Colligan Wood


Colligan is located 8km north of Dungarvan on road to Clonmel.

Site Description

The townland  of Colligan - Cuilligeáin - means hazel abounding place. The famous greyhound, Master McGrath,  was born at the nearby lodge beside the wood and buried in an adjoining field.  The remains were subsequently removed to the pike near Dungarvan.  A fine monument now stands in his honour;  he won the Waterloo Cup for open coursing on three occasions.
Colligan Wood is 8 km north of Dungarvan just off Clonmel road. The wood lies in a beautiful scenic valley through which the River Colligan flows and enters sea at Dungarvan Bay.  There are steep wooded glens on each side of the river. The area still carries some remnants of the old woodland oaks. A section of the wood has been identified under Coillte Continuous Cover Forest policy (CCF).  Due to its proximity to Dungarvan and its large rural catchment area, the wood is an extremely popular amenity, wedding parties use the beautiful wooden bridge location for photograph sessions.
There are a variety of forest walks along the riverside and through the mixed woodland of conifers and broadleaves easy short walks can be enjoyed on either side of the picnic area whereas longer and more strenuous walks can be had by taking in the loop walk from the picnic site.  Many trees around the picnic site and along the walks have been labelled for easy identification. There are a number of lovely viewing points of the surrounding area from the loop walk.

The fertile soil here is derived from old red sandstone.  The Colligan river is a salmon spawning river with sea trout also to be seen. Norway spruce, Western hemlock, Japanese larch, Sitka spruce, oak, ash, beech, maple,  and birch are the main tree species here. Hazel, alder, holly and a wide variety of wild plants also abound throughout the area. Fox, red squirrel, badger, otter, stoat, rabbits, hares and fallow deer can be spotted in the forest.

Colligan Wood Features

Picnic Site, Walking Trails, Car Parking,

How do I get there?

Take Clonmel Road from Dungarvan, R672, and take right exit at fork in road at Master McGrath monument.  Travel a further 4 km to next junction and exit right to Kilbrien road.  Travel 2 km on this road to the car park.

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No of car spaces:12
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Contact Info

Contact name:John O' Halloran