Edward Twomey’s butcher shop still stands and trades at 16 Pearse St., Clonakilty today. The range of products in the shop is greater than ever, and may even stock some new products on trial from time to time.
The butcher shop has been part of Clonakilty town centre for over 130 years, and still serves the local people. The Twomey family are proud of their local roots and make every effort to support the locals that support them. The family are involved in supporting many clubs and sports, as well as local businesses which are important to the community.
Clonakilty (Irish: Cloich na Coillte), often referred to by locals simply as Clon, is a small but beautiful town in West Cork. The town is situated on the scenic southern coast of Ireland, and is surrounded by hilly countryside, primarily used for dairy farming. The town's population is approximately 4,154.
Clonakilty won the Irish Tidy Towns Competition in 1999, in the category of Ireland’s tidiest small town and has won awards in the competition every year since. The cleanliness and the community’s pride are clearly evident upon entering the town, and is the result of the voluntary efforts of the local community and trades people. In 2003, Clonakilty became Ireland’s first ever official Fair Trade Town.
West Cork is renowned for its food produce. Clonakilty has a vast array of restaurants, café’s and bars, all serving the very best of what West Cork has to offer in food, culture and music. The town is a centre of music, both traditional and contemporary, which has helped this small town to become a thriving melting pot of musicians.
Clonakilty has many clubs and sports including GAA, Rugby, Soccer, and surfing in nearby Inchydoney.
Clonakilty Blackpudding Co. proudly sponsors Clonakilty GAA and Rugby.
Clonakilty’s GAA club, who’s football team is sponsored by Clonakilty Blackpudding Co., won the Cork Senior Football Championship in 2009 & 1996, and were runners up in the 2003 competition. Clonakilty won their first adult hurling county title when they won the Cork Minor B Hurling Championship in 2007.
Clonakilty RFC, also sponsored by Clonakilty Blackpudding Co., became a senior rugby club in 2001 and currently play in Division 2 of the All Ireland Rugby League.