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Connemara Mussel Festival

Originally established to promote the excellence of the mussels of Killary Harbour, this festival has grown to become a celebration of local people, food, culture and heritage, and is recognised as the premier food event for Connemara, attracting visitors from near and far.

It runs from Friday May 2nd to Sunday ay 4th

Some of the activities including in this year’s program are:


The  mussel cooking competition takes place in the Festival Marquee. The First prize is a Weekend for 2 in the Carlton Blanchardstown Hotel.

Student chefs from GMIT’s Culinary School will showcase their skills and compete using a mystery box of locally inspired ingredients. Be warned there could be ANYTHING in those boxes and audience participation will most certainly be required!

Join us for a tasting event with a selection of craft beers, specialty wines and artisan cheeses. Accompanied by live music with Richard and Fionnuala. Entry €10. Tickets at door or available from Festival Office.


ARTISAN FESTIVAL MARKET (Saturday and Sunday 10:30 am – 4pm)
Explore the finest food and craft produce from around Ireland at the Festival Market, including Made in Galway range. The market is open to all, free to attend and well worth a visit. Venue: Marian Hall in Tullycross.

Marie Louise Heffernan, consultant at Aster Environmental, leads an ecological seashore walk on the Renvyle Peninsula.
Meet at the White Strand, Renvyle. Bring good walking shoes and rain gear. €5 Limited numbers, tickets from Festival Office.


Check the program with the rest of the activities here

Adventure Film Festival. Clifden


Connemara Pony Show

1146700_10151621334864403_903430316_n Is it all about horses this summer?

We have already told you about the Omey Races, and the Galway Races (of course) and still, this weekend, if you can, we recommend you to go to Clifden for the Connemara Pony Show.

It is a one week Festival, and among several other things you can see Susan Oakes and her Connemara stallion Coral Misty’s Comic (In the picture) at the launch of the 90th annual Connemara Pony show taking place in Clifden, Co. Galway on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th August.

Susan will attempt to set a World record for the highest jump by a Connemara pony ridden side saddle, over the Puissance wall on Friday 16th August.

The show itself will start at 9 am Thursday and continues on Friday. With a history dating back to 1924, there are over 400 ponies on show. It is the largest display of Connemara Ponies anywhere in the world.

Visitors are treated to the spectacle of seeing the ponies demonstrate their prowess in trials and competitions under the watchful eye of experienced judges and a win is always a source of great pride for the pony’s dedicated owner.

The Connemara Pony is a distinctive breed with excellent qualities: strong, intelligent and very hard working, perfect for the wild unforgiving landscape of Connemara, the Galway region that gave them their name. Their genial disposition makes them excellent pets while their powerful build makes them good jumpers and great show ponies.


Also, there will be a party on Friday celebrating the 90th edition of the Festival, with live open air music and food, followed by a live band in the Station House Theatre.

** And you can buy your pony Saturday or Sunday from a catalogue of 525!!



Often referred to as ‘The other Galway Races’, the Omey Races take place annually on the strand at Omey Strand, Claddaghduff.

Omey is a tidal island located near Claddaghduff, a few miles from Clifden, in the western edge of Connemara. There is a route across the sand to the island and, at high tide, the water is deep enough to cover a car. To help in the last moments before the water becomes too deep, there are conventional street signs to indicate the highest route.

Re-established as a tradition in 2001, the annual summer races have been steadily attracting greater numbers every year and last year drew a crowd of almost 5000 people for a wonderful day of sun, sand, sea and of course, horse racing.

With up to nine races on the card, there’s opportunities for young, upcoming jockeys to hone their skills, while providing a great day out for spectators. The races this year are being held on Sunday, July 28th. The first race will be off at 1pm sharp, so don’t miss out.

Conamara, a Hint of Madness

It’s not the first time we post something that takes place in Connemara. It’s home of many festivals and sports events and also a region with a unique and extraordinary natural landscape.

Now, what do you like more: dancing, cycling, music or maybe just…walking? Because all of this will have a space in the 29th Conamara Bog Week Festival.

It’s open to all ages and there will be some famous faces of the Irish culture and entertainment, like musicians Johnny Connolly and Declan Corey, box player John  Bowe or new talents as Sabrina Dinan, among others.The big thing about the festival apart from the obvious beautiful scenery is the mix of ages, something very common in this country culturally speaking, specially in traditional and country music.

But that’s not everything. Scientists and artists will join the festival visiting schools to explain the wonders of the area and help the youngest ones to learn how to garden and grow vegetables.

Lay on the grass and relax…

Letterfrack, Connemara

24th May to 3th June




Fuchsia leggins, big yellow sunglasses, big hair decorated with colorful hairbands…a bit too tacky? Think that it’ll be only for a bit of fun for this year’s Roundstone Bay 8km. “Retro running” is the theme for the 2013 race, so leave your shyness at home and let your imagination fly…or run, in this case.

The categories will be classified as follows:

  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd Male Overall
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd Female Overall
  • 1st Male Over 40, Over 50 and Over 60
  • 1st Female Over 40, Over 50 and Over 60
  • Top GAA team (First 4 runners times from each club will score)

Not only the race will take place; there’ll be a DJ before and after the race and also later on in the evening the band Silver Circus will be playing classic hits from now and always at the Shamrock Bar , or if you’d rather prefer some trad music in any of the local pubs you won’t have to walk too much as they’re fairly close to each other so you won’t have to suffer if you’re in your night out high heels.

And now the best part…Roundstone is a beautiful village in the coast of Connemara, belongs to County Galway and it’s about 77km north-west of Galway city. If the luck is over this side of the country and the sun shines you’ll be amazed of the breathtaking scenery around you. Walk around the seaside contemplating the turquoise beach (i mean it) is such a pleasure that it would be a shame not to give it a chance to drive up to this secret pearl of the Irish west coast…and maybe go for a deep in these georgeus waters before taking a stroll around the pictoresque village.

Roundstone is a little paradise…you won’t be dissapointed!

Start Time for the race is 1.00pm on Saturday 18th May 2013.

Registration is €20

Roundstone Bay 8km

Get in shape!

For the next two weeks, here’s something that’ll help you keep fit…or just have a good time trying something different, both in Connemara so you’ll have the perfect scenery as a background!




The first one is The Connemara Adventure Challenge. The race will include trial/ mountain running, kayaking and cycling, through 31 km open to all levels.

Connemara Adventure Challenge- The Gathering

May 11th




The next sports event is very similar as it’s a triathlon and consists of swim, cycle and run, and it takes place at Spiddal beach, Connemara roads for cycling and running around the pier and village.

Sprint: 750 m swim, 20 km cycle and 5 km run

Olympic: 1500 m swim, 40 km cycle and 10 km run.

Galway Triathlon Spiddal

18th May 2013