GLASLOUGH GATE HOUSE SHOWCASES MONAGHAN FOOD AND CRAFT QUALITY

21 August 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

PETER HUGHES

Sir Jack Leslie was impressed.

The venerable scion of Glaslough’s First Family smiled his approval on the utilisation of the Gate Lodge building at the entrance to the Leslie Estate for a new enterprise initiative showcasing the quality and diversity of Co Monaghan’s craft and artisan food activity.

And on this rare sunlit summer Thursday, the smile and the approval were infectious.

Both were echoed by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys as she briefly dispensed with her sunglasses to perform the ribbon-cutting ceremony that brought the new “Made in Monaghan” endeavour, co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Office and Co Council, formally into being.

“Heritage and business both together!” the Cavan/Monaghan Fine Gael TD declared with patent delight, stressing the necessity for important historical buildings such as the Gate Lodge having utilitarian purposes bestowed upon them.

“Old buildings need to be loved and worked in, that brings a different dimension to them,” the Minister told the assembled crowd, made up of participants in the new ‘pop-up shop’ venture, local authority dignitaries and the casually curious attracted by the bustle of activity in and about the impressive Gothic structure that had been until lately a silent sentinel on the far flank of the quaint North Monaghan village.

The Minister emphasised to the craftworkers and …

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