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Clonakilty, West Cork

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Clonakilty is a busy market town, with many unique attractions, with something for everyone to do. The town is thought to derive its name from an ancient stone, that stood nearby, though the "Cloich na Coilte" (The stone of wood) cannot be identified. Yet, the tradition lives on in this town, which has erected a modern "Kilty Stone" in the market square. However, despite this seemingly ancient tradition, it is difficult to trace the earlier history of the town. No castle sites nearby, or other evidence of its existence prior to the later Middle Ages, seems to exist and it is likely, that this is one of the most aptly named 'planter' towns in this region. During the period when the English settlement system was at its heights, Clonakilty developed into a thriving centre, with flour mills, breweries and other minor industries.

West Cork's most favourite son was General Michael Collins who was born at Woodfield, near by. A hero to some and traitor to others, the Big Fella unquestionably attained greatness. He was General of the Free State Army and his dynamic and powerful personality made him a legend of his own lifetime. The memory of Michael Collins is preserved, in particular at the Michael Collins Memorial Centre, Woodfield, the Michael Collins Statue, Clonakilty and the ambush site near Macroom.

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 into use 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.


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