Cork Videos produce short films of ordinary people, telling about ordinary things in towns and villages around County Cork, Ireland. I was delighted when Tony Kennedy, the producer of these films, e-mailed me to share his entertaining and informative amateur videos of North Cork villages.
These simple films share chats with locals, images of shops, points of interest, churches and schools – all-in-all a very thoughtful exploration of what makes these little communities tick.
Now, since my family hail from North Cork, just outside Kildorrery, I simply had to share this little snapshot of the village I know so well.
Famous Kildorrery Town:
Like many places in Ireland, Kildorrery even has it’s very own song, entitled “Famous Kildorrery Town.” The town is so famous, you’ve probably never heard of it, but hopefully this little blog post will help remedy that. Here’s the chorus of our famous song:
“Have you ever been up to Kildorrery
Indeed if you haven’t that’s quare
Sure it’s only five miles from Ardpatrick
And three from the cross of Red Chair
And when at that cross you are landed
You will see a big hill looking down
And on top of that hill bare naked and chill
Stands famous Kildorrery town.”
This song is sung by Kildorrery GAA supporters at matches throughout the county and province. I just had to highlight the lyrics in Kildorrery GAA blue.
The writer, Elizabeth Bowen, whose family lived at Bowen’s Court just outside the village, described the area as follows:
“Kildorrery is so placed as to be a landmark for miles.
Cross-shaped, and of some size, it has the characteristics of a hill-village
– rather sad weathered houses, sky seen through arches, draughty streets,
an exposed graveyard, a chapel launched over the distance like a ship.
Though its name means church of the oak grove, one can see no trees:
the Ballyhouras are very near, to the north.
Only when Kildorrery stands full in the sunset has it an all celestial smile.”
– Elizabeth Bowen, 1942
It sounds like Elizabeth was in agreement with the “bare naked and chill” description by our local songwriter of years gone by.
North Cork Videos – A Glance At Kildorrery, County Cork.
And so, without further ado, here is a little snapshot of the little corner of Ireland I love so well.
If you enjoyed this little glimpse of Kildorrery there are more short films of other Cork villages waiting to be viewed on the Cork Videos YouTube channel.
Thanks to Tony for giving me permission to share his work with you today.
Slán agus beannacht leat!
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom