Forkhill and its surrounding townlands are steeped in mythology, folklore, history, literature and song. In fact, there is probably no other small collection of townlands, anywhere in Ireland, which can boast such richness. You are warmly invited to join local historian, Kevin Murphy, on this guided walk around the village of Forkhill and its neighbouring townlands of Shean, Carrickastickan and Dungooley.
Along the way become immersed in the poetry of Peadar Ó Doirnín and Art Mac Binead, visit the mysterious Urnaí church and graveyard to hear some of their secrets and learn about the heroes of legend, Cú Chuliann and Fionn MacCumhaill, who used to roam this area. You will also be treated to tales of Forkhill’s more recent history such as the exploits of Richard Jackson and his infamous will; the villainy of the landlords and their ‘deceiving’ agents, as well as, the magic of the song “The Boys of Mullach Ban”, to name a few.
It is all there and more, so come along and wander in the footsteps of heroes, villains and victims; this is a walk not to be missed.
This is a circular walk, departing from Peadar Ó Doirnín GAA, which will take roughly two-hours, mostly along gravel paths, lane ways and road sides. There is a short uneven section running along side Forkhill river; sturdy footwear is recommended.
Cost: Free, but booking is essential as places are limited
For further information: Contact Kevin Murphy on 028 3087 8453 or by email.
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