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The Municipal District of Ballybay – Clones.
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  • The Municipal District of Ballybay – Clones.
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The Municipal District of Ballybay – Clones.

Administrative Headquarters

The main changes affecting County Monaghan arising from the re-structuring of local government is the abolition of the five Town Councils and the establishment of three new Municipal Districts. These changes come into operation from the 1st June, 2014. As and from this date Local Government will be operated by a single administration structure and will have a single corporate entity with headquarters at County Council Offices, The Glen, Monaghan.

The Municipal Districts are designed to enhance democratic governance, subsidiary and accountability while also improving operational efficiency and value for money. Elected Members arising from the recent local elections are elected in the first instance to the Municipal District (6 members), with the combined District membership constituting the membership of the plenary Council (18 members).

Administrative Headquarters

Ballybay – Clones Municipal District Office, Monaghan Street, Clones, Co. Monaghan

Tel: 047 51018 and Fax: 047 52006


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The latest developments and approaches in mental health recovery and wellness will be featured at the National Conference on Recovery
on World Mental Health Day, October 10th 2013, hosted by Solas Drop-In Centre at the Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan.

“Over the recent few years, much has been written on the importance of implementing holistic mental health prevention, early identification, recovery and wellness strategies,” said John Murphy, Chairman of Solas Drop-In Centre, Monaghan. “The fact is many approaches and services are being used successfully across the country. This conference will focus on recovery and will feature leaders who are putting these approaches into practice, creating awareness and transforming mental health care and services”  Programs and Strategies that will be featured at the conference include, Shane Martin, Reg. Psychologist Ps.S.I.,, who will discuss the client-centred approach of teaching self-help psychology to empower people to enhance the quality of their lives such as in recovery. Shane is a leading psychologist within the area of education. His Moodwatchers programme has been adapted to reach teachers and children in hundreds of primary and secondary schools nationwide. Paul Baker is an internationally renowned community development and group worker in mental health based in England. He has special interest in working with groups of people to empower them to help themselves to recover and overcome difficulties. He has a strong commitment to networking internationally the development of dynamic and decisive mental health services.
Aine Wilson, I.A.A.A.C, is a counsellor who specialises in addiction recovery. She will be discussing the correlation between alcohol and substance abuse and suicide, and the means of recovery from same. Martina Mc Kenna, R.G.N.  R.N.M.H., is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and will outline how CBT is an invaluable component in the recovery process which empowers the individual on their journey of mental health improvement.
Liz Wall, is the National President of the Irish Country Women’s Association whose Monaghan Federation has kindly donated to the running costs of this conference. The Irish Countrywomen’s Association is a women’s organisation with almost 11,000 members and has a very long tradition of making a difference in women’s lives. Fun, friendship and support are at the foundations of everything that they do, including to make women’s voices heard on the issues of the day such as recovery. The conference will also feature renowned cross-cultural documentarian and stand-up comedian Kevin McAleer, representatives from the national Cycle Against Suicide campaign and real life narratives from service users within Solas Drop-In Centre and from Mary Cadden who will speak as a representative of carers and family members The Solas Drop-in Centre, based in Monaghan, was established in 2001 as a direct response to the needs of people with mental health problems living the Monaghan area, who, on discharge from the mental health services, identified social exclusion as being one of the major barriers they have to face. The Solas Drop-in Centre represents the social needs of mental health service users in the area. Solas is a drop-in centre which is a user led, user run facility for those with mental health problems to provide them with a social outlet. Recovery is generally seen in this approach as a personal journey rather than a set outcome, and one that may involve developing hope, a secure base and sense of self, supportive relationships, empowerment, social inclusion, coping skills, and meaning. The vision for Solas was to provide a listening ear service and a peer support service in Monaghan for mental health difficulties. We set out to provide an inclusive supportive with the emphasis on Recovery. Our objective has been achieved and to date we have won many awards, such as being described as a ‘Centre of Excellence’ by the Mental Health Commission. This process can co-exist and complement psychiatric medication and is a conducive element in mental health treatment such as being a referral for psychiatrists.
If you would like to contact Solas Drop-In Centre directly please call 047 72930 or visit us at
The National Conference on Recovery is being funded by the National Lottery and the Monaghan Federation of the Irish Country Women’s Association. To register now please go to the following web link and download the form or contact Hilda 086 2451077.

Monaghan Rose

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Photos by JamesLS Photography   It’s been a long 23 years since Monaghan was last represented in the Dome at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Back then it was the late Sinead Murphy of Emyvale, but the county has high hopes of Clontibret native Eleanor Mc Quaid going all the way to Tralee this August.   Eleanor was selected at the Glencarn Hotel in Castleblayney last Saturday night and is now on her way to the regional selection in Portlaoise this June bank holiday weekend compete against neighbouring counties and claim her place on the Rose tour in August. The 2013 Monaghan rose said of winning the crown that she was “My initial reaction was one of complete shock, disbelief and elation! Given the beautiful and talented group of young women who entered this year’s competition, I found it very difficult to believe that I had won! I immediately got that sudden feeling where your heart is beating so fast it’s going to burst through your chest! Soon I was searching for my family and friends, who have been a huge support for me through everything. Luckily I didn’t have to look far as they were straight up to lay on the hugs and kisses! Cameras were in full flow, and all the girls were there beside me through a very daunting experience! Now that the dust has settled (so to speak!), I feel truly humbled, honoured and so excited to be this year’s representative for the aspiring young women of Monaghan. On a more personal level I am privileged to represent my local community of Clontibret and would like to sincerely thank Gormley uPVC Systems for their generous sponsorship. I also wish to thank Monaghan Rose Centre for their wonderful support and guidance thus far, and to the hugely talented young women who entered this year’s competition and made it an experience of a life-time! To those who are considering entering next year – go for it!” Eleanor, a 24 year old physiotherapist in Beaumount Hospital, Dublin is from Coolartra, Clontibret and is the eldest daughter of John and Mary Mc Quaid. Eleanor is a keen camogie player and has had the honour of captaining the Irish Shinty/Camogie team in their test series against Scotland in 2007. Ms. Mc Quaid and the twelve other girls who were vying for the title of Monaghan Rose were put through their paces in a series of one on one interview with the three judges representing the Rose of Tralee Festival, on Saturday morning followed by group interviews where the girls were asked to talk about a range of current topical issues. Finally on that night MC Connor Phillips from Cool Fm radio interviewed the contenders on stage. The crowd was entertained throughout by the exceptional young Monaghan women. The Clontibret lass impressed throughout and claimed the coveted sash and tiara from last year’s Monaghan Rose, Caoimhe Flanagan. Speaking of her experience during the Monaghan selection Eleanor said, ”I have definitely enjoyed the experience so far! With thanks to Eoin Treanor, Nicola Hackett, and our beautiful former Rose Caoimhe Flanagan, we were fortunate to enjoy a fabulous tour of Monaghan, and since that day I knew that I had made the right decision, regardless of the result. While on the tour I realised just how special Monaghan is, and it is something I feel every young woman should experience. We have a hugely rich history, which was passionately described to use by talented Curator of Monaghan Museum, Liam Bradley. We also have fantastic entrepreneurs in Monaghan, and I wish to thank David Smyth and colleagues at Rally School Ireland, who gave us such a fun experience on the track! Being a part of Monaghan Rose 2013 has reinforced my immense pride and love for the county and its people. The huge number of kind messages and phone-calls from family, friends and the wider Rose community, at home and abroad, has truly overwhelmed me and touched my heart, I only hope I can fill this role to the quality it deserves! I look forward to Regionals in Portlaoise at the beginning of June, and intend to embrace my role as Monaghan Rose for 2013.” Eleanor takes to the stage alongside Daithi O’Se and the other Roses throughout the world on Friday, May 30th in the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise and we certainly hope this will be the year Monaghan goes all the way to the Dome and perhaps even further.  

Cycle against Suicide

Assessments for Acquired Brian Injury

Vocational Assessments for people with an Acquired Brian Injury in the Border, Midlands & Western Region.
Work4you is a free vocational assessment service for individuals and employers affected by a brain injury. It is the first community based neuro-assessment service of its kind in Ireland and will provide practical assistance and real hope for people with an acquired brain injury who are either struggling to hold on to their existing job or aiming to return to education, training, or employment.
Key elements of the service are:
  • Holistic Interviews
  • Vocational Criterion Work Sample Assessments
  • Workplace assessments
  • Personal Progression Plans
  • Work Sample Assessments

Work4you participants, and in many cases their families, will be at the heart of the new service. The service has been set up by ABI Ireland, thanks to the financial investment of the Department of Social Protection and the European Social Fund under the Disability Activation Project (DACT).
How do I avail of the service? People with an acquired brain injury may refer themselves to Work4you and we are working to raise awareness of the Work4you service so that families as well as state agencies, community organisations and employers will be aware of it and become a strong referral source.

Ph: 012804164 Ext 301
Senior Occupational Therapist:
Work4you Facilitators:
Maurice Harte.
Ph: 0871307366
Sinead Crawley
Ph: 0879540538
Rachel O’Leary
Ph: 0876771706

The Work4you hub, based in Ardee Business Park, Ardee, Louth, covers: Counties Louth, Monaghan & Cavan.
To find out more about an acquired brain injury click here:

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