Birthplace of poet Patrick Kavanagh and artist George Collie in 1904, County Monaghan is one of the smallest and least populated of the 26 counties in the Republic of Ireland though the County Museum is well worth a visit to view an interesting collection of historical rarities that include the 14th-century Cross of Clogher.
County Monaghan has only five golf clubs in membership of the 120-club Ulster Branch of the GUI and the most successful of this quintet in recent years has been Castleblaney. The club’s 7-man team captured the Ulster Cup three times within the space of ten years, starting in 1989. Then, in 2005 and 2006, its 10-man teams reached the national finals of the Pierce Purcell Shield and Jimmy Bruin Shield, winning the former and finishing runners up in the latter.
Castleblayney GC spawned the formidable new Concra Wood club and its new 18-hole course at Lough Muckno in 2008. This stunning new facility – the layout was designed by the two Christy O’Connor’s – is destined to climb the Irish ranking charts as more golfers discover just how good it is.