It has been nearly 6 years since I moved to Clonakilty and adopted this town as my home. If you don’t know where Clonakilty is (seriously?) and why it is the best town in Ireland, let me tell you all about it. A few facts to start from: Cloich na Coillte, founded on 5 May 1613, is located in West Cork. Famous for the Clonakilty Blackpudding, Model Railway Village, Inchydoney Beach and Michael Collins. There is quite a lot to add to it: Random Acts of Kindness Festival with the fantastic motto “Cut the Misery and Spread the Positivity” (launched in 2012), The Church of Immaculate Conception (1880), the old Presbyterian church used as a local Post Office since 1924, DeBarras Folk Club, not to forget Noel Redding or Louise O’Neill. The list seems endless.
Clonakilty also won the Great Town award at the Urbanism Awards in London a few weeks ago. What an achievement! I can go on and on about how great this town is, how fantastic and friendly people are, what a great place to visit it is. I think it would be best if you visited Clonakilty and just got the amazing vibe it has. After all its greatness, fantastic locations & attractions this place is made by people and people of Clonakilty are the town’s heart and soul.
Below you can see a few photos from the official Clonakilty lighting up for Christmas by John Caulfield, the current manager of Cork City football team, at Astna Square on the December 8th and feel the magic of the day.
If you would like to see more images from the event click the link below:
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