Knockanore

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Knockanore
Cnoc an Óir
Village
Knockanore is located in Ireland
Knockanore
Knockanore
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°03′12″N 7°53′28″W / 52.053468°N 7.891205°W / 52.053468; -7.891205Coordinates: 52°03′12″N 7°53′28″W / 52.053468°N 7.891205°W / 52.053468; -7.891205
CountryIreland
ProvinceMunster
CountyCounty Waterford
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))

Knockanore (Irish: Cnoc an Fhómhair) is a rural village and townland in County Waterford, situated approximately 9 miles (15 km) from neighbouring towns Youghal (County Cork) and Tallow (also in County Waterford).The village is located on a designated scenic routeway.

History[edit]

Is a townland in the ancient parish of Kilcockan.[1] The ancient parish's of Templemichael, Kilwatermoy and Kilcockan were merged into a single union called Knockanore.[2] In Roman Catholic terms the parish of Templemichael is now known as Glendine however a Church of the Church of Ireland called Templemichael still exists.

Agriculture[edit]

Today, the village and the surrounding parish serves agricultural purposes primarily and a significant percentage of local families have some connection with agriculture in Knockanore.[citation needed]

Toponymy[edit]

The name itself is derived from the Irish Cnoc an Fhómhair, or Cnoc an Óir, which translates as "the hill of autumn/gold",[3] reflecting the many yellow furze bushes which once were plentiful in the area.

Population[edit]

According to the 2006 census of population, there were 890 persons living in the area that the united parishes cover.[citation needed] Areas such as Kilcockan (incorporating the village of Knockanore also) and Kilwatermoy West have decreased in population very slightly since 2002, while areas like Templemichael/Glendine and Kilwatermoy East have seen a slight population increase since 2002.[citation needed] Population distribution is represented mainly by scattered settlement, given the rural nature of the area.[citation needed]

Size[edit]

The village itself is officially located within one linear mile, reaching from the townland of Kilcockan to the south to just above the hub of the village itself, on the northern side. Local facilities include a public house 'The Shamrock Inn,' a post office, a Catholic church and a national school. A community hall sits beside the school and was officially opened in May 2009. It caters for various community functions and events, as well as private school assemblies and games.[citation needed]

United Parishes[edit]

Knockanore is one of the 'United Parishes,' which collectively span an area wider than the village itself.[citation needed] The other parishes are Glendine, which reach southwards almost to Youghal. To the northern side lies Kilwatermoy, which reaches almost to Tallow. As a result, the parish is served by three churches, one at each of these locations. The above population figure accounts for the number of people within these three parishes.[citation needed]

Community[edit]

Knockanore is home to the Shamrocks Hurling Club, which is at intermediate level in the West Waterford division. The club is served by the John F. Kennedy park in Knockanore, which was first opened in 1963 and later refurbished in the last decade.[when?]

Knockanore also hosts an annual fete organised by the local Knockanore Glendine Kilwatermoy Community Council, in the John F Kennedy Community Park, which usually takes place in late June or early July. Local stalls are complemented by a vintage display, followed by entertainment in the Shamrock Inn. The festival runs for a three days, and up until 2006, hosted an annual 'Choosing and Crowning of Festival Queen', a pageant whereby the festival queen is chosen to represent the festival for that year. The parish also has a Heritage and Historical group.[citation needed]

The Blackwater Ladies Club, based in the area, meet regularly in the Shamrock Inn. Other informal groups such as set-dancing take place for both adults and children.[citation needed]

Local businesses include Knockanore Kabins, a portable cabin manufacturer, Baldwin's Farmhouse Ice Cream[4] and Knockanore Farmhouse Cheese,[5] situated on the farm of a local dairy farmer. Also in the area is Faulkner's Craft Shop.[citation needed]

Another annual event is the local Ploughing Championship, which is usually held in or around the village in late September of each year. The various classes in the competition mean young and old compete, including a vintage class and a farmerette class.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reference Power, Patrick. Place Names of the Decies, London 1907
  2. ^ "Templemichael (Waterford) - Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)". Archived from the original on 27 June 2020. Retrieved 24 September 2021.
  3. ^ "Placenames Database of Ireland". Dublin City University. Archived from the original on 24 September 2021. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Baldwin's Farmhouse Ice Cream". Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Knockanore Farmhouse Cheese Co". Archived from the original on 13 February 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2015.

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