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Good Morning Monaghan is a free phone call service, which aims to provide security and friendship to elderly people living in Co. Monaghan. The service operates 5 days per week; Mon-Friday and our team of friendly callers are on hand to chat to members of the community who may need it. 
Who is it for?
The service is available to:
  • Older people or individuals who may feel lonely, isolated and vulnerable.
  • People with chronic illness.
  • Anyone who cannot engage in an active way in the wider community.
How does it work?
  • Your friendly caller will chat to you about your day and will check on how you are feeling. You decide how often you wish to receive calls.
  • If you do not answer the phone after several attempts, the caller will phone a member of your family, neighbour or friend to check that you are ok.
  • If you need other services (such as grocery deliveries during the Covid-19 crisis, we will provide assistance to you on this).
How to apply
You can register by completing the below application form or contact Caoimhe on or 087 7189396.

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If you are reading this message this is your chance to take part in the battle against the Corona Virus. 
We are asking you to circulate the important information below to your community group, neighbours and friends and to ask them to pass it on to others in their networks. It includes:
2.       Information leaflet “You, Your Community and COVID-19” – We would ask that you distribute this across your communities, to individuals and in particular, those that do not have access or knowledge of digital platforms. Maybe include them as part of a meals on wheels drop.
We remind you that the HSE website is the key source for health advice: It also includes posters and other resources that can be used in your community.
Our MID team are working as usual and you can email us or call our offices to assist you with advice or queries on our supports. 
We thank you for your assistance in spreading these important messages.
The Manangement and staff of MID

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Issued by the Government Press Office
20 March 2020

Minister Ring launches COVID-19 Government Action Plan To Support The Community Response

Today (20 March 2020) Minister for Rural and Community Development Mr. Michael Ring, TD, and Minister of State for Community Affairs Sean Canney
launched the COVID-19 Government Action Plan to support the Community response.
This Action Plan, which has been put together in partnership with other Government Departments, State Agencies and our extensive network of community and voluntary organisations, sets out three key areas of initial focus in supporting a community response to COVID-19.


The 3 key initiatives are:
  • Letting people know how and where they volunteer through our partnership with Volunteer Ireland and our network of Volunteer Centres
  • To provide community supports for older people by providing funding to ALONE for their crisis telephone support line and follow through practical supports
  • Launching an email helpdesk facility from today (20 March) in the Department of Rural and Community Development to assist smaller community groups with their queries

Government has committed to putting the required funding and resources in place immediately and Minister Ring’s Department will be working with our partners to implement the measures on the ground as quickly as possible. Work in this regard has already commenced.

The unprecedented circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 crisis will require the re-prioritisation, and re-direction of activities, new contingency arrangements to maintain and support critical services, and new flexibilities in the use of resources in the community and voluntary sector.

Minister Ring said: ‘I want to assure everyone that the Government is taking every possible action to pre-empt and prepare for the challenges we are facing now and for the ones that lie ahead. We are most fortunate that we have the people, the organisations, the systems and the goodwill already in place and we will be supportive and flexible in our approach.

Minister Canney said: “We have the Public Participation Network, Volunteer Centres, sporting bodies, farming organisations, community councils and other stakeholders and agencies all in place.

“We are now providing a focus for people so our national community efforts will be co-ordinated for optimum effect. Now is the time for the big meitheal. Now is the time to demonstrate once again our ability as a nation to help each other and look after the most vulnerable in our communities.”

This Action Plan, which has been put together in partnership with other Government Departments, State Agencies and our extensive network of community and voluntary organisations, sets out three key areas of initial focus in supporting a community response to COVID-19. Minister Ring also drew attention to his Department’s Seniors Alert Scheme, which provides monitored alarms for older people to enable them to live safely and securely in their homes.

There are now approximately 80,000 of these alarms in the community and the Minister urged older people who have them to ensure they are activated. “Maybe you got a pendant alarm a few years ago but it’s lying forgotten in a drawer somewhere … now is the time to find it and contact your local community organisation to ensure it’s activated,” the Minister said.

The Minister also reminded people to only use information received from official sources. “While a whole of Government coordinated approach is the backbone to planning for and managing the effects of this emergency, solutions are ultimately implemented at a community level,” the Minister said. “In this context, my Department has a role to play in fostering the links that bring communities together as we are aware of how strengthening community links helps to improve preparedness and responsiveness in emergencies.
It is also really important to remember that volunteering should be done in a safe way so that neither volunteers nor those in need are put at risk.’

The dedicated Helpdesk service to registered community organisations is c& 

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Befriending Monaghan:
Are you over 65 and spending a lot of time on your own?  Would you like someone to visit you once per week in your home?  Befriending Monaghan is a free and confidential service.  Our befriending volunteers are Garda vetted, reference checked and trained.
Call 087 0656793 or for more information, click here
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Helping Hands:
Are you over 65 or do you have a disability?  Do you need help with small household jobs?  Helping Hands are here to make life a little easier.  Helping Hands is a free confidential service and our volunteers are Garda vetted and reference checked.
Call 087 0656793 or for more information, click here


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LEADER is in its final year for funding allocation under the current programme. After a successful year in 2019, we have now committed funding to 62 LEADER projects, with over €3.6 million now allocated to community and enterprises projects throughout County Monaghan. Just over €2 million remains to be allocated to projects ranging from enterprise development and rural tourism, to projects that support rural youth, biodiversity, renewable energy and rural businesses/farm diversification. Individuals and voluntary groups are eligible to apply for funding, with typical rates of grant aid at 75% for community projects and 50% for private applicants (businesses/farmers/individuals).
Below are some projects who successfully accessed LEADER funding and put their plans into action under the current programme
Brehan Brew
Applicant: Brehon Brewhouse Ltd
LEADER Grant Amount: €79,157 (50% of cost)

Brehon Brewhouse Ltd availed of funding to grow their business through the purchase of a bottling plant and kegging line. This has allowed them to achieve critical mass in terms of their production capacity.
CMX Lace
Applicant: Carrickmacross Lace Co-operative Society
LEADER Grant Amount: €15,607 (50% of cost)
This group received funding support to assist with the fit out of the Carrickmacross Lace Gallery. The improved facilities will create greater awareness of this unique traditional handcraft.
 DDown Syndrome
Applicant: The Down Syndrome Centre NE
LEADER Grant Amount: €14,700 (75% of cost)

The Down Syndrome Centre North East received
funding to fit out the reception, family room and multi-purpose room at their Centre in Carrickmacross. This
has assisted the group in providing services,
information and support to individuals with Down Syndrome and their families.
 Clontibret Astro Turf 
Applicant: Clontibret Development Association
LEADER Grant Amount: €119,588 (75% of cost)

This local group developed an all-weather
community astro-turf pitch with floodlighting to
enable all ages and ability levels in the Clontibret area and its hinterland to be involved in outdoor activities that will support their wellbeing and inclusion.
North east Quad
Applicant: North East Quad Sport Ltd
LEADER Grant Amount: €66,990 (50% of cost)

North East Quad Sport availed of funding to upgrade elements of their activity centre through the purchase
of new equipment (for use by children and adults).
The business also received support for enhanced marketing activities to promote their Centre to a
wider audience.
 Cassandra Hand Folk Meusum
Applicant: Clones Community Forum Ltd
LEADER Grant Amount: €9,332.73 (75% of cost)

Clones Community Forum were funded to establish
a folk museum in the Cassandra Hand Centre in Clones. The museum tells the story of the Famine
in the Clones area through the use of models, film, information panels and the opportunity to dress up
in period costume
Dundalk Salmon Anglers 
Applicant: Dundalk Salmon Anglers Association
LEADER Grant Amount: €3,877 (90% of cost)

With grant assistance from both Monaghan and Louth LEADER, these fishermen conducted an advisory
survey of parts of the River Fane and a feeder stream
of Lough Muckno which would highlight any issues of concern, e.g. causes of pollution, advice on ecological improvements, habitat enhancement and promotion of biodiversity.
 Applicant: Drumlin Trails Bike Hire
LEADER Grant Amount: €13,168.93 (50% of cost)

Drumlin Trails Bike Hire availed of funding to purchase 10 new electric bikes and related safety equipment to offer a bike hire and local bike tours business in the Emyvale / Glaslough area.
Time is running out, so if you have a project idea which you think might be viable, contact a member of our LEADER staff at Monaghan Integrated Development on 042 9749500. They will be delighted to discuss your project idea with you and to advise if it is eligible for funding under the LEADER Local Development Strategy for the County Monaghan. Alternatively, you can download and complete an Expression of Interest form and e-mail it to us at
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