Little Island

Little Island 

Little Island is a suburb on the eastern side of Cork City. It is acessible via the Jack Lynch tunnel. 

It is a very industrial area with many multinational pharmaceutical companies based in the area. The local business association estimate that their is now over 1000 companies in the area. 

Little Island include Ballytrasna, Carrigrenan, Castleview, Clashavodig, Courtstown, Harper’s Island and Wallingstown 

Public Transport

Bus Routes

The following bus routes run through Little Island allowing access to the city centre and many of it’s suburbs.

  • 200 Cobh – Cork
  • 240 Cork – Cloyne – Ballycotton
  • 241 Cork – Midleton – Whitegate – Trabolgan
  • 260 Cork – Youghal – Ardmore
  • 261 Cork – Midleton – Ballinacurra

Buses to other cities and rural areas leave regularly from Cork Parnell Place Bus Station in the city centre.


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

Satellite Taxi – 021 480 80 80

Cork Taxi CoOp – 021 427 2222

The area is also served by the FreeNow Taxi App.


There is a train station in Little Island which has commuter services to Cork City, Midleton & Cobh.

History & Heritage 

There has been a settlement at Little Island from at least the 7th century. Excavations have found ther remants of tidal mills they believe date from roughly 630AD. 

Examples of fulact fiadh middens, corn-drying kilns, the remains of a medieval church and graveyard, and the 15th or 16th century tower house known locally as Wallingstown Castle.

The quarry in the area provided thousands of tonnes of limestone which included the the stone used to build City Hall.

Since the late 20th century there has been massive industrial development with many businesses setting up in the Little island Business Park and East Gate Retail Park.


There are many fantastic ways to spend time in Little Island. One of the newest attractions is the Airtastic Entertainment Centre. They have inflatable obstacle courses, bowling, mini golf, amusements a ninja skills course and a fantastic New York Style diner!

Another activity to get up to with the little ones is the Amenity Walk & Playground. This fantastic public amenity brings you along the historic side of Little Island and has an awesome playground for the kids to enjoy.

For those looking to get away or just spoil themselves the Spa at the Radisson Blu Hotel offers up an amazing experience for those looking to cleanse or just relax.

Culture & Activity

Sport & Clubs

Little Island is the home of Cork Golf Club, one of the best clubs in the area. The course is designed by Alister MacKenzie and while challenging is friendly to golfers of all abilities. There is some fantastic holes cut from the quarry and offers excellent views over Cork Harbour.

Little Island Sport Complex is run by the Little Island Community Association. It caters for sports users such as basketball, indoor soccer, athletics, gymnastics, tennis, rollerblading, taekwon-do, in-line hockey, and kids skating.

There are also gyms like Total Body Training and NRG Xpress.

Eating & Drinking

As there is such a large number of people working in Little Island there is an abundance of takeaway options that serve up a massive variety of lunch options.

Some of these include: Subway, SupermacsZest Cafe Bistro, Peking, Dee Dee’s Cafe, KFC, Chopped  and the Cottage Takeaway.

For a more formal meal make sure to check out the offerings at Maestros Restaurant in the Raddison hotel or the restaurant at Cork Golf Club

For something different why not head over to neighbouring Glounthaune and check out the Island Gate Bar & Restaurant or the Rising Tide Bar.


St. Lappin’s is a Church of Ireland church that was built in 1864. There is a regular service here every Sunday at 11.30am.

St. Josephs Church is a Roman Catholic Church. There is a regular service here every Sunday at 10.30am.


There are two primary schools in Little Island; Scoil Inse Ratha and Gaelscoil Uí Drisceoil.

Atlantic Flight Training Academy is also based in Little Island.

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