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Monaghan is the county town of County Monaghan, Ireland. Its population at the 2011 census was 8,012 including suburbs and environs. The town is on the N2 road from Dublin to Derry and Letterkenny.EtymologyThe Irish name Muineachán derives from a diminutive plural form of the Irish word muine meaning "brake" or sometimes "hillock". Patrick Weston Joyce interpreted this as "a place full of little hills or brakes". Monaghan County Council's preferred interpretation is "land of the little hills", a reference to the numerous drumlins in the area.Coat of armsThe coat of arms of Monaghan town features a red hand on a shield on a tower. It has been speculated that the red hand here is the hand of the O'Neill family since the Battle of Clontibret.HistoryThe Battle of Clontibret between the forces of Hugh O'Neill, The O'Neill, and the English Crown was fought in northern Monaghan in May 1595. The territory of Monaghan had earlier been wrested from the control of the MacMahon sept in 1591, when the leader of the MacMahons was hanged by authority of the Dublin government; this was one of the events that led to the Nine Years War and the Tudor conquest of Ireland.
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