Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin has said that a major plan to drive the development of tourism across Monaghan is another opportunity to build on regional tourism.

Fáilte Ireland and Monaghan County Council have come together to launch a five-year tourism development plan for the county.

The Monaghan Destination and Experience Development Plan is a five-year commercial destination and experience development plan.

It aims to unlock the economic growth potential of the area by developing local experiences.

Castle Leslie in Glaslough, the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Lough Muckno and Rossmore Forest Park are amongst some of the attractions that will help drive tourism.

Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys said the plan is "a significant step in the development of tourism in Monaghan and the northeast, which has so much to offer domestic and international visitors alike".

CEO of Fáilte Ireland Paul Kelly said it was "an important day for Monaghan".

"We look forward to working with Monaghan County Council and industry partners as we implement this plan to realise Monaghan's tourism potential." he said.

The Patrick Kavanagh Centre in Inniskeen, which opened last year during the pandemic, was officially opened today.

Patrick Kavanagh, one of Ireland's greatest poets, was born in Inniskeen in 1904.

A €1.2million restoration and development of the site includes a new visitor experience and cultural space.

The centre is expected to attract up to 10,000 visitors per annum by 2026.