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GRADUAL DECREASE IN COVID FIGURES IN MONAGHAN AS COUNTRY AWAITS LOCKDOWN CHANGES

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26 Mar 2021 Comments Off on GRADUAL DECREASE IN COVID FIGURES IN MONAGHAN AS COUNTRY AWAITS LOCKDOWN CHANGES
GRADUAL DECREASE IN COVID FIGURES IN MONAGHAN AS COUNTRY AWAITS LOCKDOWN CHANGES

Michael Fisher As the country prepares for a further government announcement about Covid-19 public health measures on Easter Monday, Monaghan is now among the counties with the lowest rate of the virus over a fourteen day period. The statistics are worked out per 100,000 of population and as at midnight on Monday, they put Monaghan in 20th place out of 26, with a rate of 58.6 compared to a national average of 158.3. Breaking the figures down into the three Municipal District areas of Carrickmacross Castleblayney, Ballybay Clones and (north) ...

BLOCKBUSTER FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MONAGHAN’S HOLLYWOOD!

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26 Mar 2021 Comments Off on BLOCKBUSTER FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MONAGHAN’S HOLLYWOOD!
BLOCKBUSTER FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MONAGHAN’S HOLLYWOOD!

AMENITY GETS €276,385 FOR MAJOR UPGRADE Hollywood Forest Park in North Monaghan is set for a major upgrade of its amenities following Monday’s announcement by Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys TD of an allocation of €276,385 from her Department’s Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme. The monies will fund the provision of a quality freshwater bathing site and the upgrading of walks, picnic and seating areas, changing facilities, toilets and fishing stands. “Also included is the creation of a strong identity for the amenity and signposting throughout the site,” Minister ...

LOCAL PRIEST FACES JAIL THREAT FOR SAYING MASS!

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26 Mar 2021 Comments Off on LOCAL PRIEST FACES JAIL THREAT FOR SAYING MASS!
LOCAL PRIEST FACES JAIL THREAT FOR SAYING MASS!

PATSY McARDLE A local priest declared at the weekend he would opt for a jail term, rather than pay a fine for saying Mass! Reverend Father P J Hughes, who is parish priest of Mullahoran in neighbouring Co. Cavan, insisted he would rather go to prison than pay a €500 fine for celebrating Mass in front of dozens of his parishioners. The priest’s disclosure came as places of worship were forced to move services online during the COVID-19 restrictions. As a result, churches were forced to move services online. Fr ...

MONAGHAN BRANCH LIBRARY BUILDING TO GO ON OPEN MARKET DESPITE CALLS FOR ITS USE AS COUNCIL CHAMBER LOCALE

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26 Mar 2021 Comments Off on MONAGHAN BRANCH LIBRARY BUILDING TO GO ON OPEN MARKET DESPITE CALLS FOR ITS USE AS COUNCIL CHAMBER LOCALE
MONAGHAN BRANCH LIBRARY BUILDING TO GO ON OPEN MARKET DESPITE CALLS FOR ITS USE AS COUNCIL CHAMBER LOCALE

Monaghan Co Council voted on Monday to put the building that currently houses the branch library on Monaghan Town’s North Road on the open market to ascertain if there was private sector interest in acquiring the property. The town library will be housed in the nearby Peace Campus when the €17.6 million project is constructed and the Council has decided to test the waters to see if there is a buyer out there for the North Road building, which dates from the 1970s. While it was stressed at Monday’s Council ...

SINN FÉIN MEETING HEARS CALL FOR GOVERNMENT ACTION ON BANK OF IRELAND BRANCH CLOSURES

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26 Mar 2021 Comments Off on SINN FÉIN MEETING HEARS CALL FOR GOVERNMENT ACTION ON BANK OF IRELAND BRANCH CLOSURES
SINN FÉIN MEETING HEARS CALL FOR GOVERNMENT ACTION ON BANK OF IRELAND BRANCH CLOSURES

The Government must use its substantial stake in the Bank of Ireland to prevent the closures of local branches in Clones and Castleblayney. That was the clear message from a public meeting organised by Sinn Féin TD for Cavan/Monaghan Matt Carthy last Friday evening, held online due to Covid-19 restrictions. The meeting, attended by business representatives and members of the community from ‘Blayney and Clones, was told by Deputy Carthy that, when local towns lose banking services, it resulted in lower levels of investment and therefore had a negative impact ...

THE GAA QUALIFIERS

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26 Mar 2021 Comments Off on THE GAA QUALIFIERS
THE GAA QUALIFIERS

Colm Shalvey reports This year marks two decades since the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship underwent its biggest structural change in a century with the introduction of the qualifier system, which took place under the presidency of Scotstown man Seán McCague, who of course led Monaghan through the successful era of the late 1970s and ‘80s. Those heady days were a distant memory for Monaghan by the turn of the century and the first few years of the qualifiers would prove to be dismal for the county. A heavy loss to Armagh ...

A GRAIN OF RICE CAN TIP THE SCALES

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26 Mar 2021 Comments Off on A GRAIN OF RICE CAN TIP THE SCALES
A GRAIN OF RICE CAN TIP THE SCALES

JACK MADDEN talks to Shane Rice, the Scotstown fitness coach negotiating an exciting career path through the uncharted waters of the global pandemic A global pandemic-driven re-evaluation of life brought about many changes in people’s lifestyles. Unemployment was surging and schools were closed. We soon realised the only thing worse than no time was too much of it. Enclosed within the four walls of our own homes, doing the shopping became a weekly highlight. Soon the word “virtual” was virtually unavoidable. Online interaction, for all its faults, provided an escape hatch. ...

21-YEAR-OLD PLEADS GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER OF CARRICKMACROSS MAN

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19 Mar 2021 Comments Off on 21-YEAR-OLD PLEADS GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER OF CARRICKMACROSS MAN

A 21-year-old man of no fixed abode entered a guilty plea at the Central Criminal Court last week to the manslaughter of a Carrickmacross man by setting fire to his house. 61-year-old Gerry Marron at St Macartan’s Villas, Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan died in the incident on March 21, 2016. The accused, Aaron McDonagh, also pleaded guilty to committing arson without lawful excuse on the same date to a house at St Macartan’s Villas the property of Mr Marron, intending to damage such property or being reckless as to whether the ...

MONAGHAN CHURCH LEADERS UNITE IN PLEA FOR RETURN TO WORSHIP

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MONAGHAN CHURCH LEADERS UNITE IN PLEA FOR RETURN TO WORSHIP

Protestant, Methodist and Pentecostal Church leaders in Monaghan have come together in a call on the Government to reconsider the closure of places of worship under Covid-19 restrictions. In an open letter to their church members and the wider community of Monaghan, the church leaders say they are “baffled and dismayed” at the continuing closure of churches for all but private worship and emphasise the approach of Easter and their desire to appropriately celebrate “the foundational moment within the Christian faith.” The open letter is signed by Rev Chancellor Ian ...

MONAGHAN HEALTH TECH BUSINESS ACQUIRED BY US SOFTWARE COMPANY

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19 Mar 2021 Comments Off on MONAGHAN HEALTH TECH BUSINESS ACQUIRED BY US SOFTWARE COMPANY
MONAGHAN HEALTH TECH BUSINESS ACQUIRED BY US SOFTWARE COMPANY

Monaghan health tech company Avail Support has been acquired by leading US software company, CentralReach. Avail Support has developed avail, an award-winning digital platform that helps individuals — including those with autism, Down Syndrome, brain injuries and other cognitive disabilities — to learn the skills needed to live more independent lives across all domains. The company’s main market is the US and its software is being used by health providers, schools and workplaces like TJ Maxx across the US to provide evidencebased personalised learning plans, assessments and progress reports to ...