About Glaslough and the Castle Leslie Estate
Set in the ancient Kingdom of Oriel, Glaslough and the Castle Leslie Estate are nestled on the border of a fascinating and unique pocket of Ireland. First inhabited over 6000 year ago this area is rich in pre-Christian and early Christian sites. Many of the local legends of the area are still yet to be explored in a cohesive way for visitors to enjoy.
For centuries this was a prosperous area - three Estate villages in three counties – Glaslough in Co. Monaghan, Tynan in Co. Armagh and Caledon in Co. Tyrone all worked side by side. Each Estate ran schools, mills, farms and other industries which were supported by an infrastructure of interwoven canals and railway lines. Each Estate did much to improve the lives of everyone who lived in the area through countless projects, from relief works during the Great Famine to providing lands for playgrounds and local community centres be established in the 1970s and onwards.
During the 1900s life changed dramatically within the area. The Partition of Ireland in the 1920s effectively drew a line through the heart of this area and was followed by World War II, which further impacted on life in the region. The closure of the railways soon followed in the 1950s and was later followed by the closure of local border roads as a result of the devastating effect of The Troubles.
It is only in the last 25 years as a result of the Peace Process that the border regions of not only North Monaghan, but every county along the Partition has had the opportunity to look outwards, reconcile and reconnect with lost neighbours by paying respect to our collective past, capturing and treasuring everyone’s stories, and protecting and rejuvenating the cultural, natural, built and social heritage of the area in its entirety.