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Following the success of last year’s inaugural Clonakilty Games Festival we’re back with the 2nd Games Festival; and the spin-off Cork Open BackgammonTournament.

The streets and venues of Clonakilty become a playground for all ages between 20th and 22nd February at the 2nd Clonakilty Games Festival. Participating venues in the town will be dedicating their premises to unfamiliar board games such as The Netherlands’ ‘Sjoelen’ (‘Dutch Shuffleboard’); lesser known games like Dominion and Netrunner; along with familiar favourites such as Scrabble, Monopoly and Backgammon.
photo courtesy of Dermot Sullivan

The Festival begins 7pm Friday 20th February in O’Donovans Hotel when Tony Baloney presents ‘The Best Magic and Puppet Show in Cork’. Kids love Tony along with Leroy, his talking dog; Eric, the rabbit who think's he's a Viking; and Magoufis the Space Worm. Tony has performed throughout Ireland; on ferries and cruises; in holiday resorts, schools and hotels; and at all the main festivals and fairs.

From 12pm onwards on Saturday and Sunday drop into a participating venue of your choice to learn, play or watch you favourite game. Or show us what you can build from Lego: bring your creation to the Lego Exhibition in The Arts Centre.

From 10am Sunday morning to midday, there’s an adventure for all the family, with our ‘Pirate Treasure Hunt’. Loosely based on the classic adventure story ‘Treasure Island’: Squire & Mrs Trelawney, Captain Smollett & Dr Livesey are enjoying their morning tea at The Admiral Benbow Inn, newly-opened by Mrs Hawkins and her son Jim. Unfortunately, the arrival of a rough-looking character by the name of Billy Bones, attracts the attention of sea-faring man with one leg. Come dressed as Pirate and help piece together the Map to find the Treasure. The fun starts promptly at 10am in Asna Square.

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