Come back Cocooners posters

Message from Bernie Bradley in Monaghan Age Friendly programme.

As you know we have launched the Age Friendly Business Come back Cocooners programme. Not all businesses in the county are registered with the Age Friendly Business programme and therefore not all businesses are included in the promotional booklet.  After such a challenging time for businesses and retailers Monaghan Age Friendly programme do not want anyone excluded. Our booklets were printed last June so they have been distributed.


We would like to invite all businesses to take part in the promotional campaign for the month of June. I have attached a template for any business who wishes to join initiative to complete and return to me.

We would like to invite all businesses to take part in the promotional campaign for the month of June. I have attached a template for any business who wishes to join initiative to complete and return to me.

  • Each week in June a large advertisement will be placed in the Northern standard and will include details of all offers/promotions etc available
  • Promotional posters , where businesses can add in their own prom information can be delivered to any businesses who wishes to participate.
  • I have attached social media for any business who wishes to use on their social media.
  • I can produce a local flyer with promotional offers for each town team/chamber. This can be easily collated from information returned on this attached template, I can then send them to print.
  • Engagement on our Age Friendly Facebook page is very high and the reaction to video messaging is very popular with the older population. If you would like to record a promotional video on behalf of your town team/chamber to encourage shoppers to take part I will share them on our social media.

Please circulate to your members as and encourage them to return information to me by Friday 4th June , so I have time to collate before sending to the Northern standard.

 You can download the offer template here >>

Email your offers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Trading Online Voucher 50% grant support to a max of €2500

Ongoing: Previous voucher recipients may apply for a second voucher. Vouchers can be used for IT consultation, Development or upgrade of an e-commerce website, Implementation of online payments or booking systems, Purchase of internet-related software, Purchase of online advertising ( this purchase cannot make up more than 30% of approved Voucher costs & can only be drawn down in one payment phase ), Developing an app or multi-platform webpages, Implementing a digital marketing strategy, i.e., Social Media Marketing, Consultation with ICT experts for early stage adopters of online strategy, Training/skills development specifically to establish and manage an online trading activity.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info


Course: Instagram with Anna du Morgane

Date: 10th/11th/12th March

Details: Highly creative and specialised trainer, Anna, will cover Instagram 101 in three two -hour sessions over three consecutive days. Instagram is the premier social media platform for the majority of Irish businesses. Functionality and best practice will be covered and “homework ” will be issued ensuring learning is implemented! This course is highly interactive and feedback is excellent.

Cost €50 and bookable via: 1 space left (only) but we will plan another one for April.


Programme: Superior Retailing Programme

Date: Mon 22nd March

Details: A dedicated Retail programme featuring Self-Assessment of Business Performance, Mystery Shopping report(when they open), Training Workshops, and one to one mentoring designed to create a Recovery, Growth & Development Plan for the business.

Free More info or to book:

Event: Retail Lessons learnt the hard way!

Date: Tue 16th March at 11am

Details: Get some useful tips and tricks from retail expert Gillian Maxwell on the lessons she has learned the hard way, working in the retail sector and bringing the Flying Tiger Stores to Ireland.

Free More info or to book:

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Consultations took place on the 10th of March 2020 in the Carrickmacross Civic Office (a copy of the presentation made on the day can be found at and should anyone feel that they missed the opportunity to participate and would like to have their views heard that they can still make a submission by 31st of March at 16.00hrs by contacting AECOM via:-

Laura McCoy AECOM Consultant– Transport Planning on Telephone:- 028-9595-6328 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Carrickmacross Consultation Pack PDF >> 

imageA major conference on "Building the Cross Border Economy - Post Brexit" on the 11th March in the Carrickdale Hotel in conjunction with Newry Chamber. Programme attached.

This cross border conference will provide a timely update on the challenges and support available for businesses Post Brexit. As we enter the next phase of the Brexit negotiations, key government representatives, policy makers and business advisers will set out the future pathways for cross border businesses.

This is a free event with limited places remaining. Click on the link below to book your place now:

See full programme of events here >>

CouncillogoAECOM have developed a parking user survey on behalf of Monaghan County Council. The survey seeks to determine the views of parking users and should be completed by anyone who regularly parks in the town.


Please find here the link to the car park user survey -

The Chamber of Commerce €5,000 is on again in Carrickmacross. To enter this free draw just shop in Carrickmacross. Participating shops will give you a free ticket to enter the draw. First Draw for €1,000 in vouchers takes place on November 30th so shop local to win!ChamberDraw

N2 Carrickmacross RoadThe Chamber of Commerce are holding a meeting for Business Owners/Mangers regarding our response to the proposed N2 Ardee to Castleblayney Road Scheme on Monday December 9th at 7pm in the Workhouse. Everyone welcome, make sure your opinion is heard. Submission deadline for this is 19th of December.

Public Consultation on the N2 Ardee to Castleblayney Road Scheme

Monaghan County Council is working in partnership with Louth County Council to upgrade a 32km section of the N2 National Primary Road between Ardee and Castleblayney. A public consultation will take place to get feedback on the Route Options.

Public information events are being held in the Nuremore Hotel, Carrickmacross on Tuesday the 5th November, in the Glencarn Hotel Castleblayney on Wednesday 6th November, and in Ardee Parish Centre on Thursday 7th November. Drop in between 2pm and 8pm each day to meet the project team, view the route options and find out how to make a submission.

More information can be found on the project website