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Welcome to Clonakilty

West Cork, Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Clonakilty is a multi-award winning, cosmopolitan and friendly seaside town at the heart of West Cork, in the South of Ireland.

Best Town in Europe 2017

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News & events

Cork Pride by the Sea

Jul 27 2019

This year Cork Pride are very excited to be spreading Cork “Pride By The Sea” to Clonakilty town. The event will take place in Emmett Square from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday the 27th July.

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Upcoming events

Saturday 20 July

Clonakilty Distillery Gin School

06:00 PM - Clonakilty Distillery, The Waterfront

For a more hands on experience the Clonakilty Distillery Gin School is a must try. Visitors will learn how to make and distill their very own bespoke bottle of Gin at Munster’s very first Gin School...

Saturday 20 July

Something Simple on Saturday Nights

07:30 PM - The Clonakilty, Wolfe Tone Street

Something Simple Playing live every Saturday at the Clonakilty Hotel

Saturday 20 July

Tradional Session with the Local Lads

09:30 PM - An Teach Beag, Recorder's Alley, Pearse Street

Traditional Irish Music Session - No cover charge

Saturday 20 July

Runaway Retros

10:30 PM - DeBarra's, Pearse Street, Clonakilty

RUNAWAY RETROS Cork’s latest Soul/Swing Sensation – Sassy, Soul, Swing Songs from Southern Shores! We make old music new – and new music classic.

Saturday 20 July

The Venue Nightclub

11:00 PM - O'Donovan's Hotel, Pearse Street, Clonakilty

The Venue is Clonakilty's biggest and best nightclub and late bar. Open late every Friday and Saturday Night in O'Donovan's Hotel.

Sunday 21 July

Dogtail Soup

08:30 PM - DeBarra's, Pearse Street, Clonakilty

‘Dogtail Soup’ is an eclectic and flavourful musical stew made by carefully simmering Camilla Griehsel (Swedish World Music diva) with Maurice Seezer (Twice Golden Globe nominated Film Music composer)

Tuesday 23 July

Traditional Music Session with Tommy and Gertian

09:30 PM - An Teach Beag, Recorder's Alley, Pearse Street

Traditional Irish Music Sessions - No cover charge

Tuesday 23 July

DeBarra's Acoustic Session

09:30 PM - DeBarra's, Pearse Street, Clonakilty

One of the finest acoustic sessions in the country w/ alternating hosts every week. Participation is encouraged. Come see what its all about! Free event.

Wednesday 24 July

An Evening with Jimmy Crowley

09:30 PM - An Teach Beag, Recorder's Alley, Pearse Street

Traditional Irish Music Sessions - No cover charge


We stayed in Clonakilty for 4 nights and loved it. So much to do. Beautiful beaches. Lovely pubs and such friendly people! Can't wait to come back!

Denise Lemmon Brown

A charming, yet cosmopolitan little gem, set in a stunningly beautiful part of the Emerals Isle. Great food, friendly people with immense sense of civic responsibility. Do not miss the music scene.

Jim Shine

I love Clonakility! Whenever we visit the Cork area we can't resit a stop off! Great Cafes & Restaurants. Very Pretty Town, bustling with life and Activity!!!!

Mary Sheridan Galway

A great town vibrant and pretty. Always plenty to do. Always clean and with the most friendly people. A must visit for both visitors to Ireland and native Irish. Great pubs, cafes and restaurants.

Michael McKenna

The most vibrant small town in Ireland. Always something happening. Great food, great atmosphere, lovely people.

Alison Wickham

We found Clonakilty to be one of if not the friendliest place we've ever visited. The people of "Clon " treated us like we had lived there our whole lives.They welcomed us into their lives like we were family.

Mitch Eveleth Iowa, USA

Great town ."The people are Splendid" to use a quote of the towns most Famous famous residence Michael Collins. The food and choice of food is excellent, the layout of the town with it meandering streets creates an intimacy with this place.

Michael McManus

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