Clonakilty boasts a spectacular parish church, The Church of the Immacualte Conception (1880) The church is located at the west end of the town on the Western Road and is worth a look. Recent renovations during the ninties have restored the interior of the church to it's former splendour.
Clonakilty is as famous for it's Black Pudding as it is for it's tidy town and spectacular beaches.
Clonakilty's black pudding comes from an original recipe dating back to the 1880's. Edward Twomey bought the Harrington's butcher's shop in 1976 and inherited the recipe for the pudding which has gained an international reputation. As demand grew the pudding became available for sale not only in Twomey's but also in local deli's and fine food stores but still the demand continued to grow. It is now possible to buy Clonakilty Black Pudding in most large supermarkets in Ireland.
Inchydoney is a spectacular beach located just 10 minutes drive from Clonakilty. The beach is regarded as one of the finest Ireland has to offer and has a growing reputation as a surfing hotspot. The hotel and spa have brought many visitors to the island but on the downside has also contributed to a huge amount of building development in the area which has taken away from the natural layout of the beach and island.
Visitors often do not realise this, but Inchydoney is actually an island linked to the mainland by a causeway.
My mom really likes trains and model trains so when I heard about this place I just had to go (for her). Here you can see exhibitions of the railways and industries which once linked six West Cork towns: Bandon, Clonakilty, Kinsale, Dunmanway, Bantry and Skibbereen. The models and figurines are handmade at the model village to a scale of 1:24.
Irish towns often seem to have attractive shop fronts in their main streets and Clonakilty specialises in locally hand painted shop signs. The result is a colourful central area around Pearse Street. For Georgian houses of various kinds, have a look at Emmett Square.