Belvelly (Irish: Béal an Bhealaigh, meaning "Mouth of the roadway")[1] is a small village on the northern end of the Great Island of Cork Harbour, about four miles north of the town of Cobh, County Cork, Ireland. Belvelly is situated at the shortest crossing point between Great Island and the neighbouring Fota Island. Belvelly Bridge (built in 1803)[2] connects Great Island to Fota Island, which is in turn connected to the mainland near Carrigtwohill.


Béal an Bhealaigh
Belvelly Castle (14th or 15th century) and Belvelly Bridge (built 1803)
Belvelly Castle (14th or 15th century) and Belvelly Bridge (built 1803)
Belvelly is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 51°53′N 8°18′W / 51.883°N 8.300°W / 51.883; -8.300
CountyCounty Cork
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))

The village has a number of historic buildings; Belvelly Castle, Belvelly Martello Tower [3] and a nineteenth century red-brick school house. The castle was built by the Hodnett family around the 15th century to the annoyance of the more powerful de Barry family, who later seized the castle.[4]

The three primary buildings at Belvelly have now been converted into dwellings. The schoolhouse at Belvelly was converted into a dwelling in 1990s, while the castle and the Martello tower were converted into family homes during the early 21st century.[5] Because of the 13-foot-thick (4.0 m) walls and its status as a historical monument, limited structural changes could be made to the Martello tower, with most light coming from the roof area. The restoration of Belvelly castle included the construction of new perimeter walls and a separate garage.

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  1. ^ "Béal an Bhealaigh / Belvelly". Irish Placenames Commission. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Belvelly Bridge, County Cork". National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Belvelly Martello Tower". Castles NL. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Where the Rock of Tuathail towers o'er each breast - A Short History of Carrigtwohill". Tom Barry. Archived from the original on 13 September 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2014 – via
  5. ^ "Towering opportunity at Belvelly". Irish Examiner. 26 May 2007. Retrieved 4 August 2018.

Coordinates: 51°53′N 8°18′W / 51.883°N 8.300°W / 51.883; -8.300