Ballincollig, (Irish: Baile an Chollaigh) is a satellite town and largest town (not including Cork City) in County Cork, Ireland, approximately 9 km west of Cork City. It is located beside the River Lee on the R608 regional road. In 2006 the population of Ballincollig DED was 16,308.
The nearest towns include: Ballinora, Ovens, Killumney, Inniscarra, Blarney (home of the Blarney Stone), and Tower. It is located beyond the Green Belt from the Cork city suburbs of Bishopstown and Wilton.
Two Catholic churches are located in the town. The modern 'Church of Christ Our Light' (designed by a local architectural firm) is located on the west side of the town, while the old 'Church of St Mary and St John' is located near the centre of the town, on Station Road.
The Bible Baptist Church meets in the Westgate Foundation on the west end of town. The church is associated with the Cork Bible Institute and other Gospel ministries.
Other religious groups including Hindus, Sikhs, and Greek Orthodox also have services at various locations in Ballincollig Amenities.
The amenities located in Ballincollig include a library, a multiplex cinema, playgrounds, shopping centres and a large park. The recreational park, Ballincollig Regional Park, includes a former Gunpowder Mill and measures approximately 135 acres in size containing 52 structures in varying stages of decay surviving from the gunpowder manufacturing process. The site is approximately 2.4 kilometres in length and the River Lee runs the entire northern length of the site. The site contains a system of canals used during the manufacturing process connecting all the process areas in a single flat system without locks. The canals are fed from the River Lee at the western end of the site. The park contains soccer pitches, a rugby pitch, walkways, a skateboard facility, and free-to-use outdoor fitness equipment - the latter installed on the park's western end in November 2011. As a result of a 2012 development plan, which outlined the future of the Regional Park by the Recreation & Amenity section of the local authority, planning was approved for multi-use games areas and a children's playground. This work is due to start in June 2014. An eighty plot allotment scheme was also identified within the development plan, and was opened in November 2013 at the Innishmore entrance to the Regional Park.
The two secondary schools in Ballincollig are Coláiste Choilm and Ballincollig Community School which are located near the two opposite ends of the town. Ballincollig Community School is located in West Ballincollig and is next to the 'Church of Christ Our Light' and Scoil Barra (a primary school). Coláiste Choilm is located in East Ballincollig and is near a doctor's practice and the main town of Ballincollig. Scoil Eoin and Scoil Mhuire (two primary schools) are located near St Mary's and St John's church. A new three-storey building was opened for Gaelscoil Ui Riordáin in 2012. This is one of two primary and secondary Gaelscoileanna (Irish-speaking schools) in the area, providing for a large number of pupils who learn through the Irish language in the area.Ballincollig is home to several crèches, four primary schools, and two secondary schools. More recently a children's activity centre has been established with a synthetic skating rink, Supernova, which offers skating on a plastic surface. The Oriel Hotel and Leisure Centre offers facilities including a swimming pool, gym and related classes.
There are also shops, a shopping centre, restaurants and takeaway establishments in the town.
Lavender Landscapes was founded by Shane Murphy. Having started his career in ground works he went on to work in various aspects of landscaping including commercial, private gardens and horticulture.Frustrated by his employers use of bland materials and lack of vision on projects he decided to go it alone. Following hours of leaflet drops gradually smaller jobs came his way. Armed with only the basic of tools and a wheelbarrow in the boot of his car he took as much pride in these small jobs as those he completes today.His enthusiasm and natural creativity spurned by his love of all things natural led him on to design and construct the wonderful gardens shown.The business has grown but still the focus remains on quality and the personal approach.