Keep Shronagree Turbine Free

Local residents against the proposed Shronagree wind farm

Seven giant turbines higher than mount gabriel are proposed for Shronagree, near Ballydehob

Thanks for taking the time to visit this site. We are a group of concerned locals who have created this site to inform other locals of the planning application to build a wind farm; and to spread the information to the wider public.

Updated 23rd March 2023

Earlier this month Cork Co Co invalidated the application for planning from the developers for the second time. The developers have resubmitted their application on 13 MARCH 2023. We all have to resubmit our submissions/objections by 17 APRIL 2023. The 20 euros fee can be reclaimed but not through the on-line system, you must email them and apply for a refund or visit the office in person. This is all very unfortunate and time consuming but please bear with it. We achieved over 100 submissions last time and we really do need to achieve the same or better this time round.

The proposal includes…

  • 7 Giant Turbines, each measuring 150m high (492 feet), this is 50m higher than the existing turbines at Ballybane East.
  • The extensive remodelling of scenic roads at Shronagree and Ballydehob to transport the huge blades.

Our concerns

Shronagree is a peatland. The United Nations Environment Programme states that peatland acts as a natural carbon ‘sponge’ extracting twice as much carbon from the atmosphere as forests. They should be maintained and not drained for construction. In addition, excavation leads to the stored carbon being released back into the atmosphere.

Letterlicky Cairn, a Neolithic scheduled National Monument sits within the site. This is a place of quiet reflection in the assistance of mental well being that will be disturbed and ruined forever.

Biodiversity. This is a habitant for known protected species such as the Kerry Slug, Hen Harrier, Irish Hare and the Marsh Fritillary (butterfly). These species are protected under Section 20 of the Wildlife Act 1976.

This area is part of the Wild Atlantic Way, The Sheep’s Head, Fastnet Trails and various designated cycle routes. These are significant tourist initiatives to promote the area as a destination to strengthen the rural economy. To obliterate the outstanding scenic beauty of the region can only undermine these objectives.

The turbines at 150 metres high positioned on elevated land, means the turbines will be higher then Mount Gabriel and will be seen for at least 20km.

for further information please download our leaflet

How you can make a submission/objection to Cork County Council

Timing is important, all submissions/objections must be received by 17th April 2023.

Cork County Council do not accept submissions/objections by email you must use their online system. Anyone in the world can make a submission/objection online, by post or in person at the Skibbereen Planning Office. All submissions must pay a fee of 20 euros.

For an online submission


  • Go to the Cork County Council planning website
  • Click on find a planning application.
  • Insert planning file number 23130 and click search
  • On the page of search results, click on the highlighted file number 23130
  • Then press the blue button make a submission. This will pop open a new window.

  • Enter the file number again 23130 and click on search applications.
  • Finally, click on the small green button in the left-hand column.
Search the Cork Country planning website for planning application 23130
Locate the application in the pop-up window

Info you need to submit:

Application number23130
Applicant nameBallybane Windfarms 2 Ltd

Important: You must include your name and own address.

Online, by post or in person please feel free to use our template letter. If you wish, write your own objection or add your personal reasons to the template.

Postal submissions should be sent to the address on the template letter and enclose a cheque to the value of 20 euros made payable to Cork County Council. If you want to post your submission and pay by debit/credit card you must post it and once the submission has been received phone Cork County Council Planning West Dept. On +353(0) 28 40340 and pay over the phone.

And/or sign the Keep Shronagree Turbine Free petition.