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 @ Creamery Yard

Kildorrery Community Development has restored the Old Store building into a multi-purpose events facility for the people of Kildorrery since 2021. We have held many events there including the annual Christmas Market, Friday night bingo, weekly dance classes, graduation ceremonies, junior infants orientation teas and the annual Kildorrery festival. The facility is often booked out, so contact the KCD early to avoid disappointment.
The cost of the Store's redevelopment was €280,000 and we secured a grant of €163,000 from both Ballyhoura Development and Cork County Council. The restoration work included:
- Plastering and insulation of the store building
- Installing a wooden floor
- Construction of a new stage
- Toilet facilities (2 wheelchair accessible units)
- Furnishings

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Kildorrery Community Development

Kildorrery Community Development CLG
Main Street
Kildorrery P67HX49
Co. Cork, Ireland

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