Regional Park

Note the Ballincollig Regional Park has a permanent orienteering trail and  walking trails (including trails to the town). [updated April 2014]

Opening Times, Ballincollig Regional Park

Note:Closing time in June, July and August has been changed to 9pm.

To get to the Regional Park (western end) go to the roundabout at the west end of Ballincollig town and take the Inniscarra Road. About half a mile along the road, just before the Inniscarra Bridge, on your right, you will see the entrance for the park. At the entrance to the park area, you will see the distinctive white building as in the photo below. There is parking for cars here and access to the walks and playing fields. This western end of the park area is generally thought of as the Regional Park but it does connect via paths to the eastern end where most of the Gunpowder Mills buildings are dotted about. See the map below for the walks. Below is a link to a walking map of the Regional Park, Ballincollig. Print it off ant take it with you. The map was produced with sponsorship from the Cork County Council for Ballincollig Heritage Association.

Gunpowder Mills_map

Watch House at Western End of Regional Park


Photo taken in Regional Park in Winter


Inniscarra Bridge (photo taken from near the weir)

In 2006, Tom Butler, Chairman of the Ballincollig Tidy Towns, presented Councellor Michael Creed, Mayor of Cork County, with a copy of the report they had commissioned on the Flora and Fauna Study and Habitat Assessment of Ballincollig Regional Park.

This report, which was supported by the Heritage Council, was the result of many months of painstaking work by a group of very dedicated and highly qualified interested people.

Very early in 2005, Ballincollig Tidy Towns approached UCC to enquire if they would undertake an ecological assessment of Ballincollig Regional Park for them with a variety of objects in mind among them to protect the natural heritage of the park for further generations of local residents and visitors and to improve the committee’s knowledge of the habitats and the constituent flora and fauna inhabiting the park, or otherwise utilising it.

Gerard Morgan who is involved in environmental consultancy in UCC, agreed to put a group of willing volunteers together from both inside and outside of UCC, to undertake this work for the Tidy Towns Committee, for a nominal fee.

The programme of the project centered around a simple baseline Flora & Fauna survey of the park which is seen as an essential first step in improving people’s understanding of the diversity of species and habitats within the park. At a very early stage in the discussions, the approach to the report, was discussed and agreed by Brendan Murphy Ballincollig Tidy Towns, Sharon Casey, Heritage Officer, Cork County Council, Professor John O’Halloran (ZEPS, UCC) and Ger. Morgan, MSc. (Environmental Consultant, UCC).

Tom Butler, Chairman of Ballincollig Tidy Towns said that their committee sees this as the first systematic step in cataloguing what many users already know about the park’s rich natural history.

It is also hoped that the report will help raise awareness among interested parties and the wider public, especially in the hinterland of the park, about the very valuable natural asset, which the Regional Park, constitutes.

The very comprehensive report will be presented to the local schools, in the near future and also to Ballincollig Library, so that people can learn about the natural hidden treasures within the park.

This report appeared in the Muskerry News, Vol., 4, Issue 7, February 2006


Inniscarra Bridge at Western end of Regional Park

After the severe flooding along the River Lee, in 2009, the SEA (Strategic Environmental Assessment) produced an Environmental report (February 2010) in which they discuss the “Lee catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management”. Lee Flooding Assessment Report[added January 2012]

Text by Margaret Jordan and photos by Randy Jordan


16 Responses to Regional Park

  1. Dr. David F. Mahoney says:

    Very Good. I was looking for a history of Ballincollig and this was as close as I could Get.

    Dr. David F. Mahoney
    396 Joe McCarthy Dr. 3
    Buffalo, New York
    14228 USA

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  5. gordon dalton says:

    I enjoyed the beautiful location at the ballincollig Recreational Park, However I found there was a lack of information; signposts, information plaques or maps along the walks, especially after you past the weir. I got lost trying to find my way from the main carpark to the main gunpowder factory.

    • ballincollig says:

      I agree that there are not enough signs or plaques. This lack of signposting and information for the Ballincollig Regional Park has been an ongoing issue but efforts are ongoing to provide more signposting. Perhaps someone who is involved in this will comment here to fill us in on what is in train.

      Margaret Jordan

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  7. Jenny Webb says:

    The Ballincollig Trails Group is hoping to rectify this situation. They are planning three internal walks within the park, all marked out on boulders which will be colour coded. A trailhead map sign will indicate all the trails and a leaflet will be available with all the main gunpowder buildings on it. An app is also being developed.The trails have been passed by the National Trails Office and funding is being sought from Secad, the local Leader provider.
    It is possible to download a map of the park with all the key gunpowder buildings on from .
    Regarding plaques on buildings, this is not likely to happen because the council has no money and the problem of vandalism is ever present. All efforts to interpret the park as the former gunpowder mills site has ben done by voluntary effort and this is not likely to change.
    Regarding accessing the main gunpowder buildings, it’s actually easier to enter the park via the eastern end by the GAA pitches.

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  11. daithidearg says:


    I was reading a book about the official ira and the workers party and i think they said the weir was blown up in 1971. Particularly in regards to the present state of the weir do you know how long it took to rebuild and any other extra information or photos?


  12. daithidearg says:


    I was reading a book about the official ira and the workers party and it was mentioned that the weir was bombed in 1971.

    Any photos or any ideas how long it took to rebuild after this or any other ideas?


    • ballincollig says:

      I had not heard that about the weir. It would be interesting to find newspaper articles and photos alright. Who paid for the repairs back then?

      Margaret Jordan

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