Recalling "Clonakilty 400" a decade on....
10 years on.......
On 5th May 2013, ten years ago, Clonakilty celebrated its 400th birthday, (the granting of a charter by King James First which formally established the town and town council).
President and Mrs. Higgins came to town and a great Sunday was enjoyed by hundreds of locals who turned out for the occasion.
An hour-long DVD, recording the highlights of the historic day, was subsequently produced and sold locally.
To remember the day ten years ago, all are invited to a social gathering at O' Donovan’s Hotel at 8.30pm this Friday evening 5th May, where the DVD will be shown on a big screen.
Fáilte roimh chách.
Documentary film screening
AN MUILEANN: A history of Milling in Cork
Documentary produced and directed by
Thursday May 4th 2023 at
in Clonakilty GAA Pavilion
Ireland currently has the largest collection of pre-10th century water-mill sites in the world. In fact, the world's oldest recorded tidal mill, built in AD 617 is situated on Mahee Island in Strangford Lough. Legend has it that river milling dates back even earlier to AD 250 along the river Nith near Tara, the seat of the High Kings of Ireland.
The use of water for power continues as a thread through the centuries. In many cases the only trace is a place name – think of the number of Milltowns scattered across the country. But not all are lost to ruin. Some have been renovated and restored providing us a glimpse of a rich and largely unknown past.
An Muileann looks at three such mills in West Cork – in Schull, near Glandore and Castleview Mill near Clonakilty. Thanks to the dedication of their owners these structures have been preserved and saved from ruin. The documentary explores the history of these buildings and the dedication of the people who want to save them for future generations.
After the screening there will be a Q and A with Dr. Colin Rynne, an industrial archaeologist who has written widely about Irish industrial history from medieval times to the 20th century.
Clonakilty Journals on sale
Clonakilty Historical & Archaeological Journals are available from Coolim Books HERE
(Please note the Biblio website takes a little bit of time to load)
Dúchas AGM 2023
Recording of Dúchas Tribute to Dick Barrett and Sean Hales
The link to the recording of our Sean Hales and Dick Barrett commemorative event held on November 18:2022 is HERE
Historic coastal village of Timoleague: Duchas Film documentary
For Heritage Week 2022, Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage has once again decided to do a film documentary. As part of our celebrations, we will be visiting the historic coastal village of Timoleague which is situated at the mouth of the Airgideen river estuary on the cusp of Courtmacsherry Bay. It is a picturesque place steeped in historical fact, along with myth and legend, and to take us back over the centuries our guides are Diarmuid Kingston and Michael O’Mahony.
We hope that the viewer will enjoy our visit to this historical coastal village and its hinterland with its spectacular scenery and rich folklore. It is indeed a place of historical importance with its ancient abbeys and wonderful artistically endowed churches. It is only by a visit that their beauty and uniqueness can be fully appreciated.
Click here to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6s9pgGBst8