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Clonakilty bids for ‘Great Town' title

May 11th, 2016 7:25 AM

By Kieran O'Mahony

Fianna Fáíl Cllr Christopher O'Sullivan

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CLONAKILTY has been shortlisted as a finalist for the ‘Great Town Award’, as part of the 2017 Urbanism Awards. 

The awards are organised by the Academy of Urbanism and cover both Ireland and the UK. 

Clonakilty also has the honour of being the only Irish town to make the initial 15, before that was dwindled down to three. The West Cork town is now up against Blackpool in Lancashire and Tormoden in West Yorkshire for the prestigious award.

The chairperson of Clonakilty Chamber of Commerce, Fianna Fáíl Cllr Christopher O’Sullivan said that winning this award would be amazing for the West Cork town.

‘Clonakilty has been through much upheaval in recent months with the road works going on, but this will be finished soon and having the town make the final three in this category is a great boost for Clonakilty,’ Cllr O’Sullivan told The Southern Star.

‘We came desperately close last year with the Tidy Towns Awards and also Fáilte Ireland Tourism Town awards so being shortlisted along, with the likes of Blackpool means we are going in the right direction and it looks like being a great summer for Clonakilty.’

A group of architects from the Academy of Urbanism visited Clonakilty at the start of April and now that the town has made the final three, they will be back again during the summer for another assessment visit.

‘This is not just an architectural award, but a community spirit award and it represents what is great about the people and business owners who live in Clonakilty,’ added Cllr O’Sullivan.

The winners of the awards will be announced at the 2017 Urbanism Awards ceremony on November 16th.

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