Membership 2024

Membership 2024

Membership of Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage is now due for 2024. Membership fee is as follows:
Individual fee: €10 Students: €5 Families: €25
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Account Name: Duchas Clonakilty Heritage
IBAN: IE82IPBS99071221393419
Bank: Permanent TSB, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
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Third Dúchas Clonakilty historical journal now on sale

Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage's third volume of the popular “Clonakilty Historical and Archaeological Journal” is now available at local outlets costing €10. It contains 12 excellent articles examining different aspects of local history and built heritage, focusing on the seventeenth to twentieth centuries, as well as many interesting photos - some of which have not been published before.

There was an online launch by Dr. Danielle O’Donovan from Ardfield who is programme manager at Nano Nagle Place, before Christmas. Others speakers included Tim Feen, Cathaoirleach Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage; journal editor Clíodhna O’ Leary; Gill Boazman, asst. editor and Mayor of Clonakilty, Anthony McDermott who all complimented the publication, the high standards of the articles in it and the professionalism of the writing, research and editing. 
Clíodhna O' Leary, editor was praised by all for her professionalism throughout the project as well as her patience and courtesy to all article writers.
The journals are on sale at Coughlan's Bookshop, Rossa St., (who can arrange delivery by post); Kerr's Bookshop, Ashe St.; Paddy Meade Newsagent, Pearse St., White's Texaco and Daybreak, Convent Road and at the Michael Collins House, Emmet Square costing just €10.
Further details on Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage website and Facebook page.


Clonakilty Town Council A History

We are delighted to announce that the Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage published book, ‘Clonakilty Town Council a History 1613 – 2014’, is now available.

This project was organised by a sub-group of Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage who engaged the services of Dr Matthew Potter, an authority on local government in Ireland, who was joined by Dúchas members Tomás Tuipéar and Michael O’Mahony, to write this comprehensive history. In the words of our Cathaoirleach Tim Feen, ‘this is a veritable history of Clonakilty’.

The limited edition of 200 illustrated books, containing previously unpublished documents and research specific to Clonakilty, are available at :

COUGHLAN’S, Rossa Street, KERR’S, Ashe Street and PADDY MEADE’S, Pearse Street, at € 25.

Official Launch Clonakilty Historical & Archaeological Journal Volume 3

We are very pleased to announce the online launch of our third journal (please use the link below to register): 

Official Launch 

Clonakilty Historical & Archaeological Journal Volume 3 

Zoom meeting, 

Monday, December 20th, 8 pm

Produced by Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage, the third volume of Clonakilty Historical & Archaeological Journal presents a variety of papers examining different aspects of our local history and built heritage, focusing on the seventeenth to twentieth centuries. From church architecture to sanitation, local governance to the Atlantic slave trade, this volume has something for everyone and serves to advance our understanding of the rural and urban heritage of the greater Clonakilty area.

This volume will be launched by Dr Danielle O’Donovan. Danielle is from Ardfield, just outside Clonakilty. She gained her PhD in architectural history from Trinity College Dublin in 2008 and publishes on Irish medieval architecture and learning in museums. Danielle has worked for Trinity Irish Art Research Centre, Trinity Centre for Research in IT in Education and the Irish Heritage Trust. Danielle is the programme manager at Nano Nagle Place, which has just been awarded the Council of Europe Museum Prize for 2022.


The journals are available at a price of €10 in the following Clonakilty bookshops: Coughlan's Bookshop (who can arrange for delivery by post), Kerr's Bookshop, Paddy Meade Newsagent and the Michael Collins House.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Dec 20, 2021 08:00 PM 

Register in advance for this meeting: HERE
 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Please note, this is a meeting not a webinar, so please ensure you are on mute when you join.

Utter Disloyalist Tadhg Barry and the Irish Revolution

Our next lecture is as follows (see link to register below):


Utter Disloyalist

Tadhg Barry and the Irish Revolution

Zoom Lecture


Dr Donal Ó Drisceoil


Thurs November 25



Tadhg Barry, the last high-profile victim of the Crown forces during the Irish War of Independence, was shot dead in Ballykinlar internment camp, Co. Down, on 15 November 1921. Half the population of Dublin lined the streets as his body was borne through the capital, and his funeral in his native Cork dwarfed even those of his fallen comrades, Tomás MacCurtain and Terence MacSwiney. Who was this man and why has he since been largely forgotten?

Barry was a fascinating activist, trade union official, journalist, poet, Irish Volunteer, GAA official and author of the first book on the rules of hurling. He was described by his British enemies as an ‘utter disloyalist’ and by a comrade as ‘a characteristic product of Rebel Cork – courageous, kindly, generous to a fault, bold and daring, and independent in speech and action’.  

Barry had many connections with West Cork: Coláiste na Mumhan in Ballingeary was a home from home, he organised workers across West Cork for the ITGWU, and he wrote a column on Cork City affairs for both the Skibbereen Eagle and, later, its nationalist competitor, the Southern Star. Among those interned with Barry in Ballykinlar was John Flyer Nyhan of Clonakilty, who was among those Barry was waving goodbye to when he was shot dead by a sentry. 

To mark the 100th anniversary of Tadhg Barry’s death, Dr Donal Ó Drisceoil of the School of History, UCC has produced a new biography, published by Mercier Press: Utter Disloyalist: Tadhg Barry and the Irish Revolution Copies of his book are available in Clonakilty bookshops.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Nov 25, 2021 08:00 PM Dublin
Topic: Utter Disloyalist: Tadhg Barry and the Irish Revolution by Dr Donal Ó Drisceoil

Register in advance for this webinar: HERE

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The Industrial Heritage of West Cork

Zoom Lecture by

Dr Colin Rynne

Thurs Oct. 28 at 8pm

This lecture re-examines the in many ways extraordinary industrial heritage of west Cork, from its nationally significant copper mines and slate quarries, to its almost forgotten linen industry. Food-processing industries such as Deasy's Brewery in Clonakilty, along with flour and oat mills, such as O'Leary's mill at Castleview, near Clonakilty, were also important during the 19th and 20th centuries. Many of the buildings and landscapes associated with these industries have come down to us in a generally good state of preservation.  The challenge for future generations, however, is to maintain this.

Dr Colin Rynne lectures on post-medieval and industrial archaeology in the Department of Archaeology UCC. His publications include The industrial archaeology of Cork city and its environs (1999) and Industrial Ireland 1750-1930: an archaeology (2006). He is also author of Industrial Heritage of County Cork (2019), published by the Heritage Unit of Cork County Council.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Oct 28, 2021 08:00 PM Dublin
Topic: The Industrial Heritage of West Cork
Register in advance for this webinar: HERE

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.