Clonakilty (Cloich na Coillte in Irish Gaelic) is a charming little town about 50 km west of Cork. This small town lives to the rhythm of the surrounding agriculture, as well as the wild rhythm of traditional Irish music played all over the city, be it in the streets, in the pubs, or during the festivals…
Although Clonakilty is not very extensive, you will have the opportunity to find many places to visit. Whether they are historical or purely cultural, the village will not fail to draw your attention to the fact that Michael Collins is a native of Clonakilty. He would have been born there and would have given great speeches much later, more specifically at Donovan’s Hotel.
So it is hard to miss the statue of this man, located on the main artery of Clonakilty. Nor what is known as “The Birthplace of Michael Collins”, the house where Michael Collins was born and lived during his childhood. To this day, this house is open to the public, although it is in ruins following a fire caused by the Black and Tans in 1921. To visit this house, follow Rosscarbery for 3km and then turn right when a sign announces the house.
Clonakilty is also home to a regional museum on the Western Road. It presents an exhibition dedicated to the Irish nationalist of the beginning of the 20th century. Michael Collins is in the spotlight, as is Éamon de Valera.
Notice to gourmets: Clonakilty is famous worldwide for its Black Pudding, as well as its White Pudding. These are 2 varieties of pudding, one black, the other white, traditionally served at the Irish Breakfast. They are eaten grilled and sliced, or raw. A real treat to be discovered in one of their Pubs or B&Bs!