Clonakilty members set for One Kind Day

Clonakilty’s famous Random Acts of Kindness Festival returns to the town at the weekend.

Festival organisers say that it celebrates, encourages, and showcases the kindness, positive spirit, and welcoming nature of West Cork and its people.

The festival — the first of its kind — was established by Clonakilty Macra to “cut the misery and spread the positivity”.

With its new ‘One Kind Day’ idea, this year’s festival will be bigger and better than ever.

Starting at dawn and set to run until dusk on Saturday, the town will be alive with kind acts throughout the day.

The festivities will officially get under way at 6.30am with an ‘Early Bird Boogie’ at Clonakilty Parochial Hall.

At 11am Random Acts of Cleaning will see a tidy-up of Inchydoney beach, while at noon festival-goers will be able to sample one of the town’s most famous exports —black pudding — at Spillars Lane.

The PARK (Park for Acts of Random Kindness) will be back in Emmet Square from 1pm to 5pm, with music, arts and crafts, prizes, a picnic, and more.

At the festival’s ‘Kindness Zones’ kindness volunteers will distribute token gifts which have been donated by local businesses.

At around 2pm there will be a free barbecue at Emmet Hotel, while between 5.30pm and 6.30pm there will be a sandcastle competition at Inchydoney beach.

At random times throughout the day and at various locations, there will be random acts of drama, while the festival will come to a close with a Random Acts of Dancing Ball at De Barra’s from 9pm.

The festival has won a number of awards, including the Better Together video competition 2012, and the European Rural Youth Project of the Year 2012.

Actress Goldie Hawn even tweeted about it in 2012.

For a full festival schedule, log onto www.raokclon.com

Meanwhile, Freemount Macra will play host to the official National Know Your Neighbour field day from 1pm on Saturday on the farm of Moses Roche.

The event will include a barbecue and a cookery demo with celebrity chef, Catherine Fulvio.

There will also be a DJ, games, and entertainment for all the family.

Macra national president, Seán Finan, encouraged everyone to attend: “We’d like to take this opportunity to get to know our neighbours better and thank the communities in which we operate for their continued support for Macra.

“This event is open to everyone and we hope everyone will come along and get to know Macra better. We’re in our 10th year of Know Your Neighbour Weekend and events are taking place across the country — I am encouraging everyone to take the time to get to know their neighbour this summer.”

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