Cloich na Coillte means the “Kilty Stone”.
The stone known as the “Kilty Stone” is recorded as being from a local Norman castle and has been used for centuries as a symbol of the town’s foundation. It once stood outside the courthouse as well as the buttermarket, before being placed at Asna Square.
Clonakilty is a small town in County Cork, Ireland, approximately 45 minutes away by road to the west of Cork City. The town is located at the head of the tidal Clonakilty Bay and is surrounded by hilly country devoted primarily to dairy farming.
The town won the Irish Tidy Towns Competition in 1999 and every year since has gained awards for its environmental efforts. The cleanliness is the result in part of the voluntary efforts of local shopkeepers and staff. In 2003, Clonakilty became Ireland's first ever official Fair Trade Town. In 2007 it was awarded the status of European Destination of Excellence by the European Commission at a ceremony in Portugal and is Ireland's first recipient of this prestigious title.
Clonakilty is extremely rich in the ancient monuments and dwelling places of its early and pre-celtic settlers. The Normans made the area their home and their castles and surnames survive to the present day.Michael Collins, who was the Director of Intelligence for the IRA, which campaigned for independence from Britain in the 1920–1921 period, and later the Free State movement, lived in Clonakilty and attended the local boys' national school. He is widely regarded as one of Ireland's leading historical figures. A statue of Michael Collins by local artist Kevin Holland was erected in the centre of Clonakilty.