While we are almost halfway through National Heritage Week already, in Clonakilty and surrounding areas there are still plenty of things to do up to this weekend, thanks to Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage, other organisations and various volunteers. As always, all events listed are free of charge to attend and unless stated, do not require advance booking. All week there is a Children’s Historical Treasure Hunt of Clonakilty town. Participants from
The Clonakilty Easter Commemoration Committee will hold the final of their commemorations marking the centenaries of the executions of the 1916 leaders when they will remember Roger Casement this Wednesday evening 3rd August at 8pm. The commemoration will be held at the Casement St./Casement Park junction in Clonakilty at 8pm and the organisers welcome all to participate – in particular local residents.
DUBLAB are a live A/V show based around seriously dubbed up live electronic grooves and will perform a rare gig on the 5th of August in DeBarras. The core members are – David Bickley, a producer and video artist who cut his teeth with the seminal dance fusionists Hyper[borea,] & Rob McKahey, drummer with post punk pioneers Stump who brings powerful pace and sweat to the rhythm section. In this
THE Clonakilty Bike Scheme (the only such one in Ireland in a town of Clonakilty’s size) has decided to organise free guided cycle tours. People may participate on their own bicycle or if they don’t have one, hire one from the scheme at any of the local hotels or the Model Village.
IT was a hectic schedule on Monday and Tuesday 4th and 5th July for visiting American Bob Bateman and his wife Camille as they undertook a number of engagements locally in memory of his great-granduncle, famous Fenian, American civil war fighter, politician, policeman and businessman Captain Timothy Deasy who hailed from Farran, South Ring in the 1830’s. The couple had made contact initially four months ago with the then Clonakilty
THE Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage group remembered the “Battle of the Big Cross” at the Tadhg an Asna monument last Sunday evening, 19th June, 218 years after the event near Shannonvale in 1798. New Cathaoirleach Tim Feen, in his first public event since taking over as chair, extended a céad míle fáilte to all, saying that Dúchas has organised the annual non-political commemoration since the abolition of the town council in
by John Bohane Clonakilty senior footballers advanced into the next round of the senior football championship following their comfortable 14 point win achieved against St Nicks in Charlie Hurley Park, Bandon on Saturday, June 18th.
At a function held in the Imperial Hotel, Clonakilty, a presentation was made to Toddy Collins on his retirement from teaching set/ceili dancing to members of Clonakilty Set dancers fo the past 29 years. Pic: George Maguire
THE Mayor and his colleagues on the Clonakilty Mayoral Council hosted a “Mayoral Reception” recently at which four locals “who have achieved something special over the last year” were honoured.
CLONAKILTY will host a street carnival, on Saturday June 11th, to unveil the beautiful new streetscape, with activities running from 9am until 9pm. After 18 months of major works in a €12 million road resurfacing and drainage project, the town is ready to celebrate, and locals and visitors are invited to join the community for a day of free entertainment and fun.
The Clonakilty Easter Commemoration Committee will mark the centenaries of the executions of the 1916 leaders who have streets named after them in Clonakilty, with simple remembrance ceremonies in their honour on those streets, starting next week.
by John Bohane THE Mayor of Cork County John Paul O’Shea officially opened the Michael Collins House which is located in Emmet Square, Clonakilty before a large crowd recently. The Georgian house, which was restored by Cork County Council includes a new museum which is dedicated to the life of Michael Collins and charts Ireland’s struggle for independence from the 1798 rebellion onwards. The beautifully restored house includes archive pictures,
A GROUP of international media including representatives from Germany and Belgium are pictured with Jane Stokes, Fáilte Ireland, at Sheep’s Head enjoying all that the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer.
THE Transition Year “Get Up And Go Mini Company 2016” national final is on in The Osprey Hotel, Nass in Dublin on Tuesday next 3rd May and Sacred Heart Secondary School in Clonakilty are delighted to be represented by the “Picture Perfect” team, who got through the West Cork finals in Skibbereen and the regional finals in Vienna Woods Hotel recently.
Pictured at the Opening of the new Michael Collins Museum at Emmet Square, Clonakilty where Michael Collins once worked on the local newspaper was Great grandniece Emer O’Sullivan from Inniscarra posing with the Bust of her Grand Uncle General Michael Collins. Pic: Denis Boyle
CLONAKILTY Tidy Towns volunteers are back in action for the 2016 season. On Good Friday, a number of them were delighted to welcome members of the junior Rugby Clubs who did a clean-up of the town centre area. Several volunteers did a cleanup on the N71 to Lisavaird as part of the recent KWD County Cleanup.
The Darkness Into Light 5km Walk/Run is taking place in GAA Grounds, Ahamilla, Clonakilty, County Cork on the 7th May 2016 at 4.15am for the third year.
BANK of Ireland recently hosted a Town Hall meeting in Clonakilty to announce its Enterprise Town initiative in partnership with the local community. The Bank has taken a three-pillar approach to this initiative whereby the Bank of Ireland Branch Manager Geraldine Galvin will work closely with the business community, the wider sports and social community and the schools in the town and surrounding areas.
A NEW Irish brand aimed at the canine gift sector ‘Little Hound’ has been shortlisted for a major craft design award. The new range of dog neckerchiefs are designed and hand made in Clonakilty by the people behind ‘Little Green Dot’.
Mayor of Clonakilty Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin officially launched “World Autism Day Clonakilty” which will take place on Saturday 2nd April with from left: Séamus O’ Donovan with his son Ryan’s service dog “Chloe”; Patricia O’ Leary, co-ordinator of World Autism Day Clonakilty; Adrian Hayes, with “Ookie”, his son Logan’s service dog and Fiona Kennedy with “Max”, her daughter Aobhinn’s service dog. Pic: Édaín O’ Donnell
THE project that promotes community well-being through singing will be holding an ‘en mass’ singing event in Emmett Square on Saturday 7th May from 3-5pm where singers and members of the public are invited to join together to sing a collection of uplifting songs.
International Fairtrade Fortnight begins this Monday 29th February and communities all over the world will be concentrating on promoting and purchasing FT produce in their local stores and cafés. Clonakilty is Ireland’s first Fairtrade town (2003) and once again the local committee has organised a number of events for the fortnight which ends on 13th March.
Pictured on a return visit to Global Shares in Clonakilty, where he met Emma Ross is General Election candidate Cllr Alan Coleman who first attended the opening of the premises as County Mayor.
by John Bohane CLONAKILTY native Maurice Shanley completed a gruelling Ironman challenge in Kalmar, Sweden last year. His preparations for this physically arduous challenge were immense as he and his colleagues physically pushed their bodies to the ultimate limit in a punishing training regime as they pursued a lifelong ambition to accomplish their objective of completing the challenge.
by John Bohane CLONAKILTY GAA star Mark White joined a very distinguished list in Carbery GAA circles when he played a starring role on the the Clonakilty hurling team which captured the South West junior A hurling championship last season. The successful capture of the Flyer Nyhan Cup ensured the talented goalkeeper joined a select few of local sporting GAA stars who have captured South West championship medals in both
by John Bohane FORMER Clonakilty rugby star Michael O’Hea has carved out a new life working as a quantity surveyor in Sydney, Australia, but the towering second row still retains a firm love and deep affection for his native town and rugby club as he recalls with great nostalgia. Michael continues to play club rugby to a very high standard in Sydney, but the memories and friendships he formed with