This town, considered the friendly heart and geographical centre of the region known as West Cork is located in the centre of region and is sheltered by mountains on three sides. Dunmanway is a 17th century planned town and the original two triangular squares still survive. Dunmanway is a former winner of the National Tidy Towns Competition.
The town is encompassed by spectacular scenery, with hills and lakes to the North, South and West. Dunmanway can lay claim to being “The Gateway to The Mountains” and is ideal for hill walking, fishing and horse-riding.
A local man, Sam Maguire, gave his name to the All Ireland Senior Football trophy. His birthplace is just a few miles from Dunmanway, and a commemorative statue is located in the town square.
Dunmanway is also known for Ballabuidhe Races & Horse Fair held every August. The race days comprise about 30 races, varying between trotting and sulky. There will also be flat races for ponies and horses. Horses are not the only attraction during Ballabuidhe. Selling and buying of wares, along with free entertainment and sideshows for children are a part of this festival.