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
CountyCounty Cork
Dáil ConstituencyCork East
EU ParliamentSouth
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))

Whitegate (Irish: an Geata Bán)[2] is a small village in East Cork on the eastern shore of Cork Harbour in County Cork, Ireland. It is within the townland of Ballincarroonig or Ballincarroony.

Once a fishing port and known for lace-making, in the 20th-century Whitegate became the location for Ireland's only oil refinery, which was built on Corkbeg Island on one side of the bay. Since 2016, this refinery has been owned by Irving Oil.[3] Aghada Power Generating plant lies on the other side of the bay.

The writer William Wall (b.1955) grew up here, though his home, then vacant, was destroyed in a fire in 2008 in a suspected arson attack.[4][5]

There is a 14th-century church in the grounds of Corkbeg churchyard, now a Church of Ireland parish. Trabolgan Holiday Village is also located nearby.

Historic estates[edit]

The Hiberno-Norman FitzGerald family (a sub-branch of the Desmond Geraldines that owned Corkbeg and Lisquinlan), were landowners in the area.[6] Following a marriage between the FitzGerald and Uniacke families, ownership of lands at Corkbeg and Whitegate transferred to Col Robert Uniacke. After marrying Helena FitzGerald, Robert Uniacke assumed the name and arms of the FitzGeralds. Ultimately Uniacke Fitzgerald's nephew, another Col Robert Uniacke Fitzgerald, built a great house on the estate lands. The Corkbeg and Lisquinlan estates were later willed to Sir Robert Uniacke-Penrose-FitzGerald 1st Bt of Corkbeg and Lisquinlan who died 1919 without issue. Whitegate House, dating from c.1780, still stands at Whitegate.[7][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Census 2016 - SAPMAP Area - Settlements - Whitegate". Census 2016. CSO. 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Placenames Database of Ireland". Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Whitegate Refinery deal done, new owners say jobs secure". Independent News and Media. 10 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Three homes damaged in fire". Irish Examiner. 18 June 2008.
  5. ^ "Man arrested after arson attack". Irish Examiner. 19 June 2008.
  6. ^ R. G. FitzGerald-Uniacke (30 June 1912). "The FitzGeralds of Glenane, Co. Cork". The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland. 6. Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland. 2: 165. JSTOR 25514232.
  7. ^ "Whitegate House, Strand Road, Whitegate, County Cork". buildingsofireland.ie. National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  8. ^ "House - Whitegate House". landedestates.nuigalway.ie. NUIG Landed Estates Database. Retrieved 17 November 2018.

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