Ballygannon Wood is part of the Wicklow oakwoods, the second largest oak forest in Ireland. It also forms part of the Clara Vale Nature Reserve, The Irish name Baile na gCanonach, means “The town or dwelling of the canons “. The canons – clerics attached to a cathedral – owned land near Rathdrum and had been brought to Dublin by St. Laurence O’ Toole in the 12th century. Ballygannon Wood is one of 16 native woodlands that have been restored. During various times of the year wild honeysuckle, bilberry , primroses, bluebells and violets grow on the forest floor.
This is a millennium forest. For more Information please see signage on site.

The wood straddles both sides of the Avonmore river valley, 1 km north of Rathdrum village,on the Rathdrum to Laragh/ Glendalough road.

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