The main sectors of employment in the town are food processing & engineering/manufacturing.  The town is set on the edge of Lough Major which forms part of the Dromore River system and provides an important recreational and tourism resource in the area.


Ballybay is located less than 20 km from all the main towns in the county and is linked by the county’s regional road network. The town is accessible to Dublin in just over an hour and a half, with the nearest port less than an hour away.

Journey times to airports / ports (mins)

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Business Space

Approximately 25 hectares of land have been zoned for industrial, enterprise and employment development in Ballybay. The majority of this land is located to the north west of the town

Located just 30 minutes drive from the M1, Ballybay Enterprise Park is ideally suited for a wide range of businesses seeking modern premises. The park consists of 7 units – six at 500sq ft and one at 1,000sq ft. Start-ups and small to medium sized enterprises seeking industrial and/or office space will be especially interested in these affordable and modern units. Given the county’s highly successful and well-established agri-food sector, Ballybay Enterprise Park will be of particular interest to food production businesses. The park includes a dedicated food production unit finished to the highest standards and available for a range of flexible lease terms.

Link to Ballybay Town Development Plan Zoning Map

Information & Communications Technology

The county has a variety of broadband options including Eircom’s NGN to wireless solutions offered by a number of operators. Rural areas in the county are covered by a number of mobile/wireless/satellite providers and will receive fibre service under the Rural Broadband Scheme. The Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) has been provided in the town and can be viewed at

Water/Wastewater services

Ballybay has ample provision for water supply and treatment. The current demand for drinking water for the Lough Egish / Castleblayney / Ballybay area is 4,200 m³/day with a treatment capacity of 8,000 m³/day.

The town’s wastewater treatment plant has a plant design of 7,283 population equivalent (P.E.) and is currently catering for 3,135 P.E.

Education and Skills

Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) the third level institution for the region is located less than one hour’s drive from Monaghan. The town is also accessible to a range of other third level institutions, both north and south of the border.


Ballybay Town and Environs has a population of 1,500


The Wetlands Centre offers conferencing and meeting facilities. A range of support services are provided within the town including financial, legal and IT.


The town along with its surrounding Dromore river system presents a range of activities. The Wetlands Centre provides for the study and appreciation of unique wildlife experience with its regionally important site for wintering migratory birdlife and offers eco-tourism and schools packages. The Dromore lakes/river system provides a great location for fishing. Other local activities include peaceful walkways, bowling green and a range of sporting activities