Whitegate, County Cork

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An Geata Bán
Whitegate is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 51°49′38″N 08°13′49″W / 51.82722°N 8.23028°W / 51.82722; -8.23028
Country  Ireland
Province Munster
County County Cork
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)

Whitegate (Irish: an Geata Bán)[1] is a small village on the eastern shore of Cork Harbour in County Cork, Ireland. It is within the townland of Ballincarroonig or Ballincarroony. It was once a busy fishing port and well known for its lace-making. In the 20th-century Ireland's only oil refinery was built on Corkbeg Island, one side of the bay and the Aghada Power Generating plant on the other. The writer William Wall b. 1955 grew up here, though his home, then vacant, was destroyed in a fire in 2008[2] in a suspected arson attack.[3] Irish writers Maeve Binchy and John Montague also lived nearby at Roche's Point for a time (see entry for Roche's Point Lighthouse).

There is a 14th-century church in the grounds of Corkbeg churchyard, now a Church of Ireland parish.

Trabolgan Holiday Village is located nearby.


The Anglo-Norman FitzGerald family, a sub-branch of the mighty Desmond Geraldines that owned Corkbeg and Lisquinlan from at least the lifetime of Sir Garrett Fitzgerald Knt of Lisquinlan and Corkbeg, married into and transferred ownership to Col Robert Uniacke, who married Helena FitzGerald and assumed the name and arms of the FitzGeralds by the will of Garrett FitzGerald's son, his maternal uncle, Sir Robert FitzGerald[disambiguation needed]. Col Robert Uniacke Fitzgerald then willed his Corkbeg and Lisquinlan estates to his nephew, another Col Robert Uniacke Fitzgerald, who built a Great House replacing the older house by the ruins of the castle keephouse built by the Condons. Corkbeg and Lisquinlan estates were willed finally to Sir Robert Uniacke-Penrose-FitzGerald 1st Bt of Corkbeg and Lisquinlan MP Cambridge who died 1919 without issue.

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  1. ^ "Placenames Database of Ireland". Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Three homes damaged in fire". Irish Examiner. 
  3. ^ "Man arrested after arson attack". Irish Examiner. 

Coordinates: 51°49′38″N 8°13′49″W / 51.82722°N 8.23028°W / 51.82722; -8.23028