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Irish: Foirceal
County Armagh
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Grid reference: J013158
Location: 54°4’60"N, 6°27’0"W
Population: 498  (2011)
Post town: Newry
Postcode: BT35
Local Government
Newry and Armagh

Forkill or Forkhill is a small village and parish in southern County Armagh. It is within the Ring of Gullion and in the 2011 Census it had a recorded population of 498.[1]

The name is pronounced either 'fork-hil' or 'for-kil' and comes from the Irish foirceal, meaning "trough" or "hollow".[2][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).



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.


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

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