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Coordinates: 51 ° 37 ′  N , 8 ° 54 ′  W

Map: Ireland

Clonakilty ( Irish : Cloich na Coillte; Clanna Chaoilte ) is a town in County Cork on the western south coast of the Republic of Ireland .

The place

Clonakilty, Old Linen Hall, 2005

Clonakilty is located near the Celtic Sea on the coast of County Cork on a typical "tourist route", the N71 from Cork City via Skibbereen and Kenmare to Killarney in County Kerry . The main source of income in the region, besides income from tourism, comes from the dairy industry .

Clonakilty became particularly well known as the birthplace of the Irish independence fighter and politician Michael Collins (1890-1922), who also died a few kilometers from his birthplace. The city's population was determined by the 2016 census to be 4592. There are city ​​partnerships with the Lower Franconian Waldaschaff and the Breton Châteaulin .

Clonakilty, Parish Church of the Immaculate Conception , 2005

Clonakilty was the first Irish city to be granted Fairtrade Town status in 2003 .


In Clonakilty there is a very lively scene of traditional and contemporary music, which also attracts well-known musicians again and again, so that you can often hear qualitatively convincing live music in the local pubs. Every year in September the Clonakilty International Guitar Festival takes place here.

In 2000, Clonakilty was the overall winner and Irish winner of the gold medal in the Villages category (for locations up to 10,000 residents) in the prestigious European competition " Entente Florale Europe "; In 2001 Clonakilty won the LivCom Award as the most liveable city in the world for places with up to 20,000 inhabitants and in 2006 won a silver medal in the same competition. In November 2016, Clonakilty was voted Best City in the UK and Ireland in the 2017 Urbanism Awards .

In memory of Michael Collins, a museum was opened at Easter 2016 in his former home at No. 7 Emmett Place. It is operated by the Cork County Council, the administration of County Cork, and shows the life story of Collins and important stations of the independence movement. The local historian Tim Crowley has been running the Michael Collins Center , a small private museum in honor of the revolutionary hero, just outside the city since 2000 .

The Ballyvackey stone circle is in a pasture north of the R599 about 100 m from the Fealge River, west of Clonakilty.


The “Clonakilty RFC” is one of the clubs represented in Munster Rugby .

Clonakilty is the base of the “West Cork Rally”, a two-day asphalt rally, which has been held every March on St. Patrick's Day weekend since 1977 .

Public transport

Clonakilty has not been connected to the rail network in Ireland since 1961, but is connected to Cork City and Skibbereen several times a day by Bus Éireann . The Cork Airport can be reached in less than an hour's drive.


Sons and daughters

  • Alfred Elmore (1815–1881), Irish-British painter and illustrator
  • Michael Collins (1890–1922), independence fighter, military and politician
  • Peter Callanan (1935–2009), politician, member of the Seanad Éireann (1997–2009)
  • Liam Twomey (* 1967), politician, Teachta Dála, in the Seanad Éireann since 2007

Associated with Clonakilty

Web links

Commons : Clonakilty  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Map of Ireland (can be enlarged greatly)
  2. Clonakilty (agglomeration) on, accessed on August 22, 2017
  3. Website of the Clonakilty Town Council ( Memento of the original from January 20, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  4. Article in “An Phoblacht” from September 11, 2003
  5. ^ Festival website
  6. ^ Website Participation of the Entente Florale Europe
  7. RTÉ : Greystones 'world's most liveable community' , November 10, 2008.
  8. West Cork Times: Clonakilty wins best town in UK and Ireland at Urbanism Awards ( Memento of the original from November 18, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , November 17, 2016  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  9. Irish Examiner: Michael Collins museum to open on Easter Saturday , February 3, 2016 (Eng.)
  10. The Cork: 'Michael Collins House' Museum opens in Clonakilty, West Cork , April 28, 2016 (Eng.)
  11. Martin Glauert: The signature as a personal death sentence. In the picturesque town of Clonakilty, one encounters the bitter history of Ireland at every turn. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of November 17, 2016, p. R3.
  12. ^ Website of the Michael Collins Center
  13. West Cork Rally website