DRIVING through the quaint village of Leap (pronounced ‘Lep’), one would never suspect that a beautiful and historical landmark lies hidden nearby.
Now, thanks to the efforts of local businessman Ger O’Sullivan, Leap’s stunning waterfall will soon be open to visitors.
Known locally as the Poll Mór, this deep gorge flows through the village of Leap. This gorge was once an unwritten border, as the area west of it was a haven for criminals and political refugees on the run. Local stories suggest that a chieftain named O’Donovan was being chased by the English after the Battle of Kinsale when he arrived at the gorge. Facing imminent capture, he risked the fatal fall of 35ft by jumping the 25ft chasm and escaping his pursuers.
Thereafter, Leap received the Gaelic name Léim Uí Dhonnabháin (The Leap of O’Donovan) prompting the expression: ‘Beyond the Leap, beyond the Law’.
Aside from its depth, the gorge’s most stunning feature is its waterfall, located behind Ger’s Wild Atlantic Diner. An impressive platform has been constructed which will enable visitors to step out into the middle of the gorge itself and allow a perfect view of the impressive waterfall.
A local information centre has been set up alongside the platform which will feature stories relating to the history of Leap, and the surrounding areas. What has remained a hidden gem for years will now become the centrepiece of a village, which is growing from strength to strength.
Leap Waterfall will be officially be opened by Brian Hurley on Sunday 30th August at 3.30pm.