The assessment team for the award referenced the quality of the town centre and its location close to the sea and beautiful beaches which, they said, “make it an attractive place to live, do business and visit”.
“Clonakilty is a good example of those three elements coming together in a sustainable way that celebrates local distinctiveness, tradition, entrepreneurialism and a strong sense of local pride,” the assessors said.
Cork County Council chief executive Tim Lucey congratulated council staff involved directly in the scheme design and delivery, as well as Clonakilty businesses, residents, and the community sector who, he said, “work closely with us in facilitating a successful outcome to the various projects in the town”.
“This is ample recognition, for all, for a job well done to an exceptionally high level of excellence in community and state partnership,” he added.
Clonakilty native Cllr Christopher O’Sullivan was in London to collect the award on behalf of the County Mayor, Cllr Seamus McGrath, and the people of Clonakilty.
He said: “It is a huge acknowledgement of the fantastic town Clonakilty has become. Its people are diverse and talented. It’s full of rich musical and artistic culture and its culinary reputation is growing internationally. While the judges were in town, what struck me most were the anecdotes they were told by those who had moved to Clonakilty.
“They spoke of how they instantly fell in love with the vibrant atmosphere and colourful characters of the town.”