RURAL COMMUNITIES

Ballyclough

Ballyclough is a very pleasant village located about 5 miles north of Mallow. The village has an assocation with a now inactive limestone quarry, hence its gaelic name Baile na gCloch ( literally translates as Village of Stone). It is situated in a particularly attractive setting and is adjacent to a well preserved castle which was built by the Desmond family in 1591.

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Buttevant was originally built by the Barry clan in the 13th century and today visitors can still trace the last 800 years through the various churches, castles, mills and market houses which are all to be found here. The ancient open air Cahirmee Horsefair is still held every year on July 12th on the Main Street of Buttevant. (Napolean is said to have sourced many of his horses from this fair)  The first steeple chase was held here in 1752 starting in nearby Doneraile and having its finish line adjacent to the steeple of Buttevant church, hence lending the name that has lasted in horse racing circles ever since.

Doneraile - Visit Site

Although the countryside around Doneraile is very beautiful, its main interest lies in its wealth of historical associations. Kilcolman Castle is located nearby which belonged to Edmund Spenser the famous poet. Doneraile was also known as home to many literary figures, including Canon Sheehan, John B. Keane and Elizabeth Bowen.

Doneraile Park is renowned as 160 hectares of beautifully landscaped parklands with mature groves of deciduous trees and lazy riverside walks while being home to number of deer herds, it is just one of the many tourist attractions located in and around Doneraile.

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Situated roughly half way between Fermoy and Mallow where the N72 bridges the river Blackwater, Castletownroche is a charming country village steeped in history.  Just one mile south of the village is Bridgetown Priory, a 13th Century Augustinian Friary and one mile north of the village is the beautiful landscaped Annesgrove Garden. Blackwater Castle from the 12th century is situated adjacent to the village and has in recent years been luxuriously restored .

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Killavullen, located on the banks of the river Blackwater about 3 miles from Castletownroche. It was the birthplace of Nano Nagle, founder of the Presentation Order of Nuns, which was to spread all over the world from here. Ballymacmoy House situated on a cliff top adjacent to the village was home to the Hennessy family that established the world famous Hennessy Cognac brand.

Shanballymore - Check Us Out on Facebook

Shanballymore is a small village just off the main route from Mallow to Mitchelstown. To the south of the village, the ruins of Dannanstown flourmill survive on the banks of the Awbeg. A number of bronze plaques highlight some of the many heritage sites located in the village.

Dromohane / Glantane - Check Us Out On Facebook

The villages of Dromohane and Glantane are located just 5kms outside Mallow. Both of these villages are nestled in the Blackwater Valley and enjoy a rural setting although close to Mallow.  Dromohane has rich links to the Irish Nationalism as Thomas Russell founder of the Young Irelanders was born here.

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Lombardstown is about 5 kms from Mallow, just off the Killarney road takes its name from the Lombard clan which came here from Lombardy in northern Italy in the middle ages.  From 1912 the world-famous Irish tenor, John McCormack spent many summers in the area after he purchased a small cottage outside the village .  

Liscarroll - Visit Site

The name of Liscarroll is derived from an earthen fort (or Lios) erected by the O'Carroll's, in the early Mediaeval Period.. There are over 100 known archaeological sites in Liscarroll parish, some of which, such as the mediaeval parish church and graveyard is located on an outcrop of rock north of the village.  It is home today to the famous Donkey Sanctuary whose scenery and inhabitants are guaranteed to charm young and old alike.

Churchtown - Visit Site

Churchtown is a beautiful village located about three miles north of Buttevant. The famous actor Oliver Reed was a resident there and is buried in the 13th Century cemetery in the heart of the village.

Cecilstown

Cecilstown is situated on the road from Mallow to Kanturk approx 5.5 km from Mallow.  Ballyhass Activity Centre is located nearby on a 36-acre site, which has two spring water lakes. There are natural limestone rock faces perfect for rock climbing and abseiling. There are landscaped open spaces for team challenges, archery, ropes courses and a whole range of team building activities

Burnfort - Visit Site

Burnfort is a little village situated 1.8 miles off the main road from Mallow to Cork. This small rural village consists of a number of houses, a church and school. The Blackwater Way Walking trail is located just north of Burnfort.

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