Cúil Aodha

Cúil Aodha (pronounced [ˈkuːlʲ ˈeː]), anglicised as Coolea,[1] is a townland and village in the Gaeltacht region of Muskerry in County Cork, Ireland. The area is near the River Sullane's source, high in the Derrynasaggart Mountains.

Cúil Aodha

Church in Cúil Aodha
Church in Cúil Aodha
Cúil Aodha is located in Ireland
Cúil Aodha
Cúil Aodha
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 51°55′41″N 09°13′07″W / 51.92806°N 9.21861°W / 51.92806; -9.21861Coordinates: 51°55′41″N 09°13′07″W / 51.92806°N 9.21861°W / 51.92806; -9.21861
CountyCounty Cork
Cúil Aodha is the only official name.


Cúil Aodha townland is located in Ballyvourney parish, and is an official Gaeltacht area, where the Irish language is used alongside English.

The village of Cúil Aodha is close to a number of wind farms which are located on the mountains which mark the border between County Cork and County Kerry. The area is mountainous and is lead to by mostly narrow roadways.[citation needed]

Cúil Aodha lies within the Cork North-West Dáil constituency.[2]

According to the 2016 census, of the 216 people living in Cúil Aodha and the small area surrounding it 86% were able to speak Irish.[3] While in the Gort na Tiobratan electoral division in which the village is located 45% of that population (353) claimed to speak the language on a daily basis outside the education system.[4]


Coolea cheese is produced in the area. The Mark Éire factory, which specialises in climate technology, opened in 1987 and is still manages its Irish operations from Cúil Aodha village.[5] There are no amenities such as bars, shops or restaurants in the village. These can be found in nearby Ballyvourney.


Both Song for a Raggy Boy (2003), directed by Aisling Walsh, and The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006), directed by Ken Loach, were filmed in the area surrounding Cúil Aodha.


Seán Ó Riada sculpture in Cúil Aodha

The Irish composer Seán Ó Riada lived in the area between Cúil Aodha village and Ballyvourney until his death, and a bronze monument commemorating him was erected in the area in 2008.[6] His son, Peadar Ó Riada, still conducts the choir 'Cór Chúl Aodha'.[7][8]

In sport, Donal Óg Ó Liathain from the area played for the Cork inter-county football team.


The area is rural and has a dispersed population around the valley. No bus service operates to the village. The nearest Bus Éireann route is the Cork to Tralee route which passes through Ballyvourney which is approximately 2 miles from Cúil Aodha village.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Cúil Aodha / Coolea". logainm.ie. Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  2. ^ "Map D. Cork - Recommended Dáil constituencies" (PDF). Constituency Commission Report 2017. Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  3. ^ "ArcGIS Web Application". airomaps.nuim.ie. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  4. ^ "ArcGIS Web Application". census.cso.ie. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Mark Éire - Contact". Mark Climate Technology. Retrieved 3 April 2011.[dead link]
  6. ^ Ó Canainn, Tomás (2003). Seán Ó Riada: His Life and Work. Collins Press. p. 143.
  7. ^ Long, Siobhan (14 December 2012). "Cór Cúil Aodha and Peadar Ó Riada". Irish Times. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  8. ^ "New Album from Cór Cúil Aodha". The Journal of Music. 7 December 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2021.