Welcome to Doneraile

The town of Doneraile stands on the northern slope of Knockahur hill, which rises by a gentle slope from the river and gradually ascends to a rocky prominence. However, it was not this rocky prominence but one near the graveyard of Oldcourt which together with an ancient fort built thereon, gave the town its name, Doneraile, i.e. “Dún ar Aill”, meaning “the fort on the cliff”. The countryside around Doneraile is very scenic and has a wealth of historical associations.Doneraile (Irish: Dún ar Aill), historically Dunerayl, is a town in County Cork, Ireland. It is located on the R581 regional road 8 km east of the N20 road which runs from Limerick to Cork. It is about 12 km north of Mallow town. It is situated on the River Awbeg, a branch of the Blackwater.


Doneraile Development Association have recently launched its historical book of Doneraile “A Taste Of Doneraile”. This reflects the history of Doneraile of the past few hundred years and is a must for anybody wanting to immerse themselves in Doneraile’s History and Culture. All proceeds go to the development and growth of the greater Doneraile area and environs.

Click below to buy “A Taste of Doneraile”.


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On this bright September morning
The suns come out to play
And by the clear blue sky
It’s going to stay all day
And I am told it’s not a freak
And will last all next week.
Now when the sun shines over here
It always fills us up with cheer.
The tourists say “It’s very nice
You have a virtual paradise”
Your lakes and rivers
Are every anglers wish
For they have their fill of fish.
With plenty of Salmon all about
And an abundance of
All types of trout.
Our rolling meadows it is plain
Are like the prairies
Filled with grain
And pastures that are filled with clover
Make our meat loved
The world all over
And not forgetting of course
Our breeding of the racing horse.
Sadly some villages
Are in decline
But that is not the case
With mine.
We are way out here
Beyond the pale
The heritage village
And it is a fact
And not conjecture
We’ve got great
Georgian architecture.
And it has been
Our villages gain
To have the St. Legers demeisne.
And history will relate
From the time of
Henry the eighth
Till 1969 when
The heirs met their fate.
You can get here
With little fuss
And all are welcome
To visit us.

© Cliff O’Hanlon -
Sept. 2011