Derrygorry/Favour Royal Forest

Emyvale, Co. Monaghan

Derrygorry/Favour Royal Forest
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About Derrygorry/Favour Royal Forest

Derrygorry/Favour Royal Forest in Emyvale, Co. Monaghan.

Derrygorry/Favour Royal Peoples Millennium Forest
These two woodlands are essentially part of one forest since they lie beside one another on both sides of the border approximately 15km north of Monaghan town.

When translated Derrygorry probably means 'oakwood of the goats'. Favour Royal Demesne derives its name from Favour Royal Bawn, a large fortified mansion house, the ruins of which are still present. Favour Royal House was built by Sir Thomas Ridgeway in 1611 and named because the land was granted as a royal favour from James 1st.

The Derrygorry / Favour Royal Peoples Millennium Forest is one of a number of such developments in the Country and the only cross-border one.

The nucleus of an old oak forest has now been complemented by extensive replanting with oak and other native trees. Each Household in the Country has its own special tree. A certificate for each family was issued telling them where their tree is growing.

The Millennium Bridge links Derrygorry and Favour Royal and North and South geographically. The peoples Millennium Forest is a flagship project of the National Millennium Committee that is designed to ignite the interest of all Irish people in the rescue and restoration of our native Woodland.

Walks, picnic areas, etc, are available here.

The Forest is jointly managed by the Northern Ireland Forestry Service and by Coillte.


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