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Whats on in Clon

July 05, 2018

South of Ireland Band Championships and Old Time Fayre

Clonakilty will celebrate its annual Bands Day this year with the 39th South of Ireland Band Championships on Saturday, July 7th. This showcase of the best band competition is combined with a unique snapshot of what Clonakilty might have looked like in the 1920s or 1930s – thanks to the Clonakilty Old Time Fayre. A very special day is instore as, once again, the Old Time Fayre will coincide with the celebration. The Fair Day celebrates Clonakilty's heritage through traditional crafts, clothes and music. The town will be a pedestrian only zone with everyone encouraged to dress in vintage clothes and join in the festivities and enjoy the marching bands, the themed street fairs and the camaraderie of a town that just never stops.

The event runs all through Saturday, from 9am, featuring lively street performances of everything from music to movie scores, marches and waltzes. There will be a packed timetable of competitions at the local community hall and in the community college.

The championships, along with the town’s Old Time Fayre, annually attract huge numbers of visitors. There is always something on in Clon.... so we hope to see you in town!

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Family Fun in Clonakilty

January 12, 2017

From the relative seclusion of our resort, Clonakilty town is only minutes away and is perhaps the liveliest and friendliest town in West Cork.  With a multitude of shops, galleries and restaurants, there is something for all the family to enjoy.  We want to show you how to get the most of your time from your stay with us so kick back, relax and have a read of just some of the many activities to try while you’re here………

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Summer in West Cork

July 12, 2016

Your guide to what will be happening in West Cork this summer!

It’s that time of year again! The weather (we hope!) improves and there’s an audible buzz in the air…its summer! Now, in Ireland, we’re used to having all four seasons in one day and the occasional spell of 4-5 days of great weather, but we don’t let that dampen our spirits. Summer is a fabulous time in West Cork and there is lots to do... so have a peak here to see whats happening...

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Have an Eggcellent Easter in Inchydoney

March 11, 2016

Easter is always a great time of the year and here at the Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa our ideal location is perfect for a family break as we celebrate this joyous time when our coast is sprinkled with the colours of spring which marks the end of those chilly and indeed wet winter months.

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Trick or Treat at Inchydoney

October 23, 2015

It’s scary season here at the Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa so why not jump on your broomstick and avail of our special mid-term break offer.  Children go half price when sharing with Mum and Dad!  Enjoy 2 nights’ accommodation in one of our Deluxe Ocean View Rooms with full Irish Buffet Breakfast each morning.  On arrival mum and dad can unwind over our signature welcome drink of Irish Mist by the fire while the children can delve into our spooky treat filled witches cauldron!  During your stay indulge in delicious food, walk the beach, catch up over a game of scrabble in the Lounge or discover the wonderful town of Clonakilty and all it has to offer, just 5 minutes' drive away.

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De Barra's Clonakilty

October 15, 2015

Here at The Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa we want to highlight one of the great music venues that is on our own doorstep.  As Christy Moore once said, “There’s Carnegie Hall, The Royal Albert, Sydney Opera House and then there’s De Barra’s".  Located on Clonakilty’s Pearse Street, De Barra’s is one of those places that is alive with singing, music, and every spoken word from one end of the year to the other.  They’ve been named in the Top 10 Traditional Pubs of Ireland by the Guardian and in the Top 10 Best Surfing Pubs by Surfing Ireland Magazine.  They’ve also been shortlisted for both the best music venue in Munster and the whole of Ireland.  Indeed bands travel from all over Ireland and further afield to play this celebrated venue.

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Jingle All The Way To Inchydoney

October 02, 2015

It’s that time of year again and here at The Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa we are getting ready for the festive season and all the celebrations that make Christmas the most special time of the year.  It is a time for merriment and mirth, mistletoe and mulled wine!  Like you, we look forward to welcoming friends and family home from near and far.  Here on this beautiful Island we want to create the best atmosphere with the best food so all can come and share their yuletide celebrations with us.  Whether it’s a large or small group, we have it all wrapped for you this Christmas.  So let us know what you have planned for your group of friends, family or work colleagues and our team will be on hand and at your service to make this Christmas as special as any that have come before.

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Membership at The Island Spa

September 24, 2015

There is something wonderful about autumn.  The leaves and the colours they’ll turn before falling to the ground.   The smell of home fires in the air.  It is a time for looking after ourselves and enriching our bodies and spirit through the long winter months ahead.  Here at The Inchydoney Lodge and Spa, it is that time again for annual membership to our Island Spa.  And having won this year’s Irish Tatler Spa Award for Best Service, you know that you will be made feel like a valued member.  Our wonderful Spa Manager Brid O’Sullivan and her team are on hand to ensure that your membership to The Island Spa is a fulfilling experience and look forward to meeting you during your visits to the Spa.   

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Guitar Town

September 11, 2015

Love music? We have music.  We have lots and lots of music.  Come and join us for the Clonakilty International Guitar Festival from 17th to 20th of September 2015.  The organisers are promising that this one, the eleventh, is going to be the most foot-stomping, the most head-banging, the most eye-catching of all the festivals so far.  Every year the guitar is King in Clonakilty.  It’s the town that Noel Redding called home.  It’s the legacy he left behind that turned Clonakilty into one of the most sought after gig dates for all artists big or small.  As Christy Moore said, “There's Carnegie Hall, The Royal Albert, Sydney Opera House and then there's De Barra's!”

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A Taste of Inchydoney

September 04, 2015

Last night "A Taste of West Cork Food Festival" kicked off with our Gala Dinner here in the Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa.  Our Head Chef, Adam Medcalf, treated all of us royally to a feast that will linger long on the taste buds.  In a packed and lively Inchydoney Room, the night was a dizzying assortment of the best of the best foods from West Cork.  Adding a touch of sparkle to the night was Bibi Baskin who has recently moved back to these shores from Kerala, South India where she owns Raheem Residency, a Boutique Heritage Hotel in Alleppey Beach.  Now back in Ireland she has made Cork her home.  You may have recently heard Bibi’s dulcet tones on Corks 96FM “Opinion Line” and hopefully we will be hearing much more from her now she’s back.  The ever entertaining George Hook, fresh from broadcasting his Newstalk Drivetime show from the hotel earlier in the evening, regaled us all from the stage with some of his choicest anecdotes!  

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Hooked on Food in West Cork

August 27, 2015

Where do you begin with this year’s “A Taste of West Cork Food Festival”?  There is something for everyone during this jam packed celebration of West Cork’s tastiest and finest offerings.  In our own town of Clonakilty we have a number of exciting events that will be happening over the festival period.  To tickle you taste buds here are just a few of the many events taking place.

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A Taste of West Cork

August 21, 2015

It's that time of year again when West Cork sets all the tables for a sumptuous celebration of the finest and most delicious foods from Ireland’s best producers and chefs.  A Taste of West Cork Food Festival is taking place from the 4th to the 13th of September 2015.  This year’s festival is going to be bigger and better than ever before and that’s saying something.  There will be the much loved open air street food and craft market, the famous Celtic Cook-Off, cookery competitions, themed nights in restaurants throughout West Cork, traditional music nights and many tasty and mouth-watering special events.

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Kayaking in West Cork

July 24, 2015

One of the most magical experiences I had recently was joining the great Jim Kennedy of Atlantic Sea Kayaking for a moonlit paddle through the waters of Castlehaven Bay.  A novice myself, from the moment I started to paddle out my breath was taken away by the eerie beauty of this moonlit trip.   Whether it was the mesmerising array of stars above me or the astonishing bio-luminescence around my kayak, it created a sense of magic that all of us in the group struggled to find words for.  It is no wonder then that Jim and Maria Kennedy’s Atlantic Sea Kayaking was named in the Telegraph’s Top 10 Places in the World to Kayak.

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Clonakilty Living

July 17, 2015

Not a week goes by in Clonakilty without something happening.  Whether it’s a festival or a show, an event or a local initiative, we are never short for something to write about.  This week, we are all about the new glossy magazine that has been recently launched – ‘Clonakilty Living’.  We can’t say it enough. This is a small town that loves to think big!  

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Surf's Up At Inchydoney

July 10, 2015

Wild Atlantic Way means waves and plenty of them! Every morning during the summer, you will see guests and locals of all ages with surf boards under their arms heading for the sea under the watchful instruction of our friends at the Inchydoney Surf School.  No matter what your requirements, everyone is looked after.  There are individual lessons, group lessons and summer camps.  For the more experienced you can rent boards and wet suits to suit your own schedules.  Situated on the pristine Blue & Green Flag Inchydoney Beach, the school was the first one to be set up in Cork back in 2000 and under the careful tutelage of Colum McAuley it has become a huge part of the lives of locals and our guests.  

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