Monaghan Town

 

Introduction

The county town, Monaghan, designated a hub town for growth under the National Spatial Strategy, performs important employment, retailing and administrative functions serving the economic needs of a large rural hinterland, which extends into Northern Ireland and adjoining counties.

Monaghan’s vibrant town centre is evident through the variety of mixed uses that are set in its traditional street pattern, which also provides a stage for a number of festivals in the town throughout the year.

Access

Monaghan is strategically located at the intersection of the N2 Dublin-Derry and N54, linking Dublin to the North-West and Belfast to the Midlands respectively. The town is also located along the east-west corridor linking Dundalk and Newry to Sligo. Recent upgrade works to the national road network provides improved access times to airports and ports along the eastern seaboard.

Journey times to airports / ports (mins)

  Dublin Airport Belfast Int. Airport Dundalk Port Drogheda Port Dublin Port Warrenpoint Port
Monaghan to 94 84 55 72 102 76

 

Business Space

mtek2Monaghan Town has 253 hectares of lands zoned for Industry & Employment. Significant land parcels have been included along the town bypass to the east of the town, providing easily accessible links to the main road network. This includes a ten acre IDA Park at Knockaconny. Additional land banks are also zoned to the north, east and south of the town providing a range of opportunities for investment.
Industrial/commercial facilities are available at the Monaghan Retail and Business Park at Cornacassa, located just one mile from the town centre on the N54 Cavan Road and at the Milltown Business Park on the edge of the town. Various other commercial premises are available throughout the town. 
Mtek building 3The M:TEK buildings, developed by the Monaghan County Enterprise Fund, located along the N12 Armagh Road provide over 5,000 square metres of business incubator units, office accommodation and meeting facilities in various unit sizes.

 

Links to Monaghan Town Development:

Map MDP1 Monaghan Town

Map MDP2 Monaghan Town Centre

 

Information and Communications Technology

The Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) has been provided in the town. The area served can be viewed at www.enet.ie/coverage.html 
Project Kelvin is also available in the town which offers dedicated Ethernet at all speeds, including 10G LanPhy, which allows for 10.3215 gigabits of capacity. The cable has the ability to directly and securely connect to Canada, US, UK and mainland Europe.

The M:TEK buildings located along the Armagh Road are part of the Armagh Monaghan Digital Corridor with a broadband 1 Gb link between the A:TEK (Armagh) and M:TEK.

Water/Wastewater services

Monaghan Town has ample provision for water supply and treatment. The town’s current demand for drinking water is 2,900 m³/day with a treatment capacity of 6,200 m³/day.

The town’s wastewater treatment plant has a plant design of 43,833 population equivalent (P.E.) and is currently catering for 16,533 P.E.

Education and Skills

The town and surrounding area is well served by a network of pre-school and primary schools and has five secondary schools located within the town offering a high quality education. The town is also served by Monaghan Institute of Further Education and Training (MIFET) which offers both full- and part-time vocational courses for post Leaving Certificate and mature students.

 All programmes are modular and have internationally recognised certification from FETAC, CACHE, ITEC, City & Guilds, etc. The training facility has strong links to local business/industry/commerce. 
Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) the third level institution for the region is located less than one hour’s drive from Monaghan. The town is also accessible to a range of other third level institutions, both north and south of the border.

Population

Monaghan Town & Environs  has a population of 10,000

Facilities

The town is well catered for by the hotel sector with three top quality hotels (Hillgrove, Four Seasons and Westenra) offering a range of conference and leisure facilities.

A range of support businesses are provided within the town including financial, legal and IT.

Activities

The town offers a wide range of day and evening activities including Rossmore Park, Rossmore Golf Club, driving range, pitch & putt, theatre, leisure centre (& swimming pool), Museum, library, boutique shops and festivals.
Key festivals organised in the town annually include The Harvest Time Blues, Taste of Monaghan and Monaghan Town Country Music Festival & BATS Festival after Taste of Monaghan.drawing crowds from near and far.

Visit the Monaghan town website at www.monaghantown.ie