Welcome To Clonakilty

The town of Clonakilty is a service town, most famed for its award winning black pudding. It is a small but atmospheric town and its environs are of interest to both sightseers and historians. Butlerstown and the beaches of Dunworley are worthy a visit in the area.
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Timoleague is home to the remains of a Franciscan friary, built on the remains of a seventh century structure in the early fourteenth century. Courtmacsherry hosts a story-telling festival every September. In the area too, you will find sailing, horse riding, power-boating and canoeing services are available. Just west of Clonakilty is the final watering hole of Free State commander Michael Collins, before his assassination. His birthplace is also nearby and Clonakilty and the area around it have built on these facts with several heritage attractions. At the Michael Collins Centre, for example, you can learn about the War of Independence hero and take in memorabilia and photographs while enjoying a guided tour. The tour is half an hour in length, with an audio visual presentation. If youíre more of a field operative and you have access to a car, there is also a tour of the site of the ambush where Collins was killed in 1921 at Beal na Blath. Clonakilty is now known in Ireland for black pudding, but its success in previous generations was down to the linen industry. You can learn about this and more at the West Cork Regional Museum on the main street. The museum, which used to be a schoolhouse, also deals with aspects of the regionís contribution to recent Irish political history (the War of Independence era) and features a range of agricultural tools to show how the land was farmed in bygone days. Off the Inchydoney Road, you can see a replica of the 1940s era West Cork Railway at the West Court Model Railway Village. Clonakilty also provides access to the beaches of Inchydoney Ė some of the best in Ireland.

Attractions Clonakilty Ireland

Argideen Heritage - Clonakilty

Located on a 135 acre Dairy Farm, which is located just off of the R600 between Clonakilty and Timoleague in South West Cork. The Arigideen River Valley is unique as well as being beautiful in that it has a very high concentration of Historical sites and is a great source of folklore. The Valley has connections with Michael Collins, Henry Ford, John F Kennedy, Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa, Donal Cam O' Sullivan Bere and William Penn to mention just a few

Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills - Ballincollig

Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills Heritage Centre is a unique industrial complex which meanders along the bank of the River Lee. The Mills were established in 1794 by Charles Henry Leslie. Eleven years later when Napoleon's control of France posed a grave threat to the British, the British Board of Ordnance bought the Mills from Leslie. Along with this the Army Barracks was built in the town to protect the supply of gunpowder. By the mid 1800s the Mills were one of the largest industrial establishments in the Cork area.

Barryscourt Castle - Carrigtwohill

Barryscourt Castle was the seat of the Barry family from the 12th to the 17th centuries. The present castle is a fine example of a 15th century tower house with 16th century additions and alterations. The bawn wall with three corner towers is largely intact. The ground floor of the keep houses an exhibition on the history of the Barrys and Barryscourt Castle.

Blarney Castle - Home of the Blarney Stone - Blarney

Blarney Castle is one of Ireland's oldest and most historic castles. It was built around 1446. An ancient stronghold of the MacCarthys, Lords of Muskerry and one of the strongest fortresses in Munster, its walls are eighteen feet thick in places. Located on the parapet of the castle is the famous "Blarney Stone". According to local legend, after kissing this stone, you will have the gift of eternal eloquence, or "the gift of the gab". To kiss the stone, you must first lie on your back, then leaning your head backwards and downwards, you kiss the underside of the stone. The last admission to the castle and grounds is 30 minutes before closing.

Blarney Woolen Mills - Blarney

The presence of the Woolen Mills during the Famine shielded Blarney from the worst effects of the famine, due to its employment of local workers. The success story at the mills continued until a disastrous fire in 1869. By August 1871, the mill was once again operational with a labour force of 222. In 1976 Chris Kelleher, himself a mill worker, bought the old mill property. Within a short period of time Chris and his family transformed the mill into what is perhaps the largest quality craft shop in Ireland.