It’s 400 years old.
Miriam Cotton writes:
Months of preparations and a town make-over were rewarded well today when Clonakilty celebrated its 400th birthday. Michael D and his wife Sabina helped us to mark a hugely fun occasion. Everywhere people were dressed in costumes from the 17th and 19th centuries. The weather came out in solidarity giving us a balmy, warm day which was perfect for the many open air events that were taking place in various locations.
Squee himself was given a tremendous welcome – cheering and clapping greeted him wherever he went. His address to the townspeople in historic Emmet Square, where a statue of Michael Collins oversaw the proceedings, was a warm and encouraging speech the theme of which was the need for us all to show solidarity and support for one another in these times.
He congratulated Clonakilty, citing its track record as the first Fair Trade town in Ireland, the Random Acts of Kindness Festival and the Clonakilty Favour Exchange as examples of the generous and community-minded spirit of our town – and its resilience in the face of recent flooding.
When the formalities were over Michael D made his way down Spillers Lane – an old, pedestrian quarter where vendors and stalls of every kind were on display – many with an historical theme. It seemed as though he shook hands and had a kind word for every single person in the town and the affection with which he was received was unmistakable.
Congratulations are due to the organisers for creating a truly wonderful event, which was rounded off by a superb set in Emmet Square in the late afternoon from local band ‘The Sexy Lady Boys‘! Seriously talented – look out for these. Parties and celebrations are continuing on into the night.
Pics: Miriam Cotton