The heritage trail in the old garrison town of Carrickmacross takes 35-40 minutes to walk and is the perfect opportunity to get under the skin of this Co. Monaghan crossroads.
Carrickmacross was developed around a castle built by the Earl of Essex in 1630 (the convent of the St. Louis Nunsstands on the originalsite). One of the moststriking buildingsin thetown today is St. Joseph’s, a Roman Catholic Church dating from 1866. Inside, you’ll find ten stained-glass windows designed by Ireland’s master of the art, Harry Clarke. Along with St. Joseph’s, other sites of note include the ruins of the historic Magheross Church, St. Finbar’s (Church of Ireland), the Famine Graveyard, Courthouse & Toll House.