The History of Kildorrery Village

Cill Dairbhre ‘The Church of the Oaks’
Kildorrery is situated on a conical hill at the crossing of the N73 (Mitchelstown-Mallow) and the R512 roads. These roads were first opened in the early 18th century, the first being a road that linked Clonmel to Doneraile which was soon crossed with a road linking Kilmallock to Fermoy. The streets of Kildorrery were built along these roads pointing them north, south, east and west directions.

The village we see today originated in the 1780’s when Robert the 2nd Earl of Kingston began a lifelong project of developing his 100,000 acre estate which involved demolishing whole villages and replacing them with wide urban streets with two storey houses for his tenants. It was at this time that the Earl also rebuilt Mitchelstown, Ballylanders and Ballyporeen.

Kildorrery began as a market town nearly two hundred years earlier when in 1606, King James I granted a licence to Maurice Fitzgibbon, the White Knight of Oldcastletown to hold a fair on the eve of St. Bartholomew’s day (24th Aug). 

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