All posts by Carol Lambe

Community Development Officer, Monaghan County Council

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:

New Saturday Greenway walking/ jogging group for Over 55’s

Leslie Crawford, veteran marathon runner and instigator of ‘Monaghan, My Kinda Town’, has been at it again!  This time, he’s been inciting the over 55’s of Monaghan town to take to the roads – or to the Greenway, to be precise.

The goal is to get a little fitter, and perhaps to form a few new friendships in the process, with expert advice and gentle motivation from Himself.

The group meets on a Saturday morning at 9am,  at the car park between the Harps football ground and the entrance to the Greenway off Old Cross Square.

Leslie advises that participants bring along water, and that they wear running shoes.

Public Consultation on draft Development Strategy

Waterways Ireland, and their project partners Monaghan County Council, Cavan County Council, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Armagh City Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council, East Border Region Ltd and Mid Ulster Council, propose to develop a long-distance Greenway in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, linking Castle Saunderson in County Cavan to Charlemont in County Armagh mainly along the route of the disused Ulster Canal and using sections of disused railway infrastructure. The proposals for development of these greenway sections are provided within the Ulster Canal Greenway Development Strategy.

The draft Ulster Canal Greenway Development Strategy and associated environmental reports will be available for public consultation from the 28th April 2017 until the 21st July 2017. As part of this public consultation there will be four public information events held, which will demonstrate the proposed greenway routes, with cross sections, related imagery, and interactive mapping available.

The public information events are as follows:

Courtyard Room, Newtownbutler Community Hall, Co Fermanagh Monday 8th May


Market House in Monaghan Town, Co Monaghan Tuesday 9th  May 3-8pm


Seven Horseshoes,  Belturbet, Co Cavan Wednesday 10th May 3-8pm
Middletown Market House, Co. Armagh Thursday 18th May Awaiting confirmation

You can view the draft Development Strategy here:  Draft Ulster Canal Development Strategy

You can view the Habitats Regulations Screening Report which has been carried out on the route proposed in the draft Development Strategy here: Ulster Canal Greenway Development Strategy – HRA Screening

You can view the Strategic Environmental Assessment Environmental Report which has been carried out on the draft Development Strategy here: Ulster Canal Greenway Development Strategy – SEA Environmental Report

The documentation will also be  on display at the Main Offices of each of the Partner Organisations.

They will also be available on the Partners’ websites.

Your comments and feedback on the draft Ulster Canal Greenway Development Strategy and associated environmental reports are welcome on or before July 21, 2017.

By email:
By post:  Ulster Canal Greenway Development Strategy
Cormac McCarthy
Environment & Heritage Section
Waterways Ireland
Dock Road
Co. Clare

Big News! Phase II is on the Way!

At last!  Everyone else was talking about it, but we weren’t allowed to say……..but last Friday, the funders finally officially announced it, so now we can too!!

After two years of hard (but very enjoyable) work with our colleagues in Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Cavan County Council, Fermanagh and Omagh Council, East Border Region Partnership and Waterways Ireland,  we have NEWS 🙂

We started out with an ambitious plan to develop a long distance greenway across the whole of mid Ulster.  We have developed a map of possible routes and an outfit called RPS have been working on an SEA (Strategic Environmental Assessment) since early this year.

Because the route is SO long, we knew it couldn’t possible be delivered all in one go, so we identified various sections which could be done in phases.  One of these phases, from Smithboro in Co. Monaghan, in to Monaghan town to connect to the existing 4.2km of canal greenway, then continuing from the far end of the greenway onwards into Co. Armagh to Middletown,  was submitted last December to the INTERREG VA Programme under their Cross Border Greenways measure.  On Friday last, December 9th, the Special EU Programmes Body announced an allocation of €4.95 million to the project. 

The funding will cover the design and construction of a 3m wide walking and cycling track along the tow path of the disused Ulster Canal.  Where necessary, fencing, gates and lighting will be included.  Local connections with key places of business, schools and residential areas along the route are also planned, as is a connection along the N2 bypass over to the  Dublin road.  A Community Engagement programme is planned, to support people to make the shift out of their cars, at least for some shorter journeys, and to walk and cycle more.

The project route still has to be tied down in detail, and planning permission etc still has to be gone through. consultation with landowners along the route will commence in spring 2017. We expect, all going well, that construction will get underway by the end of 2018, and that work will be largely complete by the end of 2020.

There will be two posts created to oversee the delivery of the project. These will be based in Monaghan County Council, and will be advertised over the next few weeks in the local press, on the Council’s website, and here.

One will be a Project Manager post, pitched at Executive Engineer level. This will be a 4 year contract on a full time basis

The other will be a Financial Administrator post, pitched at Clerical Officer level. This will also be for 4 years, but on a part time, 20 hours a week basis

We will be re-designing this website shortly, to make room for Phase II,  the SEA on the Regional route, and other developments as they happen.