Plogonnec is a rural commune of 2806 inhabitants (census of 1999) extended on 54 km². A commune is an administrative unit of the French state. It is localised in the south of Finistère, a department in the West of Brittany, between Quimper (8 miles) and Douarnenez (6 miles). The Breton name is Plogoneg, meaning “parish (ploe) of Saint-Coneg” (or Saint-Egonnec).

There are three main zone of habitation: the centre, the Croëzou on the road to Quimper , and Saint-Albin on the road to Quemeneven.

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The centre
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Many people work in the surrounding towns though they prefer to live in Plogonnec in order to take advantage of the countryside. However, Plogonnec is not simply a dormitory town. It contains all the necessities for daily living. The various trades and services allow many people to work there and the three primary schools receive nearly 300 pupils in all.

The services :

Like in every town, the “mairie” is the equivalent of Llandysul community council but have many of the responsibilities of Ceredigion County Council. It is the representative of the State. It is involved in the fields of town planning, maintenance of the roads, registering births, deaths and marriages and involved in the issuing of passports and identity cards. The town councillors are elected by the population for 6 years and have responsibilities in the fields of education, social services, tourism, sport, public transports, culture … The mairie has many other duties, which are not listed here.

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The Mairie

Plogonnec has a leisure centre, halls for societies to use (sociocultural), a library with access to the Internet, football fields, etc. For a few years a bus service has been established between Plogonnec and Quimper .

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The library
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A hall
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The leisure centre

There are also all the facilities in the field of health. We have doctors, nurses, a dentist, a physiotherapist and a pharmacy. Other services include notaires (notary), banks, veterinary surgeons etc.

The trades :

It is not always necessary to go shopping in surrounding towns because the shops and businesses of Plogonnec provide most of the necessaries for every day life. For example there is a supermarket, bakers’ and a butcher’s shops, a hostel-restaurant, a creperie, hairdressers, bars, a clothes’ shop, garages, an agricultural cooperative store, an equestrian centre, as well as electricians and carpenters, most of which are long established.

The schools : (year 2003-2004)

There are three primary schools in the commune of Plogonnec: two state school and one private (Roman Catholic). The state school, Paul Gauguin, is situated in the centre of town. About 150 pupils go there. The other state school is in Saint-Albin. It has 36 pupils. This is the oldest school of the commune. The private school is called Saint-Egonnec. It is also in the centre of Plogonnec and takes nearly a 100 pupils. The three schools are open 4 days a week (Wednesday is a day off).

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School Paul Gauguin
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School of St-Albin
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School St-Egonnec

The commune of Plogonnec profits from the charm and quiet of the countryside and is situated about 7 miles from the beach of the Bay of Douarnenez . Many tourists are attracted to the area and they have the opportunity to stay at the hotel or B&B (Chambres d’hotes) or Gites in and around Plogonnec. The construction of a new housing estate near the centre on the road to Saint-Albin gives the opportunity for new people, particularly the young, to settle and become involved in the town activities.

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The bay of Douarnenez
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View of Plogonnec
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