Clonakilty is a busy market town, but is only 3 km from one of the largest and most popular beaches in West Cork and is the centre for family holidays in this part of the county. It is about 40 km from Cork City and to the west of the town the landscape dissolves into a succession of bays and peninsulas along the coast or increasingly mountainous terrain inland. It is a prosperous and bright town today but was notorious for suffering in the Irish Famine (1845-47) and was also the home town of Michael Collins, Ireland's lost leader, who was killed in the civil war, after concluding the Treaty of Independeance with Great Britain in 1921.
Taxi service is the best way to get around if you don't have your own car, just call 023 35221 There is a bus service from Cork each day, Check out Bus Eireann's site for details Bus Eireann 
There are many other pleasant places to explore along the coast
Try Clonakilty black pudding, a pork charcuterie style sausage similar to the French 'boudin noir', usually fried or grilled. An essential part of the traditional full Irish breakfast.
Michael Collins (Irish revolutionary leader's) birthplace is at Woodfield, off the N71 to Rosscarbery. Only the rising walls of the original house are visible, as the house was torched by the Black and Tans (Royal Irish Constabulary Reserve force), notorious for attacks on the civilian population.
The Warren Beach. Situated just outside Rosscarbery, This long sheltered beach also has two pitch&putt courses overlooking it.