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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
Galley Head Lightkeepers Cottages
Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Galley Head Lightkeepers' Houses are beautifully situated on the Dun Dide headland at about 130 feet above sea level overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The houses, in their elevated setting, make an ideal location for relaxing and getting away from ...
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What's On

Kinsale Farmers Market - County Cork - Tuesdays
Kinsale Farmers Market

Short Quay, (in front of Jim Edwards restaurant), Kinsale, County Cork

Tuesdays, 9am - 3pm (closed in January)

Contact: Miles Cattell, milesc ...
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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
Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa
Clonakilty, Co. Cork
This is a very romantic location for weddings and especially attractive off-season when it is quieter, as the two ‘Blue Flag’ beaches at Inchydoney bring crowds to the area in summer - and, at other times of year, the Thalassatherapy ...
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