December 2017

Notices with a County Monaghan Focus

1000 Years of Gothic Architecture in Monaghan (Film): Thursday, 14 December at 7pm in the Market House, Monaghan. Film is by Dara McCluskey and it is presented by Shirley Clerkin and Kevin Mulligan . Funded by Monaghan County Council and the Heritage Council.

Designer Crafts at the Market House, Monaghan: Continues to Saturday, 23 December, 11am – 6pm. This Christmas

Designer Craft Market features Monaghan craft suppliers. For further information contact the Market House at 047 38162 or Designer Craft at 042 974 6614. See

Monaghan Farmers Market: open every Friday morning until 2pm in front of Courthouse, Monaghan town. Christmas Farmers Market on Friday, 22 December.

 Monaghan Christmas Cottage Market: Friday, 15 December, 11am – 3pm in St Patrick’s Hall Monaghan.

Rossmore Park Forest School: 5 week course starting Saturday, 10 February 2018. Fee: €40 per child. Contact Philomena on or 0495552988 for more details.

Other Notices: Courses, Events, etc.

‘Trees on the Land’ Applications: The closing date for applications for packs of native trees is 15 December. See

Laudato Si’: An Irish Response (Sean McDonagh ed): a book of just published essays on the Pope’s Letter on the Environment. Published by Veritas.

Winter Solstice celebration at Navan Fort, Armagh: Friday, 22 December at 8am, Celtic re-enactors will welcome the breaking of dawn. Free but booking required. See Events at


 Improved Grants under SEAI Warmer Homes Scheme. The scheme funds energy efficiency improvements to the homes of vulnerable people in, or at risk of, energy poverty. There will be a 33% increase in the grant for external wall insulation and the removal of a grant for fossil fuel boiler replacement to be replaced by a higher grant for heating controls. A new grant of €3,500 for heat pumps will be from April 2018.  See ‘warmer homes scheme’ under ‘grants’ at

‘Better Energy Communities’ Funding Workshop (Sligo): Tuesday, 10 January, 10am – 1pm in Sligo Park Hotel. Admission: free of charge, but booking required. See

2018 National Sustainability Summit: Wednesday, 31 January in the Citywest Hotel, Dublin. See

Learn to Grow Organic in 2018: Check out the Organic Centre’s programme of courses / events in 2018 and their seed catalogue. See

Recycling Ambassadors available to deliver talks: Recycling ambassadors are delivering talks on request to groups around the country. Requests by email to

What goes into my recycling bin? A list of recyclable items is now available on a new website This is the first single national standard list of items that you can recycle.

‘Sick of Plastic’ Campaign: The Friends of the Earth Ireland campaign focuses on non-recyclable coffee cups and also the vast amount of plastic packaging on supermarket products. The group is offering a Friends of the Earth ‘Keep Cup’ to people who pledge €12 a month or more to their campaign. For more details see

Green News Website (Irish Environmental Network). See recent environmental news at including items onNew Hen Harrier project launched in bid to save the endangered specie’s; ‘The rising cost of electricity in Ireland’; ‘EU bodies agree to tighten vehicle rules after dieselgate scandal’; ‘All eyes on climate court case in Ireland, says international legal expert’ and ‘Evidence of climate change impact on Ireland clearer than ever before, says EPA’.


Famine Appeal: Parts of East Africa and West Africa are in the grip of a major humanitarian crisis due to severe drought / conflict.Various aid organisations have appealed for donations from the Irish public to help relieve the suffering of people in areas. The organisations include Concern Worldwide, Oxfam Ireland, UNICEF, Trocaire, and the Red Cross.

While every effort has been taken in relation to the accuracy of notices, it is recommended that readers check relevant websites for up-to-date information. A listing is not necessarily an endorsement by Transition Monaghan.  

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