Monaghan County

The Patrick Kavanagh Weekend:

An annual festival of reading and celebration of literary works and achievements by one of the most deep-rooted poets in Ireland, Patrick Kavanagh. Following his work, readings, lectures, and performances abound with big names, all serving to attract literary enthusiasts from throughout Ireland who come to honor his contribution to Irish literature.

Carrickmacross Arts Festival:

One of Ireland’s most-prestigious multi-disciplinary arts festivals, showcases an outstanding mix of music, visual arts, poetry, and film from some of the biggest names alongside exciting new talent. Set amidst the pretty Carrickmacross, community participation and creative flair are high on a program that has big standing on the county’s cultural agenda.

Castleblayney Faughs GFC Annual Muckno Mania Festival:

Muckno Mania is an imaginative fun festival that hosts a weekend with both free and ticketed events capturing the brilliant spirit of the local community with a range of events such as music, magic shows, and street performers from around the county.

Harvest Time Blues Festival:

To take place in the capital town of Monaghan. The Harvest Time Blues Festival provides a stage for musicians playing the Blues from every corner of the earth. The merrymaking begins with a lively weekend of soulful music at the most intimate venues across the town that only adds to this all-special celebration of this truly international style of music.

Monaghan County Fleadh:

Part of the larger Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, the Fleadh of County Monaghan represents an exhibition of traditional Irish music, dance, and the Irish language. The event features competitions, sessions, and street performances, all forming part of the musical heritage of the region.

Flat Lake Festival:

Normally staged at Hilton Park, in Clones, this arts and culture festival normally features literature, theatre, music, and comedy, with the beautiful pastoral setting of Monaghan at its glorious backdrop.

Taste of Monaghan:

Offers an introduction to the best local food, whereby quality and sustainability lie at its heart. Foodies are invited to sample the many treats with tastings, cooking demos, and workshops all delivered by local chefs and producers, promoting the county’s dedication to culinary excellence.

Blayney Blades Women’s Group International Women’s Day:

The event has been organized by the Blayney Blades Women’s Group to celebrate achievement in women and explore the emerging issues that continue to affect women at local and international levels. Workshops and talks will be held during the community-building and empowerment celebration, accompanied by cultural presentations.

Clones Film Festival:

Clones holds the fort, but don’t overlook the range of independent film festivals across the country that make for essential viewing for both cinephiles and filmmakers. It promotes interest in making and viewing film production within the county.

From the many festivals to the events, the diversity that comes to center stage over the many festivals and events of County Monaghan is not a showcase of culture but true community spirit.