County Monaghan is a landlocked county situated the province of Ulster and is part of the Republic of Ireland. Monaghanâ€™s countryside is a relaxing haven of lakes, gentle hills, and market towns and is the perfect county for the keen angler, hiker and golfer. Its landscape is characterised by its drumlins. Between them lay a series of lakes such as Lough Eglish, Lough Fea, and Drumlona Lough famous for their fishing. Carrickmacross, Monaghan, Ballybay, Castleblaney and Clones are all popular angling centres. Monaghan town lies to the northwest of the county and is the countyâ€™s principal town and administrative centre. It is a busy and thriving agricultural centre and is home to a series of elegant 18th and 19th century limestone buildings including a Gothic cathedral designed by JJ McCarthy. Other major towns in County Monaghan include Carrickmacross, renowned for its traditional crafts, especially lace-making, Ballybay, Castleblayney and Clones also famous for its crochet lace industry and for its 11th century high cross, and a round tower. Rockcorry, Emyvale, Inniskeen and the estate village of Glaslough are among a long list of picturesque villages in County Monaghan. Monaghan also has its fair share of famous locals including, poet Patrick Kavanagh, comedian Ardal O'Hanlon, champion boxers Kevin McBride and Barry McGuigan and Peter Rice - the engineer behind the Sydney Opera House, Pompidou Centre and Louvre pyramid. Many roads routes run through County Monaghan. The main routes are the N2 from Monaghan Town to Dublin City, the A3 to Armagh and Belfast city and the N54 to Knock, Shannon and Limerick. Bus Ã‰ireann run frequent routes to and from the majority of towns and villages in County Monaghan. The closest railway station to the county is located in Dundalk.