Leap, County Cork
Léim Uí Dhonnabháin
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Leap (//; Irish: Léim Uí Dhonnabháin) is a village in County Cork, Ireland, situated at the north end of Glandore Harbour, several miles inland from the seacoast. Leap is also the biggest village in County Cork 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.
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.
In the village itself it currently has 3 bars, of which 1 serve food and one is a music venue, furniture & hardware stores, a petrol station/post office/shop, and 2 other shops. There is an off licence coming soon and there are a block of flats too. There is going to be a fish and chip shop too. 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. It has reopened as of 2013.
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 environs.
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