Clonakilty Holiday Homes Cork
Clonakilty is a small but thriving market town in West Cork, about 45 minutes drive from Cork City. The town is also situated 10 minutes from some of Ireland’s most beautiful blue flag beaches, in particular the wonderful Inchydoney.
Clonakilty is a town of tall spires, elegant squares and buildings rich in historical significance. The town was founded by Richard Boyle, Great Earl of Cork in 1588. Today the centre of the town is particularly attractive, with the traditional store fronts and restaurants painted in bright colours and many flowers and plants blooming along the narrow bustling streets. Old style pavements add to the historical effect.
Clonakilty is a link to a lot of the other main west Cork towns including Bandon, Skibbereen and Dunmanway.
Clonakilty is a favourite amongst tourists both Irish and international. A vibrant nightlife encompasses a traditional music focus as well as contemporary entertainment. De Barras bar in the middle of town is renowned as a venue for traditional and folk music as well as hosting the best in contemporary music.
A short walk from the town centre is a Model Village Exhibition which is a reconstruction of Clonakilty in the 1940s.Clonakilty also houses the West Cork Regional Museum which pays tribute to Clonakilty’s industrial past – especially its linen industry.
Clonakilty is an ideal tourism location and nearby are a number of wonderful beaches such as the magnificent Inchydoney beach now home to a thriving surfing culture as well as being a wonderful location for swimming and walking.
A number of festivals take place in Clonakilty every year including The West Cork Rally, an International Guitar Festival and the Michael Collins Festival. Music, good food and a bit of craic can be had in the many hostelries in this delightful town.
Michael Collins, one of the great heroes of the 1916-1922 period, was born at Woodfield near Clonakilty.