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Clonakilty, Co. Cork

Clonakilty (Irish: Cloich na Coillte, Clanna Chaoilte) is a small but busy market town in West Cork, about 45 minutes drive from Cork City. The town is surrounded by hilly country devoted primarily to dairy farming, the region having an impressive dairy yield. In 2003 Clonakilty also became Ireland’s first ever official Fair Trade Town.

Michael Collins, one of the great heroes of the 1916-1922 period, was born at Woodfield, near here. He was General of the Free State Army, and his Dynamic and powerful personality made him a legend in his own lifetime. The small West Cork Museum in Clonakilty has many momentoes of the hero. The memorial to him at Sam's Cross was unveiled by General Tom Barry, himself a prominent figure in the Republican Movement.

Visitors go to several nearby beaches, visit the pubs, walk in the local countryside, or visit local attractions such as The West Cork Model Railway Village and Lios-na-gCon Ringfort.

From Clonakilty westward the coast becomes bolder and more rugged, the sea carving deep inlets and bays as it rolls in from the Atlantic.

Gardens

Aultaghreagh Cottage Garden
Aultaghreagh Cottage Garden
Dunmanway, Co. Cork
There’s nothing more encouraging than visiting enthusiasts’ gardens, especially when starting a new garden. Christine and Les Wilson have had a wonderfully inventive approach to their one acre hilltop garden which is packed with choic ...
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Golf

The 4th Hole
Old Head of Kinsale Golf Club
Kinsale, Co. Cork
Course Type: Links
Since its official opening on June 1st 1997, the Old Head Golf Links has become one of the most talked-of courses in world golf.  It is built on a 220-acre diamond of land, jutting out over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean. The promontory i ...
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Self Catering

Selfcatering
Farran House
Farran, Co. Cork
Set in 12 acres of mature beech woodland and rhododendron gardens in the rolling hills of the Lee Valley, Patricia Wiese and John Kehely's impressive house was built in the mid-18th century, although its present elegant Italianate style only date ...
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What's On

Hosfords Market - Bandon Co Cork - 1st Sunday Each Month
 Hosfords Market

Location: Hosfords Garden Centre, Bandon-Clonakilty Rd (N71). 5 miles west of Bandon

When: 1st Sunday Each Month 12-5pm (April - September)

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Tourist Attractions

Desmond Castle - Kinsale County Cork Ireland
Desmond Castle
Kinsale, Co. Cork
Desmond Castle was built by the Earl of Desmond c. 1500 as a Customs House and was used for this purpose until 1641 when it was converted into a naval prison, following the construction of a new Customs House. The prisoners kept in the Castle wer ...
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Wedding Venues

Wedding
Lisselan Gardens
Clonakilty, Co. Cork
 
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