July 03, 2015
Not to be outdone by the great cities of the world, Clonakilty has become the first rural town in Ireland to launch its very own Bicycle Scheme, “Clon Bike”. Last Monday, the town was buzzing with the whirring of wheels and clicking as gears as we all took to the streets on the brand new 60 bikes which will be available to hire from 11 different locations around Clonakilty and Inchydoney. The bikes come equipped with high-vis jackets, handy carrier baskets and a map of scenic routes and we’re delighted at Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa to have one of the docking stations out here on the island for all our guests to have the use of. It is another example of the wonderful initiatives that Clonakilty has become famous for.
More bicycle-docking stations have been installed at hotels in Clonakilty and the surrounding areas such as Dunmore, Rosscarbery and Courtmacsherry. There is also one at the West Cork Model Railway Village. The bikes are available through an easy to use membership scheme aimed at locals and tourists alike. Tom O’Donovan, of O’Donovan’s Hotel, has been one of the main architects of this scheme and has said that even in the first few days of operation the scheme has been a huge success so far. Looking after the bikes and making sure they are in tip top condition is Dave Sheehy from Kilty Cycles. Clona Dairy Products, one of Ireland’s finest dairies since 1919, has provided the main sponsorship and we can only congratulate all on a great achievement in making our surroundings so much more accessible for all our visitors.
Blessed with relatively flat roads around our coast, there is a great selection of routes long and short for people to try. All the information for joining up is available at reception where any of our staff will be only too delighted to set you on the road. There are routes mapped out to our neighbouring towns of Rosscarbery and Timoleague or scenic routes passing the Galley Head Lighthouse and the ancient Stone Circle at Drombeg. Having had a spin myself, the bikes are great quality with a full set of gears and will give endless hours of enjoyment over the coming years.
On a different note or notes, Clonakilty is hosting the South of Ireland Band Championships tomorrow, Saturday 4th of July. There will be a host of indoor and outdoor events throughout the day and to help our American friends celebrate American Independence Day, we’ve heard there will be some special American pieces played. With over 21 bands, the competition promises to be one of the best ever and there will be events throughout the town as well as the Community Hall. As if that’s not enough news for this week, The Clonakilty Old Time Fair is happening this weekend as well and 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.
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