Carrigaline (Irish: Carraig Uí Leighin, meaning "rock of Ó Leighin") is a town and civil parish in County Cork, Ireland, situated on the River Owenabue. It is about 14 km south of Cork city on the R611 regional road, which passes through the town, and just off the N28 national primary route to Ringaskiddy. Carrigaline grew rapidly in the late 20th century, from a village of a few hundred people into a thriving commuter town,[9][10] although many locals still refer to it as "the village".[11] The town is one of the key gateways to west Cork, especially for those who arrive by ferry from France.


Carraig Uí Leighin
Carrigaline – Water Park Road
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 51.8166°N 8.3905°W / 51.8166; -8.3905
  Total4.6 km2 (1.8 sq mi)
17 m (56 ft)
  Density3,430.1/km2 (8,884/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
  Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceW727625


Carrigaline Pottery, situated in Main Street, closed in 1979, but was subsequently re-opened and run as a co-operative for many years after that. Despite its small size, the village also had a small cinema, owned and run by the Cogan family. Neither the pottery nor the cinema exist today. The Carrigdhoun Weekly newspaper is published in Carrigaline.

The town has four banks and a credit union. There is a long-established Supervalu supermarket, as well as a Dunnes Stores and Lidl. The four-star Carrigaline Court Hotel is located across from the Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady and St John. In addition to retail shops, Main Street has a number of pubs and restaurants. A Dairygold Co-op Superstore is located on Kilmoney Road.


As of the 2016 census, Carrigaline had a population of 15,770. Of this population, 83% were white Irish, less than 1% white Irish traveller, 11% other white ethnicities, 2% black, 1% Asian, 1% other, and less than 1% had not stated their ethnicity. In terms of religion the town is 81% Catholic, 8% other stated religion, 11% with no religion, and less than 1% no stated religion.[12]

International relations

Carrigaline has town twinning agreements with the commune of Guidel in Brittany, France, and with the town of Kirchseeon, in Bavaria, Germany.[13]


Local sporting organisations include association football (soccer) clubs Avondale United FC and Carrigaline United AFC, Gaelic Athletic Association club Carrigaline GAA, rugby union club Carrigaline RFC, and other tennis, badminton, basketball, golf, and martial arts clubs.[14]

Notable people

  • Francis Hodder (1906-1943), first-class cricketer, rugby union player and Royal Air Force officer

See also


  1. "Sapmap Area - Settlements - Carrigaline". Census 2016. CSO. 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  2. "Census 2011 - Population Classified by Area" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 November 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  3. "Historical Overview of Carrigaline". Archived from the original on 10 January 2016. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  4. "Census 2011". Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  5. "NISRA - Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (c) 2013". 27 September 2010. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  6. "Carrigaline Village (c.1850)". Archived from the original on 6 March 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  7. Lee, JJ (1981). "On the accuracy of the Pre-famine Irish censuses". In Goldstrom, J. M.; Clarkson, L. A. (eds.). Irish Population, Economy, and Society: Essays in Honour of the Late K. H. Connell. Oxford, England: Clarendon Press.
  8. Mokyr, Joel; O Grada, Cormac (November 1984). "New Developments in Irish Population History, 1700–1850". The Economic History Review. Volume. 37 (4): 473–488. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0289.1984.tb00344.x.
  9. "Carrigaline Area Transport Study Executive Summary" (PDF). 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2015. Carrigaline has grown rapidly over the last ten years [1997-2007] and currently [2007] has a population of around 16,000 people
  10. "Carrigaline calls time on developer-led growth". Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  11. "Historical Overview of Carrigaline to Present Day". Archived from the original on 10 January 2016. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  12. "Carrigaline Demographics". Census 2016 - Small Area Population Statistics. CSO. 2016.
  13. "Carrigaline Twinning Association". Carrigaline Community Association Limited. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  14. "Clubs and Societies". Carrigaline Community Association Limited. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
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