Leap, County Cork

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Irish: Léim Uí Dhonnabháin
Pubs in Leap village
Pubs in Leap village
Leap is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 51°34′51.28″N 09°08′36.31″W / 51.5809111°N 9.1434194°W / 51.5809111; -9.1434194
CountyCounty Cork
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))

Leap (/ˈlɛp/; Irish: Léim Uí Dhonnabháin or An Léim)[2][3] is a village in County Cork, Ireland, situated at the north end of Glandore Harbour, several miles inland from the seacoast. Leap is located on the N71 national secondary road which runs through West Cork from Cork city. It is in the parish of Kilmacabea which also includes Glandore village.[4][3]

Name and history[edit]

The Irish name of the village, Léim Uí Dhonnabháin, means "O'Donovan's Leap" and is reputedly derived from the story of a chieftain called O'Donovan, who was pursued by English soldiers, but escaped them by jumping across a ravine on the western side of the village.[3]

In 1684, Jeremiah O'Donovan (MP Baltimore), Lord of Clan Loughlin, obtained letters patent from Charles II of England. His extensive landholdings in the surrounding countryside were erected into the Manor of O'Donovan's Leap, or the Manor of the Leap.[citation needed]


The village has four bars (of which two serve food and one which is a music venue) and a fast food diner. Connolly's of Leap has been a bar since 1810.[citation needed] The local Anglican community is serviced by Leap Church. The village also has a furniture and hardware store, a petrol station/shop and a hairdresser and a beauty salon.[5]

An amenity park was opened in 2021.[6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Census 2016 - Small Area Population Statistics (SAPMAP Area) - Settlements - Leap". Census 2016. Central Statistics Office.
  2. ^ "An Léim / Leap". Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "About - History - Beyond the Leap / Beyond the Law". leapvillage.ie. Leap Village. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Kilmacabea Parish". Archived from the original on 2 July 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  5. ^ "About - Venues". leapvillage.ie. Leap Village. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  6. ^ "Leap amenity park unveiled". www.southernstar.ie. Retrieved 30 August 2022.
  7. ^ "Taoiseach opens Leap's new community park". www.southernstar.ie. Retrieved 30 August 2022.