Coordinates: ±N 54 45 10.6, W 6 35 36.6

1980-1999 - Steel / Metal - Northern Ireland - Border - The Troubles

This site of a former Army watchtower which became a symbol of the Northern Ireland Troubles is to be replaced by developments including a children’s playground. The hilltop base at Forkhill in South Armagh was one of a series of military posts which dominated the rolling skyline of what visiting troops dubbed Bandit Country. The network of barracks, linked by constant helicopter traffic for fear of IRA attack on the area’s roads, has been dismantled as part of the peace process.

But now a minister in the power-sharing government at Stormont said ambitious redevelopment plans will see the Forkhill site returned to the community that had once lived in its shadow.(