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An Bóthar Buí
Main Street
Main Street
Boherbue is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°09′N 9°04′W / 52.150°N 9.067°W / 52.150; -9.067Coordinates: 52°09′N 9°04′W / 52.150°N 9.067°W / 52.150; -9.067
CountyCounty Cork
800 ft (200 m)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))

Boherbue (post office spelling) or Boherboy (Ordnance Survey spelling) (Irish: An Bóthar Buí, meaning 'the yellow road')[2] is a village in North West County Cork, Ireland. The village is in the civil parish of Kilmeen in the Barony of Duhallow, and spans the townlands of Gneeves, Laharan and Derrynatubbrid.[3][4] Boherbue is within the Cork North-West Dáil constituency.


The exact time period for the first permanent settlement in the area in not known. It has been suggested that the first inhabitants of the area were probably nomadic due to the amount of 'forts and bailes' that have are recorded in the area. Other ancient monuments in the area, as listed in the Record of Monuments and Places, include several ringforts and fulacht fiadh.[5]

A permanent settlement was described as early as 1655 in William Petty’s map of County Cork. In the 17th century the wider areas of Pobal Uí Chaoimh and Sliabh Luachra were being opened up by the construction of roadways, which facilitated the movement of cattle and general economic growth.[6] During this time a roadway from Kanturk to Killarney was constructed which passed through present day Boherbue.

Map of Boherbue circa 1655
Map showing the area around the parish of Boherbue from the Down Survey of Ireland circa 1656

Origin of name[edit]

Several theories exist as to how the area came to be known as Bóthar Buí. Bóthar Buí literally translated from Irish means ‘yellow road’, and many maintain that the name comes from the yellow mud that used to come to the surface of the road in times of rain.[7] Another theory suggests that the name comes from the pagan god or chief Druid Baoí, who is said to have lived in the area.[7] Yet another explanation is that name originates from the abundant yellow gorse bushes (known locally as ‘furze’) that grow in the area.[7]

Transport and economy[edit]

Boherbue lies on the R577 road, linking Tralee and Mallow. The nearest airport is Kerry Airport (37 km away).

The closest rail link to Boherbue is Millstreet (12 km) and Banteer (15 km) train stations, Mallow train station (32 km away) is popular in the area because of the frequent Cork-Dublin services from there.[citation needed]

Employers in the area include Ingredients Solutions (a cheese factory).[8]


Boherbue Educare (a pre-school and creche) is located in the townland of Gneeves.[9]

At primary level, local children are educated at Boherbue National School which is on the Knocknagree road (L1108). The local second level school is Boherbue Comprehensive School which lies to the east of the village and has approximately 45 teachers and 360 pupils.[citation needed]


The original parish church was situated evidently where Kilmeen graveyard is today. The present parish church is situated in the east end of the village. It is a modern building, erected in 1969 by local contractor Christy Feehan and blessed and opened by the then Bishop of Kerry, Dr Moynihan, on 29 April 1969.[10]


Boherbue's main sport is Gaelic Football represented by Boherbue GAA club with the football field situated in Gneeves at the western end of the village on the Knocknagree road. (L1108)

As of 2018 Boherbue juvenile footballers have merged with Knocknagree to form BK Plunketts, the name Plunkett is of honour of the founder of the Co-operative movement Horace Plunkett.[citation needed]

Boherbue is also represented in Ladies Football, Boherbue LFC used to represent the area until they merged with the Ballydesmond and Kiskeam club Araglin Desmonds, therefore renaming Araglin Desmonds Buí to represent Boherbue.[citation needed]

Boherbue National School and Boherbue Comprehensive School both compete in school championships in football and hurling.[citation needed]

Handball is also played in Boherbue.[11]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Census 2016 - Small Area Population Statistics (SAPMAP Area) - Settlements - Boherbue". Census 2016. Central Statistics Office. Archived from the original on 19 August 2018. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  2. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland. An Bóthar Buí Archived 21 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Verified 2011-02-09.
  3. ^ "Gneeves Townland, Co. Cork". Archived from the original on 8 November 2019. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Location details". Archived from the original on 21 November 2019. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  5. ^ Record of Monuments and Places - County Cork - Volume 1: Ordnance Survey Sheets 1-78 (PDF) (Report). Dúchas (National Monuments and Historic Properties Service). 1998. p. 160. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 September 2021. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  6. ^ McCarthy, Louis (2012). Boherbue Village 'Historical survey from earliest times to present day'. I.R.D. Duhallow. p. 10.
  7. ^ a b c McCarthy, Louis (2012). Boherbue Village 'Historical survey from earliest times to present day'. I.R.D. Duhallow. p. 7.
  8. ^ McCarthy, Louis. "Chapter 9: The Kiskeam Road". Archived from the original on 29 October 2019.
  9. ^ McCarthy, Louis. "Boherbue Village - Chapter 8". Archived from the original on 18 November 2019. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  10. ^ McCarthy, Louis. "The Parish of Kilmeen". Archived from the original on 2 December 2014. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  11. ^ "Katie and Shane bring home handball gold". Boherbue GAA Club. Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  12. ^ "Dan Buckley Titanic Survivor". Archived from the original on 21 November 2019. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  13. ^ "Faces of the Titanic: Daniel Buckley survived by hiding in a lifeboat". 11 April 2018. Archived from the original on 13 June 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2019.

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