How to get there
Directions:From Belfast, take the A24 south to Clough Village, then join the A2 Newcastle Road. Before entering Newcastle on the A2, turn right at the roundabout on to the A50, signed Castlewellan. After approximately two miles turn left onto the B180 signed Tollymore Forest Park and follow signs to the park and caravan site.
Terri Wilson - July '08
I am a child at camp Shamrock and I love Tollymore Park it has a beautilful view and so fasinating about the things that go on there thanks for the experiance.
Shirley Cooper (nee Ross) - Apr '07
I lived in Newcastle Co. Down from 1946 - 1957 I also remember standing on the wall to see the Pierrotes building sand castles on the beach going to the Rock Pool meeting all the holiday makers in Bonnys caravan park I have been back a few times I do miss Newcastle I have friends called Jennifer and George and Sammy Harrison I worked in Wardsworth for a short time before moving to London I hope someone sees this and gets in touch my name was Shirley Ross and I lived in Tullybrannigan Road many thanks Shirley
Simon Sanderson - June '06
The picture of George Hanna standing in front
of Foley's Bridge is an interesting one. Exactly
when was that photo taken? I only ask because
as far as fond memories go, I returned to my homeland
of Northern Ireland in 1999 for a holiday after
a 13 year absence in Australia, and was heart
broken to see the forest which used to stand on
the mountain side of Foley's bridge had all been
cut down and replaced with grass. Yet, the photo
above clearly shows fully matured pine trees behind
George. They couldn't have grown that quickly.
Elizabeth Patterson - May '06
I have just found this site and enjoying it especially
the Mourners, a favourite place of mine and a
few friends, thank you for the beautiful pictures,
Paul Burns - April '06
I have been a regular visitor, Camper, Caravanner
since I was a child.
I am now 48 years old. Since George left I have
seen changes happening. The fact that this started
when George left may only be coincidence. The
place appears to be starting to be run down, they
have just considerably reduced the caravan and
camping capacity. The place is now regularly unmanned
by staff so allowing vandals and young boy racers
the freedom to carry on in Tollymore. I am beginning
to suspect that the POWERS TO BE are up to something.
I SUSPECT THAT ALL TOLLYMORE USERS SHOULD KEEP
THEIR EAR TO THE GROUND.
Robert Ritchie - Nov 05
I would encourage all those who have visited Tollymore
to keep a keen eye on the "powers that be."
There has been some suggestion that the recreational
end could be handed over to private enterprise.
This would be an end to Tollymore as we know and
Please lodge your protest against any suggested
Bert Ritchie - Sep 05
We have run Camp Shamrock ( a sumer camp for children
across the communites on the island) at Tollymore
since 1970 (prior to this we were at Greenhill)
Tollymore has hosted our staff from many parts
of the world, including, U.S.A. Russia, Phillipines,
Zimbabwe,New Zealand,France, Germany, and many
more. The youth camp site is penetrated with memories
of children spaning over the years. We are personally
indebted to George Hanna for his care in looking
after our staff and children.
This park must always stay with in the public
domain otherwise it will loose all the charm that
people like George created.
If you haven't been there. GO.
Sheba Clinton - August '05
Tollymore Forest Park holds a very special place
in my heart. I've been visiting it for the past
20 years when I first went to a summer camp, Camp
Shamrock. Like this website says, there is a magic
about the park which you can find nowhere else.
I'm still going to this camp and I can't ever
imagine us holding it anywhere else. I always
remember seeing George at the Rangers office -
he's a wonderful man who our leaders always held
a great deal of respect for - and rightly so!
Just reading that poem also brings memories of
stories we were told as children of the blue lady!
I always thought it was a story until a few years
ago I saw a lady outside the rangers office with
a medieval blue dress on! The forest is truly
a little piece of heaven on earth! Thanks for
the site. It's wonderful!
Jojo Briede - June 05
A friend referred me to this site, and I thank
him. Eventhough I was born and bred in South Africa,
and now living in Australia, I am always very
very interested in anything from Ireland. It is
very beautiful and always looks serene to me.
I love your site!
Rebecca Mottershead - June '05
I remember Tollymore very well and have happy
memories of holidays there whilst living in N.
I. during the '70's. The field behind the caravan
site held the shire horses used for pulling the
logs. My parents, brothers and I also used to
take black plastic bags around with us to collect
rubbish which was one of the few things that spoilt
the wonderful walks that we used to have around
the forest itself. I also remember George Hanna
the ranger and hope that he has a long and happy
retirement - he deserves it.
Kevin Hall - January '05
I always look at your site and forget to say thanks.
So thank you all and great work!
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