(, formerly Caisleán Mathghamhna
) is a town in County Monaghan
. The town has a population of about 3,000, with another 8,000 living in its environs. Castleblayney lies near the border
with County Armagh
) and is on the N2
road from Dublin
. Its name is often shortened to "Blayney" or "Blaney" by locals.
The town, in the heart of typical South Ulster drumlin
and lake countryside, lies above the western shore of Lough Muckno
, an 'area of primary amenity value' and the largest lake in County Monaghan. The River Fane
flows eastwards from the lake to the Irish Sea at Dundalk
in County Louth
. As the Irish name of the lake, 'the place where pigs swim', suggests, the area is associated with the Black Pig's Dyke (also known locally in parts of Counties Cavan and Monaghan as the Worm Ditch), an ancient Iron Age
boundary of Ulster. A few miles to the north-east is the highest elevation in County Monaghan, 'Mullyash', altitude 317 m (1,034 ft), designated as an 'area of secondary amenity value'. It was associated with folk festivals until modern times that were often disapproved of by the churches. Since the 17th century, markets and fair days were held in the town, but these faded away in recent decades. Beyond the town, there are a variety of proposed natural heritage sites.
The town of Castleblayney originated in the aftermath of the Tudor conquest of Gaelic... Read More