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Preferred Route Selected for Monaghan to Smithborough

Following months of delays due to Covid 19 restrictions, the preferred route for the Monaghan to Smithborough leg of the Greenway has finally been selected.

Click on the links below to view drawings of the route.  To keep the file size manageable, we have split the drawings into separate pdf files, each one showing the equivalent of one A3 page-sized section of the route.  

The route is arranged from west to east, ie from the Smithboro end to the Monaghan end, and each file is named by the townlands that it covers. 

To view a file, just click the file name.  To save it to your device, click on the ‘download’ option.


Planning Permission Granted for Monaghan to the Border

At the July meeting of Monaghan County Council, the Part 8 Planning application for the Monaghan Town to the Border section of the Ulster Canal Greenway, (7.8km), was approved by the members. This is an important milestone for the project, and with planning approval for the Border to Middletown section (2.2km) expected later this year from Armagh Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council, it means that the Project Team can now progress to the detailed design and the land acquisition stage.

A further Part 8 application for the Monaghan to Smithborough leg is currently being prepared and will be submitted to Monaghan County Council in the autumn.

Planning Applications submitted

The Ulster Canal Greenway Phase 2 reached an important milestone recently with formal Planning applications for the Monaghan Town to Middletown leg submitted to Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and Monaghan Co. Council respectively.

Plans and particulars of the Monaghan to the Border section of the proposed development, Planning Ref: 21/8005, will be available for inspection (or purchase at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy) during normal office hours from Thursday, 1st April 2021 until Thursday 29th April 2021 (inclusive) at the following locations:

Monaghan County Council, County Offices, No1 Dublin Street, Monaghan, H18 X982, and their website:

The NI UCG application is uploaded to the NI Planning Portal and under consideration with reference number LA08/2021/0378/F – see link below:

LA08/2021/0378/F | The construction of the Northern Ireland section of the cross border Ulster Canal Greenway between Monaghan Town and Middletown. Consisting of the creation of a 5m wide corridor incorporating: a granular surface course path of gravel and dust, a verge either side and timber guardrails. Additional works include: creation of parking and amenity area near Annagola Bridge, Middletown, and vegetation clearance and enhancement repairs to listed lockkeepers house and historic bridge and lock at Foyduff. | Corridor of land from Ardgonnell Bridge on the border at the River Cor West of No.347 Monaghan Road Co.Armagh to Annagola Bridge Middletown BT60 4JQ (

A further planning application for the Smithborough to Monaghan leg will be submitted to Monaghan County Council later this year.