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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

Tuesday 21 May

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 22 May

Valerie June

09:00 PM - DeBarra's, Pearse Street, Clonakilty

Valerie June DeBarras Wed 22nd May Doors 9pm Tickets: €25 (+booking)

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Thursday 23 May

Acoustic Jazz by Candlelight

09:00 PM - Scannells Bar, 5 Connolly Street

Relax and enjoy the musical stylings of Matt & George Harte and company, every Thursday evening in Scannells front bar.

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Friday 24 May

Lisa O'Neill

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

Lisa O Neill w/ Support John Francis DeBarras Fri 24th May Tickets: €15 (+booking)

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Friday 24 May

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 25 May

Clonakilty's Mayoral Elections

09:00 AM - Scoil na mBuachaillí, O'Rahilly Street

10 candidates standing in Clonakilty's Mayoral election on 25th May

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Saturday 25 May

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

Saturday 25 May

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 25 May

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.

Reviews

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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