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Irish: Foirceal
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Forkhill/Forkill is located in Northern Ireland
 Forkhill/Forkill shown within Northern Ireland
Population 498 (2011)
Irish grid reference J013158
   – Belfast 41 mi (66 km)  
District Newry and Mourne
County County Armagh
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NEWRY
Postcode district BT35
Dialling code 028, +44 28
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament Newry and Armagh
NI Assembly Newry and Armagh
List of places
Northern Ireland

Coordinates: 54°05′00″N 6°27′00″W / 54.08333°N 6.45°W / 54.08333; -6.45

Forkhill or Forkill (from Irish: Foirceal)[1] is a small village and civil parish in south County Armagh, Northern Ireland. It is within the Ring of Gullion and in the 2011 Census it had a recorded population of 498.[2]

The name is pronounced either /ˈfɔrk.hɪl/ fork-HIL or /ˈfɔrkɪl/ for-KIL and comes from the Irish foirceal, meaning "trough" or "hollow".[3] This may refer to the village's position on flat land between the large hills of Tievecrom (to the east) and Croslieve (to the west).


The Troubles[edit]


A £550,000 community project comprising retail/office units and a light industrial unit was developed by Forkhill and District Development Association and funded by the Community Regeneration and Improvement Special Programme (CRISP). It opened in May 2004. With the British Army's demilitarization of South Armagh, the site of the old barracks is earmarked for future developments.


Forkhill is the home of Forkhill Peadar Ó Doirnín GAC, which is one of the oldest clubs in Armagh GAA, having been founded in 1888. It currently plays Gaelic football at Senior level. Its name commemorates the 18th-century poet Peadar Ó Doirnín.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland: Forkill
  2. ^ See Census 2011 - Headcount and Household Estimates for Settlements published by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, available at
  3. ^ Newry & Mourne Council Area, Northern Ireland Place-name Project

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