Clonakilty (Cloich na Coillte, Clanna Chaoilte), often referred to by locals simply as Clon, is a small town in West County Cork, Ireland, approximately 45 minutes away by road to the west of Cork City. The town is on the southern coast of the island, and is surrounded by hilly country devoted primarily to dairy farming, the region having an impressive dairy yield.. Population 4,154 (3745+409)
The centre of the town is considered particularly attractive, with the store fronts of the shops and restaurants painted in bright colours. Many tourists, particularly from the United Kingdom and the United States, are attracted to Clonakilty during the summer months, and the population of the town can swell by as many as 3,000 visitors at this time, with many staying in nearby Inchydoney. Visitors go to several nearby beaches, visit the pubs, walk in the local countryside, or visit local attractions such as The West Cork Model Railway Village and Lios-na-gCon Ringfort
The town was given an award as "Ireland's tidiest town" in 1999. The cleanliness is the result in part of the voluntary efforts of local shopkeepers and staff. In 2003 Clonakilty also became Ireland’s first ever official Fair Trade Town.
Kennedy Gardens at Emmett square in the centre of town are named after John F. Kennedy who was a descendant of a Clonakilty emigrant to the USA
Clonakilty is also known for its world famous Clonakilty Black Pudding, which is fried or grilled pig's offal in intestines. There is a butcher's shop (Twomey's) in Pearse Street where the product originated.The puddings are now mass produced at a factory in Little Island (Cork City). "Irish Yogurts" is a well-known brand produced in the town from local milk.
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