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Not to be confused with other places in Ireland named Donoughmore or Donaghmore.
Domhnach Mór
Donoughmore is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 51°59′N 8°45′W / 51.99°N 8.75°W / 51.99; -8.75Coordinates: 51°59′N 8°45′W / 51.99°N 8.75°W / 51.99; -8.75
Country Ireland
Province Munster
County County Cork
 • Parish 90.28 km2 (34.86 sq mi)
ElevationMax 383 m (1,257 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Rural 2,633
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference W487822

Donoughmore (spelt Donaghmore by Ordnance Survey Ireland; Irish: Domhnach Mór[1]) is a civil and Catholic parish in the barony of Muskerry East, County Cork, Ireland. This rural district lies 25 km west north-west of Cork city.[2]


Boundaries of the parish and its townlands.

The size of Donoughmore is stated as 22309 Acres or 9028 Hectares.[3]

Donoughmore is subdivided into 40 townlands in total. Some are divided into North/South or Lower/Upper etc. counting the townlands without dividing them there are 32 townlands in total. Some townlands are under the care of Rylane Post office and as such have Rylane as a postal address instead of Donoughmore. The following list is from largest to smallest (spelling follows the ordinance survey, local spellings may differ): Barrahaurin, Gowlane North, Pluckanes North, Meenahony, Kilcullen South, Coolmona, Kilcullen North, Ahadillane, Garraun North, Ballygirriha, Fornaght, Ballycunningham, Derry, Gowlane South, Coollicka, Garraun South, Killeenleigh, Lackabane, Rathcoola East, Rathcoola West, Garraunredmond, Commeenaplaw, Bunkilla, Monataggart, Kilmartin Lower, Pluckanes East, Pluckanes West, Knockanare, Kilmartin Upper, Knockarourke, Curragh, Ballykerwick, Firmount, Ballycraheen, Scarteen, Knockane, Monavanshere, Pluckanes South, Ballyhennessy, Ballyvodane.[4] The village of Stuake lies at the north end of the parish.

Donoughmore is, like most of county Cork, in the South Western River basin district. Within this district it is in the Lower Lee - Owenboy Water Management Unit.[5]

Donoughmore lies partly in the Boggeragh Mountain range. Uctough and Knockagoun are the only two mountains from the range that are in Donoughmore. Uctough 's peak at 383m is within the parish bounds, whilst Knockagoun 's peak is outside the parish bounds, within the parish it reaches between 380m - 386m.

Donoughmore's Garda jurisdiction is the Stuake Sub-District, of the Macroom District, in the Cork West Division of the Southern Region.[6]


In the Irish Census system, parishes do not have data collected for them as such, instead a unit of area called an "electoral division" is used. In rural contexts, electoral districts are usually calculated by grouping townlands together. Donoughmore consists of 3 electoral divisions: Firmount, Gowlane and Kilcullen.

Population Natural change Male Female
1901 2695 n/a
1911 2425 [7] -10%
2002 2062 -15%
2006 2392 +16%
2011 2633 [8] +10%


Donoughmore is in the Macroom-Blarney Electoral Area in the Cork County Council. Donoughmore consists of 3 electoral divisions and they are called Firmount, Gowlane and Kilcullen. Currently this area is served by two Fine Gael, two Fianna Fáil and One independent and one Sinn Féin councilor.[9]


Donoughmore currently has two primary schools. Scoil Iósaif and St. Lachteen's.[10] There used to be more schools within the parish, including Rathcoola School.


Donoughmore was formerly linked with Cork City by the narrow gauge Cork and Muskerry Light Railway. There were stops at Foxes Bridge, Knockane, Firmount and Donoughmore. Donoughmore railway station opened in 1893 but closed in 1934. It was situated at the bottom of New Tipperary.

There are two Regional roads in Donoughmore, the R619 and the R579. During the 18th century and 19th century specialist roads were built for various reasons. Cork city had a thriving butter market at the time and roads where built to places in Kerry to better facilitate this trade. One of these, locally called the 'Old Kerry Road'[11] was one such 'Butter Road'. It consists of the largest section of continually straight road within the parish.


Donoughmore civil parish is coterminous with the Roman Catholic parish which has two functioning churches: St. Josephs and St. Lachteen's. These churches are in the Catholic Diocese of Cloyne.

A Church of Ireland church existed in the parish until the 1960s, when it was de-consecrated. The building was a garage until recently, and a plaque in the garage commemorated this fact. Although the Church of Ireland church is now gone, the title of Prebendary of Donoughmore still exists. The current prebendary is Rev'd Ian Jonas, the priest in carrigrohane church.[12]

At Donoughmore-cross there is also the ruins of a very old church. This church is the origin of the shrine of St Lachtins arm.[13] This shrine now resides in the National Museum of Ireland and is a hollow bronze sculpture of an arm and hand. The shrine contains wood which itself contains a small cavity that would have held a relic at one time.

After the Rev John Buckely became Parish Priest of neighbouring Grenagh in 1869 he came to the conviction that his parish was too small. As a result, he requested a transfer of land to Grenagh from Inniscarra and Donoughmore. Whilst he was allowed to take the land surrounding present day courtbrack from Inniscarra he was denied his request for the Donoughmore townlands of Ballycraheen and part of Garraun South.[14]


  • There are a number of stone age structures in Donoughmore. Mostly standing stones and ring forts. Some of the stones have examples of the Ogham script engraved on them.[15]
  • The Earl of Donoughmore, an earl in the British peerage system, takes his name from Donoughmore. The story is that Francis Hely of neighbouring Kilshannig conformed to the Established religion, after doing so he was able to marry a Protestant woman named Prudence Earbery, the daughter of Mathias Earbery a leaseowner in Donoughmore. Their son John Hely married a woman by the name of Christina Nixon who was an heiress to her grand-uncle Richard Hutchinson. After marriage he took the name of John Hely-Hutchinson. He became a politician and provost of Trinity College Dublin. Using his position he got his wife a peerage and she took the name of his homeland as her title even though she did not live there but in Knocklofty, Tipperary. She became Baroness Donoughmore of Knocklofty and her son Richard Hely-Hutchinson became the first Baron Donoughmore and later, after supporting the Act Of Union, he became the Earl.[16][17] The current Earl lives in Brampton England.
  • Three passengers on the Titanic were from Donoughmore. They were William Doherty, Hannah Naughton and William Foley.
  • The Rathcoola Residency was an art programme for established Australian or New Zealand writers or artists where successful applicants received A$20,000 and six months accommodation at Rathcoola House in Donoughmore on condition that after the six months one piece of literature or art must be donated to the trust that runs the residency.[18]
  • In 2007 Donald Attig, a resident of Donoughmore, along with Jack Donovan of Ballincollig set records for the first transit of the River Shannon Navigation in an engineless live aboard Pleasure Boat. In 2008 Attig established new Benchmark Records by being the first person to complete the Shannon Navigation single handed in a live aboard pleasure boat.


The most popular sport in the area are the Gaelic games, and the local club is a dual code club as it plays both Hurling and Gaelic football. The club plays in the Muskery (often called Mid-Cork) division of Cork .[19]

  • In the men's, the footballers have been the most successful being the runners up in the Junior A Mid-Cork championship nine times in 1953, 56, 57, 62, 76, 81, 82, 93 2000 but winning in 1952, 1983 1998 and 2011.[21][22] In 1983 they went on to win that year's County championship.[23]
  • The Junior A Hurlers have reached the Mid-Cork final on seven occasions in 1933, 1935, 1943, 1952, 2001, 2008 and 2013- unfortunately the title has eluded them so far.[24][25]

The local soccer team is named Donoughmore Athletic,[26] Founded in 1995 the team plays in the Cork AUL league. It's honours so far are winning Division 3 in 98/99, and being runners up in Division 2A in 08/09 and runners up in Division 2 in 12/13.[27]

There is also an Athletic Club,[28] a Tug-o-war[29] club, and a Basketball club - which won the 2007 National league Division one Championship.[30] The newest sport to start in Donoughmore is Baseball with the "Druids" being formed in 2004.[31] Hare Coursing, Road Bowling and Set dancing also take place in Donoughmore.

In all of the above sports, team jerseys are a combination of Black and White colours, with black being dominant.


  1. ^ "Domhnach Mór". Fiontar, DCU. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  2. ^ 1:50 000 ordnance survey map of Ireland, Discovery series No. 80
  3. ^ Donoughmore is found under Kilcullen, Gowlane and Firmount
  4. ^ Click on historic map to see townlands only and zoom in and out for better detail
  5. ^ "South Western River Basin District WMU plans 2009" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-06-26. 
  6. ^ http://census.cso.ie/sapmap/ point mouse at donoughmore and check on the four Garda options
  7. ^ http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/search/ adduced by inputing the three ed's and adding the results. Make sure Cork is ticked as there is a Kilcullen in Kildare!
  8. ^ Census 2006 Results
  9. ^ http://www.corkcoco.ie/co/web/Cork%20County%20Council/About%20Us/Councillors/Blarney%20Macroom%20Electoral%20Area
  10. ^ "St Lachteens National School Donoughmore". Lachteen.ie. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  11. ^ http://www.millstreet.ie/blog/history/kerrymans-table
  12. ^ http://cork.anglican.org/our-people/clergy/the-revd-canon-ian-jonas/
  13. ^ "Shrine of St Lachteen". Museum.ie. Retrieved 2011-02-05. 
  14. ^ Duggan, John J (2009). Grenagh and Courtbrack: History of a rural parish.  p54
  15. ^ "Gowlane North". Irishmegaliths.org.uk. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  16. ^ "HELVIDIUS PRISCUS - Online Information article about HELVIDIUS PRISCUS". Encyclopedia.jrank.org. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  17. ^ Diarmuid O Murchadha "Family Names of County Cork" The Collins Press, Cork 1996 p174
  18. ^ Rathcoola.info http://web.archive.org/web/20070302175226/http://www.rathcoola.info/. Retrieved 20 January 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ "Donoughmore Gaa Website". Donoughmoregaa.ie. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  20. ^ "The Ladies Gaelic Football Association of Ireland - Senior Club Championship". Ladiesgaelic.ie. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  21. ^ "Muskerry Junior A Football Final". Homepage.eircom.net. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  22. ^ "Muskerry Junior A Football Final". Homepage.eircom.net. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  23. ^ "Junior A County Football Finals". Homepage.eircom.net. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  24. ^ "Muskerry Junior A Hurling Finals". Homepage.eircom.net. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  25. ^ "Muskerry Junior A Hurling Finals". Homepage.eircom.net. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  26. ^ "Donoughmore Athlethic Facebook page". https://www.facebook.com/pages/Donoughmore-Athletic-FC/592354590782697. 
  27. ^ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Donoughmore-Athletic-FC/592354590782697?sk=info&tab=page_info
  28. ^ Donoughmore Athletic club website http://www.dm7.ie/
  29. ^ Donoughmore tug of war website http://donoughmoretugofwar.com/
  30. ^ http://www.cit.ie/studentlife/sportsandclubs/
  31. ^ "Home". Druids Baseball. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 

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