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The town of Bandon, often referred to as the Gateway to West Cork, lies 27 km south-west of Cork city and is accessible by bus or car on the main N71 road from Cork. Sadly, the railway has long since ceased to run as a result of the major cutbacks in rural rail services which saw most routes to small towns, not between the major cities, abandoned as being not commercially viable.

Bandon lies on the River of the same name whose source is to the west of the town in the Maughanaclea Hills and which enters the sea at Kinsale via a beautiful estuary and protected inner and outer harbour. The river is well known for its excellent salmon and trout fishing.

The town was established in 1608 by Richard Boyle who became the Earl of Cork. The town is of historical interest and still has parts of the original town wall. Today Bandon is a thriving market town with a population a little over 2,000, swollen by visitors in the summer.

The main activities of the town are agriculture related, with tourism playing an increasing role. Bandon is a lively, bustling town with a friendly population.

Some useful contacts are:
Bandon Chamber of Commerce   tel: (353) (0)23 44522
Bank of Ireland tel: 1850 365365
West Cork Business Centre tel: (353) (0)23 43424
Allied Irish Bank tel: (353) (0)23 41520
West Cork Heritage Centre tel: (353) (0)23 44193
Gardai (police), Emergency
tel:- 999 (free)
tel: (353) (0)23 41145
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