Buttevant is an old market town in North Cork located between
Cork and Limerick. Buttevant holds a very old horse fair each year
called the Cahirmee Horse Fair, and it is claimed that Napoleon's
horse, Marengo, was bought at this fair from a Kerryman named O'Connor.
The ruin of Buttevant's old Friary can still be seen in Buttevant.
Barry is a very common Cork name nowadays but the first Barrys
were Anglo-Norman de Barry, who established in here on MacCarthy lands about the 13th
Century. 'Boutez-an-avant' was their war cry, and some say that the name of the town came
from that. More sober historians primly explain that it comes from
for an advance rampart.
The first ever steeplechase took place here in the year
1752, from the Steeple of Buttevant Protestant Church to that of
Doneraile, 4.5miles (7km) away.
Buttevant is 28 miles from Cork, heading out Blarney, Grenagh, Mallow
and then Buttevant, very close for Doneraile to visit the Wildlife
Park there or detour off and head for the Caves in Mitchelstown.