In April 2015,Paul Clifford Monaghan County Council‘s Director of Services, Economic Development (Planning, Community and Enterprise, Cross Border Groups/Initiatives ) met with Tommy Maguire (Manager of Castleblayney Enterprise Centre), Marese Heavin (Chairperson of Castleblayney Enterprise Centre) and Annmarie McHugh (DKIT Business lecturer and native of Castleblayney ) with a view to creating a forum for the voice of Castleblayney so that both the business and community peoples’ opinions and suggestions on the town’s economic growth could be explored and heard.The fundamental reason for such a forum was that Castleblayney, like every other rural town in Ireland, needs to take action itself, if it is to develop and flourish.

A very positive meeting was held on 28 May 2015 in the Castleblayney Enterprise Centre where up to 40 of the business and community people attended and engaged and voiced their suggestions on how best this could happen. In a later follow up meeting, attendees were broken into groups to come up with ideas and from this a committee was formed. This comprised of many business people and community people. Suggestions from the group included, marketing and social media training for local businesses, signage, links with the tourism groups to develop tourism in the area and strengthening links with the historic groups in the town to develop a cohesive plan to drive business in the town and to create and sustain employment locally. Since then the group have been involved in a number of significant projects in Castleblayney such as the creating the first ever Town Voucher. Under this scheme people can buy vouchers in denominations of €10 and €20 and these can be spent in the 80 shops and premises in Castleblayney who signed up, hence keeping the flow of money in the town, therefore sustaining local jobs. These vouchers can be bought in three locations , The Post Office, Church View Flowers and the Cozy Cafe .To date vouchers to the value of over  €20,000 have been sold.

 

With help from Monaghan County Council,the REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zone) grant was successfully applied for and this was used

in many ways to promote economic activity in the town such as organising Retail Development training for local business in areas such as Social Media for Business, Merchandising etc ,.Other initiatives have been Shop & Stay branding ( created by a Castleblayney Graphic Designer) both as stickers in the shops and colourful banner on the poles on the streets of the town, promoting the various amenities in Castleblayney.

A new road sign as you approach Castleblayney at the roundabout on the N2 was also designed and organised by the Regeneration Committee. This highly visible sign shows that Castleblayney is very much open for business!

 

The Retail subcommittee of the Castleblayney Regeneration Committee ran a very successful Black Friday Campaign in November which increased retail sales across the town .The REDZ grant facilitated the painting of aspects of the town to enhance the overall look of the town for visitors and tourists to the town.A study also took place on Broadband accessibility in the Lough Egish Business park which employs over 500 people and further money was used to finish off the car park at Lough Muckno.

 

Another initiative the Castleblayney Regeneration Committee have supported is the recent Age Friendly Initiative where Monaghan Co Council are working towards the county of Monaghan being the first County in Ireland to be deemed Age Friendly.

 

Future projects will be agreed on at upcoming meetings and will be in line with the recently published Co Monaghan Local Economic and Community Plan and the committee looks forward to another fruitful, active year helping to drive community activity and economic development in Castleblayney. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Suggestion Box

Castleblayney Regeneration Committee would like to thank you all for all your support in 2015. We are delighted with how the Christmas period went in Castleblayney and grateful to you all for supporting local businesses and retailers in the town. As we move into 2016, we would like your help and suggestions as to how we can grow and promote Castleblayney further this year. It is going to be a busy year for Castleblayney with the All Ireland Drama Festival in town in April, Muckno Mania Festival in July, Country Music Festival in August and much more.

What would you like to see in Castleblayney? How can we make 2016 the best yet for Castleblayney?

Please complete the short suggestion form by clicking on the link below:  please click here.

Many thanks,

Caslteblayney Regeneration Committee. 

Castleblayney Regeneration Committee are delighted to announce that the Castleblayney Shop & Stay Vouchers are now on sale in 3 locations in town; The Post Office, The Cozy Cafe and Churchview Garden Centre. 

Recipients of the Castleblayney Town Voucher can use their voucher in over 80 participating stores in Castleblayney. The perfect gift for Christmas or any special occasion. See the full list of participating shopes below: 

cozy

Addictions Beauty Salon-AES Security—Akinsons Menswear-Apache Pizza-Barney's-Blayney Dry Cleaners-BML Mechanics-Brendan Hughes Gift Shop-–Budz-Burns Bros.-Carragher's XL Shop-Carvilles Tools-Castleblayney Veterinary Clinic–Centra-Churchview Flowers & Garden Centre-Clippers Barber Shop-Concra Woods Pro Shop/The View Restaurant-Conlon's Café-Coyle's Pharmacy-Cozy Café-Dan Hughes-Declan Loughman Sports-Eamon Byrne Butchers-Eileen's Tea Rooms-EJ Hughes-Elizabeth's World of Beauty-Glencarn Hotel-Good 2 Go-GR8-Hair Creations–Idealz-Iontas Theatre-Irwin Tiles-Jewellers-John Flanagan & Sons-Katies-King's Forge Glass-Kirk Seafood-Kiva's-Lakeside Angling-Leavy's Pharmacy-Lins Takeaway-Liz Christy Handwoven in Ireland-MacMahon Paints & Wallpaper-Mc Ardles Office Supplies-Me-Me Boutique--Monaghan Hire-Monchichi Children's Boutique-Mr. Richards-Mulholland's Shoes-Muckno Adventure Centre -Mulligans Newsagents-Oceans Hair & Beauty Salon-Old Coach Inn-Paws Pet Shop-PC Repairs-Peking-Picasso Hair & Beauty-Pixies/Beauty World-Post Office Gift Shop-Quinn's Butchers-Rayells Unisex Hair Salon-RB Coogans Ltd.-Royal Jade-Shoe City-Shabra -Shortt's Butchers-Split Ends-Super Valu-Tavey bros.-The Barber Shop-The Blayney Barber-The Corner Pharmacy-Today's Local-Top Oil—Vision Hair Design-Vodafone-Watters Londis-Watters Topaz and many more.

Castleblayney Gift Vouchers

The Castleblayney Town Vouchers are available in denominations of €20 and €10 vouchers. These locally designed vouchers will be on sale in 3 locations in the town. The Castleblayney Regeneration are instigating this initiative as we believe it is vital that people are encouraged to buy local vouchers to keep jobs and business in our community.

 The following retailers are selling the Castleblayney Town Vouchers on behalf of the Castleblayney Regeneration Committee

  • Cosy Café, Main Street
  • The Post Office, Glencarn Shopping Centre
  • Churchview Flowers and Garden centre, Dublin road
Read more ...

Background to the Castleblayney Regeneration


Paul Clifford Monaghan County Council ‘s Director of Services, Economic Development (Planning, Community and Enterprise, Cross Border Groups/Initiatives ) met with Tommy Maguire (Manager of Castleblayney Enterprise Centre) , Marese Heavin (Chairperson of Castleblayney Enterprise Centre) and Annmarie McHugh (DKIT Business lecturer and native of Castleblayney ) with a view to creating a forum for the voice of Castleblayney’s business and community people so their opinions and suggestions on the town’s economic growth could be explored and heard .The underlying motive for such a forum was that Castleblayney ,like every other rural town in Ireland ,needs to take action itself ,if it is to develop and flourish.
window sticker FINAL

Meetings were held locally & from this a committee was formed. This comprised of business people such as Aaron & Mairead McCaughey ( McCaughey Foods), Rory McMahon (McMahon Paints), Martina Quinn ( Churchview Garden Centre), Jane McManus ( Café Cuisine), Helena McMahon ( MonChiChi), Brendan Tavey (Tavey Brothers),Teresa Lam ( Royal Jade),Sean McDonald (Sean’s Bar),Rory O’Neill (Mallons Solicitors),Rosemarie Donnelly ( Tidy Towns), Stephen Marron (Castleblayney Soccer Club), Marese Heavin, Tommy Maguire  and Annmarie McHugh (Chairperson) along with representatives from the Monaghan County Council Paul Clifford and Frances Matthews.

Suggestions from the group include, marketing and social media training for local businesses, signage, links with the tourism groups to develop tourism in the area and strengthening links with the historic groups in the town to develop a cohesive plan to drive business in the town and to create and sustain employment locally. This group will work closely with Castleblayney Enterprise Centre who are already driving business initiatives in the town and whose webpage www.castleblayney.ie is already a one stop shop for business and community around Castleblayney. People who have suggestions are encouraged to discuss them with any of the committee members and to check this website Castleblayney.ie for regular updates and progress.