Clonakilty has a GAA club ( Clonakilty GAA ), two soccer clubs (Clonakilty , Clonakilty Town), a rugby club and a Martial Arts club ( Warrior Tae Kwon Do ). The teams have been successful in recent years winning the Cork Senior Football Championship in 2009, 1996, and being runners up in the 2003 competition. Clonakilty RFC also became a senior rugby club in 2001 and spent 12 years in the All Ireland Rugby League until they were relegated to Division 1 of the Munster junior league. Clonakilty won their first adult hurling county title when they won the Cork Minor B Hurling Championship in 2007. Clonakilty . have won the Beamish Cup in 2008 & 1995 and in 2014 featured Australian international, Alex Swift. Students of the Clonakilty "Warrior Tae Kwon Do" club compete in Tae Kwon Do , Kickboxing and Freestyle tournaments and the club has produced 4 World Champions  in various martial arts disciplines.
In 2013 Gong starred in comedy film, Boomerang Family , adapted from Cheon Myung-kwan's novel Aging Family about a grown-up trio of siblings who embark on a series of misadventures after they move back in their mother's home.   Gong said she felt catharsis from her character's constant cursing, and pleasure from acting in an ensemble whose actors share great chemistry with each other.  Veteran actress Youn Yuh-jung said that the role ofa twice-divorced single mother was perfect for her that she couldn't imagine anyone else playing it.