Local Attractions

Overview Local Attractions


Erne Catchment, Co. Cavan and Blackwater Catchment

The centres based in the Erne Catchment in Monaghan – Ballybay, Rockcorry, Newbliss, Bawn/Latton and Clones – are within a compact geographical area and are only a short journey from each other. Ballybay is a market town located on the shores of Lough Major. It is a haven for the coarse angler with the challenging Dromore river system right on its door-step. County Cavan delivers yet more fishing opportunities

For more information, visit:

"An anglers guide to Monaghan".

Downloads and links for angling in County Cavan.

Blackwater region angling - official overview.


The Garage Theatre

This theatre provides a venue for touring theatrical groups who produce a high quality of professional theatre. It also acts as a space for local amateur groups and is a resource for the local community. The theatre opened with a premiere of the play - "Frank Pig says Hello" by local writer Patrick McCabe. His book "The Butcher Boy" is now a successful motion pictured directed by award winning director Neil Jordan.

St. Davnet's Complex, Armagh Road, Co. Monaghan

+353 (0) 47 81597


The Diamond Screen Cinema

The Diamond Screen Cinema is a four screen cineplex. Each screen has Dolby Surround sound. Late showings are available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. All evening tickets are just €5 on Wednesdays.

The Diamond Centre, Monaghan, Co. Monaghan

+353 (0) 47 84755


GR8 Entertainment Centre

GR8 Entertainment was established in 2010, with the aim of becoming the No.1 Entertainment Venue in the North East. Their facilities include 8 bowling lanes, over 5000 sq ft of Mega Play Frames, a beautiful bistro, games and amusements, Go-karting, kaser tag and much more.

Monaghan Road, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan

+353 (0) 42 9749955



Patrick Kavanagh Centre

The centre houses exhibitions on local history and on Irish poet Kavanagh, a sixty-seat Audio- Visual Theatre, and a Research Library. Also on view are twelve specially commissioned paintings illustrating Kavanagh's epic poem "The Great Hunger", a miniature model depicting Kavanagh's classic, "A Christmas Childhood", Kavanagh's Death Mask and other memorabilia associated with the poet. The special feature of the Patrick Kavanagh Centre is the unique performance tour of Kavanagh Country, which takes in many local sites immortalised by Inniskeen's most famous son, with anecdotes, historical facts, wild rumours and even the odd poem along the way. Casual visitors are more than welcome.

Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan

+353 (0) 42 9378560


Monaghan County Museum

Monaghan County Museum opened its doors to the public in 1974 becoming the first full time staffed, local authority funded museum in the Republic of Ireland. The Museum has been widely acclaimed for its commitment in displaying Monaghan's rich culture and heritage.

1-2 Hill Street, Monaghan

+353 (0) 47 82928


Sam More Open Farm

Sam More Open Farm is a treat for all the family. It combines vintage displays and an insight into how life used to be with unusual animals and nature walks. There are stationary engines, vintage cars and a working forge for the vintage/heritage enthusiasts. Animals include alpacas, miniature donkeys, pygmy goats, different breeds of sheep, pygmy hedgehogs, geese, Black Swans to name but a few. Other facilities include a picnic area, indoor canteen, nature walk and fairy fort.

Threemilehouse, Co. Monaghan

+353 (0) 47 57397


Carrickmacross Lace Gallery

Carrickmacross Lace is a delicate and enchanting Irish craft dating back to 1820. This tradition is now carried on by the Carrickmacross Lace Co-op, in Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, Ireland. This distinctive lace is expertly hand stitched with designs that please both the eyes and the senses. Your Carrickmacross Lace will become treasures to be passed on to future generations.

Market Square, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan

+353 (0) 42 9664176


Walks and Forest Parks

Rossmore Forest Park

Rossmore Forest Park has a car park, picnic sites, forest and lakeside walks, nature trails and viewing points. Rossmore Forest Park has several forest walks, a Nature Trail and a Yew walk. The park has many historical sights including some ancient cairns. The site of most notable historical interest is the site of Rossmore Castle which was demolished in the 1970s. It was the home of Lord Rossmore and the Rossmore family who were the local landlords of the area during the 18th and 19th centuries.


+353 (0) 47 71818


Dartrey Forest Park

Dartrey Forest, near Rockcorry in north-west County Monaghan, Ireland, was formerly part of the Dartrey Estate, the former country estate of the Dawson family, who had the title "Earl of Dartrey" from 1866 to 1933. The once vast estate was centered on Dartrey Castle (demolished in 1946). The forest's main gate is only a few miles from Cootehill. It is currently managed by Coillte as a commercial forest. The Forest is partially bordered by what is known locally as 'the Famine Wall', which stretches halfway along the road from Cootehill to Rockcorry (the R188). Just across the R188, the main Cootehill to Rockcorry road, near the main gate into the forest, is the Dawson Monument, a fine neo-Classical column designed by James Wyatt and erected around 1808. The column, just outside the forest, stands on the roadside. The landscape of the forest and surrounding area is particularly beautiful, being composed of a series of lakes joined by the Dromore River.

Rockcorry, Co. Monaghan

+353 (0) 47 62900



Castle Leslie Equestrian Centre

As one of Europe's finest equestrian playgrounds,Castle Leslie Estate offers memorable horse riding holiday experiences for riding enthusiasts of all levels. Their Castle hotel in Ireland is located in County Monaghan and is only 80 minutes from Dublin airport and 60 minutes from Belfast airport. Nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside, dotted with ancient woodlands and glittering lakes, the Estate offers an idyllic setting for outdoor activity and adventure. It is the perfect place to discover the thrill of exploring the beautiful Irish countryside on horseback. Riders of all ability and age groups are welcome, as long as you're over four! They offer expert tuition, gentle hacks and exhilarating cross-country rides.

Glaslough, Co. Monaghan

+353 (0) 42 88100


Cloncaw Equestrian Centre

Cloncaw Equestrian opened in April 2004 with purpose built stables, indoor and outdoor arenas and cross country course to cater for all levels of riders and horses. Geraldine Bellew, centre owner, established her new enterprise after spending 21 successful years at Greystones Equetrian Centre. There is something for every one at Cloncaw - from the beginner rider - adult or child, to the experienced rider.

Glaslough, Co. Monaghan

+353 (0) 47 88882


Cavan Equestrian Centre

Cavan Equestrian, Horse Marketing and Event Centre is located on the edge of Cavan Town in Southern Ireland. The centre is the biggest and busiest equestrian centre in the country for Showjumping and all other equestrian events and has proven success in organising and running International Performance Horse & Pony Sales.

Latt, Cavan

+353 (0) 42



Rossmore Golf Club

Rossmore Golf Club is a very friendly club, and they can assure you all of a good welcome and a good test of golf followed by a great 19th. They're open to both societies and individuals wishing to come and play our course. They're are also open to new members and with no joining fee offer new members affordable membership. The club have developed three new holes which enhances the beauty of the course whilst making it slightly longer.

Cootehill Road, Monaghan

+353 (0) 47 81316


Concra Wood Golf and Country Club

Lough Muckno may be a well kept secret, but not for much longer. As it drapes itself lazily around tree-bound islands and along the shore, the lough promises one of Ireland's most beautiful and evocative settings for golf. Overlooking it all is Concra Wood Golf and Country Club in Castleblayney Co. Monaghan. What other golf course can boast such a location with views over the Monaghan drumlins to distant mountains? What other golf course can boast two of Ireland's greatest golfing legends as the designers? Concra Wood Golf and Country Club was designed by Christy O'Connor Junior and Christy O'Connor Senior. It opened in 2008, and will become one of Ireland's and Europe's finest golf courses. Lough Muckno and the golf course are gloriously entwined. Eleven holes lure you to the water's edge, promising danger and excitement time and again. It makes Concra Wood a stern and beautiful test of golf, whatever your ability.

Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan

+353 (0) 42 9749485


County Cavan Golf Club

Established in 1894, Co Cavan Golf Club is one of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland. The current layout is an 18-hole Par 70 parkland course which has been significantly enhanced in 2004 by the addition of a newly designed back nine with tees and greens to USGA standards under the guidance of architect Arthur Spring and European Golf Services.

Arnmore House, Drumelis House, Co. Cavan

+353 (0) 49 4331541


Clones Golf Club

Clones Golf Club, providing very reasonable membership fees to golfers from Counties Monaghan, Cavan and Fermanagh, is also committed to rewarding every guest with an exceptional golfing experience. The course, which is set in rolling woodland, is now highly acclaimed and is an ideal venue for the society golfer. It is an all-weather open Parkland Course with many water features open all year around and renowned for the quality of its Greens. When other local courses are closed during adverse weather conditions, Clones is generally playable. It is a challenging course for all levels of ability. The overall design and the natural rolling landscape and surrounding countryside make for a particularly scenic course.

Hilton Park, Clones, Co. Monaghan

+353 (0) 47 56017



Monaghan Swimming Pool & Leisure Complex

Situated at Mullaghcroghery on the Clones Road, Monaghan Leisure Complex is easily the largest health & fitness center in the area. Fantastic facilities include a fully equipped gym, which includes a wide range of cardiovascular and resistance equipment as well as a superb selection of free weights.

Clones Road, Co. Monaghan

+353 (0) 47 81734


County Cavan Swimming and Leisure Complex

County Cavan currently has a regional health sports and leisure complex which has a 25 meter swimming pool, fitness suite, sports hall, steam room, jacuzzi, sauna and much more. A variety of class-based activities are available.

Drumalee, Co. Cavan

+353 (0) 49 4362888

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A.W.O.L. Paintball

At A.W.O.L. you're provided with a day you'll never forget, may it be for your Stag or Hen Party, a company outing, a get together of friends, team building, birthday party or just simply to let off some steam and go A.W.O.L. When you "go A.W.O.L." you get the opportunity to play games never seen before on one of the most friendliest paintball sites in Ireland. At A.W.O.L you have the option of playing two fields, A.W.O.L forest or the all new A.W.O.L. speedball arena, all in one perfect location.

Derrylevick, Killybrone, Co. Monaghan

+353 (0) 47 86244


Lough Muckno Waterski & Watersports Centre

The club was established in the 1980's and has hosted national and international competitions, most notably the European Waterski Championships. The three classic waterski disciplines - slalom, jump and tricks have been enhanced by the addition of wakeboarding. With the explosive growth in the discipline of wakeboarding, the club numbers have mushroomed and warranted the purchase of a dedicated world class wakeboard tow boat, with a 5.8 litre V8 engine, perfect pass control system and fly high flight control tower.

Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan

+353 (0) 87 7402806


Rally School Ireland

Rally School Ireland is a €2 million facility that can accommodate individuals, groups and corporate clientele. Open for over 10 years, they proudly sit as Ireland's premier purpose built motorsport facility. Their friendly service is an essential ingredient of our winning formula. Whatever your reason to visit - to improve your road driving skills, to drive competitively or to entertain your clients and friends - Rally School Ireland provide a fast moving, adrenaline packed, exciting day!

Gola, Scotstown, Co. Monaghan

+353 (0) 47 89098


Irish Country Quads

Irish Country Quads is an adventure based activity centre in County Monaghan, Ireland. Their purpose built quad bike course caters for bikers of all experience and all activity is monitored by our staff. Anybody who prefers not to Quad bike can take advantage of the other fun activities on site. Archery, shuffleboard, clay pigeon shooting, airstrike and action target.

Carrickakelly, Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan

+353 (0) 42 9378997


Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre

Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre is a medium sized, professional outdoor education centre delivering high quality adventure activities and programmes on a day or residential basis whether you are from a school, university, youth organisation, corporate company or just visiting the area.

Dartrey Forest, Rockcorry

+353 (0) 49 5552988


Mourne Shooting Grounds and Adventure Activities

Set amid the rolling drumlins of County Monaghan, core activities are built around various facilities - from air rifle shooting, 4x4 action, clay pigeon shooting, target shooting pistol shooting, to archery and falconry.

Loughmourne, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan

+353 (0) 42 9745953


The Cookery School at Castle Leslie

Following major restoration, the original Victorian kitchens in the Castle opened in July 2006 as the Cookery School. The learning space is a chef's dream and houses one of the famous Molteni ovens, an unrivalled masterpiece handcrafted with the castle and its guests in mind. One of the best known cookery schools in Ireland, it is open all year round and offers cookery courses personally designed by our expert team of chefs. From time to time, apeciality chefs are invited to take over the kitchen at Castle Leslie Estate to share their expertise with our guests. So whether you're an experienced cook or a culinary novice, they have the right course to help you develop or enhance your skills.

Glaslough, Co. Monaghan

+353 (0) 4288100


Tourist information offices

Monaghan Tourist Office

The centrally located Market House serves as town's visitor information point. Information on local attractions, outdoor and indoor pursuits, festivals and events, dining out and a wide variety of evening entertainment is available. The official Monaghan Tourism web site is a one-stop-shop for information for the visitor and resident of Co. Monaghan, Ireland.

Market Street, Monaghan Town, Co. Monaghan

+353 (0) 47 81122 (non-seasonal: 73718)


Cavan Tourism

Cavan Tourism is part of Cavan County Council and is dedicated to the continuous development and promotion of tourism in County Cavan. The county tourist office is located in the Farnham Building on Farnham Street.

Cavan County Council, Johnston Library & Farnham Building, Farnham Street, Cavan

+353 (0)49 433 1942