The main street of Ballincollig, was the old village and it still retains some of the charm of bygone days. It is steeped in history from the Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills to Ballincollig Castle.
Ballincollig new Shopping Centre in the heart of the town of Ballincollig is embraced by the historic walls of the old Military Barracks. Visitors to the shopping centre might wonder at these massive limestone fortifications and associated buildings and hopefully they will reflect on the past when they do so. An old limestone Coach House, beautifully preserved, built in the late nineteenth century, is in the foreground of the new Shopping Centre area. There are other buildings such as the Officer’s Mess in the locality and also a Military Graveyard. These were once part of the Military barracks set up in the early nineteenth century to protect the gunpowder. Later, the Irish Army took over the Barracks and named it the Murphy Barracks.
Ballincollig’s Regional Park is a large area of green park area consisting of well laid out walks and trails opened to the public by Cork County Council. The land was originally part of the Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills. The Regional Park is accessed from the west end of the town at the picturesque eighteenth century Inniscarra Bridge and there is adequate parking. Currently on Saturday mornings you can take park in a very popular 5K park run, with wonderful volunteers on hand to see you off, offer encouragement enroute and see you finish.