Clonakilty hosts street party to celebrate summer

Posted on: 7th July, 2014

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

During the week most of us are juggling appointments, pickups and chores. Sunday however is a day when we get to take things slowly; we get to wander, to browse and to take things in. That is why, for July and August, Clonakilty Chamber of Commerce has launched a new programme of events for the town centre called ‘Summer Sundays’. Shops and cafes will open and entertainment is planned for every Summer Sunday, which launches with a massive Street Party on Sunday July 13 – a day packed with shopping promotions, street entertainment, music and food.

During the Street Party, bargains will be a huge attraction for savvy shoppers with promotions and giveaways from the retailers, particularly from the huge number of boutiques and shoe shops. If your summer wardrobe is looking tired, frayed or generally ‘down-at-heel’ then get yourself to Clonakilty!

To add to the holiday atmosphere, bands will perform all afternoon, all three butchers will offer taste testing and children (or kidults) can try their hand at traditional games like Hook A Duck.

Michelle Mitton, a Retail Director in the Chamber, explains the motivation behind Summer Sundays and the Street Party, “Our lives are so busy but Sunday has a different mood, a more relaxed mood, that is evident in both shoppers and retailers. It is a lovely day to browse and potter at a slower pace. To launch the season we are holding a street party to invite families to our town to celebrate the summer.”

The fun continues every Sunday throughout July and August with a big focus on live music. Busking will take place in three locations; 12-2pm Post Office, 2-4pm Pearse Street and 4-6pm Asna Square – although so many bands are volunteering to perform for visitors that times and locations may have to be extended!

So far the musical programme includes Christine Deady, Mad for Trad, David Walsh, Denis Palmer and Friends, The Murphy Sisters, Mide Houlihan, Conor O’Mahony, The Whelton Family and Andrea Cowhig so there is something for all musical tastes.

Maeve Williams, a Tourism Director in the Chamber, is also involved in organising Summer Sundays, “From a tourism point of view, we wanted to encourage visitors to spend more time in the town. People come here for a full week and it’s important that we provide entertainment and an opportunity to shop on a Sunday.”

So slap on the suncream (and leave plenty of room for ice-cream) before heading to Clonakilty on July 13 to join the party!

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