The Glanmire region is situated in a valley approximately five miles east of Cork City. It is made up of four villages; Brooklodge, Glanmire, Riverstown and Sallybrook and their surrounding townlands.
The Glashaboy and Butlerstown rivers flow through the valley, joining at Riverstown and empties into the estuary of the river Lee at Dunkettle.
Glanmire is probably the most picturesque of the four villages. It is situated on the estuary of the river Glashaboy and surrounded by beautiful woodlands. Its wooded beauty has been celebrated in a song aptly named “The Groves of Glanmire”. William Makepeace Thackery on a journey around Ireland in 1842, was captured by the loveliness of Glanmire. He wrote;
“We arrived at the beautiful wooded village of Glanmire with its mills and steeples and streams and neat schoolhouses and pleasant country residences”