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 botavant, Norman-French 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 away.
Buttevant is 28 miles from Cork City, 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.
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