Deputy County Mayor Declan Hurley at the launch.

CLONAKILTY’S Model Railway Village marked a new chapter in its history with the launch of its new look brand and website on a stunning sunny day in West Cork recently.

In attendance were John Loughnan Mayor of Clonakilty; Ted Murphy Chairman Clonakilty Enterprise Board; Declan Hurley and Deputy Mayor of Cork County. Amongst the many guests were local business people who have been great supporters of the village since its inception.

This premier tourist destination unveiled its new look brand through colourful signage onsite and around Clonakilty.

The newly launched website ( shines new light on the facility as well as introducing an ecommerce facility for online booking and products.

All designed and implemented by Nutshell Creative Communication, Midleton in conjunction with marketing strategies.

The Model village opened originally in 1994 with just one completed town. It now boasts fully scaled models of each of the West Cork towns, a road train (Choo Choo), an interpretive centre, audio visual room, craft shop, café, indoor soft playroom outdoor playground and picnic area.

Choo Choo offers 30-minute audio tours of Clonakilty and district and links the village with the town centre and the local hotels.

The interpretive centre’s detailed displays and the cinema room’s audio visual presentation bring the history and heritage of West Cork to life and provides a wonderfully nostalgic journey into the past for all ages.

The play areas and other amenities complete the package for a fun family day out.

The village continues to contribution to the growth and development of Clonakilty as the gateway to tourism in West Cork.

The Model Railway Village is a subsidiary of Clonakilty town council and is run by a voluntary board with staff funding by POBAL Community Service Programme.