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Gleann Maghair
Glanmire is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 51°55′N 8°24′W / 51.917°N 8.400°W / 51.917; -8.400Coordinates: 51°55′N 8°24′W / 51.917°N 8.400°W / 51.917; -8.400
CountyCounty Cork
44 m (144 ft)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))

Glanmire (Irish: Gleann Maghair) is a town nine kilometres outside Cork, in the civil parish of Rathcooney, County Cork, Ireland.[2]

The greater Glanmire area encompasses the communities of Riverstown (Baile Roisín), Brooklodge (Cill Ruadháin) and Sallybrook (Áth na Sailí).


The R639 road through Glanmire village.

Glanmire's history dates to early Christian Ireland,[3] with the nearby church site at Rathcooney in use since 1291.[4] The stone bridge located in Riverstown dates to c.1760.[5] At the parish church located on a hill above the village, Sarah Curran, lover of the hanged Robert Emmet, married Captain Henry Sturgeon in 1805.[6]

In the 1800s Glanmire was a small yet industrialised village with woolen factories and mills lining the banks of the river Glashaboy.[7] The town expanded substantially in the late 20th century.


There are six primary schools serving the Glanmire area. These include Scoil na nÓg (An Irish Language, boarding and day boarding Primary School, founded in 1958),[8] Scoil Naomh Micheál (Saint Michael's - Upper Glanmire), Scoil Naomh Iosaf (Saint Joseph's - Riverstown), Scoil Chill Ruadháin (Brooklodge Primary School), New Inn and Gaelscoil Uí Drisceoil which opened in 2006.[9]

Glanmire has two secondary schools. Glanmire Community College (GCC), established in 1997,[10] is located on a twelve-acre site. Coláiste an Phiarsaigh, opened in 1973, is located in Glanmire Village.[11] It has around 550 students - both day students and weekly boarders. Coláiste an Phiarsaigh is part of the Gaelachas Teoranta Organisation.[11]

Irish language[edit]

There are several Irish language schools in the Glanmire area, with approximately 300 pupils attending the Gaelscoil (primary) and 550 in the Gaelcholáiste (secondary).[12][13] Gaelachas Teoranta also hosts residential summer courses in Irish,[14] and there is a "mini-Gaeltacht" in Ard Bharra whose founders include musician Tomás Ó Canainn.[citation needed] "The Miller of Glanmire" is a jig named for the town.[15]


Glanmire Parish extends from midway on Tivoli dual carriageway to within three miles of Watergrasshill, thence to White's Cross via Templemichael.

There are two Catholic churches in the Glanmire: Saint Michael's church in Upper Glanmire and St Joseph's in Riverstown. St. Michael's was dedicated and reopened for worship in 1808 following restructuring.[16] The bi-centenary of this church was celebrated in 2008, and a special Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated with Bishop John Buckley as principal celebrant.[16] St. Joseph's is the Glanmire Parish Church and was dedicated in 1837.[17] Both St. Joseph's and St. Michael's are built on or near the sites of pre-penal times churches.[18]


  1. ^ "Table 3.9: Population and Households – Glanmire". Cork County Development Plan (PDF) (Report). Cork County Council. December 2007. p. 46. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 February 2017.
  2. ^ The 2006 Cork County Development Plan Archived 2017-02-20 at the Wayback Machine estimated Glanmire's population as 8,385. A post 2011 Electoral Area Boundary Committee submission Archived 2017-02-20 at the Wayback Machine gave an estimated population as c.10,000. A 2004 Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment release gave the population of unqualified "surrounding areas" as 15,498.
  3. ^ "Glanmire a Haven of History". Cork Independent. 18 July 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Rathcooney Walk - Rathcooney Parish Church & Graveyard" (PDF). Glanmire Area Community Association. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Riverstown Bridge, Riverstown, County Cork". Buildings of Ireland. National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Sarah Curran and the Robert Emmet Link". United Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross. Retrieved 19 February 2017. Sarah Curran [...] fell in love with the United Irishman Robert Emmet [..and..] moved to Cork where in 1805 she married Captain Henry Sturgeon in the Church of St. Mary and All Saints, Glanmire
  7. ^ "Glanmire". Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837). Samuel Lewis. 1837 – via Irish Ancestors (
  8. ^ "Scoil na nÓg, Glanmire, Co. Cork". Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  9. ^ Whole School Evaluation Report - Gaelscoil Uí Drisceoil, Glanmire, Co Cork (PDF) (Report). Department of Education and Skills. 13 May 2011. Gaelscoil Uí Drisceoil is an all-Irish, multi-denominational primary school [..] established in 2006
  10. ^ "Information > About Us". Glanmire Community College. Archived from the original on 20 February 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Coláiste an Phiarsaigh, Glanmire, Co. Cork". Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  12. ^ "School board sacked for enrolling extra class without approval". Irish Examiner. 13 February 2013. Gaelscoil Uí Drisceoil in Glanmire, Co Cork [..] now has around 300 pupils up to fifth class
  13. ^ "Colaiste An Phiarsaigh, Glanmire, Co Cork". Retrieved 8 September 2018. Enrolment: Boys: 257 Girls: 283 (2017/18)
  14. ^ "Coláiste Samhraidh Glanmire". Gaelachas Teoranta. Archived from the original on 11 March 2016.
  15. ^ Matt Cranitch (2013). Irish Fiddle Tunes. Schott. ISBN 9781847612410.
  16. ^ a b "St Michael's Church". Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  17. ^ "Glanmire - St. Joseph's Church". Diocese of Cork and Ross. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  18. ^ "St Joseph's Church". Retrieved 19 February 2017.