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Bun an Tábhairne
Crosshaven is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 51°48′07″N 08°17′43″W / 51.80194°N 8.29528°W / 51.80194; -8.29528Coordinates: 51°48′07″N 08°17′43″W / 51.80194°N 8.29528°W / 51.80194; -8.29528
Country Ireland
Province Munster
County County Cork
Elevation 130 ft (40 m)
Population (2011)
 • Total 2,093 [1]
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference W792606

Crosshaven (Irish: Bun an Tábhairne)[2] is a village in County Cork, Ireland. It is located in a scenic area with views of Currabinny[3] Wood, and Cork Harbour.


Crosshaven was originally a Viking settlement, part of what was known as the Ostman's Tancred after Cork City became a fortified English Stronghold.

  • According to local legend, Sir Francis Drake sailed up the River Owenabue, the local river, while hiding from the Spanish Armada, the point in the River where he is alleged to have hidden is known as Drake's Pool.
  • Famous residents have included the father of Bob Geldof, who was manager of the local hotel, the Grand Hotel, and Hollywood stuntman Jack Arrow.
  • In 1983, local resident Jim Enright briefly held the World Record for the longest political speech.
  • The local secondary school was founded by the Aunt of James Joyce who dreamt she was walking along the cliffs by Crosshaven one night. The town is honoured with two mentions in Ulysses.
  • There are remains of gun turrets and bunkers from World War I along the coast.
  • The local military forts, Templebreedy and Camden were British outposts until the Treaty Ports installations were relinquished in 1938
  • The definitive history is History of Crosshaven by former National School headmaster Diarmuid Ó Murchadha.[4]
  • Bobby Tambling, Chelsea's all-time 2nd greatest scorer lives in Crosshaven.
  • Camden Fort Meagher, one of the finest remaining examples of a Coastal artillery fort, is located on the headland of Rams Head and is open to the public.[5]


Origins claimed for the Irish name of Crosshaven include; (Irish: Bun tSabhairnet) - mouth of the river Sabhrann (Irish: Sabhrann, meaning "Lee River"), (Irish: Bun an tSáibhairne, meaning "the end of the lee") and (Irish: Bun an tSábhairne).[6]



Crosshaven railway station was the southern terminus of the Cork, Blackrock and Passage Railway (which originally opened in 1850, but only extended south of Passage West at the start of the 20th century). The station opened on 1 June 1904, but finally closed on 1 June 1932.[7]

Public Transport[edit]

Crosshaven is served by a single Cork City bus route 15 times per day


Crosshaven is situated on the R612 regional road.


Cork Airport is the nearest airport.


There is also a ferry to France from nearby Ringaskiddy operated by Brittany Ferries.


  • The village is famous for its Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) which has had its headquarters in the village since 1966. The club was established at the Cove of Cork (now Cobh) in 1720 and holds the title of the oldest in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. In 1966 the RCYC merged with the Royal Munster Yacht Club and made the Royal Munster's club house its new headquarters. The biannual Regatta of Cork Week (formerly Ford Cork Week due to the sponsorship of the Ford Motor Company) is one of the most famous in the world, drawing huge crowds of competitors and spectators.[citation needed]
  • Crosshaven also has an internationally successful indoor soccer team, that won the Isola Design Cup in 2005 and 2006.
  • Crosshaven AFC[8] is the oldest soccer club in Cork, founded in 1898. The club has two pitches, an all-weather training area and four-dressing-room clubhouse.
  • Crosshaven RFC (Rugby Union Football Club) was founded on October 1, 1972 has two pitches, all-weather pitch and a gym located at Myrtleville Cross in Crosshaven.
  • Crosshaven also has a GAA club playing both hurling and Gaelic football.


Originally a fishing village, the maritime sector is still important.

In the 20th century tourism became important to the town, which has 5 beaches within a 2-mile radius. Other attractions included Piper's funfair (known as "the merries"), a nightclub called The Majorca which is now closed, and a cinema which also has closed since, the Cockleshell, which is now an arcade called La Scala. Today Crosshaven is becoming a commuter town for Ringaskiddy and Cork city.

Environmental concerns[edit]

In the 1970s and 1980s, environmental concerns came to the fore as a large industrial estate was built across the river in Ringaskiddy. It was to host Pfizer and Smithkline Beecham among others.

Sister city[edit]

Crosshaven is twinned with:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Population Classified by Area" (PDF). Central Statistics Office. 2012-04-01. Retrieved 2014-09-04. 
  2. ^ "Bunachar Logainmneacha na hÉireann - Placenames Database of Ireland". Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  3. ^ "". 2007-05-23. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  4. ^ Diarmuid Ó Murchadha. History of Crosshaven and the parish of Templebreedy. Cork Historical Guides Committee, 1967, 91 pages.
  5. ^ "Rescue Camden | Fort Camden, Crosshaven, Co. Cork". Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  6. ^ Diarmuid Ó Murchadha. Scanned records: The Irish Name of Crosshaven Retrieved 2011-03-27.
  7. ^ "Crosshaven station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-09-23. 
  8. ^ "Home". Retrieved 2014-05-01. 

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