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Festivals & Events

The Clonakilty International Guitar Festival  takes place in September annually with some of the world's greatest guitarists.

Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon runs annually on the first weekend of December

The West Cork Rally runs every St. Patrick's weekend around West Cork with Clonakilty as it's base.

Clonakilty Street Carnival takes place annually in June.

On Saturday July 1st the South of Ireland Band Championships and The Old Time Fayre will showcase the best band competition held annually Ireland combined with a unique snapshot of what Clonakilty might have looked like in the 1920's/30's. Visit www.soibandchampionships.ie

The Cork Open Backgammon Tournament takes place in O’Donovan’s Hotel over the first weekend in March each year. 



Upcoming events

Thursday 21 March

Shanley's Acoustic Sessions

- Shanley's, Connolly Street

Live music this week. We're thinking we will be seeing some new faces at the Acoustic Session this week. Should be a great night.

Thursday 21 March


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

ALISON SPITTLE MAKES A SHOW OF HERSELF Thurs 21st March Tickets: €15 (+booking) Doors 9pm Start 9:30pm

Friday 22 March

Daffodil Day Clonakilty

09:00 AM - Pearse Street, Clonakilty

Irish Cancer Society Daffodil Day takes place on Friday 22nd March and we will be in our usual place on Pearse Street with tea, coffee, cakes and savouries waiting for you.

Friday 22 March

Clonakilty Friday Market

Outstanding local produce in the heart of Clonakilty: meats, fish, veg, sauces, breads, lunches, coffee, cakes, plants, crafts & gossip.

Friday 22 March

Thanks Brother

09:45 PM - DeBarra's, Pearse Street, Clonakilty

ThanksBrother Fri 22nd March Doors 9pm Start 9:45pm Tickets: €15 (+booking) Onsale Thursday 24th January at 10am

Saturday 23 March


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

Free Event - Jester are Colly Dempsey, Mark O’ Dwyer, Tomas Maher, Niall O’ Shaughnessy and David Fitzpatrick. They have recently signed a publishing deal with UK based independent record label Velvet Moron Records

Sunday 24 March

Clonakilty Brass Band's Mass Recital and Cake Sale

Clonakilty Brass Band will perform at the 11.30am mass. Fundraising cake sale will take place in the adjoining Parish Centre immediately afterwards.

Monday 25 March

Traditional Irish Session

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

TRADITIONAL IRISH SESSION: At the heart of this popular weekly session are a collection of musicians & songsters, whose combined experiences of performing, locally and internationally, along with their diverse musical interests produce a vibrant, ...

Thursday 28 March

Shanley's Acoustic Sessions

- Shanley's, Connolly Street

Live music this week. We're thinking we will be seeing some new faces at the Acoustic Session this week. Should be a great night.


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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