TM Group Meeting Jan 2022

Transition Monaghan held a meeting on 5th January 2022 on ZOOM.

Members in attendance:
Dermot McNally (Chair), Collette McEntee (Treasurer), Floss Moen (Column Editor), Liam Murtagh (SPC Delegate), Eddie O’Gara (SPC Delegate), Niamh Brannigan, Bernie O’Flaherty, Charlie Barker, Emer Brennan and Marty Connolly.

Dermot welcomed attendees and move to invite speakers.

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Sustainability Matters – Our Weekly Column

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.

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Water Quality Video with Síolta Chroí and LAWPRO 2021/2022

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. 

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T’M’ members on Strategic Policy Committees with Monaghan Co-Co

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.

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Monaghan To Turkey with the Tipperary Energy Agency

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.

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Forest School: Rossmore Park Spring 2017

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.

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‘Low Energy Home’ Event April 2015

Members of the public were being invited to an event entitled ‘Your Cost Efficient Home’ which was held in the Market 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.

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Making the Monaghan – Brussels – Lima Connection

Two members of Transition Monaghan recently met with Irish MEPs while attending events in Brussels related to climate change, sustainability and Free Trade.

Selection of Attendees of ‘Lima in Brussels’ event (L-R): Ciara Kenny (Dublin), Áron Bányász (Hungary), Robert Wade (Dublin) and Mícheál Callaghan (Monaghan).
Selection of Attendees of ‘Lima in Brussels’ event (L-R): Ciara Kenny (Dublin), Áron Bányász (Hungary), Robert Wade (Dublin) and Mícheál Callaghan (Monaghan).
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Local Exchange Trading Scheme to Boost Local Trade & Resilience

Local Exchange Trading Scheme to Boost Local Trade & Resilience

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.
Image The new logo for LETS Trada, Local Exchange Trading Scheme

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The Power of Local Food: 2013


Michal O Hare, Monaghan Allotment Society; Verona McGettigan, Ballinode Tidy Towns, Mícheál Callaghan, MEG; on a recent visit to the newly developed allotments at Killygoan, Monaghan.

On a recent visit to the new allotments at Killygoan, Monaghan, Mícheál Callaghan of MEG, saw first hand the positive impact local food projects can have on local communities.

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