Mahon, Cork

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Mahon is located in Ireland
Coordinates: 51°53′21″N 8°23′50″W / 51.88917°N 8.39722°W / 51.88917; -8.39722
Country Ireland
Province Munster
County Cork
Population (2011)
 • Total 13,006
Time zone WET (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (UTC+1)
Area code(s) 021

Mahon (Irish: Machain) is an area to the south-eastern side of Cork, Ireland with a population of 13,006. Mahon gets its name from Lough Mahon, a wide stretch of the upper section of Cork Harbour. It was once a semi-rural peninsula, but from the late 20th century was subject to residential development. The area was generally known as the Ring of Mahon, and is the site of Ringmahon House (formerly occupied by James Murphy of Murphy's Brewery and later by Ben Dunne of Dunnes Stores).


Mahon is located in the greater Cork area with the South Ring Road running along its eastern and southern edges and entering the Jack Lynch Tunnel under the River Lee. The road gives access to Cork Airport as well as Cork city centre. The area is mainly residential, and has a number of housing estates and developments. It is home to the Mahon Point Shopping Centre which is Cork's biggest shopping centre and retail park. It is also the home to City Gate, an office and medical development The Central Statistics Office, PM Group, Webprint and RCI are also located in the area.

Places of interest[edit]

Blackrock Castle, also known as "Blackrock Castle Observatory", is a 16th-century castle located in Blackrock, a suburb which borders Mahon. It is a short distance from the centre of Mahon on the banks of the River Lee. It was built by the citizens of Cork as a watch tower and fort to guard the city against pirates and other invaders. Blackrock Castle was a valuable defence as Cork was a city of trade, and needed to assure ships of a safe haven. In a collaboration between Cork City Council and the Cork Institute of Technology, Blackrock Castle was re-opened to the public in August 2007 as Blackrock Castle Observatory.

An area known locally as "the Marina" is also located in the neighboring suburb of Blackrock, it is a tree lined avenue (not strictly a marina) which runs along the southern bank of the River Lee from Blackrock village past Páirc Uí Chaoimh. It is used for recreational activities such as walking and cycling. "The Atlantic Pond", in the shadow of Páirc Uí Chaoimh is also used by walkers and its wildlife includes ducks and swans.

Dundanion Castle, located in Blackrock, overlooks "the Marina" but is difficult to access. It is a ruined 16th-century castle located beside a more recent water purification plant. It is from this spot that William Penn reputedly sailed on his first voyage to America in 1682 before founding the state of Pennsylvania.[1]

Blackrock village hosts a farmer's market every Sunday morning near the Pier Head Inn (public house) in Blackrock village square.

Public transport[edit]

Bus Éireann[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

The movie Strength and Honour written by Mark Mahon was made around Cork City. One of the scenes – a funeral where the wife of Sean Kelleher (Michael Madsen) had died - was filmed at St. Michael's graveyard in Mahon. The filming took place in Mahon, Kinsale, Rochestown, Passage West and the un-opened maternity ward of the Cork University Hospital as well as Cork International Airport. The movie made its premiere screening at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2007, and won the "Best Picture" and "Best Actor" awards at the Boston Film Festival. The movie featured Michael Madsen, Vinnie Jones, Richard Chamberlain, Patrick Bergin, as well as a number of local people from the area.


Mahon Point Shopping Centre is Munster's second largest shopping destination after the Crescent Shopping Centre in Limerick. The centre has over 60 stores including Debenhams, Next, Zara, Tesco and a thirteen-screen Omniplex cinema. Mahon Point is also home to a farmers' market which runs every Thursday. The Waterside food court is home to McDonald's, KFC, Abrakababra, Eddie Rocket's, Nando's and The Bagel Bar. RedFM, a Cork radio station, has a broadcasting pod in the centre. Among the station's programmes, The Saturday Show is broadcast live from the pod at Mahon Point every Saturday.

City Gate Park is a mixed retail, office and medical facility and includes Citygate Specialist Dental Clinic, the Mater Private (CORK), VHI Swiftcare and the VHI Screening Clinic retail.[2]


Sporting clubs in the Mahon area include St. Michaels GAA Club, Ballinure GAA Club and Ringmahon Rangers Football Club.

Mahon Golf Club is located at Clover Hill House off Skehard Road and owned by Cork City Council. Designed by Eddie Hackett, Mahon Golf Course is an 18-hole golf course and Ireland's first purpose made municipal golf course. It was financially assisted by the Golfing Union of Ireland. The course was officially opened on 3 September 1980 and was named the "Ted McCarthy Municipal Golf Course" after a long-serving local councillor.


Mahon has three schools including Secondary School Nagle Community College and primary schools Scoil na Croise Naofa (Holy Cross School) and the Irish speaking Gaelscoil Mhachan

  • Nagle Community College is situated on Avenue de Rennes in the heart of the Mahon. The college was built on land owned by Joseph Nagle, uncle of Nano Nagle founder of the Presentation Order of Nuns. The first classes were held in September 1981. Adult Education classes are also offered at the college, including FETAC courses.
  • Scoil na Croise Naofa (Holy Cross School) is situated on Avenue de Rennes. The school opened on September 1984 to provide primary education for the children in the (then) growing suburb of Mahon. The school is in the trusteeship of the Bishop of Cork and Ross. In 2005 the status of the school changed to co-educational. The school incorporates tarmac areas, a playground and large playing fields. Scoil na Croise Naofa also has an "Early Start" preschool on the premises.[citation needed]
  • Gaelscoil Mhachan was founded in 1986 when a group of parents came together to provide education through the medium of Irish for their children in their area. The school was officially recognised by the Department of Education in 1987. The school was originally located in Ringmahon House and surrounding pre-fabricated buildings until moving into a new building on Avenue de Rennes (close to Lakeland Crescent) in February 2001. The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mícheál Martin, opened the extension on 23 June 2008.

Notable people[edit]

Lough Mahon[edit]

Lough Mahon is an expanse within upper Cork Harbour, stretching from Mahon to Passage West and incorporating the estuary of the Douglas River. Several Cork City southern suburbs, including Mahon, Blackrock, Douglas and Rochestown lie along its shores. Little Island, one of the major centres of chemical and pharmaceutical activities in the country, is on the eastern side of Lough Mahon. At low tide, Lough Mahon has extensive mudflats which are used as feeding grounds for waders. Damp grassland on the southern side extends to some low islands which are submerged in very high tides. The area also serves as a high tide roost for waterfowl.

A walk has been developed along the old railway line from Mahon to Harty's Quay, Rochestown and from Hop Island, Rochestown to Passage West.

The Jack Lynch Tunnel crosses under the River Lee from Mahon to Dunkettle. Completed in 1999, it transports vehicular traffic in uni-directional bi-lanes. In 2005, it was estimated that approximately 40,000 vehicles were using the tunnel daily. Although footpaths are provided, they are for emergency use only and cyclists and pedestrians are forbidden to use the Jack Lynch Tunnel.

Bordering suburbs[edit]


Coordinates: 51°53′22″N 8°23′41″W / 51.8894°N 8.3948°W / 51.8894; -8.3948