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Cúil Aodha
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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
Country Ireland
Province Munster
County County Cork
Cúil Aodha is the only official name.

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


Most of the inhabitants live on the south side of the valley.[citation needed] The townland itself is in Ballyvourney Parish and is an official Gaeltacht where the Irish language is used alongside English, although most inhabitants of Ballyvourney now speak English as their everyday language. The area is famous for its strong cultural tradition, especially within the field of music and song; Sean-nós. The village of Coolea is close to the new Wind Farms which are located on the mountains which mark the Cork and Kerry border. The land is mountainous and roadways are usually narrow lane ways which lead up the valley.


The Irish composer Seán Ó Riada lived in the area between Coolea village and Ballyvourney until his death and his son Peadar Ó Riada is currently conducting the famous choir Cór Chúl Aodha. In the summer of 2008 a bronze monument of Seán Ó Riada was erected near Cúil Aodha.

There is a very nice slide named after the lovely town. The sheet music can be found in Master Fiddler Matt Cranitch's book "The Art of Traditional Irish Fiddle Playing". He has recorded the tune also in the CD that comes with the book. Sean O Riada also recorded the tune on the O Riada's Farewell CD.


Coolea cheese is produced in the area. The Mark Éire factory, which specialises in climate technology, opened in 1987 and is still operating its Irish Department out of Cúil Aodha village.[2]


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


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 Coolea village.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. ^ Mark Climate Technology. Mark Éire Verified 2011-04-03.

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