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Carraig Uí Leighin
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Country Ireland
Province Munster
County Cork
 • Total 4.6 km2 (1.8 sq mi)
17 m (56 ft)
 • Total 15,770
 • Density 3,430.1/km2 (8,884/sq mi)
Time zone UTC±0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+1 (IST)
Eircode routing key
Telephone area code +353(0)21
Irish Grid Reference W727625

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 kilometres (8.7 mi) south of Cork city centre 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, although many locals still refer to it as "the village". The town is one of the key gateways to west Cork, especially for those who arrive by ferry from France. Carrigaline is within the Cork South-Central Dáil constituency.


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.


Carrigaline is served by four bus routes operated by Bus Eireann. These include route 220 (Ovens via Ballincollig, Cork City and Douglas), 220X (Ovens via Cork City onwards to Fountainstown and Crosshaven), 225 (Cork Kent railway station via Cork City and Cork Airport onwards to Haulbowline), and 225L (Carrigaline Industrial Estate via Ringaskiddy to Haulbowline).

Notable people

  • Francis Hodder (1906–1943), first-class cricketer, rugby union player and Royal Air Force officer
  • Aaron Drinan (b.1998), association footballer
  • Nicholas Murphy (b.1978), former Gaelic footballer
  • Simon Coveney (b.1972), former Tánaiste and current Minister for Foreign Affairs has a constituency office in Carrigaline
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