Great Island

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Great Island
Native name: An tOileán Mór
The Seafront at Cuskinny - - 596599.jpg
Great Island: the waterfront at Cuskinny (4 km (2 mi) from Cobh)
Great Island is located in island of Ireland
Great Island
Great Island
Location in Ireland
Location Cork Harbour
Coordinates 51°52′00″N 8°17′00″W / 51.86667°N 8.28333°W / 51.86667; -8.28333
County County Cork
Population 13,000
Ethnic groups Irish

Great Island (Oileán Mór an Barraigh in Irish) is the name of an island in Cork Harbour, just outside Cork city, at the mouth of the River Lee.[1]


The island's name comes from the Irish, meaning "Great island of the Barrys", referring to a powerful Norman family who settled in the area. The original name of the island was Oilean Ard na Neimheadh, the "High (or important) island of Neimheadh". Neimheadh was a leader who invaded Ireland in ancient times.


Cobh on Great Island

The town of Cobh is situated on the island, which is connected by bridge to Fota Island to the north, which in turn is connected by a causeway to the mainland. A railway line runs out through both islands to Cobh.


  1. ^ "An tOileán Mór". Placenames Database of Ireland. Dublin City University. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 

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Coordinates: 51°52′N 8°17′W / 51.867°N 8.283°W / 51.867; -8.283