Ring of Cork Tourism includes Ballincollig

I would like to see Ballincollig benefit from the South and East Cork Area Development (SECAD) initiative which describes a Ring of Cork Tourist Trail including Cobh, Midleton, Youghal, Carrigaline and Ballincollig.

Here in Ballincollig we have a lot of heritage to offer the tourist and a large outdoor area for activities (Ballincollig Regional Park) like walking and orienteering.  At the moment I am part of a group which is trying to keep the artefacts from the former Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills Visitors’ Centre in the town. We need a location for a small voluntary run museum. This could be expanded to include the military heritage and Medieval heritage.

Let’s get Ballincollig on the map!!!

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7 Responses to Ring of Cork Tourism includes Ballincollig

  1. Rita Flynn says:

    Great! 100% with you.

  2. Hi folks,

    My name is Billy Mulqueen and I am the Tourism Marketing Officer for South & East Cork Tourism which has just launched the Ring of Cork brand. We are keen to promote Ballincollig’s tourism potential and work closely with Oriel House Hotel who are active members of the group. We include Ballincollig in all our tourism publications including a Heritage Trail which is circulated to all our members and local tourist offices. If anyone would like to discuss how best to raise Ballincollig’s profile, I would welcome your feedback.

    • ballincollig says:

      Hi Billy,

      Many thanks for commenting above. It would be great to discuss how to raise Ballincollig’s profile in the tourist world, with you. We have huge potential in Ballincollig and we are at a critical juncture with regard to keeping our Gunpowder Mill Visitors’ Centre display artefacts in the town. The Visitors’ Centre closed a few years ago and the display items need a new home in Ballincollig. This could be a big tourist attraction along with the actual Gunpowder Mills (working mill) relating to these items and could be expanded to include the military heritage (barracks and other buildings), medieval heritage (castle) and miscellaneous other aspects of our local heritage.

      I have passed your comment on to others who are of like mind and we will be in touch as soon as possible when we get our group together. In the meantime, my email address is: m.jordan246@gmail.com if you would like to contact me directly.

      Margaret Jordan

  3. Pat Flynn says:

    Hi All heritage Trailers

    I like the “Ring of Cork Tourism includes Ballincollig” idea and initiative. Some time ago I pursued the idea of a centrally located village museum and heritage trail on the Ballincollig Heritage Train, in a business plan to attract more tourists and visitors to the town.

    My driver motivation was to create some meaningful employment for myself and it allowed for and needed voluntary participation. It became somewhat stalled when I encountered difficulties in progressing access to and use of the Gunpowder exhibits!

    It is disappointing to note that those unused exhibits are now being dispersed. While I have not given up on the centrally located museum and heritage trail I am now progressing the idea of a virtual museum.

  4. FYI, if anyone wants to download a copy of the Ring of Cork Heritage Trail, click on the following link: http://ringofcork.ie/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/secad.pdf

    • ballincollig says:

      Thanks, Billy. I will add the link above, to the links on this blog.

      Perhaps “Ballincollig Regional Park and Gunpowder Mills” might be easier and more realistic to have on the brochure rather than “Ballincollig Royal Gunpowder Mills” only? If you ask anyone in the town of Ballincollig, they would be inclined to say that the Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills Visitors’ Centre is closed (which it is). But if you ask people where is Ballincollig Regional Park, people would generally know where to direct you. There are actually some signposts for the Regional Park at the various junctions leading into the town. The park is a wonderful asset, be it for playing games (big field areas), walking or meandering off the beaten track among the ruins of the Gunpowder Mills…..


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