Boherbue

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Boherbue
An Bóthar Buí
Village
Nickname(s): Boher
Boherbue is located in Ireland
Boherbue
Boherbue
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°09′N 9°04′W / 52.150°N 9.067°W / 52.150; -9.067
CountryIreland
ProvinceMunster
CountyCounty Cork
Elevation800 ft (200 m)
Population
 • Total333
Time zoneWET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST)IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
 
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Boherbue
An Bóthar Buí
Village
Nickname(s): Boher
Boherbue is located in Ireland
Boherbue
Boherbue
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°09′N 9°04′W / 52.150°N 9.067°W / 52.150; -9.067
CountryIreland
ProvinceMunster
CountyCounty Cork
Elevation800 ft (200 m)
Population
 • Total333
Time zoneWET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST)IST (WEST) (UTC-1)

Boherbue (post office spelling) or Boherboy (Ordnance Survey spelling) (Irish: An Bóthar Buí, meaning "the yellow road")[1] is a village in North West County Cork, Ireland. It is in the civil parish of Kilmeen in the Barony of Duhallow.

History[edit]

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 amount of ‘forts and bailes’ that are still seen in the area.
A permanent settlement was described as early as 1655 A.D. in 'Petty’s map of 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.[2] 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.[3] Another theory suggests that the name comes the pagan god or chief Druid BAOI, who is said to have lived in the area.[4] Yet another explanation is that name originates from the abundant yellow gorse bushes (known locally as ‘furze’) that grow in the area.[5]

Transport and Communications[edit]

Boherbue lies on the R577 road, linking Tralee and Mallow.

Education[edit]

Local children are educated at Boherbue Comprehensive School which lies to the east of the village and has approximately 35 teachers and 300 pupils.

Religion[edit]

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 beautiful, well kept, modern-type building, erected in 1969 by local contractor Christy Feehan and blessed and opened by the then Bishop of Kerry, Dr Moynihan, on April 29th. 1969.[6]

Sport[edit]

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)

Handball is also played in Boherbue.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland. An Bóthar Buí Verified 2011-02-09.
  2. ^ McCarthy, Louis (2012). Boherbue Village 'Historical survey from earliest times to present day'. I.R.D. Duhallow. p. 10. 
  3. ^ McCarthy, Louis (2012). Boherbue Village 'Historical survey from earliest times to present day'. I.R.D. Duhallow. p. 7. 
  4. ^ McCarthy, Louis (2012). Boherbue Village 'Historical survey from earliest times to present day'. I.R.D. Duhallow. p. 7. 
  5. ^ McCarthy, Louis (2012). Boherbue Village 'Historical survey from earliest times to present day'. I.R.D. Duhallow. p. 7. 
  6. ^ McCarthy, Louis. "The Parish of Kilmeen". Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Katie and Shane bring home handball gold". Boherbue GAA Club. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 

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Coordinates: 52°09′N 9°04′W / 52.150°N 9.067°W / 52.150; -9.067