Local Attractions & Visitor Information
County Monaghan is one of Ireland’s best kept secrets! Unspoiled landscape, wildlife, beautiful scenery, and lots to do for both local and visitor alike.
If your ideal holiday is Irish Heritage, fishing, walking, cycling, horse riding or playing golf then you will have too much to choose from. If you are interested in history, poetry, lace making, music and art there are many hours of entertainment in store. In addition the night life and local hospitality is second to none and there is a wide variety of festivals to choose from throughout the year.
Clones and its Great Heritage:
Clones greatest traditional in modern time has been the staging of the Ulster Final in St. Tiarnach’s Park. This iconic venue has a capacity of approximately 35,000 and annually hosts the Ulster Final each year in July. In addition to this date the St. Tiarnach’s Park hosts many club and county games over the course of the year, including the Clones GAA senior and local games on a weekly basis.
The Creighton Hotel is 5 minutes’ walk from the grounds, making us the nearest public house to the venue.
Clones Heritage Trail
Clones Town began as a monastic settlement c.500, when St Tiernach founded his monastery there and this was the most important site in Monaghan for centuries afterwards.
The trail starts at the old market house and goes on to visit the high cross, St. Tiernach’s church, motte and bailey fort, St. Tiernach’s grave, The Cassandra Hand Centre and the canal stores. Walkers will learn about the Gaelic chiefs, the McMahons, how the town suffered during the famine and how the establishment of the Irish Free State effected Clones, the improvement of Clones in the 19th Century, especially with the coming of the railways and the unsuccessful Ulster Canal and how there are new plans to revive it. The Irish government is funding 5.5 million euro for the ulster canal and the construction of a new marina at Clones.
Please ask at the hotel reception and the staff shall provide you with a heritage trail walking tour guide.
Places to visit within Clones Town and surrounding area:
- Round Tower
- The Canal Stores
- St Tiernach’s Grave
- The Abbey
- The Diamond
- The Celtic Cross
- Motte and Bailey Fort
- Wesley Methodist Church
- The Famine and Clones Workshouse Graveyard
- The Buttermarket
- The Creighton Hotel
- Monaghan museum
- Ulster Canal trail
- Shannon-Erne Waterway
- Crom Castle, situated in Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh is just 5 minutes drive away used as a film location for a variety of films, commercials and photoshoots. Ideal location for a stroll around.
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