11 September 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard


A major step in initiatives to encourage concerted promotional efforts among the business community of Monaghan Town took place in the Westenra Hotel last Thursday evening with the launch of the new website created by the Monaghan Has It group.

The website already boasts almost 160 local business concerns among its pages and an appeal was made on the night to all those engaged in trade and commerce in Monaghan to participate in the initiative and to broaden awareness of the website among their customers.

The potential of social media to enhance local business performance and the opportunities for increased customer and tourism trade presented by a greater use of the Irish language by shops and services formed the subject of presentations by Monaghan Has It personnel.

The promotional group’s Chairperson Suzanne Toal outlined plans for a major fashion event in the town in October.

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys TD and Cavan-based Dáil Deputy Brendan Smith were prominent among an attendance that reflected the range and diversity of local business. Also present were Monaghan Municipal District Cathaoirleach Robbie Gallagher and members David Maxwell, Sean Conlon, Seamus Treanor and Paudge Connolly, and a number of local authority officials including Monaghan Municipal District Co-ordinator Donal McElwain and Monaghan Co Council Director of Services John Murray.

The event was M.C.ed by new Monaghan town centre co-ordinator Trevor Connolly, whose brief involves the regeneration of commercial activity in the main trading areas of the county capital.

Mr Connolly expressed to Thursday’s event his strong belief that Monaghan had a solid foundation and something to build on in terms of enhancing business opportunity. He said he wanted to take a collaborative approach to his role and work with local businesses to reduce vacancy and promote local spend.

He encouraged all those in attendance at the website launch to use the opportunities to work together that would emerge in the town in the future.

Welcoming all those in attendance and conveying apologies on behalf of Monaghan Co Council Director of Services Paul Clifford and Cavan/Monaghan Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Monaghan town centre co-ordinator Mr Connolly said it was great to see so many people present for the launch of the Monaghan Has It website. He thanked the representatives of all parts of the Monaghan community for coming along and showing their support.

Mr Connolly conveyed appreciation to Raymond Aughey of The Squealing Pig and Frank McEneaney of …


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