Emyvale was the stronghold of the McKennas, a powerful Celtic family. Originally from Meath, it is said that they established here after one John McKenna came on a hunting trip and spent two days chasing his prey, a wild stag. After the hunt, he rested with the Treanors, the local chieftains and while here, he heard that his position in Meath had been usurped.
He subsequently married one of Treanor's daughters, established himself in Tully Fort (which is still in evidence south-east of the village) and his family grew to be the most powerful influence in the area.
Select another location in Monaghan: