Clonakilty gearing up for it's third Mayoral Election - public information meeting on Thursday 9th May 2024
 

As people all over the country go to the polls in County and City Council and European Parliament elections on Friday 7th June, one town in Ireland will see people voting also on the following day!

The third unique Clonakilty Mayoral Election in West Cork, will take place on Saturday 8th June and a public information meeting for potential candidates and the general public outlining how the election and count works takes place at O' Donovan's Hotel next Thursday 9th May at 8.30pm. 

Since the abolition of the local Town Council and statutory Mayor in 2014, the people of the town and surrounding area, organise and vote every five years to directly elect five members of the local community who then serve one year each as "Mayor of Clonakilty". It is a totally non-statutory, ceremonial,  voluntary, non-political, honorary position with no expenses for the "First Citizen".

The Clonakilty Mayoral Election format was initiated 10 years ago by local community organisation Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage when central government abolished all the 80 historic town councils in the state so that the position of "Mayor of Clonakilty" would not also fall after 400 continuous years. Clonakilty is the only town in all of Ireland since with a Mayor and is also the only community ever in the country where the people directly elect peers to the position. The Clonakilty Mayoral Election on 8th June will be the third since 2014.

The “Mayor of Clonakilty” position is totally voluntary and politically independent with candidates not representing any political parties (even if they are members of them). It has worked well over the last decade with the Mayor of the day having a ceremonial, non-statutory role in the community.

There are already rumours of possible candidates coming forward to put their names on the ballot paper and everyone interested in the process is encouraged to attend next Thursdays, (9th May),public information meetingand official launch of the election at 8.30pm at O' Donovan's Hotel.

Official nomination papers will also be available whereby people can nominate themselves or nominate another person as a candidate. All candidates stand as community, non-political candidates.

These nomination papers will also be available at any time from reception of O’ Donovan’s Hotel up to and including 5.30pm Saturday 18th May which is the date and time when all completed nomination papers must be lodged at the hotel reception and nominations officially close. 

Polling will be open on Saturday 8th June from 10am - 7pm at Scoil na mBuachaillí for all voters over 18 in the Clonakilty Urban and Clonakilty Rural areas as well as “special voters” eligible to vote eg people with businesses in the town but living outside the voting area.
Proof of age and address may be requested of anyone voting on the day.

The count will be held the following day Sunday 9th June starts at 10am at O' Donovan's Hotel followed by declaration of results. This process will be open to the public and like the election itself, will be overseen by Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage and will result in five community Mayors of Clonakilty, each serving one year each up to June 2029, being directly elected by the people. 

The “Mayor of Clonakilty” position is totally voluntary and politically independent with candidates not representing any political parties (even if they are members of them). When "on duty" at events, the Mayor wears an official chain of office and on some occasions also a mayoral robe. 

It has worked well over the last decade with the Mayor of the day having a ceremonial, non-statutory and highly-respected role in the Clonakilty community.

During the five years, the five elected Mayors meet regularly as "Clonakilty Mayoral Council" to discuss community issues.
The Clonakilty Mayoral Council Facebook page is updated with activities and events attended by the sitting Mayor.