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The multi-award-winning and vibrant seaside town of Clonakilty is famous for its artisan food and drink as well as noted for its independent shops, thriving traditional music scene and its many festivals and events.

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Fondly known as “Clon", Clonakilty’s bustling main street is lined with colourful traditional shop fronts with flowers and plants providing an additional splash of colour. In 2018, Clonakilty was awarded the accolade as Ireland’s first autistic-friendly town. The town boasts many awards including Tidy Towns, Entente Florale and the Best Town in Europe (2017). It is also one of Ireland’s most popular wedding venues.

Clonakilty’s many festivals and events kick off during the St Patrick’s Day weekend with a Parade and the West Cork Rally. The Clonakilty Street Carnival takes place annually in June, and the Clonakilty International Guitar Festival takes place in September with some of the world's greatest guitarists. Live music can be found in most pubs and bars throughout the year.

Clonakilty is close to miles of sandy beaches, coves and inlets, including the Blue Flag Inchydoney beach. It has been designated an Irish Heritage town. It is also the first official Fair Trade Town in Ireland and was listed in the top 100 Sustainable Destinations in the World (2017).

The town and surrounding area are noted for its artisan food and drink, such as the world-renowned Clonakilty Black Pudding. The town also has its own brewery and distillery. Clonakilty is the only Irish town which is part of the Cittaslow (slow food movement).

Clonakilty is close to many gardens on the West Cork Garden Trail including The Lisselan Estate which includes The Henry Ford ancestral site with a number of vintage Ford vehicles on display. From the Model Railway Village it is possible to board The Choo Choo train for rides around the town. History enthusiasts will also be interested in the town’s links to Michael Collins.

There are plenty of activities available including the Adventure Park, surfing, swimming, horse riding, cycling, walking, golf, tennis, fishing and whale watching trips.

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