Glandore (Irish: Cuan D'Ór, meaning harbour of the gold or (Irish:
Cuan Daire, meaning harbour of oak)) is the name of both a harbour and
village in County Cork, Ireland.
Glandore is located about an hour's
drive west of Cork city.
The village has several pubs, with traditional music. It is a very
popular holiday destination for Irish holiday makers in particular.
Famous homeowners include Margaret Jay, former leader of the House of
Lords, and at one time prominent business-man Tony O'Reilly. The
Church of Ireland
Church of Ireland which has been restored is located at the entrance
of The Rectory originally a private home and then home of the Rectory
and for a time a popular wedding venue. The Rectory (originally called
East View) along with Bearna Donn (originally called West View) &
Stone Hall were built in the 19th Century by the Allen Family. The
village yacht club's official headquarters is located near the pier on
the Old School Road.
The Irish Coast Guard has a unit based in
Glandore at the "Rocket
House" at the western end of the village.
The annual regatta takes place the third weekend of August. Sailing is
the main attraction to the village; however, rowing and swimming are
also a part of the community. In former years there used also be Irish
dancing competitions in the village square. The Lar Casey Cup is
awarded to the winning Dragon class yacht.
Every 2 years (on odd years) the
Glandore Classic Boat Regatta is held
during the second week of July.
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6 Places of interest
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The village is located on the east side of
Glandore Harbour. The
harbour is approximately three miles long north to south with the
village of Leap at the north end, Union Hall on the west side and two
small islands, named Adam and Eve, at the mouth of the harbour at the
south end. The sailing directions in the harbour are "to avoid Adam
and hug Eve". Rocks in the middle of the harbour called The Perches
have a flashing green mark to the western extremity indicating a safe
channel. The Danger Rock further up the harbour is indicated with a
flashing northern cardinal mark. The harbour itself is located midway
Glandore bay which is the area between The Galley Head and Toe
Glandore are Rushanes, Aughatubber, Drombeg in which
Drombeg stone circle
Drombeg stone circle is located, Kilfinnan, Kilfaughnabeg, Brulea,
Maulmarine, Kilcosan, Reenogreena, Cregg, Tralong, Carriglusky and
See also: Ímar Ua Donnubáin
Due to its location,
Glandore was one of the earlier settlements in
the area. In 1215, the
Normans built two castles here. The present
pier and wall were built in the first half of the 19th century. A fair
was held at Trá an Aonaigh (Beach of the Fair) also known as Tralong
(Beach of the ship) in the 18th century.
Glandore was then for centuries closely associated with the O'Donovan
family, who gained control of the harbour from the
occupied its castles.
The harbour supports a wide array of species. Seabirds include grey
herons, oystercatchers, gannets, shags, cormorants, herring gulls and
black tipped gulls. A number of seals live in the harbour. Whale,
dolphin, porpoise and shark are frequently found in the greater bay
area between the Galley Head and Toe Head. There are many seals in the
area also. Mackerel can be plentiful in the harbour depending on the
time of year.
Navigation marks in Glandore.
Danger Buoy Glandore.
Over the years sailing has become a very widespread activity for both
adults and children. The yacht club organizes 16+ courses every year
for junior sailors while there is still courses for adults as well as
powerboat and instructors courses. Every odd year
Glandore hosts its
"Classic Boat Regatta" which takes place over the space of a week.
Boats from all over the country come to participate in this event. The
Dragon and Squib keelboat classes and many dinghy classes including
Topaz are raced by club members. The club has turned out many talented
sailors over the years such as champion of everything carbon-fibre,
Colman O'Riordan. For many years
Glandore has been home to veteran
transatlantic yachtsman and sailing author Don Street who continues to
participate in local Dragon racing.
A famous card school meets in Casey's on a regular basis. New
applicants are welcome once they have completed five years of
observing the game and can demonstrate a firm grasp of Twenty five
traditions, tactics and strategy. Playing an inappropriate card at a
critical juncture can result in player status being revoked and a
further period of observation.
Places of interest
Drombeg stone circle
Drombeg stone circle (also known as The Druid's Altar), is a recumbent
stone circle located 2.4 km (1 mi) (1.5 miles) east of
Glandore. (grid ref: 24672 35157, Latitude: 51.564553N Longitude:
9.08702W) Drombeg is one of the most visited megalithic sites in
Ireland. There is no entry fee for this site.
There is a Roman Catholic church one mile away on the
of the village in the townland of Kilfaughnabeg (meaning "Little
church of Faughna"). This church was built circa 1929. The building of
a church at another location was abandoned before commencement of the
construction of the existing church. The abandoned structure was in
Kilcosan (meaning "Half Church").
There is a
Church of Ireland
Church of Ireland church on the Leap side of the village.
Chryss Goulandris and family, at one time lived at
Shorecliffe, a complex of buildings centred on an old guesthouse at
which O'Reilly used to stay with his first wife and children, later
bought out and extended. An eccentric black labrador called "Beth" who
swims in the harbour is often mistaken for a seal by tourists.
Shorecliffe was sold in the 2000's.
List of towns and villages in Ireland
^ Weir, A (1980). Early Ireland. A Field Guide. Belfast: Blackstaff
Press. pp. 114–115.
^ "Drombeg". The Megalithic Portal. Retrieved 2008-06-11.