Clonakilty Agricultural College locally known as Darrara College, has been involved in agricultural education since it was left to the local parish and later to the state for that purpose in 1905.
Our aim is to train students for employment in the agricultural industry and to equip young entrants into farming with the knowledge and skills to become professional farmers. We also provide training in association with Cork Institute of Technology. Students can also progress to graduate from UCC or UCD.
Currently we are providing training for 240 students between all of our courses. There is a balance of both school leavers and mature participants among the students.
Students are trained in the theory and practice of Agriculture and business and get an opportunity to work in a practical way on farms as part of their training.
Graduates of our courses not only return to farm the land but also contribute in many sectors of the Agricultural industry, including Co-Ops, trade suppliers, Agricultural businesses.
Clonakilty Agricultural College is located 3 miles from the picturesque town of Clonakilty in west Cork. On approach to Clonakilty from Cork city or Bandon, turn left for Timoleague just inside the speed limits. The college is signposted from there. Approaching from the Skibbereen / Clonakilty direction, take the Cork road out of Clonakilty and turn right for Timoleague at the top of the hill. The second right brings you to the college entrance.
The College is non-residential, lots of local accommodation is available in Clonakilty and surrounds.