Leap, County Cork

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Léim Uí Dhonnabháin
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
Country Ireland
Province Munster
County County Cork
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)

Leap (/ˈlɛp/; Irish: Léim Uí Dhonnabháin)[1] is a village in County Cork, Ireland, situated at the north end of Glandore Harbour, several miles inland from the seacoast. Leap is the second biggest village in County Cork after Kiskeam as it has the most acres in townlands.

Its full Irish name means "O'Donovan's Leap" and is derived from the story of a chieftain called O'Donovan, who was pursued by English soldiers, but escaped them by jumping across a ravine at the bottom of the village.

Leap is located on the N71 national secondary road which runs through West cork from Cork city (one hour drive away). It is in the parish of Kilmacabea which also includes Glandore village.[2]

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.


The village currently has 3 bars, of which 1 serves food and one which is a music venue. It also has a furniture & hardware store, a petrol station/post office/shop, and 2 other shops. There is an off license coming soon. There is also a block of flats . There are plans for a fish and chip shop. There is also a Gaelic football pitch at the bottom of the village.

Connolly's of Leap, a bar and musical venue closed in 2007. It had been a pub since 1810.

In December 2011, Leap was granted its own travel card system, the Leap Card. It is primarily aimed at tractor and bicycle users and enables free movement of such road users in the Greater Leap environ


Leap is the home of tashp, with its founder Diarmuid O'Callaghan and his trustee understudies Podge Cronin, Niall Hayes, Liam Thompson and Martin Collins. Leap is experiencing a high rise in tashp due to the new crop of young people in Leap. Tashp has spread throughout West Cork and even further. Snapchat had to reprogramme their system to cope with all the tashp coming from the stories in Leap. Rumour has it that Prayer in C by Robin Schulz was playing in the background when tashp was first discovered, in Diarmuid's kitchen. Some say Tashp can be described as; life, a burst of energy or anything you can think of. What is tashp?...........Tashp is life.

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  1. ^ "Placenames Database of Ireland". Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Kilmacabea Parish". Retrieved 15 September 2012.