Monaghan County

The history of Monaghan is a strong tale of how its people have been resilient and adapted. From prehistoric settlers to political turmoil during the Troubles, the county has literally been home to everything that has molded the modern identity of the county.

The Monaghan County Museum is located in the county town. The place literally offers the best means one could find for extending the history of the town into more depths. Amongst their displays is a 14th-century log boat and a Lace Gallery with some good examples of this type of lace, known the world over for the fineness of its work. The county wears on its sleeve its literary heritage, with much local landscape inspiration having been drawn for his works by poet Patrick Kavanagh. We will have occasion in the Patrick Kavanagh Rural and Literary Resource Centre, Inniskeen, to add some further facts on the life of Patrick Kavanagh and develop themes regarding the rural.

The closer link with the arts is also in evidence by the annual presentation of the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award to an emerging contemporary poet.

Monaghan’s rich cultural mosaic continues with a vibrant music scene from traditional Irish music sessions in local pubs to the internationally renowned Harvest Time Blues Festival, held annually in Monaghan town. The participation of the world’s biggest names in both blues and jazz somehow definitely turns this festival into a must-visit event for every single fan of great music out there.

Monaghan is invaluable to genealogy and local history enthusiasts. It is supported by resources such as the County Monaghan Genealogy Centre, wherein they can help visitors trace their ancestry, often linking them to a wider diaspora that left Ireland in times of economic hardship.

The culinary scene in the county is actually a direct echo of the very same agriculture. Fresh local products take pride of place in the menus of restaurants and at markets. Food ranged in Monaghan goes from traditional Irish to the most modern dishes that are made up of locally fresh grown products. In essence, Monaghan County offers a quiet but rich experience to its visitors. Its natural beauty would certainly invite people to visit this unexplored part of Ireland, where history and the vibrancy of culture remain replete with its wondrous glory. Be it walking through the landscapes that inspired Kavanagh’s poetry or walking around its historical sites, or indeed basking in the warmth of its people, all are invited to come to Monaghan and share in her story and beauty.