Monaghan: From MacMahons to Planters, Hills to Fields

by | 13 Apr, 2023 | County History

Monaghan: From MacMahons to Planters, Hills to Fields

Monaghan is a land of ancient clans and rolling hills. It has seen many changes over the centuries, from the reign of the MacMahons to the arrival of the Planters. Nowadays, it is known for its lush fields and thriving agricultural industry. But how did this transformation occur? Let’s take a closer look.

From Clan MacMahon to Planter’s Punch

Monaghan was once the seat of power for the MacMahon clan, who ruled over the region for centuries. They were a proud and fierce people, known for their skills in battle and their love of poetry. But their reign came to an end in the 1600s when the British arrived and began to colonize the land. The Planters, as they were called, were a group of Protestant settlers who were given land by the British government. They brought with them their own culture and traditions, including the famous Planter’s Punch cocktail. Today, Monaghan is a blend of both Irish and British influences, with a rich history and culture to explore.

Hills, Thrills and Spills: Monaghan’s Transformation

One of the most striking features of Monaghan is its picturesque hills and valleys. These rolling landscapes were once covered in forests, but over time they were cleared for farming and grazing. This led to a boom in agriculture, and today Monaghan is known for its dairy, beef, and mushroom industries. But farming is not without its challenges. With changing weather patterns and shifting global markets, farmers must be adaptable and resilient. Despite these hurdles, Monaghan’s farmers continue to thrive, thanks to their hard work and ingenuity.

Another important aspect of Monaghan’s transformation has been the development of its infrastructure. Roads, railways, and airports have all played a role in connecting Monaghan to the rest of the world. This has made it easier for businesses to export their goods and for tourists to visit the town. With its rich history, beautiful landscapes, and welcoming people, Monaghan has much to offer visitors. Whether you’re interested in exploring the town’s ancient ruins or sampling its famous cuisine, there’s something for everyone in Monaghan.

Uncover the Intricate Artistry of Carrickmacross Lace

Carrickmacross Lace is a type of embroidered lace that is known for its delicate beauty and intricate designs. It originated in the town of Carrickmacross in County Monaghan in the mid-19th century, and quickly became popular throughout Ireland and beyond. The lace is made by first creating a design on paper, then transferring the design onto a piece of netting, and finally filling in the design with embroidery stitches.

At the Carrickmacross Lace Museum, you can see examples of this intricate lacework up close and learn about the history and techniques of the craft. The museum has a collection of rare and antique lace pieces, as well as contemporary pieces created by local artisans. You can also see demonstrations of Carrickmacross Lace being made and even try your hand at the craft.

A Land of Enduring Beauty and Resilience

Monaghan may have undergone many changes over the centuries, but one thing that has remained constant is its enduring beauty and resilience. From the MacMahons to the Planters, from the hills to the fields, Monaghan has always found a way to adapt and thrive.

County Monaghan Most common names:

O’Boylan / Boyland, McMahon, McKenna, Hughes, McCabe, Smith, Kelly, Maguire, Murray, Woods, O’Connolly, Duffy, Leslie, Hamiliton and Shirley.

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