Knocknaheeney & Gurranabraher

Knocknaheeny & Gurranabraher

Knocknaheeny and Gurranabraher are suburbs on the north west side of Cork City.

Knocknaheeny is an anglicised version of the original Irish name Cnoc na hAoine meaning the ‘Hill of Friday’ which is thought to refer to Good Friday when Jesus died on a hill. 

Gurranabraher comes from the Irish Garrán na mBráthar meaning grove of the brothers.

It is mainly a residential area but has been the location of the Apple EMEA headquarters since the 1980s.

The suburb of Knocknaheeny is made up of the three distinct areas; Knocknaheeny, Hollyhill and Knocknacullen. 

To get a real sense of the area make sure to join the local facebook group “The Boys & Girls of Knocka”

Public Transport 

Bus Routes

  • 201 CUH – CIT – Wilton Road – Hollyhill – Farranree – Blackpool -Ballyvolane – Lotabeg
  • 202 Apple Campus – Hollyhill – City Centre – Mahon


There are many taxi services running in the Knocknaheeny 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.

History & Heritage 

Gurranbraher first started to become more populated when in the 1920s large schemes of corporation houses were built in the area to alleviate the overcrowding in the city. 

Knocknaheeny is mentioned as the residenence of 15 farming families in the late 19th century. It grew further as more social housing was built by the council in the 1970’s. This led to a very young population and so started it’s expansion into what it is today with roughly 10,000 people living in the area. 

In 2014 a phased regeneration of the area began under the watch of Cork City Council.


The Knocknaheeny & Hollyhill Community Garden is a fantastic local ammenity which is open to all interested in growing fruits, vegetables and some beautiful flowers. 

Churchfield / Gurranabraher Youth and Community Resource Centre aka The Hut provides a vast range of community and youth services, groups and activities. Make sure to check out the Gurranbraher Art Projects!

Gerry O’Sullivan Park is another fantastic local ammenity with Playgrounds and walking trails as well as pitches and grounds for sports.

Culture & Activity

Sport & Clubs

The area has a strong sporting tradition with 3 former olympians having trained in the Sunnyside Boxing Club. 
There is also a strong GAA tradition with St Vincent’s GAA Club & Hollyhill Ladies Football Club in the area.
Soccer is a big part of the community with  Knocknaheeny Celtic, Central Rovers and Grattan United all based here. 
Blue Demons Basketball Club is also another big local sport playing in the parichial hall since 1966. 

Eating & Drinking

There are lots of different options to eat in the area. Some of these include Burger King, Apache Pizza, Subway, Poppa Bills, Mamak Asian Street Food, Madina Kebabs, Donnelly’s Take Away, Donatellos and Tasty Snacks.

If you are thirsty there is also lots of excellent pubs serving all sorts of drinks; Baker Street Irish Pub, Top of the Hill, River Lane Bar, Templeacre Tavern, D’Anglers Bar. 


St Mary’s on the Hill Church, Hollyhill

Church of the Ascension


Primary Education:

St. Mary’s on the Hill

Scoil Padre Pio


Terence MacSwiney Community College 

Third Level: 

CityNorth College of Further Education 

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