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Top Choice Pub in Clonakilty

De Barra's Folk Club

A convivial, jostling atmosphere – walls splattered with photos and press cuttings, masks and musical instruments – provides the setting for the cream of local folk music. Nightly sessions usually begin around 9pm.
Top Choice Modern Irish in Clonakilty


The sheltered, flower-filled garden at this gastropub is absolutely hopping, rain or shine, thanks to an ambitious menu that ranges from superb steak sandwiches with handcut chips, to trad Irish stew and organic sal…
Amusement Park in Clonakilty

West Cork Model Railway Village

You can’t help but smile at the West Cork Model Railway Village. It features a vast outdoor re-creation of the West Cork Railway as it was during the 1940s, with superb miniature models of the main towns in West Cor…
Pub in Clonakilty

An Teach Beag

This intriguing cottage-pub (the name means 'the little house'), along the alley beside O'Donovan's Hotel, has all the atmosphere necessary for good traditional music sessions. You might even catch a scríocht (a ses…
Seafood in Clonakilty

An Súgán

A traditional bar with a reputation for excellent seafood, where you dine in a room crammed with knick-knacks – jugs dangle from the ceiling, business cards are stuffed in the rafters, and lanterns dot the walls. Bu…
Food in Clonakilty

Edward Twomey

Clonakilty's most treasured export is its black pudding, the sausage made from pig's blood, oatmeal and onion that features on most local restaurant menus. The best place to buy it is from butcher Edward Twomey, who…
Museum in Clonakilty

Michael Collins Centre

A visit to the Michael Collins Centre is an excellent way to make sense of his life and the times in which he lived. A tour reveals photos, letters and a reconstruction of the 1920s country lane where Collins was ki…
Museum in Clonakilty

Clonakilty Museum

The Clonakilty Museum has some memorabilia, including Michael Collins’ weapons and uniform. The museum is run on a voluntary basis; contact the tourist office for exact opening hours.
Market in Clonakilty

Farmers Market

Clonakilty's farmers market sets up in a car park, down an alley beside O'Donovan's Hotel.