County Cork is Ireland’s largest county and is located in the south west of the country. The majority of the Cork Gaeltacht is located in Múscraí which is north of Cork city. The Gaeltacht of Oileán Chléire is located off the west coast of County Cork.
County Cork is a large and varied county. From the lively city of Cork to market towns like Clonakilty to the decluded Béarra peninsula to coastal towns like Youghal, this county has every kind of region and every type activity available within them. There are two distinct areas within the Cork Gaeltacht – Múscraí and Oileán Chléire. Múscraí is located at the border with County Kerry in the west of the county and this area is famous for its rich history. There are many interesting sites to visit around Baile Bhuirne and in Macroom, which is just next to the Gaeltacht area, and this area is also known for its strong cultural traditions, especially for its music. Oileán Chléire is located off the south west coast of the county and less than 200 people live on it. This means that it is an exceptionally peaceful and beautiful place and the island is well loved for its walks and for the other adventure activities available on it.
Cork has a strong economy with a large amount of direct investment in dynamic industries like information technology, media and pharmaceuticals. The Múscraí Gaeltacht has substantial business resources and spaces, between manufacturing spaces and smaller spaces, and Cork city and its resources and services are less than one hour from the region. The main road from Cork to Killarney and Tralee goes through Múscraí and there is good access to the region due to this from other places. Údarás na Gaeltachta has invested continually in the region and as a result of this work, it is planned to develop a Regional Development Hub on the site of Coláiste Íosagán in Baile Bhuirne. Business, technological, enterprise and training supports will be available in this facility when it is opened and this project represents the type of opportunities that are available in Ireland’s Gaeltacht. Business facilities are also being developed on Oileán Chléire and there are plans to open a gteic on the island.
The population of Cork is continually growing and every resource is available to the community. Much of the Cork Gaeltacht is a rural, and Oilean Chléire is separated from the mainland, but nevertheless, every modern resource is available to residents as well as access to a large city.
Cork City is linked to other cities and major access points by an excellent Primary Road network.