21 Jun 2021

Cork Economic and Community Data Monitor Goes Live

Cork Economic and Community Data Monitor Goes Live

An effective and easy to use tool for finding out all you need to know about Cork County.

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Mary Linehan Foley has launched the Cork Economic and Community Data Monitor. This platform, which offers a variety of data on Cork County, will be of interest and use to researchers and students, businesses and employers, local community organisations, elected representatives and the citizens of County Cork.

The Cork Economic and Community Data Monitor provides reliable data on many facets of the county’s economic and social profile across a range of geographical levels, including spatial planning areas, administrative divisions, municipal districts and twenty-seven settlements across Cork County. With fifteen different themes, such as population, social deprivation, employment, income and living standards, education and the property market, the platform offers a comprehensive overview of key authoritative datasets from public agencies in Ireland.

Commissioned by Cork County Council, and built on existing in-house technology, the Cork Economic and Community Data Monitor has been designed and populated with curated datasets by socio-economic and community experts from People and Place.

In launching the monitor, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Mary Linehan Foley said, “The amount of information available in the Cork Economic and Community Data Monitor is breathtaking and will be of huge interest to anyone who is living or working in Cork. The platform provides up to date, verifiable data on a wide range of themes and I would encourage everyone to take a look and discover just how broad living and working in Cork County truly is.”

Commenting on the information available via the monitor, Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey highlighted how “Anyone who needs reliable data and information for their projects, businesses or studies, can avail of this platform, which contains verifiable data from varied sources such as the CSO, Department of Education and Skills, the Environment Protection Agency and Failte Ireland, all available in an easily digestible and understandable format. I am confident that the platform will prompt new conversations about our economic and social future, bringing data and indicators into the conversation which offers a fresh perspective and pushes the direction of our discussion from ‘anecdotal’ to ‘hard data’ evidence.”

Eoghan McCarthy of People and Place also highlighted how the platform can be applied to meet the increased demand for data and evidence based decision making, “The Cork Economic and Community Data Monitor can assist in developing supporting material for funding applications as well as provide key data to inform important strategic plans. It will also support community organisations operating within the county. A key element to the Cork Economic and Community Monitor is the ability to easily compare and contrast key data across a range of geographies such as local electoral areas to the many diverse settlements across Cork County.”

The Cork Economic and Community Data Monitor is updated on a quarterly basis, providing a current view of the economic and social status within the county for the years to come, with comparative data accessible in one place which will be of particular benefit to researchers and policy makers. All of the indicators have been carefully selected and integrated into the platform for viewing and sharing. Importantly, the underlying source data is publicly available, posing no threat to data confidentiality and does not contain any personal information relating to citizens.

Explore the Cork Economic and Community Data Monitor by visiting www.CorkCoCo.ie

Interesting Facts

  • Cork has more farms than any other county in Ireland at 14,201 and also the highest number of people in the country engaged in agriculture, forestry and fishing at 11,653 (CSO 2016).


  • Females outnumber males in most towns except Rathcormac which had exactly the same number of each at 881 males and 881 females in 2016 and Kilumney which recorded slightly more males than females (573 vs 559).


  • The four biggest towns in the county are Carrigaline, Cobh, Midleton and Mallow according to the 2016 Census.


Notes to Editors: People and Place is a multi-disciplinary consulting unit, specialising in collaborative and evidence-informed decision making for social, economic and community development. People and Place is based in Maynooth, Co. Kildare and has remote hub locations also in Ennis, Co. Clare and Caherciveen, Co. Kerry. People and Place is a spin-out company from Maynooth University. https://peopleandplace.ie