Clonakilty

The West Cork town of Clonakilty is a busy market town located near to several popular seaside resorts such as Inchydoney and Owenahincha.

See fine 19th century mill buildings have been nicely adapted for modern use, and now house the town library and County Council offices. Nearby, a small disused Presbyterian Church has been put to service as the post office! Local planning authorities have encouraged the use of traditional hand painted signs with a special emphasis on the Irish language on business premises in the town. Post Office Also the fine status of a pikeman. For a small town, the Roman Catholic Church is impressive, with fine glass and mosaics.

The people of Clonakilty really care about their town. The great pride they have for their home is evident when you pay a visit. A category winner in the Tidy Towns Competition most years this picturesque town also picked up a prize as the tidiest town in county cork and has won a Gold Medal in the national tidy town awards for each of the last four years. In 2007 it received the accolade of being one of only ten towns to be awarded the accolade of Best Emerging European Rural Destinations of Excellence. Clonakilty also became Ireland's first Fairtrade Town in 2003.


Clonakilty Bay

Clonakilty is a favourite amongst tourists as it simply offers everything; An exciting nightlife encompasses a traditional music focus as well as contemporary entertainment. Various public houses in the middle of town are acclaimed as synonymous with the best in traditional and folk music as well as hosting the best in alternative contemporary music.

A model village has been developed and includes a reproduction of the west cork railway and industrial development in the area during the period of World War II.

Micheal Collins is one of the great heroes of the 1916-1922 period, was born at Woodfield, near here. He was General of the Free State Army, and his dynamic and powerful personality made him a legend in his own lifetime. The small West Cork Museum in Clonakilty has many mementos of the hero. The memorial to him at Sam's Cross was unveiled by General Tom Barry, himself a prominent figure in the Republican Movement. From Clonakilty westward the coast becomes bolder and more rugged, the sea carving deep inlets and bays as it rolls in from the Atlantic.


Kinsale

Kinsale in County Cork is one of the most picturesque, popular and fashionable resorts of the south-west coast of Ireland. Famous for its beautiful yachting, sea angling, whale watching, gourmet restaurants and golf. For those of you who would like to improve your English, there is the excellent kinsale school of English and art galleries.

Kinsale can easily claim its place amongst Ireland's most historic locations for this has been a centre of population, commerce, trade and fishing far beyond memory and record. In its earliest days the estuary of the Bandon River gave it great importance as the river is tidal as far as Innishannon and water transport was dominant until the 18th Century.
The estuary also provided excellent anchorage for ancient shipping which went in peril of the vagaries of the weather. The Town nestles between the hills and the shoreline, a maze of narrow streets, never far from the water and little changed in many hundreds of years. Amongst buildings of later periods are those of another age with historical links to the French, Spanish, British and Americans.

Kinsale

The Battle of Kinsale, fought in 1601 between a combined Spanish, an Irish force and English armies, was a turning point in Irish history.
The harbour is guarded by two very fine star-shaped fortresses built in the 17th century:charles fort is well worth a visit (guided tours). See also the old Courthouse, now a museum; St Multose Church, built in the 13th century and still in use, and 'French Prison', the 16th century Desmond castle. There is a signposted tourist trail to this fascinating town with a guide booklet. Take a trip too to the Old Head of Kinsale for magnificent cliff scenery. It was off here that the Lusitania was sunk in 1915 with a loss of over 1,500 lives.

Glandore

Duan Dor - Harbour of the Oaks - is one of the prettiest villages in Ireland. Its position, in the path of the Gulf Stream ensures a mild climate all year round, consequently its flora is diverse and of great interest, as plants are found in bloom here, out of season. Because of its location, Glandore was one of the earlier settlements in West Cork. The Norman's came and built two castles in 1215. They were later taken over by the O'Donovan and have been inhabited continuously up to the present day. The very attractive Church of Ireland (built 1860) with its quaint entrance gate, through the rock is a much photographed feature.

Glandore

An important event in the development of Glandore began in 1824, with the arrival of James Redmond Barry. He was a very philanthropic landlord, who developed the fishing, got the pier built as well as a boatyard in Union Hall. He established schools to teach fishing and domestic economy. He built a hotel (The Glandore Inn) in 1828 and organised the first Regatta in 1830. A school was built in 1835 as well as an Agricultural school at the model farm in Ards. Despite his efforts, Glandore was one of the worst hit areas in West Cork, during the Great Famine, losing 45% of its population.
William Thompson, the philosopher and one of the first Socialists, is another famous name associated with Glandore.
Glandore, at present is a very popular port of call for the yachting and boating fraternity, having some excellent restaurants and hostelries.

Union Hall

Nearly hidden in its own harbour, this small port of Union Hall has always had a strong seafaring tradition and now provides a safe shelter for its own active fishing fleet as well as anchorage to pleasure boats, and calm water for skiing, diving and canoeing.
The new causeway leading into the village creates a natural lagoon and the sweep of homes and shops surrounding it lend a vision of brightly coloured ribbons on the water's surface.

Union Hall A left turn off the causeway leads to Keelbeg Pier. Depending on the season, angling and deep-sea fishing are popular and many return year after year to enjoy the bounty of the sport. Boat hire for visiting some of the off shore Islands is available locally, and the entire village and surrounds offer choice for a leisurely stroll or a serious hike.
Union Hall is a remarkably Irish village with its roots steeped in history. Archaeological remains dot the area. Castle ruins and forts can be searched out, and a Holy Well dedicated to St. Brigid remains a yearly pilgrimage made by many devotees on the first day of February.
In latter times the village had its share of admirers, and in the 1700's was lauded by the great patriot dean of Ireland, Jonathan Swift. More recently it was chosen by the director / producer Lord David Puttnam as the venue for one of his latest films "War of The Buttons".
There are two provision shops, a craft shop, a knitwear shop, a bureau de change / post office, numerous B&B's and an excellent hostel built in the old stone schoolhouse which also plays host to Sunday evening Traditional music sessions featuring some of Ireland's top talents, tapas and wine. Good craic and entertainment are the norm at the local pubs and the Union Hall Festival is held yearly in June, featuring games and water sports of all kinds, from serious racing to outrageous tom-foolery.

Visit the fantastic fisherman’s retail fish shop in the town and also Union hall smoked fishery.

Timoleague

Timoleague in West Cork, Ireland is a picturesque village which is situated just 30 miles from Cork City on the Kinsale to Clonakilty coast road (the R600). Perched at the edge of a long sea inlet this friendly tourist village is dominated by the ruins of a 13th century abbey. Timoleague Abbey The abbey was founded by the Franciscan order in 1240 A.D., on the site of a 6th century monastic settlement founded by Saint Molaga. The name Timoleague comes from the Irish for House of Molaga (Tigh Molaga).

The village of Timoleague itself, with its many brightly coloured dwellings and businesses, is home to some fine restaurants and pubs. It is also ideally situated to take advantage of some of the many local outdoor activities including walking, sailing, surfing, golf and fishing to name but a few.

In August each year the village hosts the timoleague festival . This ten day harvest festival sees the streets thronged with locals and tourists alike trying to catch a glimpse of the many street activities which are organised for the event. Live street music, pig racing and the fancy dress competitions are among the most popular of these activities. A large marquee is also erected on the village green during the festival with many big name acts performing during the ten day period.

Courtmacsherry

The picturesque village of Courtmacsherry lies midway between the old head of Kinsale and the Seven Heads on the rugged West Cork coast.

This charming village was formerly the summer home of the Earl of Shannon who planted many exotic trees, shrubs and woods around the village. The village of Courtmacsherry grew in Victorian times, as a haven for holidaymakers from the city of Cork and as a result several new houses were built.
Courtmacsherry In 1891 the railway arrived and was an important link to the outside world until its closure in 1961. The sheltered harbour, often giving a cosy sense of calm and security while storms wreck havoc outside.
In the early 18th century, the Coast Guard chased would-be smugglers along the coast from their sheltered haven in Courtmacsherry Bay. Their cottages still dominate the slope overlooking the harbour, still a favourite haunt of anglers and visitors, because of the exceptional flora and fauna of the area. Much of the village life centres around the lifeboat service, with local voluntary crews ensuring that this historic lifeboat station, one of the first established in Ireland, maintains an active role in bringing safety and assistance to sailors in distress.
Today we have a vibrant community with several developments taking place to improved facilities such as the refurbished pier and pontoon for boat's and yachts, the promenade and tennis court.

Rosscarbery

Rosscarbery is a small historic town set in picturesque surroundings overlooking a sandy inlet of the rugged West Cork coastline. The town grew up around a monastery, which was established by St. Fachtna in the latter half of the sixth century.
It is now a peaceful place with an attractive Square and nicely decorated buildings with traditional shop fronts. The wide variety of amenities for young and old within walking distance of the town make Rosscarbery an ideal tourist centre.

Rosscarbery For those who just want to relax, the Warren Beach, Ownahincha Beach and the Long Strand offer safe bathing and golden sands. The more energetic are spoiled for choice with two links style Pitch and Putt courses at the Warren Beach, or golfers may improve their swing or putting at the local Driving Range.

At the Marine Leisure Centre, pedal boats, rowing dinghies or canoes are available for hire in the safest of surroundings and sailing lessons are available - whilst the children's playground and tennis courts are just nearby Visitors may experience the beauty of the area on horseback with and expert guide form one of the local Riding Centres or meet some farm animals at close range at the local Pet Farm and Agricultural Museum. For the angler, Rosscarbery offers estuary, rock, deep sea and fresh water fishing - with bait in plentiful supply. The Lagoon and estuary are great favourites with bird watchers as large numbers of duck, waders, sea and migratory birds are to be seen.

For the archaeologist, there are numerous megalithic tombs, stone circles and standing stones in the area - Drombeg being the most famous. For the historian there are many places to visit - such a s St. Fachtna's Cathedral, Castlefreke, Coppinger's Court and birthplaces of gen. Micheal collins and O'Donovan Rossa to name but a few. Local tour guides will be only too happy to tell of local history and folklore. Rosscarbery is a walker's paradise, with lots of quiet rural lanes running through scenic countryside with breathtaking views of land and sea.

Discovering the hidden treasures of this unspoilt area is an enriching experience. There are many reasons why Ross is not quite like any other place - it begins with the people. All this coupled with first class accommodation, restaurants, pubs in congenial surroundings make Rosscarbery a unique Holiday Centre.

Bandon

Droichead na Banndan (The Bridge of the Bandon River) Bandon is situated 19miles (30km) from Cork City on N71. It is a small market town, and also a great region for angling. The town was founded by Richard Boyle, The great Earl of Cork who acquired vast Munster Estates and planted them with English and Scottish settlers.

Events

The Humours of BANDON MUSIC FESTIVAL, a festival for lovers of Irish Music takes place over the June bank each year. A great place to see Irish musical talent in cork.

Places to visit

Places to Visit Bandon pottery is 2 miles west of Bandon, in West Cork, on the Dunmanway road. Visitors are welcome to visit the workshop, where you can park your car and browse at leisure through the well-stocked shelves displaying the entire range of pottery made on the premises. You can even watch the potters at work through the purpose-built viewing windows.
Bandon