kavanagh Resource Centre

The Patrick Kavanagh Resource Centre is housed in the old parish church where the acclaimed poet Patrick Kavanagh (1904–67) was baptised; he's buried in the attached graveyard. The centre's staff have a passion for …
Music in Monaghan Town

Harvest Blues Festival

Fabulous three-day blues festival featuring local and international acts.
Gallery in Carrickmacross & Around

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. Carrickmacross' lace makers can take commiss…
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…