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 know 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 visit http://www.clonakilty.ie
Clonakilty Farmers Market
Clonakilty Farmers Market, now in its ninth year of trading offers you a wide range of goods varying from locally porduced foods to crafts and giftware. Clonakilty is renowned as an old market town and every Friday, visitors can sample specialised local bread, fresh fish and vegetables, home baking, beautifully grown local flowers and plants, and local crafts.
Michael Collins House
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
Three Screen Multiplex Park Cinema
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 .
Model Railway Village
Clonakilty - Alive with Music
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!
Other Local Attractions in the West Cork area include;
- Michael Collins Birthplace near Lissavaird on Route to Rosscarbery – Sams Cross
- Site of Ambush of Michael Collins at Kilmichael & mBeal na Blath – the site of his killing.
- Numberous beachs such as Inchydoney, the Warren, Dunworley and many other hidden coves
- Argideen Heritage Centre – whose centre is based on the life of Michael Collins
- Lough Hyne (Europe's largest salt water lake)
- Mizen Head (Ireland's most southerly point)
- Dursey Island (accessed by the only operating cable car in Ireland) - Schull Planetarium (Ireland's only planetarium)