An Laoi
The River Lee

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.

Enterprise and Community

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.


  • The population of County Cork is 581,231 (2022 Census)
  • The population of the Cork Gaeltacht is 3,932 and this is equivalent to 4% of the Gaeltacht population
  • The largest areas of population within the Cork Gaeltacht are Baile Mhic Íre/Baile Bhuirne and Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh
  • The Cork Gaeltacht has an area of 262 km2. This is equivalent to 6% of the entire area of the Gaeltacht
  • In 2019, 699 people were employed full time in Údarás na Gaeltachta client companies in the Múscraí Gaeltacht

Transportation Systems

Cork City is linked to other cities and major access points by an excellent Primary Road network.

  • N71 South from Cork City (Island of Cape Clear)
  • N22 West – main Cork to Killarney road (Muskerry)

Air Services

  • Cork Airport
    Cork airport operated internal flights and international flights to destinations all over Europe
  • Kerry Airport
    Flights to Dublin airport and other places in Europe are operated from Kerry airport
  • Shannon Airport
    Transatlantic flights and flights to Europe are available from Shannon Airport

Bus, Rail and Ferry Services

Regular bus services operate in Múscraí and rail services also serve County Cork. There is a daily ferry service to and from Oileán Chléire.

Medical Services in County Cork

  • Bon Secours Hospital
  • Mercy University Hospital
  • Victoria University Hospital
  • Cork University Hospital

Third Level Education in the region

Leisure Facilities

Every kind of leisure facility and activity is available in County Cork. For further information visit:

Client-companies affiliated with Údarás na Gaeltachta in Cork