As well as our weekly column in the Northern Standard we’ve also helped at tree plantings, with Tidy Towns events (planting as part of the Dispersed Urban Orchard), with the Balsam Bashers at Rossmore Park (control of invasive species), distributing trees for Trees on the Land, organising and attending protests and many more activities. We’ve organised several apple pressing events throughout the county. Guided Mushroom walks and tours of gardens and growers are also organised by members for members. Group members have also maintained a group allotment in Killygoan Monaghan. Transition Monaghan were also instrumental in bringing the first “Forest School” to Rossmore Park in Spring 2017. Click on any of the articles below to find out more or click on the Events tab in the main menu to find out details of outings, training and learning events over the years.
As part of their Transition Year programme, students from St Louis Secondary School brought their focus to a waste issue within the school – the excessive use of plastic. Using Design Thinking, they hoped to find a way to encourage other students and other people in the wider community to change their habits through achievable actions, and this fantastic calendar was the outcome. Here they tell us a bit more about the process they went through in getting to it.
For almost a decade, Transition Monaghan have been creating the “Sustainability Matters” column. The column has been printed on a weekly basis in the Northern Standard newspaper which circulates in Monaghan and surrounding counties. The aim of the column has always been to increase awareness and education on a range of environmental and sustainability issues of local, national and international interest. The vast archive of articles on the website are a testament to the effort involved over the years.
Transition Monaghan are involved in a Water Quality awareness video project on Monaghan water quality. The project is led by Siolta Chroi, supported by Transition Monaghan and funded by LAWPRO). At this stage in late 2021, a lot of the footage has been taken and a few interviews have been done. There are a few more interviews to do before the footage can be edited to make the final video.
Transition Monaghan have three delegates on Monaghan County Councils Strategic Policy Committee. Delegates give feedback on Monaghan County Councils initiatives. The Committee meets four times a year and delegates report back to Transition Monaghan.
Our delegates include:
Liam Murtagh: Climate and Environment Strategic Policy Committee.
Karen Jeffers: Economic Development Strategic Policy Committee.
Eddie O Gara: Housing, Community and Culture Strategic Policy Committee.
Jennifer McAree of Transition Monaghan was one those selected by the Tipperary Energy Agency for a green trip to Bursa in Turkey. The trip took place last month. Here Jennifer reports on the background to the project as well as the trip itself, which she describes as a “brilliant experience”.
On a Green Trip to Turkey were: (L-R) Alex Hamilton, Tipperary Energy Agency, Trisha Purcell, Drombane Village Group, Cemal Yagci, Turkish representative and guide, Jennifer Mc Aree, Transition Monaghan and David Phelan, RPS.
Transition Monaghan invited Earth Force Education (Ciara Hinksman and Lucy O Hagan) to Rossmore Park in April 2017 to deliver a series of Forest School sessions. Transition Monaghan organised this event which was part funded by Monaghan County Council.
In later years Transition Monaghan helped promote independently run events by Nourished by Nature, Tanagh OEC, Castleblayney OEC. Rainy at Wild n Free has run events in Rossmore Park in 2021 and is planning more.
Members of the public were being invited to an event entitled ‘Your Cost Efficient Home’ which was held in theMarket House, Monaghan on Saturday, 25 April 2015. The focus was on how to reduce your energy, water and waste bills. There were two key note presentations by experts in the area of low energy in the home – Michael Hanratty of Energy Action and Frank Cooney of Cooney Architects. The presentations were followed by workshops on Heating / Insulation, Electricity, Composting and Water and were ran by Jennifer McAree, Ollan Herr, Michael Connolly and Barry Mc Carron respectively.
Monaghan Ecological Group is working with local organisation, LETS TRADA to develop a Local Exchange Trading Scheme in Clones. Such a scheme would encourage local trade, keep people in work and contribute to building a resilient community. Mícheál Callaghan in discussion with Ciarán Fitzpatrick examines how this scheme will work and the benefits that it will bring to the Clones area.
The new logo for LETS Trada, Local Exchange Trading Scheme