Cavan/Monaghan Educational and Training Board at their Board meeting on Wednesday last in Castleblayney gave unanimous approval of a proposal to explore the leasing of Ballybay Wetlands Centre. Located on the Clones Road, Ballybay the site and farm was originally purchased by Ballybay Development Association and offers huge potential for a dedicated Adult Education/Learning Centre for County Monaghan and surrounding region.

Local Fianna Fail County Councillor and member of Cavan/Monaghan Educational and Training Board, Seamus Coyle expressed full support for the proposal at the CMETB meeting, commending the CMETB CE, Martin G.O'Brien, Adult Education Officer Dr.Linda Pinkster, all ETB staff, the members of County Monaghan Enterprise Fund and Ballybay Development Association for their extraordinary work in bringing the proposal to board members, with the prospect of a lease agreement being in place by the last quarter of 2016.


seamus coyleSpeaking following the approval of the exploratory discussions, the Leas Cathaorleach of Ballybay/Clones M.D. and The Northern and Western Regional Assemble, Cllr.Seamus Coyle said, "this is an exciting opportunity for Ballybay, Cavan/Monaghan E.T.B. and all associated parties as Ballybay Wetlands Centre offers huge potential for environmental studies, in the areas of fresh water studies, Biodiversity, water quality and the opportunity to establish a dedicated Adult Learning Centre in County Monaghan, to place CMETB Adult and Community Educational services in County Monaghan on the map. This proposal adoption, allows Adult Education Services to undertake further necessary discussions, to finalise a lease and the development of this very exciting opportunity for all involved. Cllr.Coyle continued "that CMETB Adult Education and Community Services had a major facility in Ballybay, with the leasing of 3 Units at Ballybay Enterprise Centre, Carrickmacross Rd, Ballybay providing many courses i.e. level 6 Childcare, Businness Administration, Health Service Skills, Desktop Publishing/Web Design and Non-Accredited Courses. The Wetlands Centre provides the potential for a large suite of programmes, attracting large numbers of extra learners with courses and activities in the areas of Landscape Construcion, Home Repairs, Aquaculture, Adult Guidance Clinics, the development of linkages with The Centre for Fresh Water Studies at DKIT and Tanagh Outdoor Educational Centre. This offers a very exciting and utilization of Ballybays resources with the potential for increased numbers coming to the town and area. This increased footfall will be much welcomed by all local business and service providers in Ballybay", concluded their local Councillor, Seamus Coyle.