Thought for the Week

Earth Overshoot Day fell on 13 August and it’s getting earlier each year. Humanity has already used up 100 per cent of the resources ‘budget’ produced by the Earth this year, which means that any consumption from now on represents an unsustainable burden on the planet , i.e. mainly in the form of biodiversity loss and the effects of climate change. ‘Earth Overshoot Day’, the moment when humanity exceeds nature’s budget for the year was reached six days earlier than in 2014. The Global Footprint Network (GFN) sustainability think-tank tells us that humanity lived within the Earth’s means up until 1970 but, driven largely by carbon emissions, it has been steadily increasing the debt ever since. See

Transition Monaghan Group’s Invitation to AGM

Transition Monaghan will hold their Annual General Meeting on Saturday, 29 August in the meeting room of Andy’s Bar & Restaurant, Monaghan, at 3pm. Chairperson of the group, Mícheál Callaghan says that everyone is welcome to the AGM and that the event is intended to provide an opportunity to learn more about the work of Transition Monaghan and to see if they wish to be involved. He outlines below the type of activities the group undertakes.

Transition Monaghan was founded in March 2013, and is part of the worldwide Transition Town movement, founded in Kinsale, which aims to promote local sustainability and boost well – being in communities. As well as our regular column Northern Standard column, we hold regular events which promote aspects of sustainable living, and we also collaborate with other community groups on local projects. In spring of this year, we organised a free public event, ‘Your cost efficient home’, which featured presentations on how to reduce energy usage and reduce bills in the household. Last year we ran an ‘Introduction to Permaculture’ course, which looked at ways of designing sustainable systems for gardening, home energy usage and other aspects of life. We hope to run a sustainability skills seminar or festival in the near future. Currently we are collaborating with Monaghan Tidy Towns on a biodiversity project in and around Monaghan town.

We are always open to new ideas – including fun ones! – and welcome new volunteer input. ‘With the all-important climate change conference this year in Paris and our natural world being put under ever greater pressure there has never been a better or more important time to be involved in promoting sustainability. Further information about Transition Monaghan can be found on our Facebook page or our website Queries may be emailed to

Spud Tasting Competition This Weekend in Carrickmacross


This Saturday, Carrickmacross will see its very own spud tasting competition (An Spud Off Mór) take place in John Joe Cunningham’s at 1pm. Potatoes can be boiled or steamed, without any added ingredients, and will be blind test tasted by a panel of tasters. The idea is to promote ‘growing your own’ and to have a fun competition that encourages everyone to ‘savour the flavour’ of local potatoes. Anyone from South Monaghan wishing to enter their spuds should contact Conan on 086 064 1864. Further details on entry and criteria are available at

                                                                 Conan Connolly is inviting people to enter                                                                           or just come along to this Saturday’s                                                                spud tasting competition in Carrickmacross.

An Spud Off Mór 2015 – a Tasty Potato Competition


Conan Connolly of Transition Monaghan is on a mission to find the tastiest potatoes in South Monaghan and encourage more people to grow their own. He is looking for potato growers to join in a new type of potato growing and tasting competition. Here he fills us on the details of ‘An Spud Off Mór’

What is it? It’s a competition to find the best potato in South Monaghan. The idea of the growing and tasting competition started in Co Kerry and we thought it would be great to try it out in Co Monaghan.

Why have it? Firstly its to celebrate the humble spud, its importance to our diet and in our history.

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