Ireland’s Ancient East is geared to maximise the history and heritage in the region and bring it to greater international attention. To do this, the new initiative will offer visitors a personal experience of 5000 years of history through a relaxing journey of discovery in the beautiful landscape that attracted warring settlers for millennia and illuminated by stories from the best storytellers in the world – the local people.

Our Ireland’s Ancient East journey begins with Carrickmacross Lace. Many brides have chosen Carrickmacross Lace for their big day. The story behind this lace is as much about ragged rural poverty as royalty romance. The romance of the craft triumphs through the exquisite work – lace brooches to wedding veils.
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Patrick Kavanagh Centre offers a permanent exhibition dedicated to the life and work of the Irish poet and novelist Patrick Kavanagh in Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan.

Carrickmacross Workhouse, Co. Monaghan, was built in 1841, along with 130 others throughout Ireland, to house the poor; hence the Irish name of Teach na mBocht - The Poorhouse.
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LaceGalleryCarrickmacross Lace Gallery Market Square

Carrickmacross Lace is a delicate and enchanting Irish craft dating back to 1820. This tradition is now carried on by the Carrickmacross Lace Co-op, in Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, Ireland. This distinctive lace is expertly hand stitched with designs that please both the eyes and the senses.



Lough Muckno Leisure Park Monaghan


Lough Muckno Leisure Park Monaghan was established in the 1980's and has hosted national and international competitions, most notably the European Waterski Championships. The three classic Waterski disciplines Slalom, Jump and Tricks have been enhanced by the addition of Wakeboarding at the club. Located in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan, approximately 10 minutes from Carrickmacross. Lough Muckno Waterski + Wakeboard Club can boast the most scenic ski site in Ireland and is unrivalled in its close proximity (500m) to the town. Nestled amongst the beautiful and picturesque Muckno Forest Park


KavanaghPatrick Kavanagh Rural and Literary Resource Centre

Patrick Kavanagh: The Patrick Kavanagh Rural and Literary Resource Centre, Inniskeen, Monaghan houses exhibitions on local history and on Patrick Kavanagh, a sixty-seat Audio- Visual Theatre, and a Research Library. Also on view are twelve specially commissioned paintings illustrating Kavanagh's epic poem "The Great Hunger", a miniature model depicting Kavanagh's classic, "A Christmas Childhood", Kavanagh's Death Mask and other memorabilia associated with the poet.



St Josephs Church Carrickmacross Monaghan

Saint Joseph's Catholic Church was designed by J.J. McCarthy, one of the foremost architects of the second half of the 19th Century in Ireland.



Homemade Soup of the Day
With Crusty Roll or Brown Bread

Traditional Garlic Mushrooms
Coated in Breadcrumbs & Golden Fried, Served with Garlic & Chive Mayonnaise

Seafood Chowder
Selection of Fresh Fish & Shellfish in a Homemade Fish Stock,
Finished with Cream & Fresh Herbs

Basket of Chicken Wings
Coated In Our Own Hot Sauce

Smoked Chicken & Crispy Bacon Caesar Salad
Fresh Cos Lettuce with Parmesan Shavings, Garlic Croutons & Our Own Dressing


Main Course


Roast Stuffed Turkey & Honey Glazed Ham
With Sage & Onion Stuffing

Roast Loin of Bacon
With a Grain Mustard Velouté

Beef Stew
Braised Steak Pieces, In a Red Wine Gravy with Onions & Mushrooms

Fillet of Plaice in Crispy Beer Batter
With Tartare Sauce & Lemon Wedge

Served With
Mash & Croquette Potato, Cabbage, Turnip Purée

Sweet & Sour Chicken
With Basmati Rice

Thai Chicken Curry
With Peppers, Baby Pak-Choi & Spring Onion. Served With Pilaff Rice.

Sauté Beef Noodle
Shredded Fillet of Beef with Pak-Choi, Peppers, Spring Onions & Mushrooms
In Soya Sauce, Served with Noodles.


Selection of Desserts

*These are sample menus, they may vary depending on the season*

(This is a Suggested Menu, it can be tailor-made to your requirements)

Cream of Vegetable Soup
With Brehon Brown Bread

Caesar Salad with Warm Marinated Chicken
With Crispy Bacon, Garlic Croutons, Parmesan Shavings & Our Own Dressing

Thai Beef Salad
With Marinated Fillet of Beef Strips with Chinese Cabbage,
Julienne of Vegetables, Crispy Onions & Peanuts

Seared Scallops
With Celeriac Purée, Salsa Verde & Streaky Bacon

Crispy Ardsallagh Goats Cheese
In Panko Crumbs with Pickled Vegetables, Pepper & Tomato Coulis


10oz Grilled Sirloin Steak
With Slow Cooked Tomato, Onion Ring & Choice of Sauce

Roast Leg of Lamb
With Colcannon Mash & Red Wine Reduction

Pan Roast Supreme of Chicken
With a Stuffed Bacon Roll & Mushroom Sauce

Honey Roast Breast of Cherry Valley Duck
With Confit Duck Leg, Sauté Bok Choi & Light Coconut Cream

Pan Fried Fillet of Hake
With Fresh Samphire, Local Seafood & Herb Velouté

Individual Homemade Apple Pie
With Vanilla Ice-Cream & Sauce Anglaise

Homemade Profiteroles
With Warm Chocolate Sauce & Vanilla Ice-Cream

Homemade Pavlova
With Fresh Fruit, Coulis & Fresh Cream

Cheesecake of the Day
With Fresh Cream or Vanilla Ice-Cream


*These are sample menus, they may vary depending on the season*

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