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Clonakilty is a small town on the coast of County Cork, Ireland in West Cork.


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.

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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 [2]

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Inchydoney Beach, Clonakilty
  • Inchydoney Beach. A fine unspoilt beach, on an island reached by a causeway. Small surf school here also.
  • Rosscarbery. This is a tiny town and seat of the Anglican Bishop of Cork and Ross. It is a pretty town on a hill, overlooking a sea inlet.
  • Drombeg Stone Circle One of Ireland's finest examples of a standing stone circle

There are many other pleasant places to explore along the coast

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  • Castlefreke. The Castlefreke area of Ardfield is a ten minute drive from clonakilty and has numerous beautifull walkways, owenahincha beach, the long strand - beach more suited to surfing then swimming, the galley head lighthouse and penninsuala and the charming red strand beach. The village of Rathbarry is located nearby too.  edit

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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.

  • Decs Diner offers a great selection of food from all parts of the world, and friendly staff with a relaxed french cafe style atmosphere. Come here on a Sunday night.
  • The Rossa Grill is a little takeaway with good prices and fresh burgers or fish&chips and a few italian dishes (pizza). The staff are friendly and this place is buzzing on a Saturday night.

For more high end options there are many restaurants such as

  • Richies for burgers and good quality international cuisine


  • Mio's for great italien options such as pizza, pasta and great wine.

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  • De Barra's Folk Club, 55 Pearse St., [1]. Great crowd in this buzzing pub.Often live music in the back room. Amazing music memorabilia and possibly the best music pub in Ireland.  edit

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  • Fernhill House Hotel [3] is a family run hotel set in its own landscaped gardens. Its good reputation is based on lovely new bedrooms and great service. Free Wi Fi available. Also has restaurant with good food and excellent service. All ingredients are sourced locally.
  • O'Donovans Hotel. Welcoming hotel with great bar,nice bar food and huge baths in the rooms.Motorcycle friendly-can accomodate secure parking.  edit
  • Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa World class service with extensive views of the never ending Atlantic Ocean. A mere 1 minute stroll from two of the best Irish beaches and some of the best waves in West Cork
  • Dunamore House Just across the water from Inchydoney, Dunamore boasts a brilliant 9-hole golf course, breath-taking rugged views and homely Irish hospitality with a modern twist

Get out[edit]

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.

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