Pack your trunks for circus site at Gilabbey Rock

Mid-terrace do-er upper near UCC may bring back some happy memories.
Pack your trunks for circus site at Gilabbey Rock

Hand up who remembers circus days at Gillabbey Rock?

Now, put those hands and arms down, before the shoulders size, or arthritis affects the joints.

It’s been a while since the circus came round these parts, and those old enough to recall them may even now have difficulties remembering the days of rampant excitement under canvas tents: an elephantine memory might be good?

In hindsight, Gilabbey Rock is a most unlikely place to conceive of wild animals, roaring lions, and trumpeting elephants, mingling with trapeze artists, clowns, and citizens, but that was the case back in the 1950s and 1960s, when circuses like Duffys and Fossetts came to town.

They decamped by the River Lee and the main entrance gates to UCC, at Gilabbey Rock, and families flocked to them, it being a 10-minute walk from the Grand Parade.

For those with very, very long memories, or of a historical bent, Gilabbey Rock also is where St Finbarr founded his first monastic settlement in the great marsh of Munster, with Cork then spreading out from this very location, oh, back in the 7th century.

Now, the quarried cliff face here at Gilabbey is a buttress separating this enclave off Donovan Road from College Road on high, and it’s where estate agent Malcolm Tyrrell of Cohalan Downing has the mid-20th century, mid-terraced ‘townhouse’ No 15 for sale.

It’s a total do-er upper, on both its two levels, has two bedrooms, 710 sq ft, front and back gardens, and and a backwater setting super-convenient to UCC and the city centre.

VERDICT: Pack your trunks, and head to the circus site

Donovans Road, Cork City


Size: 66sq m (711 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1


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