The nine Clonakilty Mayoral candidates, who are all looking for No. 1 or next possible best preferences in this Saturday’s special election. Five will be elected and hold the office of “Mayor of Clonakilty” for one year each up to 2029. 

From left, in order of how their names will appear on the ballot paper: Yousuf Janab Ali; Brendan Collins; Anna Groniecka; Chris Hinchy; Anthony McDermott; Evie Nevin; Conan O’ Donovan; Eileen Sheppard and James White.

Voting takes place at Scoil na mBuachaillí from 10am to 7pm on Saturday 8th June with the count at O’ Donovan’s Hotel on Sunday starting at 10am. (Photo: PRO Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage)

As well as the statutory County Council and European Parliament elections this Friday, people in the Clonakilty electoral area will have a second opportunity to vote on Saturday in the Clonakilty Mayoral Election. Scoil na mBuachaillí will be the venue on both days and everyone who has the right to vote on Friday, can automatically vote also on Saturday.  There will be nine candidates on the ballot paper for the Clonakilty Mayoral Election, which is organised by a sub-committee of Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage. The candidates - as they will appear on the ballot paper are: Yousuf Janab Ali; Brendan Collins; Anna Groniecka, Chris Hinchy; Anthony McDermott; Evie Nevin; Conan O’ Donovan; Eileen Sheppard and James White. All are standing as non-political, community representatives and five will be elected who will each serve one year as voluntary “Mayor of Clonakilty” with the rotation going in the order in which they will be elected. Voting will take place at Scoil na mBuachaillí on Saturday 8th June from 10am to 7pm and will be under the Single Transferable Vote system exactly the same as the County Council and Euro election voting the previous day. (This means that voters can votes by placing numbers next to the names of one, some or all candidates on the ballot paper, giving their No. 1 to the person they wish most to be elected, etc.). Eligible voters are everyone (18 years or over), who normally votes at Scoil na mBuachaillí (the Clonakilty Urban and Rural areas). All voters should ensure to bring photo ID (passport, driving licence, etc.), as well as proof of address (a recent household bill, bank statement, polling card from the election of previous day, etc.), as they could be asked to produce these items at the polling station. People unable to attend the polling station due to a physical disability should contact the elecion organisers by Friday.

The election count will be held at O’ Donovan’s Hotel on Sunday, starting at 10am and is open to the public. The whole Mayoral Election process from start to finish is undertaken in a total voluntary capacity under the banner of Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage and they appeal for people who have an hour or two to spare on Saturday to help out at the polling station. Contact 086-0833323 or email:

Updates are posted on the "Clonakilty Mayoral Council” and the “Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage” Facebook pages.