Visitors Guide

Clonakilty Library

Clonakilty has been designated as West Cork's Heritage Town by Board Failte, and a visit to the town soon shows why. You'll feel at home here among the attractive traditional shop fronts and hand painted signs in English and Irish. The Post Office is housed in an old Presbyterian church and the Town Council and Library in a converted Corn Mill with the river flowing beneath. Narrow streets and lanes open into elegant squares.

Clonakilty Rugby football Club

Clonakilty Rugby football Club was formed in 1977 following attempts in 1890 and again in the 1930s to get the game started here. The first game, a friendly, was played against neighbours Bandon on a pitch borrowed locally. Clonakilty's victory that day was to commence what continues today to be a strong rivalry between the two clubs.
The club commenced competitive rugby at Minor A level and won its first trophy, the Dromleena Cup in 1978. Following victories in 1980 and 1982 in the Minor A league it was decided to move up to junior grade in 1982/83.


The first hint we get that some Gaels in Clonakilty were seriously thinking of introducing the G.A.A. to the town comes in January, 1887. On Sunday, January 31, Dunmanway G.A.A. club (the only affiliated club in West Cork at that time) held its weekly meeting and the chairman J. McCarthy announced that, "There was a sign that some other towns were stirring themselves, as shown by the fact that three Clonakilty gentlemen had that day attended their football practice, with a view of starting a branch in their own town.

Dáil Éireann and Clonakilty Flooding

Clonakilty Flooding

Written Answers. - County Cork Flood Damage.
Wednesday, 5 December 1990

68. Mr. J. O'Keeffe asked the Minister for the Environment if he will respond to the request of the Clonakilty Flooding Relief Association to make available the sum of £40,000 towards the carrying out of a feasibility study on Clonakilty Bay, the River Feale and the Convent Road Stream, County Cork.