Around North Monaghan
The 'drumlin county', Monaghan is characterised by its sloping hills and myriad lakes. The ambience of the land is gentle, intimate, embracing - and it has sheltered farmers and inspired writers and artists for generations. The famous poet Patrick Kavanagh's birthplace can be found at Inishkeen, where one can now find the Patrick Kavanagh Rural and Literary Resource Centre During the 18th century, Monaghan Town was occupied by Scottish settlers and grew in importance as a hub of the linen industry. Its rich architectural heritage is reflected in splendid buildings such as The Market House, The Courthouse and St Macartan's Cathedral. Monaghan's history can be explored at The Monaghan County Museum, where one can see the unique 14th century Cross of Clogher, an early medieval crannog and local craftwork. But it is the seductive natural beauty of this lovelist of counties that will interest you - from the diverse shoreline and wooded islands of Lough Muckno Leisure Park with its excellent watersports facilities to the nature trails, wild deer and waterfowl of Rossmore Forest Park and Dun-a-Ri Forest Park a short distance from Carrickmacross. Attractions for the visitor are first class - from lace making courses at Carrickmacross to horse riding at Greystones Equestrian Centre, Glaslough.
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