Cork

County Cork is situated in the South West of Ireland, and is the largest of all the Irish counties. Cork has a strong economic base with extensive foreign direct investment in dynamic sectors such as ICT and pharmaceuticals, strong third-level education facilities and a modern airport.

Located just North of Cork City is the Cork Gaeltacht area of Muscraí, which consists of the two towns of Ballyvourney to the north and Ballingeary to the south. Located off the coast of West Cork lies the Gaeltacht area of Oileán Chléire (Cape Clear Island).

Cork Gaeltacht Facts

  • County Cork is situated in the South West of Ireland, and is the largest of all the Irish counties. The County has a population of 519,032. County Cork saw a population growth of 7.8% in the 2006-2011 period. 35% of the population is under 25-years-old;
  • Cork has a strong economic base with extensive foreign direct investment in dynamic sectors such as ICT and pharmaceuticals, strong third-level education facilities, a modern airport with recent significantly enhanced capacity and significant port facilities;
  • The Cork Gaeltacht, or Múscraí as it is known locally, has a population of 3,895 people and represents 4% of the total Gaeltacht population;
  • The Cork Gaeltacht encompasses a geographical area of 262km2. This represents 6% of the total Gaeltacht area;
  • The largest settlements are in the villages of Baile Mhic Íre/Baile Bhuirne and Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh. Also located off the coast of West Cork lies the Gaeltacht island – Cléire (Cape Clear Island);
  • In 2011, 633 people were employed in a full time capacity in Údarás na Gaeltachta client companies in the Múscraí Gaeltacht.

Local Industries/Enterprises

Údarás na Gaeltachta have selectively targeted certain areas of industry, in particular those which produce sophisticated and high value added products and services. These offer the best growth potential and the best prospects of generating long term sustainable employment. Economic activities in the Cork Gaeltacht include information and communications technology, engineering, electronics, software, textiles, medical devices, internationally traded services, including financial services, call centres and shared services centres.

Transportation Systems

Cork City is linked to other cities and major access points by an excellent Primary Road network.

  • N71 South from Cork City (Island of Cape Clear)
  • N22 West – main Cork to Killarney road (Muskerry)
  • R584 to Ballingeary and Coolea Gaeltacht

Air services

Cork Airport
Cork Airport handles scheduled and charter flights to domestic and European destinations as well as international cargo services and general aviation.
Further information: www.corkairport.com

Kerry Airport
Kerry Airport handles a number of flights to Dublin and to European destinations.
Further information: www.kerryairport.ie

Shannon Airport
Shannon Airport mostly handles transatlantic flights and flights to Europe.
Further information: www.shannonairport.com

Bus and rail services

Iarnrod Éireann and Bus Éireann provide an excellent on-line interactive timetable and route planner.
Further information: www.irishrail.ie or www.buseireann.ie

Ferry services

Cailín Óir Ferry & Cruise Service provide a daily ferry service to Oileán Chléire.
Further information: http://www.capeclearferry.info/Home

Medical Services in County Cork

  • Bon Secours Hospital
  • Mercy University Hospital
  • Victoria University Hospital
  • Cork University Hospital

Education in the Gaeltacht

  • Pre-Schools: 4
  • Primary Schools: 6
  • Secondary Schools: 2

Third Level Education

Training for Industry

SOLAS provide career advice and guidance including information on job and training opportunities as well as temporary employment options.

Recreational Facilities

County Cork offers everything you could ask for in terms of recreation and amenities. A natural playground for golf, equestrian, walking, angling, fishing, water sports, arts and crafts and cycling enthusiasts. Further information:
www.corkkerry.ie
www.discoverireland.com

Telecommunications services

Advanced telecommunications services are critical for the attraction of direct investment, for the development of indigenous industry and the promotion of the knowledge economy.

The Gaeltacht regions are fully integrated into Eircom’s National Fibre Network with access to all high speed and advanced services. Broadband availability is comparable with all other rural regions in Ireland and the EU with at least 62 per cent of lines being DSL enabled. In addition wireless based broadband services are available in many regions offering competitive options to companies and the community.