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Clonakilty is an expanding, thriving town town noted for its success in competitions such as the National Tidy Towns competition and the International "Entente Florale".   Clonakilty is the administrative capital of West Cork.

In the centre of the town is a monument to Tadgh O' Donovan - Astna commemorating Clonakilty's role in the 1798 rebellion.  The statue of Michael Collins was unveiled in 2002 by the actor, Liam Neeson.  In Emmet Square, nearby, in the house where Collins lived for a while and across the Church yard behind the statue is the former school where he was a pupil. 

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The impressive Catholic Church was built in 1880.  The smaller church building, close by, ceased to function as a Presbyterian Church in 1924 and became the towns Post Office.  Along Kent Street is a renovated old mill, now a library and administrative centre which won the Europa nostra Award in 1987.  Beyond that to your right is Clonakilty's unique land mark the Wheel of Fortune Water |Pump which is still functional. 

The West cork Model Railway Village at the outskirts of the town uses a miniature version to the Old West cork Railway system to link models of the towns to West Cork, as they were in the days of steam travel.  At the opposite end of the town, the West Cork Regional Museum is worth a visit.   There are a number of beaches, within easy reach of Clonakilty which is often described as the 'Beach Centre of West Cork'.

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