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Carrigaline, Ireland

December 5th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Carrigaline (Carraig Uí Leighin in Irish meaning "rock of Lyons") is a single-street town (or sráidbhaile) in County Cork, Ireland. It is located about 12km from Cork City which can be reached by car in 25 minutes (along the R611 which passes through the town, and then the N28 Ringaskiddy–Cork road).

The population of the town and its hinterland has increased exponentially since the late 1970s when it was identified as a growth centre by Cork County Council. Such growth has occurred with the relentless construction of new housing, mostly semi-detached in estates. The mainly young population, has been stated in a recent publication, as being 12,835 (2006 census) and this is growing by hundreds of people a year with many more houses planned for the area. The village is thus beginning to assume the function of a town, although it does not have its own town council and remains under the authority of Cork County Council. In the most recent census (2006), Carrigaline was recorded as being the town with the second highest proportion of foreign nationals in the county (behind Midleton) per head of population, with approximately 900 residents of Eastern European decent, and also a sizable number of Asian and African origin.

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