Bishopstown (Irish: Baile an Easpaig, meaning "town of the Bishop") is located in the civil parish of St. Finbar's, Barony of Cork, County Cork, Ireland. It is a southwestern suburb of Cork with a population of 24,136 people. The suburb has a number of schools and colleges, and is made-up of the townlands of Ballineaspigmore and Ballineaspigbeg (sometimes spelled Ballinaspigmore). It is near the city of Ballincollig, a satellite of Cork City.
Despite a common misconception, the origin of the town names does not stem from an early 18th-century bishop who built his country residence there. The town name can be traced back further and can be found in sources dating back to the 16th century.
The Cork Institute of Technology or 'CIT' is located in the locale. The secondary schools of Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh, Mount Mercy College, and Bishopstown Community School are also located here, along with a number of other schools.
Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh is the biggest secondary school in Bishopstown with over 700 boy students.
Due to its proximity to UCC and CIT, who Bishopstown is home to a student population who live in privately rented houses and student apartment complexes.
Industry and employment
As a suburban area, Bishopstown has a significant proportion of its population working in Cork City Centre.[original research?] The suburb has a number of retail centres such as Tesco, Aldi, Dunnes Stores, CIT and a number of restaurants and bars in the centre of Bishopstown.
- Michael Bradley, former Irish rugby union player
- Jerry Buttimer, politician
- Brian Cuthbert, Gaelic footballer and manager
- Jimmy MacCarthy, Irish singer-songwriter
- Donncha O'Callaghan, Irish rugby union player
- Brendan O'Connor, journalist and television presenter
- Ronan O'Gara, Irish rugby union player
- Ken O'Halloran footballer, Gaelic footballer
- Jamie O'Sullivan footballer, Gaelic footballer
- Rubyhorse, music group
- Dave Ryan, Irish rugby player
- Timothy Ryan, Irish rugby player
- Michael Shields (footballer), Gaelic footballer
- John Spillane, singer-songwriter
- The Frank and Walters, music group
- Bishopstown GAA
- Highfield RFC
- Leisureworld Leisure Centre
- Bishopstown Stadium - Former stadium of and current Cork City FC training ground. Current Cork City WFC home stadium.
- "Places - Street Names Bilingual List - B". www.corkpastandpresent.ie. Cork City Libraries. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
- "1901 Census: Townlands/Streets in Bishopstown (Cork)". The National Archives of Ireland. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
- "Ballineaspigmore and Bishopstown House". University College Cork Library. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
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