County Monaghan Information

County Monaghan is an inland county and is one of the three counties in Ulster which remains in the Republic of Ireland. The main geographical features of the county consist of rolling hills and is part of Ireland's Drumlin belt. Monaghan is surrounded by County Armagh, County Tyrone, County Fermanagh, County Cavan, County Meath and County Louth.

These Drumlins formed ideal burial grounds, forts and cairns for the occupants of the County from before the Bronze age. After the Norman invasion of 1169, the O'Carrolls ruled, until the invasion of the English during the 17th century. After this invasion the town of Monaghan became a mainly Calvinist town.

Other Points of Interest

- The name of Monaghan is derived from the name of an old ruling clan, the MacMahons.
- Monaghan is the birthplace of Patrick Kavanagh, one of Ireland's most famous poets.

Estimated Population and Land Area

The estimated population of Monaghan after the last census is 51,226 and the land area is 500 sq miles.

Major Towns

- Emyvale
- Scotstown
- Monaghan
- Smithborough
- Clones
- Clontibret
- Castleblaney
- Ballybay
- Carrickmacross

For more information about County Monaghan, please do not hesitate to contact e Car Rental in Ireland by email or see our Tourism Information page about Towns, Cities and Counties of Ireland.