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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!  

This twice yearly publication reflects the unique vibe that attracts people to Clonakilty, from its people, vibrant culture and inclusiveness, to the food, music and beaches.  The magazine is aimed at a wide audience of people locally, nationally and around the globe and features stories and people that are just too good to be kept to ourselves.  Local business women and friends, Michelle Mitton, Karen Lubbock and Sara Jane Haggerty are the editorial team behind Clonakilty Living, with combined experience in design, journalism, editorial and fashion.  Michelle owns and runs Michelle Mitton Design Gallery; Sara Jane is an experienced magazine designer, having worked in London on many high end publications prior to moving to West Cork.  Karen is an independent publisher, creator of Karen Magazine. She is also an artist, recording and documenting ordinary everyday life.

In the words of Michelle Mitton, “Clonakilty is paradise, the place, the people, the energy.  Clonakilty Living Magazine is my way of saying thank you for the warmest welcome you will ever feel”. Karen Lubbock adds, “This place to me feels like it’s sprinkled in a magic dust, and is like nowhere else”.  Sara Jane, who has produced stunning packaging designs for local artisan producers like ‘Clonakilty Chocolate’ says what most of us, myself included, feel deeply about this wonderful place we have all come to live in.  “When I first came to West Cork, I felt I had come home.”

The first edition of Clonakilty Living features a wide variety of people and places and things to do.  Every page bursts to life with stunning photographs.  There is an interview with Clonakilty born Louise O’Neill, the award winning author of ‘Only Ever Yours’ and a wonderful feature on Cash & Co, the shop with everything, established in 1885 in Clonakilty. As we say here “If they don’t have it nobody does”.  But don’t take my word for it, copies retail at €7 and are available at many outlets in Clonakilty town or can be ordered online at (10 per cent of the magazine profits will go back to support organisations and festivals run by the community). And what's more is that it is also printed locally by Walsh Printers.  Clonakilty Living is set to go places and we in Inchydoney wish it every success.

Lastly but definitely not least, you may find yourself benefiting from a random act of kindness in Clonakilty this weekend 18th July.  The Random Acts of Kindness Festival celebrates, encourages and showcases the kindness, the spirit and the welcoming nature not just of Clonakilty but of the Irish people.  Brightening up your day with ceol, craic and colour, there will be street entertainment, token gifts and unique events.  Be a part of this special atmosphere and help to bring smiles to peoples’ faces.  Be kind out there!

Sherna Malone
Sherna Malone
Sales & Marketing Executive

Activities Clonakilty Festival West Cork

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