Glandore

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Glandore
Cuan D'Ór
Village
The village of Glandore to include the pier at the base of the village. Main access point for sailors making entry to land.
Glandore is located in Ireland
Glandore
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 51°33′52″N 09°07′33″W / 51.56444°N 9.12583°W / 51.56444; -9.12583Coordinates: 51°33′52″N 09°07′33″W / 51.56444°N 9.12583°W / 51.56444; -9.12583
CountryIreland
ProvinceMunster
CountyCounty Cork
Time zoneWET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST)IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
 
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Glandore
Cuan D'Ór
Village
The village of Glandore to include the pier at the base of the village. Main access point for sailors making entry to land.
Glandore is located in Ireland
Glandore
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 51°33′52″N 09°07′33″W / 51.56444°N 9.12583°W / 51.56444; -9.12583Coordinates: 51°33′52″N 09°07′33″W / 51.56444°N 9.12583°W / 51.56444; -9.12583
CountryIreland
ProvinceMunster
CountyCounty Cork
Time zoneWET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST)IST (WEST) (UTC-1)

Glandore (Irish: Cuan D'Ór, meaning harbour of the gold or (Irish: Cuan Daire, meaning harbour of oak) is the name of both a harbour and village in County Cork, Ireland. Glandore is located about an hour's drive west of Cork city.

The village has several pubs, with traditional music. It is a very popular holiday destination for Irish holiday makers in particular. Famous homeowners include Margaret Jay, former leader of the House of Lords, and Tony O'Reilly. The Church of Ireland which is being restored is located at the entrance of The Rectory originally a private home and then home of the Rectory but now a popular wedding venue. The Rectory along with Bearna Donn & Stone Wall were built in the 19th Century by the Allen Family. The village yacht club's official headquarters is next to the Glandore Inn.

The Irish Coast Guard has a unit based in Glandore at the "Rocket House" at the western end of the village.

The annual regatta takes place the third weekend of August.Sailing is the main attraction to the village however rowing and swimming are also a part of the community. In former years there used also be Irish dancing competitions in the village square. The Lar Casey Cup is awarded to the winning Dragon class yacht.

Every 2 years (on odd years) the Glandore Classic Boat Regatta is held during the second week of July.[1]

Geography[edit]

The village is located on the east side of Glandore Harbour. The harbour is approximately three miles long north to south with the village of Leap at the north end, Union Hall on the west side and two small islands, named Adam and Eve, at the mouth of the harbour at the south end. The sailing directions in the harbour are "to avoid Adam and hug Eve". Rocks in the middle of the harbour called The Perches have a flashing green mark to the western extremity indicating a safe channel. The Danger Rock further up the harbour is indicated with a flashing northern cardinal mark. The harbour itself is located midway in Glandore bay which is the area between The Galley Head and Toe Head.

Townlands in Glandore are Rushanes, Aughatubber, Drombeg in which Drombeg stone circle is located, Kilfinnan, Kilfaughnabeg, Brulea, Maulmarine, Kilcosan, Reenogreena, Cregg, Tralong, Carriglusky and Knockardan.

Glandore Harbour

History[edit]

Due to its location, Glandore was one of the earlier settlements in the area. In 1215, the Normans built two castles here. The present pier and wall were built in the first half of the 19th century. A fair was held at Trá an Aonaigh (Beach of the Fair) also known as Tralong (Beach of the ship) in the 18th century.

Glandore was then for centuries closely associated with the O'Donovan family, who gained control of the harbour from the Normans and occupied its castles.

Wildlife[edit]

The harbour supports a wide array of species. Seabirds include grey herons, oystercatchers, gannets, shags, cormorants, herring gulls and black tipped gulls. A number of seals live in the harbour. Whale, dolphin, porpoise and shark are frequently found in the greater bay area between the Galley Head and Toe Head. There are many seals in the area also. Mackerel can be plentiful in the harbour depending on the time of year.

Sailing[edit]

Navigation marks in Glandore.
Navigation marks in Glandore.
Danger Buoy Glandore.
Danger Buoy Glandore.

Over the years sailing has become a very wide spread activity for both adults and children. The yacht club organizes 16+ courses every year for junior sailors while there is still courses for adults as well as powerboat and instructors courses. Every odd year Glandore hosts its "Classic Boat Regatta" which takes place over the space of a week. Boats from all over the country come to participate in this event. The Dragon and Squib keelboat classes and many dinghy classes including Laser and Topaz Omega are raced by club members.

Places of interest[edit]

Churches[edit]

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weir, A (1980). Early Ireland. A Field Guide. Belfast: Blackstaff Press. pp. 114–115. 
  2. ^ "Drombeg". The Megalithic Portal. Retrieved 2008-06-11.