Castleblayney is situated on the N2 (the main Dublin/Derry Road) 66 miles from Dublin and 60 miles from Belfast. The Town and its environs has a population of approximately 2,950 persons.
The service sector is the main source of employment in the town, while the food industry is the main source of industry in the area.
Castleblayney took its name from the Blayney Family, who arrived in the area in 1611 and is located on the shores of Lake Muckno, which is the largest lake in the County of Monaghan.
Lough Muckno is set within the 900 acres of the park, the lake itself is undoubtedly the greatest attraction of all. The wooded islands both Black & White island include forest trails, diverse wildlife, acclaimed angling and the extensive range of water sports.
Overlooking it all is Concra Wood Golf & Country Club in Castleblayney Co. Monaghan. What other golf course can boast such a location with views over the Monaghan drumlins to distant mountains? Lough Muckno and the golf course are gloriously entwined. Eleven holes lure you to the water’s edge, promising danger and excitement time and again. It makes Concra Wood a stern and beautiful test of golf, whatever your ability.
Castleblayney is steeped in a strong tradition of music, with people like Big Tom, Paddy Cole and Anna Mc Goldrick. Having enjoyed acclaim over the years. Similarily Castleblayney amassed a wealth of Show Bands who enjoyed success on the various circuits both here in Ireland and abroad. These bands included the Maurice Lynch Showband, Paddy Cole All Stars, The Regal Showband, Everglades, Travellers, Big Tom and the Mainliners, The Outlaws, Emmet Celi Band , Gerry Black and the Seasons Ginger Morgan Band and the Mc Guigan Accordian Band. Today, many new and emerging bands are also enjoying huge success namely Ben Reel Band and Speedking.
A strong connection to Drama also exists, not alone in the existence of highly successful Drama Troupe, Castleblayney Players, but also in the endeavours of a professional line committee who will in 2012 stage their 22nd Annual Drama Festival, which is affiliated to the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland.
Castleblayney is also home to the "Mighty Faughs" who are renown for their feats on the GAA football circle and have the distinction of having the most Club Championship Titles (37) in the County.
Many very positive groups and organisations operate within the town. Many of these groups are listed in the Community Section of our Website.
Finally, Castleblayney has many attractions to offer the visitor or individual who has occasion to arrive in the town. Its people are industrious and share an excellent community spirit. The town stage an annual summer Festival in July each year called the Muckno Mania Festival.
The Muckno Mania Festival includes a variety of activities aimed at all sections of the community and primarily promotes arts, music, dance, creative arts, sports, and crafts. The aims of the Festival are to promote and stimulate community interest in the arts and to enhance cultural, social, and economic development within the community. The Festival has successfully harnessed widespread local support and participation with its varied and interesting programme.