(Aug 20th – Aug 28th)
Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage Events
Event: Children's Historical Treasure Hunt of Clonakilty.
Date and Time: All week.
Venue: Collect forms at Michael Collins House and other local venues.
Details: Children(age 5-12) can have fun exploring and discovering the history of Clonakilty. Lots of prizes.
Contact: Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage c/o Rachael Cronin (085 7447424) or Marian O'Leary (087 7642465).
Event: Guided Historical Walk of ClonakiltyTown
DateandTime: Wed Aug 24th19:00– 20:30
Venue: Michael Collins Statue, Emmet Square, Clonakilty
Details:The town as we know it today was founded by Richard Boyle, Earl of Cork, who received a charter from James I in 1613. This walk will introduce stories of wars, battles, rebellions, famine, smuggling and shipwrecks as well as the commercial life of the town's Linen Hall and Deasy's Brewery, and will trace the footsteps of its famous characters – Mary Jane Irwin (wife of Fenian Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa), Michael Collins and Tadhg an Asna (1798 Leader).
Suitable for children / Full wheelchair access / Parking available
Event: Tour of Kilkerranmore Cemetery
Date and Time: Thurs 25th 19:00– 20:30
Venue: Meet at Kilkerranmore Cemetery at 7pm (or alternatively at Deasy's Carpark, Clonakilty at 6.30pm)
Details: An evening tour of Kilkerranmore medieval church site presenting the history of the church, the graveyard and the families who are buried there including that of members of Kilkerranmore Volunteers and their part in the War of Independence.
Suitable for children / Parking available
Contact: Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage c/o Rachael Cronin (085 7447424)
Event: Historical Tour of Seven Heads
Date and Time: Sat 27th 14:30 – 17:00
Venue: Meet at Barryroe Church
Details: Come on a tour of the Seven Heads region with local historian Sean de Barra. The tour will take in the history of Dunworly with its castle and hillfort, the famine village at Shanagh, Butlerstown with its Lusitania connections, Coolum Cliffs, Broad Strand (site of the memorial to Antartic explorer Patrick Keohane) and much more.
Suitable for children / Partial wheelchair access / Parking is available
Contact: Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage c/o Marian O'Leary – phone 087 7642465
Dúchas Clonakilty walks
Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage, in conjunction with the Clonakilty Chamber of Commerce, has again organised historical guided walks for visitors every Wednesday evening for July and August, starting at 7pm from the Michael Collins statue.
Hotels, B and B owners and all involved in the hospitality business are asked to let visitors know about the walking tours which are totally free of charge.
Depending on numbers, they last approx. an hour and a quarter on average.
Anthony is new Clonakilty Mayor
Anthony McDermott was installed as the new Mayor of Clonakilty on Thursday evening 9th June at a pleasant ceremony attended by a large crowd at Asna Square.
At 8pm, the Mayoral Council members led by the outgoing Mayor Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin, arrived on foot from O’ Donovan’s Hotel as is the custom.
Colette Twomey, as MC, welcomed the large crowd which included Michael Collins, TD; local County Councillors Paul Hayes and Christopher O’ Sullivan, and Mons. Aidan O’ Driscoll, PP and Rev. Kingsley Sutton, (Church of Ireland). There were apologies from Mayoral Council member John Loughnan, Jim Daly, TD and Cllr. Mary Hegarty, MCC who were unavoidably absent.
Before handing over the chain and robe of office, the outgoing Mayor Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin extended his thanks to all who made his year such a proud and enjoyable one. He had been invited to and attended over 170 engagements and he listed out several highlights among these.
Included were: welcoming President and Mrs. Higgins when they visited Clonakilty, and also the Burgermeister (Mayor) of Waldaschaff, (Clonakilty's twin town in Bavaria); visiting several of the local schools; attending many community 1916 and other commemorative events and the institution ceremony of Rev. Kingsley.
He also reported how himself and the Deputy Mayor attended the march in Bandon in solidarity with the people of that town after it was flooded in early December and he thanked the local media who kept the people aware of the activities of the Clonakilty Mayor during the year.
He then handed over the robe and chain to new mayor Anthony McDermott who will be "in office" for the next 12 months.
Anthony told the crowd of his pride and honour in being installed as the people’s representative for the coming year. He pledged to do his best and be as active as his predecessor.
He also presented the acting Deputy Mayor Gretta O' Donovan, (representing John Loughnan), with a Deputy Mayoral emblem to be worn at ocassions by the Deputy Mayor when the Mayor is already attending another event at the same time. The emblem was donated to the Mayoral Council by local historian Tomás Tuipéar.
Clonakilty is the only town in the country now with a town mayor since all 80 Town Councils, and with them the position of statutory Town Mayors, were abolished by the government in May 2014.
Local community organisation, Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage, organised an open election in which the people elected five candidates to hold the title of community, non-political "Mayor of Clonakilty" for one year each.