The Lovely Lakes of Ballinure.

Described once by local historian, Paddy O’Driscoll as “A part of my heaven”, the islands and lakes at the south western corner of Bessborough, still remain as peaceful tranquil as ever as they silently await their fate. Located alongside the Bishops Walk, this complex of five wooded islands and lakes, appears to have been constructedContinue reading “The Lovely Lakes of Ballinure.”

The Sean Cronin Park.

This park, off the Ringmahon Road, alongside Ballinsheen was opened by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Joe O’Flynn on 5th June 1999. It was named after a local man Sean Cronin “in recognition of the tremendous effort, commitment and dedication in pursuance of the development of this park” made by Sean. Sean was bornContinue reading “The Sean Cronin Park.”

The Mahon Walkway

The present Mahon walkway – recently designated a Greenway, was created, following the construction of the Jack Lynch Tunnel from 1995, until its opening in May 1999.  Mahon Community Association, campaigned for this amenity in their discussions with Cork Corporation, during the negotiations in the early 1990s, on the tunnel construction. The path today stretches from Blackrock Castle along theContinue reading “The Mahon Walkway”

The Atlantic Pond: a Nearby Oasis of Wildlife.

The Atlantic Pond is an artificially made, lake alongside the Marina.  The pond is reached by a short walk from Blackock village or from the old railway line and also from Ballintemple village, and it is always worth a stroll around. The pond has fantastic biodiversity; including mallard ducks, swans, herons, moor hens, and egrets.Continue reading “The Atlantic Pond: a Nearby Oasis of Wildlife.”