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
CountyCounty Cork
 • Total257
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))

Leap (/ˈlɛp/; Irish: Léim Uí Dhonnabháin)[2] 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.[3]

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 4 bars, of which 2 serve food and one which is a music venue, and one fast food diner. Connolly's of Leap, a bar since 1810 and musical venue, closed in 2007 but was subsequently reopened. The village also has a furniture and hardware store, a petrol station/shop and a hairdresser and a beauty salon.

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  1. ^ "Census 2016 - Small Area Population Statistics (SAPMAP Area) - Settlements - Leap". Census 2016. Central Statistics Office.
  2. ^ "Placenames Database of Ireland". Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Kilmacabea Parish". Archived from the original on 2 July 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012.