Clonakilty Heritage Week 2018


(Aug 18th – Aug 26th)

Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage Events


Event:Children 's Historical Treasure Hunt of Clonakilty

DateandTime:All week

Meeting Point: Collect forms at Michael Collins House and other local venues.

Details: Google-free, outdoor fun learning experience for 5-12 year old children (and their parents) exploring and discovering the history of Clonakilty. Lots of prizes.

Event: The Story of Fernhill House

DateandTime:Mon Aug 20th 6.45pm

Meeting Point: Fernhill House Hotel, Clonakilty

Details: A historical walk of the house & gardens by Michael jnr, one of the 4th generation of the O’Neill family at Fernhill. The Georgian mansion was the most expensive in Clonakilty and has a rich history. Occupants include Lord Atkin’s family, a solicitor general of Ireland, a World War Two army and three mayors of Clonakilty.

Event: Guided Historical Walk of Clonakilty Town

DateandTime: Wed Aug 22nd 7.00pm

Meeting Point: Michael Collins Statue, Emmet Square, Clonakilty

Details: Trace the footsteps of Clonakilty's famous characters: Michael Collins, Tadhg an Asna (1798 Leader), Mary Jane Irwin (poet, campaigner and wife of Fenian Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa) and much more. Founded by Richard Boyle, Earl of Cork, who received a charter for the town from James I in 1613, you will hear stories of the commercial life of the town's Linen Hall and Deasy's Brewery and of its rebellions, famines, smuggling and shipwrecks.

Event: Guided tour of Darrara and Ballintemple Graveyards

Date and Time: Friday Aug 24that 7pm

Meeting Point:Darrara Graveyard, Clonakilty

Details: Ballintemple has been a place of worship since at least 1169 and the final resting place for Clonakilty and Darrara families over several centuries. The most famous person buried here is Tadhg O'Donovan Asna, who was the leader of the United Irishmen at the Battle of the Big Cross in June 1798. The first church in Darrara dates back to about 1770 and since the present church was built in 1897, Darrara has been the preferred burial place for most of the local families. It is here that we find the grave of the patriot Commandant Pat Harte, the Quartermaster of the 3rd West Cork Brigade, who was captured and brutally tortured in July 1920. He survived the brutality, but the damage inflicted caused his early death in February 1924. Our guides on the night will be Diarmuid Kingston and Michael O'Mahony and following on their most successful and interesting visit to the old Kilgarriffe graveyard last year, this year's event is eagerly awaited.