Clonakilty town centre is approx. an 8 - 10 minute stroll from the Clonakilty Park Hotel. You'll feel at home hin Clonakilty among the attractive traditional shop fronts and hand painted signs in English and Irish. The Post Office is housed in an old Presbyterian church and the Town Council and Library in a converted Corn Mill with the river flowing beneath. Narrow streets and lanes open into elegant squares.
It is a town of tall spires, towers and historic buildings - the brewery buildings, the mills and the quayside warehouses, telling of the town's busy trading and industrial past.
Modern day Clonakilty is known for its nightlife and pubs, which are rich in tradition and overflowing with musical talent. De Barra's is synonymous with having the best of traditional and folk music in West Cork. National and International top ranking performers regularly feature in the Folk Club.
Clonakilty is an ideal holiday destination and base from which to tour West Cork, a region blessed with some of Irelands most spectacular scenery. For more information download the online West Cork Brochure or visit www.clonakilty.ie
Clonakilty Farmers Market, now in its ninth year of trading offers you a wide range of goods varying from locally produced foods to crafts and giftware. Clonakilty is renowned as an old market town and every Friday, visitors can sample specialized local bread, fresh fish and vegetables, home baking, beautifully grown local flowers and plants, and local crafts.
The beautifully restored house is dedicated to the life of Michael Collins and charts Ireland’s struggle for independence from the 1798 rebellion onwards. It includes archive pictures, family documents, beautiful artifacts and rare collectors items. There is also a beautifully arranged and chronological detailed history on each period specifically designed to attract and educate tourists in equal fashion. Tel. 023 8858676, www.michaelcollinshouse.ie
Visitors will immerse themselves in this unique sensory adventure, experiencing the smell, sound, feel and taste of a distillery creating genuine Irish spirits. The tour is a must for the growing number of Irish whiskey & gin fans, those with an interest in the history of distilling or anyone wanting a hands-on experience of a real working distillery in action. Tel. 023 884 0635, www.clonakiltydistillery.ie
The Park Cinema offers Adults and Children alike a variety of new release films to enjoy with Dolby surround sound in their multi-plex cinema. With the latest showings every evening and matinees on the weekend, you'll find there is something everyone whatever the weather. Tel. 023 88 34141, www.theparkcinema.com.
The first of its kind in Ireland, visitors can experience the sights and sounds of life in West Cork during the 1940's. The Model Village depicts in miniature, life and industry in West Cork as they were 50 years ago. The theme is enhanced by the miniature working railway. In addition to the model village, the "Tsu Tsu" - is an old style train that travels around the town at different stages during the day picking people up at the Clonakilty Park Hotel, on its travels to explore the town of Clonakilty and Inchydoney. Tel. 023 88 33224, www.modelvillage.ie
Find an alternative to the high streets and visit fantastic boutiques such as "Gooseberry" and "Amnity". Go through "Spillers Lane" and see a diverse selection of shops from surf gear to Indian spices. Pick a unique piece of art and craft to take home from Etain Hickeys, Meadows and Byrne or Burke By Design.
Over the years, Clonakilty has become a centre of music, both traditional and contemporary. Live music nights are available in many of the town's bar's throughout the year. De Barra's Folk club has been synonymous iwth the best of tradtional and folk music in West Cork, while also attracting some fantasic new contempory Irish acts, such as Mick Flannery and International acts such as Duffy. Another place not to miss, is "An Teach Beag" with traditional muic sessions seven nights a week during July & August and on weekends for the Winter months. Finally take a trip to Shanley's Bar which the chat is every bit as good as the music!
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