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
(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
Saint-Albin on the road to Quemeneven.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
commune of Plogonnec profits from the charm and quiet of the countryside
and is situated about 7 miles from the beach of the
. 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.
bay of Douarnenez
The centre of Plogonnec