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MAHON: A Cork City Suburb

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New Sattelite Town Of Mahon Linked With Historic Parish Of Ballinure

Established in the late 1970’s and also throughout the 1980’s, Mahon’s population is in the region of 13,000 citizens and with such a large population and also as a relatively new district of Cork City, the area urgently awaits further retail and commercial development projects. With such a sizeable population to serve, no major retailer has taken up residence on Avenue De Rennes, which is the core central area for the large Mahon population. The community is served by one loungebar (The Red Cove Inn) whilst another major former licensed premises remains closed for a few years.

The splendid Holy Cross Church at the junction of Skehard Road and Avenue De Rennes commands a very prominent location, whilst also sited on Avenue De Rennes is the Mahon Community Centre and a cluster of small retail units. Nagle Community College is the secondary establishment for post primary pupils and further uphill is the local primary school.

Mahon was built in the late 1970's and all through the 1980's by Cork City Council to establish a new stand alone parish and the construction programme was one of the largest building projects ever undertaken in Cork. The area was formerly open fields and an integral part of the greater Mahon Peninsula districts. The new communities came from all four corners of Cork city and county and adjoining the new landscapes was the famed area of Ballinure, also known as "White City".

This particular area was a traditional homeplace to scores of traveler families, who found a resting place in local lanes and byways and that tradition is still upheld in the 21st century. On the ring road around the peninsula a maze of new sports pitches were built in recent years and in close proximity is the Mahon Point Shopping Centre and Mahon Retail Park.

Derry JF Doody

Watch this space for further developments of Mahon's heritage and history.

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