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Second annual Monaghan Walking Festival in April

Published 29/03/2016


The second annual Monaghan U3A Walking Festival will take place on Thursday 14 April and Friday 15 of April. Monaghan U3A invites you and all visiting walkers to take a dander over their stony grey soil on this two-day walking festival, complete with historical tours and guided strolls.

Registration costs €15 for one day or €25 for both days. For more information about the day by day breakdown and walking routes please contact Eamon Callaghan on 047 89162 / 087 918 6567 or at

Accommodation is available in The Westenra Hotel, Monaghan, at €45 B&B. Telephone (047) 74400 or you can check out other accommodation in the area.   

Monaghan U3A Walking Tour
Setting the pace at last year's walking festival


The first walk starts at 10.30 on Friday morning as we wind our way, via the Greenway, along the Ulster Canal to Rossmore Park seeing some of Monaghan's most spectacular scenery. The walk should take about two hours.

In the afternoon, our second walk starts at 3pm and is a guided stroll around Monaghan town with your experienced local guides sharing stories of the town's hidden history and pointing out sites of architectural interest. 

There's a festival dinner in the Westenra Hotel at 7.30pm with Dr Niall Moyna of RTÉ's Operation Transformation as our guest speaker. Booking in advance is essential!


Assembling at the Westenra Hotel again at 9am on Sunday morning we take the bus to Dartrey Forest near Cootehill. Now operated by Coillte it is a stunning network of forest paths and lakes with the famous Black Island at its heart.

The island is home to the Dawson Mausoleum, designed by James Wyatt in 1770 and modelled on the Pantheon in Rome. It's one of Ireland's most important19th century buildings and is currently being restored by the local heritage association.

Once finished in Dartrey, we will take the bus back to Monaghan for 3pm.

It promises to be a fantastic weekend and please click on the link below for more information.

The weekend is organised by the Monaghan U3A Lifelong Learning Network.