Crosshaven and Bays

Crosshaven and the adjoining bays of Church Bay, Fennels Bay, Myrtleville and Fountainstown are located at the mouth of Cork Harbour approximately 23km south of Cork City and 5km east of Carrigaline. Crosshaven's strategic position has made it a location of recurring military fortifications since the 15th century. The Tower House and later Forth Meagher became an importaint military fortress in the 19th century.

View towards Curraghbinny with Spike Island and Cobh in the background   -   Image ©2024

Crosshaven at the estuary of the Owenabue River has evolved into an attractive village and leisure location which utilises it's safe harbour. The village area has a large number of attractive 18th and 19th century buildings. The western approach to the village along the R612 presents a picturesque tiered townscape with landmark spires and mature trees. The river has many moored yachts and boats in the approach to the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldsest sailing club in the world. The village commands views overlooking the Owenabue Estuary, the wooded headland of Curraghbinny and the mouth of the Lower Harbour.

View of the village square with Crosshaven boatyard in the background   -   Image ©2024

Crosshaven has the highest concentration of marinas and boat repair facilities in Cork Harbour. The marinas are located at The Royal Cork Yacht Club, Salve Marine and Crosshaven Boat Yard, all in Crosshaven village. The Royal Cork Yacht Club is also an important tourist destination, its founding in 1720 makes it the oldest yacht club in the world. It holds numerous annual and bi-annual sailing events which attracts large numbers of visitors to the village all year around. Crosshaven is also

View of the water & Crosshaven Boat Yard from next to the tourist office in Crosshaven village.   -   Image ©2024
For the Tourist Office web page with details - click HERE

Crosshaven is well served with local services including an excellent Centra supermarket, numerous restaurants, cafes, public houses, tourist acomodation, hairdressers etc. It also features an excellent childrens' payaground, amusement park and amusement arcade. It has numerous sports facilities, clubs and societies - see elsewhere on this website for details.

View of the Square with Crosshaven House and the Pitch & Put club to the right   -   Image ©2024

The 2016 census recorded a total population of 3 570 persons in Crosshaven. The village had a population of 2 577 people in 2016, an increase of 23% on the 2011 figures and the bays area had a population of 993 people in 2016. The figures from the 2022 census will be published here when they become available. The Website of An Phríomh-Oifig Staidrimh /The Central Statistics Office is HERE

View Crosshaven Village from the water   -   Image ©2024

More details on Crosshaven Village and the Bays to follow

This is a link to the Fountainstown Community News website

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Published May 2024 / Foilsithe Bealtaine 2024
All photos on this page - Don Slyne