All posts by Carol Lambe

Community Development Officer, Monaghan County Council

Public Consultation Phase 3, Smithborough to Clones Route Options

Route Options for Phase 3 of the Ulster Canal Greenway between Smithborough and Clones have now been developed. Public Consultation events are being held for communities along the proposed route of the Greenway. Landowners, local communities and the general public are invited to attend one of these events to review the route options and to provide feedback to the project team. These drop-in sessions will be held in;

Smithborough Community Hall, Tuesday 26th October 5-8pm
The Courthouse, Clones Wednesday 3rd November 5-8pm

Click on the link below to view the Project Brochure which includes drawings showing the route options and details of how you can provide your feedback.


Pre-Application Notice

Ulster Canal Greenway from Monaghan Town to Middletown, County Armagh (part within Northern Ireland)

The Planning (Development Management) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015 and The Planning (Development Management) Temporary Modifications) (Coronavirus) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020


Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, in conjunction with the contracting authority Monaghan County Council, hereby gives notice of its intention to apply to develop a cross border greenway from Monaghan Town to Middletown, County Armagh. Totalling 12.2kms in length, some 2.5kms of this greenway is located in Northern Ireland. It extends from Ardgonnell Bridge on the border, at the River Cor, to Annagola bridge near Middletown.

The proposed greenway in County Armagh follows the route of the Ulster Canal, part of which proceeds alongside the A3 primary road to Middletown. It comprises a 5m corridor incorporating a pathway up to 3m wide with a drainage/buffer verge up to 1m wide on each side. The pathway will consist of an unbound, granular surface course of gravel and dust. Additional works include: erection of one wooden footbridge alongside the existing Ardgonnell roadbridge; creation of parking and amenity area near Annagola Bridge, Middletown; and vegetation clearance and enhancement repairs to listed lockkeepers house (H815/11/033) and historic bridge and lock at Foyduff.

In addition to improving connectivity between communities on both sides of the border, the Greenway is intended to encourage active travel in preference to vehicular transport and to promote the area as a walking/cycling tourist destination.

Further to the public event recently held in the Markethouse, Main St, Middletown on Wednesday 19th August 2020, between the hours of 18:00 and 21:00, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council invites comments from the general public on this proposal.

 This notice does not relate to a planning application; comments should not be made to the Planning Authority within the Council.  Any comments made to the prospective applicant are not representations to the planning authority. When a planning application is subsequently submitted to the Planning Authority within the Council you will have the opportunity to make representation regarding the proposal at that time.

The proposed route of the Greenway is shown at the following website address:

Any person wishing to make a comment relating to the proposal can do so via the PAN Feedback Form on the above website  Alternatively, a submission can be made in writing, clearly marked “Cross Border Greenway from Monaghan Town to Middletown” to Dianne Kelly, Corporate Project Officer, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Banbridge Civic Building, Downshire Road, Banbridge, Co. Down, BT32 3JY or at the following email address:

The deadline for submissions is 4.00pm, Wednesday 4th November 2020.

This project is supported by the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

Smithboro Information Event Postponed

The information event due to be held on Thursday 27th August 2020 to display the preferred route for the greenway has been postponed, to allow the event organisers to reconfigure the event to take account of recent changes to Covid 19 protocols.

It is hoped to re-organised the event in the very near future. If you are interested in attending the re-organised event, you can register your interest by emailing the Project Manager, Anthony Morrow at

Public Information Events August 2020 to view Preferred Route for Greenway Middletown to Smithborough

We are pleased to announce that following a thorough route assessment process, the Preferred Route Corridor for the Ulster Canal Greenway Phase 2, Smithborough to Middletown, has now been selected.

The Preferred Route Drawings are available for your information on the project website here.

Over the coming weeks, a series of Public Information Events for communities along the route of the Greenway will be held. Landowners, local residents, and the general public are invited to attend to receive a presentation from the design team and to speak with them and make arrangements for follow up appointments on site as required.

These Public Information events will be held in:

1.  Tuesday August 11th  Tyholland Community Sports Complex 6-9pm
2. Wednesday August 19th
Middletown Markethouse Main St   6-9pm
3. Thursday August 27th
Smithborough Community Hall 6-9pm

These events will be run strictly in accordance with current government guidelines on the Covid 19 virus, and as such, the numbers attending each event must be controlled to ensure social distancing protocol is observed.

There will be three sessions at each venue, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm, and attendance is strictly by appointment only. Spaces at each session will be limited to 12 persons only. To book your place at one of these Public Information events, simply click on the appropriate link and book the date and time slot that is most convenient for you.

Alternatively,  feel free to give the project team a call on 086 4115313 and they will book you in. Unfortunately, only those who have pre-booked can be admitted.

Book a seat at Tyholland Event

Book a seat at Middletown Event

Book a seat at Smithborough Event

This project is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB)

PREFERRED ROUTE MAPS Now Available to view – August 2020

Following a thorough route assessment process, we are pleased to announce that the Preferred Route Corridor for the Ulster Canal Greenway Phase 2, Smithborough to Middletown, has now 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 Middletown 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. 

Operation Transformation walk on Greenway 13th January 2018

Monaghan Sports Partnership in conjunction with Sport Ireland has teamed up with RTE’s ‘Operation Transformation’ to host one of its National Walks taking place on:

At 11.00am
(Registration from 10.30am)
At: Monaghan Harps GAA Complex—Walk takes place along the Monaghan Greenway
(light refreshments served afterwards)

All are welcome
Video footage and photographs will be taken used for promotional purposes

Supported by Pobal, Department of Health, Sport Ireland and Healthy Ireland

Latest News on Phase II of our Greenway Development – read our Newsletter Here

We’re excited that so many of you are so excited about our project!
And to help you to keep up to date with where the project is at in terms of its progress, we’ve put together a newsletter.
You can view the very first issue by clicking on the link below.

Ulster Canal Greenway Newsletter July 2017

If you would like us to email you the next issue as soon as it is available, you can subscribe using the form below.

Submissions invited on new National Greenways Strategy – closing date 14th July 2017

The Department of Transport Tourism and Sport has published a public consultation paper on a “Strategy for the Future Development of Greenways” and is inviting submissions from interested parties on the issues raised in the paper by 14 July.

Minister Shane Ross says:

“ The paper discusses a wide range of issues surrounding the development of greenways and poses a number of questions to prompt further debate and inform the development of an overarching Strategy for the future development of Greenways. The public consultation paper sets out the policy context for Government investment in Greenways, including their value from an economic, health, community and rural and regional regeneration perspective. It also references the significant tourism benefits that can accrue as well as providing a more sustainable transport option for many communities. Importantly, the paper seeks views from interested parties on some of the more contentious issues that have arisen in the development of some greenway projects and asks what approach should be taken to such issues in future.”

“Since becoming Minister I have been inundated with requests from all around the country for funding for Greenways. It is important that we target our investment in greenways that will deliver the most for their communities and for the country at large. The outcome of this public consultation will inform the development of a new Greenways Strategy to ensure that future funding is spent on the right projects, in the right areas and at the right time. To make sure that we take the right approach in future we need as many people as possible to give us their views during this public consultation process.”

The consultation document can be viewed at:

As set out in the public consultation paper, submissions can be made electronically to or by post to:

Sustainable Transport Division

Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport

Leeson Lane

D02 TR60

The closing date for submissions is Friday 14th July 2017.

A template for submissions is attached.

File attachments: