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Action packed weekend ahead at Conamara Bog Week
The bank holiday weekend sees another action packed weekend in Letterfrack as Conamara Bog Week continues. Last weekend saw some mighty music in the local pubs and Kylmore Gothic church, with local school children enjoying an exciting schools programme throughout the week.
This weekend has something for everyone with plenty of free activities and events for people to enjoy along side some mighty music. Friday kicks off the weekend with great music in the local pubs including the John Conneely Trio and a trad gig with Anders and the amazing Des Mulkere. Saturday has a packed schedule of free events. Enjoy the Letterfrack poetry trail in a truly unique way as you are led through the trail with some of the poets who wrote the poems, before enjoying some poetry reading in the AV centre with Eva Bourke and Jan Wagner. This year the Ceecc.org are delighted to have an art exhibition in the National park from two emerging local artists – Oilbhe Scannell and Dympna Heanue. The exhibition will be opened at 4pm on Saturday, with drinks and nibbles, and everyone is invited to come along and enjoy their artwork. The whole day is rounded off with great music in the pubs – The Good Hustle and trad with Blackie O Connell & Siobhan Peoples – and the Kylemore Abbey concert featuring the Albiez Trio – Laoise Kelly, Tola Custy and Cormac Brathnach.
Sunday is an active day which kicks off a project entitled Walking Conamara. In this year when are reflecting on 1916 perhaps a good way to honour the memory of those who died would be to learn a little more about our own place. And in this spirit CEECC are organising a number of short walks in different locations such as Clifden, Letterfrack, Omey Island and Renvyle peninsula. All these walks are free. See website for further details. The day closes with great music in the usual venues including Conor Keane, Josephine Marsh and the mighty Sean Tyrell to name a few.
One of the highlights of the weekend will undoubtedly be the Mairtin O Connor & family concert in the Gothic church on the Sunday. There will be tickets available on the door but it is best to book online at our website – www.ceecc.org.
The festival finishes with a lunch time gig on Monday, in Veldons where the tune for the road will be provided by the amazing Paul O Driscoll Trio.
FUNDRAISER for St Vincent de Paul
Thursday 26th and Friday 27th May
12 -3PM @ BANK OF IRELAND
To coincide with the route taken by the cyclists on the Blue Box Volunteer Challenge we are welcoming the group to Clifden at 2pm on Thursday the 26th and send them on to Oughterard on Friday the 27th
A SPIN-A-THON will take place on both days asking for people to help cycle the distance of the Wild Atlantic Way 1244km, we are asking business, groups to enter as teams
There will be music on the street, face painting and tea/coffee available both days.
Friday we will also be hosting a CAKE SALE in the Bank of Ireland branch FROM 12-3PM
Conamara Bog week 2016 opens in Letterfrack on Sunday 29th May. The day kicks off with a 5km fun run event which starts in Tullycross at 2.30pm and finishes in Letterfrack. Participants are asked to arrive for sign in before 2pm. After the race, a fun sports day involving races from under 4 to under 14, with novelty events for adults and children alike will take place. Some old fashioned events such as sheaf throwing, welly throwing and horse shoe throwing will also take place. The day is wrapped up in mighty music with Hernon Family in Mollys and the Jimmy Fitz trio in Veldons, and an exciting concert in the Gothic church in Kylemore abbey showcasing different genres from contemporary to traditional.
Throughout the week, there will be bog walks daily (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) at 11am in the National Park with local ecologist Marie Louise Heffernan. Meet at the Cafe in the park. On Wednesday night, all Ireland champion piper, Friacha O Regan will launch his new CD in Mollys. And Thursday afternoon will see the Ballinakill active age club enjoying excellent lunch of local produce in Rosleague Manor with a great dollop of music from Marcus Hernon and Matt Keane.
Throughout the week there will be a vibrant schools programme with ecologists Gordan Darcy, Sinead Keane and Michael Jacob. As well as working in the class room the ecologists will be taking the children on field trips, helping the children to have a deeper understanding and appreciation of their place. And to keep schools further engaged Brendan Ridge and his team will be running their Bog Week 5 a side soccer competition. Just to make sure that the adults are also active we will have the usual road race start at 7pm in Letterfrack.
The bank holiday weekend has a host of events for all ages. Friday night there will be a great blast of music in the village. Saturday at 2pm will feature poetry in the park with poets, featuring the eminent German poet Jan Wagner and well known Galway poet Eva Bourke who will be joined by the great Clare box player Conor Keane. This event will be followed at 4pm with the opening of the Art exhibition, featuring the work of newly graduated local artists Oilbhe Scannell and Dympha Heaune. At 5pm the music in the village kicks off with a great gig in Mollys followed by a concert in Gothic Church in Kylemore abbey feature Albeilz Trio – Laoise Kelly, Tola Custy and Cormac Brathnach. The night finishes with great music in Mollys and Veldons.
Sunday is an active day which kicks off a project entitled Walking Conamara. In this year when are reflecting on 1916 perhaps a good way to honour the memory of those who died would be to learn a little more about our own place. And in this spirit CEECC are organising a number of short walks in different locations such as Clifden, Letterfrack, Omey Island and Renvyle peninsula. All these walks are free. See website for further details. The day closes with great music in the usual venues.
One of the highlights of the weekend will undoubtedly be the Mairtin O Connor & family concert in the Gothic church on the Sunday. The festival finishes with a lunch time gig in Veldons where the tune for the road will be provided by the amazing Paul O Driscoll Trio.
Futher information contact Leo Hallissey on 085 1154629 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.