The Community Office & Restaurant

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.

The Old Store

Kildorrery Community Development is raising funds to redevelop the Old Store Building into a new Community Hub for the people of Kildorrery. To date, we have reached our first milestone of €10,000! A huge thank you to the people of Kildorrery for all their amazing effort! We have also held our first event - the annual Christmas Market - in December 2021, to great success.

Check out the progress of the Store's restoration below:
The Old Creamery Yard was once the busy hub of Kildorrery life and it is our wish to turn it into the heart of the Kildorrery Community once more. Our aim is to restore our heritage buildings into a warm welcoming space where all members of our community can meet, while maintaining the integrity of the original structures. From youth groups to retirement groups, from markets to music, from barn dances to bingo, we need a place that we can be proud of and that is accessible to all. The Store building provides the perfect spot.

The restoration work includes:
- Plastering and insulation of the store building
- Installing a wooden floor
- Construction of a new stage
- Toilet facilities
- Furnishings

The estimated cost of the Store's redevelopment is €280,000 (unfurnished). We have secured a grant of €163,000 from both Ballyhoura Development and Cork County Council. We urgently need your help in raising funds in order to complete this project.


1. Donate online at

2. Donate when Representatives from the Community call at your door.

3. Donations can also be made at the Community Office on Main Street.

The Kildorrery Community Development has been working tirelessly for many years to see this project through. We now need your help to push it to completion by donating in any way you can. Every euro is a step closer to achieving a Community Hub that we can be really proud of and that will provide enjoyment for many years to come.