Ringaskiddy (Irish: Rinn an Scidígh, meaning 'Skiddy's Headland')[2] is a village in County Cork, Ireland. It is located on the western side of Cork Harbour, south of Cobh, and is 15 kilometres (9 mi) from Cork city, to which it is connected by the N28 road. The village is a port with passenger ferry, with two bi-weekly sailings to Roscoff in France.[3] A ferry service to Swansea in Wales closed in 2012.[4][5]

Rinn an Scidígh
A former Swansea–Ringaskiddy ferry in Ringaskiddy Harbour
A former Swansea–Ringaskiddy ferry in Ringaskiddy Harbour
Ringaskiddy is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 51°49′49″N 8°19′09″W / 51.8302°N 8.3191°W / 51.8302; -8.3191
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceW774642

During the 20th century, Ringaskiddy changed from a fishing village to a centre of transport and industrial activity. It is now one of the largest employment hubs in the pharmaceuticals sector in the region.[6] The village is close to a number of tourist areas, including Crosshaven, Curraghbinny and Monkstown. A motorway project, to connect Cork city with Ringaskiddy, was given the "green light" by the supreme court in March 2021.[7]

Places of interestEdit

Warren's Castle near Ringaskiddy

Barnahely Castle, later known as Warren's Castle, is located near Ringaskiddy.[8] Originally the site of an Anglo-Norman castle, a new fortification was built here during the 15th or 16th century. In 1796, the site was bought and a mansion house (incorporating the remnants of the earlier castle) was built by the Warren family. The remaining ruins of the castle include a rectangular bawn.[9]

A Martello tower sits on a hilltop at Ringaskiddy, and is one of several other forts and towers designed to protect Cork Harbour.[10] It is accessed via the Loughbeg road and overlooks the harbour.

There are two beaches near Ringaskiddy: Lough beach (also known locally as Luc beach) and Gobby beach. Lough beach, a sandy beach with shallow water, is served by an access path and seasonal toilet facilities.[citation needed] Gobby beach is a rocky beach with direct views over Spike Island.[citation needed]

In mid-2020, a Ringaskiddy Tidy Towns group was set up.[citation needed]



Ringaskiddy is an important industrial centre, particularly for pharmaceutical companies such as Centocor, GlaxoSmithKline, Hovione, Novartis, Pfizer, and Recordati. Most of the world's supply of the erection-treatment drug Viagra is manufactured there.[11] As of 2021, more than 3,800 people were reportedly employed in the Ringaskiddy area.[12]

The Port of Cork facilities at Ringaskiddy handle much of the vehicle imports for the southern part of Ireland, with 34,000 trade vehicles imported through Cork in 2017.[13]

Incinerator proposalEdit

An application to build a domestic waste incinerator in Ringaskiddy was rejected by An Bord Pleanála in 2011.[14] The incinerator's proposed owners, Indaver Ireland, said the facility would relieve pressure on landfill, while locals and environmentalists feared the incinerator would impact on public health and the environment in the area. Indaver Ireland said that they had not abandoned their plans,[15] and in 2018 were granted planning permission for the plant.[16] However, this decision was subject to a legal challenge and,[17] as of 2021, the High Court was due to rule on whether An Bord Pleanála could reconsider its permission decision, or if the entire planning process had to be restarted.[18]


Beaufort laboratory (maritime and energy research building) on the National Maritime College campus at Ringaskiddy

Amenities in Ringaskiddy, and nearby Shanbally, include a church, primary school, shop, preschool and community centre. The local Gaelic Athletic Association club is Shanbally GAA.[12] Ringaskiddy also has a café (Perry Street Café) and bar/restaurant (the Ferry Boat Inn).[citation needed]

The National Maritime College of Ireland was officially opened in Ringaskiddy in 2006, and has drawn a student population to the village.[19] The college provides the only training in Ireland of Merchant Navy personnel, and the Irish Naval Service also carry out their non-military training there.[20] The Irish Naval Service base at Haulbowline is 3 kilometres (2 miles) from Ringaskiddy on the L2545 local road.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Small Area Population Statistics (SAPMAP Area) - Settlements - Ringaskiddy-Loughbeg". Census 2016. Central Statistics Office. 2016. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Ringaskiddy / Rinn an Scidígh". logainm.ie. Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  3. ^ "About - Cork to Roscoff ferries". brittany-ferries.ie. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  4. ^ "Ferry prepares for Irish Sea link". bbc.co.uk. BBC News. 2 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Swansea-Cork ferry: Fastnet Line to close service with loss of 78 jobs". bbc.co.uk. BBC News. 2 February 2012.
  6. ^ "Cork is playing a major role in the pharma industry". eveningecho.ie. Evening Echo. 25 September 2018. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  7. ^ "M28 project: 'While needed, this motorway will have a very, very live and real impact on people's homes'". echolive.ie. The Echo. 29 March 2021.
  8. ^ "Barnahely, Near Ringaskiddy". Castles in County Cork (Vol. 03, no. 05). Retrieved 23 June 2021 – via corklocalstudies.ie.
  9. ^ "Castle Warren". castles.nl. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  10. ^ "Ringaskiddy Martello Tower, Ringaskiddy, County Cork". buildingsofireland.ie. National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  11. ^ "The rise and rise of Generation Viagra". independent.ie. Irish Independent. 22 June 2013.
  12. ^ a b Draft Cork County Development Plan 2021 - Volume Four - South Cork (PDF) (Report). Cork County Council. 2021. pp. 54–55. Outside of the Greater Dublin Area, Ringaskiddy has the largest direct foreign investment employment centre in Ireland [..] Many of the top world leading pharmaceutical companies are located there. It is estimated that approximately 3,825 people are employed in the area
  13. ^ "Port Of Cork Company & Bantry Bay Port Trade Traffic Up 8.6% In 2017". afloat.ie. Afloat Magazine. 22 January 2018. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Permission refused for Cork incinerator". rte.ie. RTÉ News. 10 June 2011.
  15. ^ "Ringaskiddy set to get waste incinerator". rte.ie. RTÉ News. 22 January 2010.
  16. ^ "Ringaskiddy incinerator: Coveney disappointed at decision". irishtimes.com. Irish Times. 31 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Challenge to €160m Ringaskiddy incinerator will not be heard until 2019". irishtimes.com. Irish Times. 30 July 2018.
  18. ^ "Judge to rule soon on Cork harbour incinerator permission". breakingnews.ie. Irish Times DAC. 18 June 2021. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  19. ^ "NMCI Student Accommodation". nmci.ie. National Maritime College of Ireland. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  20. ^ "Irish Naval Service Course Details". nmci.ie. National Maritime College of Ireland. Retrieved 19 November 2018.