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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

Friday 23 August

History Talks

07:45 PM - The Parish Centre

A return to the long format lecture with History Talks on Friday 23rd. Michael Collins takes centre stage again as Anne Dolan & William Murphy discuss the topic of their recently published and acclaim...

Friday 23 August

Sharon Shannon

09:59 PM - DeBarra's, Pearse Street, Clonakilty

Sharon Shannon 2019 DeBarras Fri 23rd August Doors 9pm Start 9:30pm Tickets: €25 (+online booking)

Friday 23 August

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.

Saturday 24 August

Curator's Talk on the War of Independence

03:00 PM - Michael Collins House, No. 7 Emmet Square

Starting on Saturday 17th August things kick off with a free curators talk on the War of Independence Exhibition at 3pm in Michael Collins House. Join the exhibitions curator, Jamie Murphy for an in d...

Saturday 24 August

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 24 August

The Diviners in concert

07:00 PM - Camus Farm, Ardfield

• acoustic performance • free entry ('pass the hat') • alcohol-free bar • parking €10 • over 13’s only • gates 7pm, show 8pm, close 10pm

Saturday 24 August

Strange Attractor

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

Free Gig - Strange Attractor are a Funk/Pop outfit formed in Dingle, Co. Kerry. The band include Ben Bickerdike on Lead Vocals, Fionn o’ Neill on vocals/guitar, Mattie Barker on lead guitar, Cian O Su...

Saturday 24 August

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 25 August

Sunday Sessions - The Strange Angles

06:00 PM - Scannells Bar, 5 Connolly Street

The Strange Angels FEAT: Les Samson, Jeff Ward & Jerome Rimson



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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