2016 Clonakilty St Patrick's Day Parade
Clonakilty St Patrick's Day Parade will take place on Thursday 17th March at 3.00p.m. This will be the 22nd consecutive Parade organised by Clonakilty Town Twinning Association.
Main sponsor: Clonakilty Credit Union is again our main sponsor again.
Route will be the same as normal and road works currently underway on that route are expected to be completed well before that date.
History of the Twinning in photos
Wonderful photobook of the past 28 years of the twinning between Clonakilty and Waldaschaff created by Otto Steigerwald can be viewed or downloaded here
Waldaschaff visitors enjoy week in Clonakilty
A delegation of 76 people from Waldaschaff arrived in Clonakity on 19th August 2015 and spent a very enjoyable week there to celebrate "the most successful town twinning in Western Europe".
1n 1989 the Chairman of Clonakilty UDC Cllr Charles R Cullinane & Waldaschaff Burgermeister Peter Winter signed the Twinning Charter in Waldaschaff between the two towns. The following year, 1990, a similar ceremony was held in Clonakilty when the then Chairman of Clonakilty UDC Cllr Raymond O'Neill & Waldaschaff Burgermeister Peter Winter signed the Twinning Charter.
So, 25 years after the Clonakilty event the large delegation led by Marcus Grimm, Bürgermeister of Waldaschaff and Kurt Dyroff, Chairman of Waldaschaff's twinning association 'Freundeskreis Clonakilty' came back to Clonakilty. The delegation included many members of Musikverein Waldaschaff led by conductor Bernd Zwiesler.
Wednesday 19th August 2015
The delegation brought the good German weather with them and were met at a very sunny Kerry Airport by Michael Kenneally, Chairman of Clonakilty Twinning Association, Del McCarthy & Paddy Feen.
On arrival in Clonakilty the delegation was given a Civic welcome by Councillor Joe Carroll, Deputy Mayor of the County of Cork in O'Donovan's Hotel.
This was followed by an excellent barbecue in the hotel and the official part of the programme was concluded with speeches and exchanges of gifts by Cionnaith OSuilleabhain, Mayor of Clonakilty, Marcus Grimm, Burgermeister of Waldaschaff, Michael Kenneally, Chairman Clonakilty Twinning Association and Kurt Dyroff, Chairman Freundeskreis Clonakilty. The various speakers paid tribute to Lore Steigerwald former Chairman of Freundeskreis Clonakilty for all she had done over the years to make the twinning a success.
Thursday 20th August 2015
On Thursday afternoon there was a choice of leisure activities with the more active doing the cycle tour to Galley Head lighthouse while others opted for the visit to Galley Head lighthouse & walk on Long Strand. Rain and wind made the cycle quite arduous but this was soon forgotten after a rather splendid afternoon tea in Dunmore House Hotel. A wonderful evening of music with excellent BBQ in Shanley's Bar concluded a most enjoyable day in Clonakilty for the visitors.
Friday 21st August 2015
Friday was a very relaxed day and at 3.00 p.m. Cionnaith OSuilleabhain gave a very interesting historical tour of Clonakilty Town which was greatly appreciated by both our German visitors and Clonakilty locals. Musikverein Waldaschaff travelled to Skibbereen for a rehersal on Friday evening and were very appreciative of the hospitality received afterwards compliments of the St Fachtna's Silver Band.
Saturday 22nd August 2015
Musikverein Waldaschaff again travelled to Skibbereen on Saturday morning for very well received concert with St Fachtna's Silver Band at the Skibbereen country market. Other members of the delegation enjoyed the surfing at Inchydoney.