(Baile Bhuirne) is a small town in south-west County Cork
on the border with County Kerry
. It is north-west of Cork
city close to Macroom
in the Derrynasaggart Mountains
and is in the Muskerry
Tourism and the Irish language
It is a great tourist attraction and is an official Gaeltacht
. It is also an area rich in architectural heritage; the local abbey contains a Sheela na Gig
and there are a number of stone circles, stone rows and fulachtaí fia
in the area. The town is associated with Saint Gobnait
and is host to St. Gobnait's Well, which is visited by the local faithful every February 11
Ballyvourney is also the home of Ionad Cultúrtha (website - ) which is a regional cultural centre for the traditional and contemporary arts. It holds many interesting music and visual art events, and helps to keep traditional music alive and growing.
The local national school is called Scoil Aban Naofa
. The school was named after Aban who was one of the main saints of Ballyvourney.
The local secondary school is called "Coláiste Ghobnatan." It is named after one of the other main saints of Ballyvourney. The grounds of the former De Salle College Coláiste Íosagáin where A Song for a Raggy Boy
was filmed, can still be seen in Ballyvourney.
The bar/restaurants in Ballyvourney are "The Mills Inn", 'The Abbey Hotel' "The Hibernian" and 'The Crúiscín Lán'.
Transport and communications
Employment opportunities in Ballyvourney range from agricultural, industrial to hospitality sectors. Údarás na Gaeltachta provide grants for businesses, many of which are situated in Ballyvourney's industrial estate.
- Sullane F.C. , named after the river which runs through Ballyvourney, is the local soccer club. The team competes in the West Cork league in senior and underage divisions.