Ringaskiddy (Irish: Rinn an Scidígh, meaning "Skiddy's Headland") is a village in County Cork, Ireland. It is located on the western side of Cork Harbour, south of Cobh, and is 15 kilometres from Cork city, to which it is connected by the N28 road. The village is a port with passenger ferry services to France. A ferry service to Swansea in Wales closed in 2012.
Rinn an Scidígh
A former Swansea–Ringaskiddy ferry in Ringaskiddy Harbour
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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. The village is close to a number of tourist areas, including Crosshaven, Currabinny and Monkstown.
Places of interestEdit
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. 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.
An application to locate a domestic waste incinerator in Ringaskiddy was rejected by An Bord Pleanála in 2011. The incinerator's proponents, Indaver Ireland, claimed the facility would have relieved pressure on the country's landfill programme. However, locals and environmentalists feared the incinerator would have had a grave impact on health and the environment in the harbour area. Indaver Ireland said that they had not abandoned their plans, and in 2018 were granted planning permission for the plany. This decision however was subject to a legal challenge, and (as of July 2018), it was reported that a High Court appeal would be heard during 2019.
The National Maritime College of Ireland was officially opened in Ringaskiddy in 2006, and has drawn a student population to the village. 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. The Irish Naval Service base at Haulbowline is 3 kilometres from Ringaskiddy on the L2545 local road.
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