Ballinspittle

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Ballinspittle

Béal Átha an Spidéil
Village
Ballinspittle village centre
Ballinspittle village centre
Ballinspittle is located in Ireland
Ballinspittle
Ballinspittle
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 51°40′N 8°36′W / 51.667°N 8.600°W / 51.667; -8.600Coordinates: 51°40′N 8°36′W / 51.667°N 8.600°W / 51.667; -8.600
CountryIreland
ProvinceMunster
CountyCounty Cork
BaronyCourceys
Population
(2016)
 • Total224 +[1]
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))

Ballinspittle (Irish: Béal Átha an Spidéil, meaning "ford mouth of the hospital")[2] is a village in County Cork, Ireland.[3] It is in the barony of Courceys and lies about 8 km (5 miles) southwest of Kinsale. It is near Garrylucas and Garrettstown Blue Flag beaches.

The village is a community with new housing estates, businesses, a post office, a national school and a Gaelic Athletic Association facility known as the Jim O' Regan Memorial Park.

Moving statue[edit]

Blessed Virgin Mary of Ballinspittle Moving Statue

In the summer of 1985, Ballinspittle received national and international attention when inhabitants claimed to have witnessed a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary moving spontaneously. As news of the phenomenon spread, thousands of pilgrims and spectators flocked to the site of the statue. Many visitors claimed to have observed the spontaneous movements. The Catholic Clergy in Ireland maintained a neutral stance in regard to the authenticity of the claims.

Transport[edit]

Bus Éireann route 226 serves Ballinspittle on Sundays only during the Summer linking it to Garretstown and Kinsale (where onward connections to/from Cork Airport and Cork city are available).[4] Until June 2013 Bus Éireann route 249 also served Ballinspittle two days per week year-round.[5] The Bus Éireann service in Garrettstown no longer runs as of 2014.

Ballinspittle sits over the PTAT-1 transatlantic fibre optic cable.

Sport[edit]

Courcey Rovers GAA is the local Gaelic Athletic Association club based in Ballinspittle and Ballinadee. The under-14 girls defeated Iniscarra to enter the Feile 2010 in Clare.[citation needed] De Courcey Albion is the local soccer club based in Ballinspittle and Ballinadee.

Notable people[edit]

The Irish tenor Finbar Wright grew up in the townland of Kilmore just outside the village.

Festivals[edit]

A summer festival has been held in the town since 2001. It features live bands on the Village Centre Festival Stage. The neighbouring village of Ballinadee hosts events on the weekend prior to Ballinspittle Festival. The village receives an annual influx of summer visitors mainly from Cork City.[citation needed]

Community events include fancy dress parades, historical walks, road bowling, markets, family athletics, a visit by the Courtmacsherry Lifeboat, and a number of other events.[citation needed]

Central Sign in Ballinspittle

Landmarks[edit]

Ancient historical sites include Ballycatten Fort, which dates from the sixth century, and Curtapurteen, which, according to legend, Saint Patrick once visited. The most southerly tip the Old Head of Kinsale is a site of ancient and present-day lighthouses, as well as a golf links.

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