Leap, located at the tip of Glandore harbour, gets its name from “O’Donovan’s Leap”, the story of a local chieftain called O’Donovan, escaping from English soldiers by jumping across a ravine at the bottom of the village.
The ravine in question meant pursuit by the authorities was difficult and led to the area around Leap being a haven for political refugees.
It was only in 1815 that the ravine was bridged when the present Cork-Skibbereen Road was built.
There are fine fishing facilities in the locality, with trout in plentiful supply.
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