One for bike lovers

bike clinic

Posted on: 10th June, 2016

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

Clonakilty’s annual Bicycle Festival kicks off cycle-season, taking place from June 9 to 12, with a series of events for bike-lovers young and old all across town. Celebrating its fifth year running, ClonBikeFest started with humble beginnings and has ignited a passion for bicycle transport and cycle-related fun across the town, which now proudly has its own rural bike-scheme, the first of its kind in Ireland.

Expect some old favourite events such as the hugely popular ‘Meals on Wheels’ and the family ‘Bicycle Hulaballoo’ in Emmet Square, this year adding bike-madness to the town carnival. There will also be a sketch-n-cycle with local artist James Waller, and a not-to-be-missed event on the Saturday night, where the festival will host Clonakilty’s first ever Cycle-Powered Cinema, with six bikes needed to power the projector and sound in O’Donovan’s Venue!

The festival is being launched on the evening of June 9 with a celebratory lap of the town on all 60 of the Community Bicycle Scheme Clon Bikes, so come on down at 7pm in your finest attire to join the fun. If your bike needs a bit of TLC in the lead up to the festival, bring it along to Jack, the fetival’s resident mechanic, in a free bike-clinic in Spiller’s Lane every Friday until the festival.

Full details of events at

Thursday, June 9:

Launch party and lap of the town on Clonakilty Community Bicycle Scheme bikes. Followed by a presentation of cycle-adventure tips and stories. (O’Donovans Venue)

Friday, June 10:

• Bike Clinic at Spiller’s Lane from 11am.

• Sketch-n-Cycle Picnic, 2pm. Meet at market.

• Bicycle Shorts: Plays and Poems – 8pm (Molly’s Wine Bar).

Saturday, June 13:

• Family Bicycle Hullaballoo – Emmet Square, 11am.

• Lovely Bicycle Competition / Annual Slow Bike Race.

• Historical Supper Cycle to Monk’s Lane

• Cycle-powered Cinema, 7.30pm.

Sunday June 14:

• Chai Tea/Tai Chi Cycle (health and wellness ride)

• Meals on Wheels (4 courses 15km mystery supper cycle).

• Blow-out party w/ Harry Bird and The Rubber Wellies,

De Barra’s, 9.30pm.

Latest News Articles:

Issue of childcare a major concern for 72 per cent of female entrepreneurs
Rain, slurry deadlines and housing
Celtic Ross Hotel awarded AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence
St. Joseph’s in Clonakilty looks back on 50 years of educating young girls
‘Operation Transformation’ for Young Beef Farmers
Macra President welcomes publication of EU Young Farmer Survey
Vital role of Focus in the West Cork community highlighted at Open Morning
Clonakilty Food Company opens new production facility in Clonakilty
Beara student one of three Cork students awarded €20,000 scholarship by Naughton Foundation
International success for Skibb rowers

Join us on Facebook

Bandon Walled Town Festival in looking for new ideas!
Would you like to get involved in the 2018 Festival?If you yourself would like to be involved in big or small way
... See MoreSee Less

11th October, 2017  ·  

Submarines, American Sailors, and the Underwater War in Irish Waters, 1917-1918
by Dr John Borgonovo in The Parish Centre, Clonakilty
on Thursday Oct 26 2017 at 8.30 pm

In 1917, unrestricted submarine warfare by German U-boats brought the United States into WWI and created a crisis in Britain. To defeat the submarine menace, an American naval fleet was dispatched to County Cork, bringing about 10,000 sailors with it. This talk will explain the circumstances of this extraordinary event, and how Cork residents dealt with their unexpected American guests.

Dr John Borgonovo is a lecturer in the School of History at UCC. His publications include Spies, Informers, and the 'Anti-Sinn Féin' Society: The Intelligence War in Cork City, 1920-1921; The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918; Exercising a close vigilance over their daughters: Cork women, American sailors, and Catholic vigilantes, 1917-18; Something in the Nature of a Massacre: The Bandon Valley Killings Revisited (with Andy Bielenberg). His latest publication (with co-authors John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil and Mike Murphy) is the highly acclaimed and magnificient Atlas of the Irish Revolution. In July of this year, he organised a very successful conference on Winning the Western Approaches - Unrestricted Submarine Warfare and the US Navy in Ireland 1917-1918.
... See MoreSee Less

11th October, 2017  ·  

Apple Juicing Day in Clonakilty next Sunday Sept 30th. All welcome to bring their apples from 2-6pm to the Clonakilty Community Garden (on entrance road to Clonakilty Lodge).

Building on the success of its inaugural 2016 event, local voluntary environmental organisation Sustainable Clonakilty invites people to bring along their apples and press them to extract their own juice to take home, using the group's Apple Press.

Volunteers will be at hand to assist in the procedure. Bring along your apples washed; clean containers to freeze your juice (milk/juice bottles or cartons, plastic bottles with caps); clean, sterilised glass bottles to pasteurise with swing caps or suitable for 26 mm diameter metal cap.

A limited number of new 3 litres juice bags that are suitable for freezing and pasteurising, can be purchased for a nominal fee on the day also.

This is a free community event and donations will be welcome to cover costs.

For further information, please contact Xavier at or text at 086/0476124.
... See MoreSee Less

26th September, 2017  ·  

Jump to: