Ballyphehane & Turner's Cross

Ballyphehane & Turner’s Cross

Ballyphehane and Turner’s Cross is a residential area on the south side of Cork City. It is located between the South Link Road and Togher and the Lough. 

Ballyphehanne is named after the original Irish name for the area Baile na Féitheán which means town of the drains. Turner’s Cross is named after the cross where the main Cork to Kinsale road split to go on to Carrigaline.

It is an area of great sporting prowess as both the home ground of Cork City Football Club at Turner’s Cross Stadium and the Cork home of Munster Rugby Club at Irish Independent Park are located here.

Public Transport


It is less than 2km from the Turner’s Cross and Ballyphehane area to the centre of Cork City Centre. It can be safely be walked along lit footpaths in 20 minutes or less.

Bus Routes

Bus services are provided by Bus Éireann, and the routes which pass through Turner’s Cross & Ballyphehane include:

  • 203 Lehenaghmore – City Centre – Farranree
  • 206 Grange – Douglas – South Douglas Road – South Mall
  • 209a St. Patrick Street – Friars Walk – Connolly Rd – Pouladuff – Ballyphehane
  • 213 Patrick Street – Black Ash Park via South Mall
  • 219 Cork Institute of Technology – C.U.H – Togher – Ballyphehane – Douglas – Ringmahon – Mahon Point/City Gate
  • 226 Cork Railway Station – Cork City Bus Station – Cork Airport – Kinsale

The 213 bus route departs from Black Ash Park which is a Park and Ride service for Cork City Centre.


There are many taxi services running in the Ballincollig area such as

Satellite Taxi – 021 480 80 80

Cork Taxi CoOp – 021 427 2222

Yellow Cabs – 021 487 4444

The area is also served by the FreeNow Taxi App.


The nearest train station is Kent Station in Cork City Centre. This is easily accessible via the 226 bus route.

History & Heritage 

Ballyphehane is one of the oldest suburbs of Cork. It was developed as part of an initiative by Cork City Council to create a ‘Model Community’ after the second world war. Over 1300 houses were built during the 20th century as part of this inititative. 


Turner’s Cross as an area was not truly developed until the mid 19th century. Up to this point maps recorded few houses. These houses were associated with farms and market gardens in the area. In 1879 the new terminus for the Cork and Macroom Railway was located in Turner’s Cross. This led to a period of building and increased population that continued up to the 1950’s even though the terminus closed in 1925. At this point there was very little land available to build on and turner’s cross in it’s current form had taken shape.


There are some fantastic attractions in Ballyphehane and Turner’s Cross. 

Some of the top attractions to the area are: Tory Top Park, Tory Top Library, Musgrave Park and Turner’s Cross Stadium. 

Tory Top Park is a fantastic ammenity in the centre of Ballphehane which has a skate park, walking routes, playing pitches and a children’s playground as well as different areas of plants and flowers.

Tory Top Library is a public library open to all that offers wifi, printing services as well as community rooms open to local clubs and societies.

Irish Independent Park and Turner’s Cross stadium showcase elite level sport throughout the season and are also home to a summer gig series.


Culture & Activity

Sport & Clubs

As well as hosting some top level Munster Rugby and Cork City FC matches there is also clubs and gyms to suit all levels in Ballyphehane and Turner’s Cross. 

Some examples of local clubs include: Redmonds and Ballyphehane GAA Clubs, Kilreen Celtic FC, Cork City Judo ClubTurner’s Cross Taekwon-Do Academy, Spartans Boxing Club and Dolphin Rugby Club

There are also several gyms and fitness centres so you are bound to find one that suits you! Check out Women’s Fitness Cork, Bikram Yoga Ballyphehane, NinjaFit Calissthenics, Fitnessworx Gym, BMG Fitness, Dommies GymStrives Health & Fitness and Bull & Fiddle Fitness Centre.


Eating & Drinking

There are some fantastic bars in the area that cover all genres from quiet pub to catch up with friends to the loud and lively sports bar. Some of our favourites are the Tory Top, Turner’s Cross Tavern, Noel Murphy’s Bar, The Harp BarThe Beer GardenThe Mountain BarFriar’s Walk Tavern and Hannah Barrett’s

There are also lots of tasty takeaways and chippers in the area; Donatello’sDino’sMcDonalds, CF Lennox Chipper, Poppa Bills ChipperGrilled Pepper Takeaway, Jade Palace, Green Town Chinese RestaurantSubway

Of course there are numerous options for coffee lovers too. Some of these are; InsomniaCosta Coffee, Unit 1 Coffee Shop, Tory’s Cafe, Comix Cafe.

Music & Entertainment

As well as gigs in Irish Independent Park there is a thriving music scene in the bars of Ballyphehane and Turner’s Cross. Live music of all genres can be found in the bars each weekend.

As well as this there are four music and performing arts schools in the area which train a large talent pool from the local area and further fields. There schools are: Cork School of Guitar, Cork City Music CollegeMontfort College of Performing Arts and the Visions School of Art


There are two Catholic churches in the area Church of the Assumption Ballyphehane and Church of Christ the King Turner’s Cross. The area is also home to Cork Mosque where the Muslim community hold regular prayer and services.


Primary Education:

Morning Star National School

Bunscoil Chríost Rí

Gaelscoil an Teaghlaigh Naofa

Scoil Maria Assumpta Catholic Primary School


Christ King (Girls)

Presentation Secondary Girls School

Coláiste Chríost Rí (Boys)

Deerpark Christian Brother’s School

Third Level

Colaiste Stiofáin Naofa College of Further Education

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