Kildorrery Community Development Ltd

Welcome to the official website of Kildorrery Community Development Limited, a non-profit organisation which was officially set up on the 4th of October 1993. The aim of the organisation is to promote Kildorrery as a welcoming and active community for our residents and visitors, thus encouraging tourism and industry into the area. 

Office / Tourist Services

  • Open Mon - Fri from 9.00am - 5.00pm
  • Full range of administrative services available: Typing, photocopying, printing, broadband use, laminating e-mailing and scanning
  • Our friendly office staff will gladly help with any questions or queries that you may have be you a visitor or local
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Fáilte Ireland approved Visitor Information Point

Subcommittees

There are seven sub-committees working within the Community Development.

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The Community Housing Association

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Tidy Towns Group

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Community Gardens Group

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Playground Group

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Historical Society

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Senior Citizens' Association

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Community Alert

The Community Office

The Community Office was restored and a restaurant developed in the extension of the original building between Oct 2012 and July 2013 with the help of LEADER Funding provided by Ballyhoura Development Ltd. The building dates back to 1777 and over its 200-year plus lifetime the building has undergone various changes, which all contribute to its character and architectural interest.

The building was purchased by Kildorrery Community Development Ltd. in 1998 to house its office and also to facilitate the running of the local Community Employment scheme which is still managed through the office.

Kildorrery Community Development Ltd. was determined to preserve the original appearance of the building. The thatch structure, which existed beneath the corrugated roof, preserved a dimension of this vernacular dwelling that had long since been lost in the Kildorrery streetscape. The reversion to thatch has added heritage value to the building.

Due to the historic nature of the structure and its inclusion in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH), an architectural & archaeological impact study was carried out before any plans were drawn up. The study found that this vernacular building was of a very early origin and consequently the plans drawn up for its restoration were sensitive to the integrity of its heritage.

In July 2013, the Thatch & Thyme Restaurant opened in the extension of the building and has proved to be an outstanding success, due to the expert culinary skills of Joanne McEldowney. Joanne sources fresh local produce for her extensive menu.

Restoration Works Gallery