Inchydoney beach above


The most famous pub in Clonakilty is De Barra's folk club (pictured above), where the best traditional and folk musicians play seven nights a week.

National and International performers have played in De Bara over the years


Clonakilty was founded by Richard Boyle back in the 16th century. It is located in West Cork about 45 minutes drive from Cork city. It is mainly dedicated to dairy farming and has an excellent dairy yield. The town centre is very striking with the brightly coloured buildings and shops.


In the Summer holiday period Clonakilty can become very busy with tourists and the population can increase by several thousand.

Clonakilty was awarded 'Ireland's tidiest town' back in 1999 and in 2003 was also awarded Ireland's first ever fair trade town.Many festivals take place throughout the year at Clonakilty, including Michael Collins Festival and the West Cork rally.


Local attractions include the Arigideen heritage park and the West Cork model railway village.


Clonakilty is also famous for it's black pudding.

The original recipe (which dates back to the late 19th century) is still used today by Edward Twomey. He purchased the butcher's shop (pictured below) back in 1976. The traditional pudding recipe has gained international acclaim.

The huge demand for the black pudding has grown so much that most of the major supermarkets and fine food convenience stores also stock the pudding.


A short distance from the town is the spectacular Inchydoney beach(pictured right), which is now one of the best beaches in Ireland and very popular with tourists and locals.

This blue flag beach is only 3.5km from the town and was originally an island, but it is now linked by a couple of causeways. The impressive Inchydoney hotel is located here.

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