Welcome to Connemara


Chris Shanahan – President of the Connemara Chamber of Commerce

If you’re thinking of traveling to the West of Ireland, and in particular Connemara, well then you’ve come to the right place. Recognised worldwide for its rich landscape and heritage, Connemara is a great place for business and leisure.

Use our website to avail of special offers in Accommodation, Food, Shopping & Things To Do. You will also find information on the wide  range of events and activities for your entertainment.

Rebranch & Relaunch of the Western Way Trail.


Over recent years there has been a huge increase in the numbers of people looking to get fit, health & outdoors. There has also been a growth in the numbers travelling to Ireland to experience it’s great outdoors and rural landscape. The new cycle greenway in Westport, Co. Mayo is a great example of this, helping to create a number of jobs in the area in a relatively short time.
Walking Way marked ways have been a feature in Ireland for many years, with the Western Way being one of the longer routes. This hiking trail begins in Oughterard and finishes in Bonniconlon, Co. Mayo, some 200km away. It takes in some of the most beautiful parts of Galway including Maum, Inagh Valley & Killary Harbour before heading into Mayo. The trail has excellent potential to progress to an International standard multi-day trail in the West of Ireland, helping to create employment as well as a free amenity for the local communities.
Both Forum Connemara Ltd, along side South West Mayo Dev. Co., have been working together through the Rural Recreation Programme to bring the Western Way up to standard. As part of this project new map boards will be erected in the next week or so, helping to bring the trail back to life and easier for walkers to experience. This is the first step in developing this amazing long distance walking trail, which will compete with more established trails such as the Kerry/Wicklow Way and possibly the West Highland Way in the near future. “We are delighted to be working on this great trail, helping to revive it” states Rosaleen Ní Shúilleabháin, Rural Recreational Officer, “The trail travels over such a beautiful and diverse landscape with stunning scenery. The local landowners play a key part in the success of the trail.”
The trail will be relaunched by Michael Gibbons, one of Ireland’s leading field archaeologists, at this years Leenane Mountain Walking Festival on the May1st at 7pm in the car park and will be followed by refreshments. All interested parties & individuals are invited to attend, to view the new boards, find out more about the trail and how you can benefit from it.
More details on the launch will be available on the www.leenanevillage.com, on facebook page www.facebook.com/saveforumconnemara or by calling Rosaleen on 087 737 5599

Connemara Chamber of Commerce AGM

To the members of Connemara Chamber of Commerce

Please note that the Annual General Meeting of Connemara Chamber of Commerce will take place on Thursday 23rd April 2015 at 6pm at Clifden Town Hall.

Presidents Report

Treasurers Report

Elections will take place for the positions of:
All nominations should be received 7 days in advance of the meeting and must have the consent of the nominees. The Nominees must be present at the meeting to be selected.

Leenane Walking Festival

Press Release
Leenane Mountain Walking Festival 2015

The 8th year of the Leenane Mountain Walking Festival will take place from the 1st – 3rd May, 2015. “We are delighted to be running the event again this year. It is a great community lead festival where people can experience the amazing beauty & charm of the area” states Martin Gavin, Walking Festival Chairman. “We have added 2 new walks this year, so we really do have something for all abilities and interests. Then of course there is the free evening entertainment each night just to top it all off. Bookings are already coming in, so we are hoping that this year will be our biggest yet!”

This festival has been designed to suit all levels of walkers from casual low level walks to the more experienced! Each day there is a choice of at least 4 walks from Strenuous to low level or something a bit different with a geology & archeology fieldtrip available. This year’s programme includes the firm favourite Mweelrea Mountain walk as well as Maamtrasna, Ben Gorm and the Sheffreys to name a few. Each walk is guided by qualified, experienced guides. The full programme of events can be found on the village website. www.leenanevillage.com.

All the walks offer stunning views of Connemara & the Wild Atlantic Way, with the unique experience of having the local farmers along on the walks to share the folklore and history of the area.
With the farmers involvement in the event, they kindly grant the participants permission to cross their lands and visit areas that are not normally open to the public. Another unique part of the experience is on return, walkers are greeted with tea/coffee & scones from various local businesses.
The village of Leenane comes alive for the weekend with talks from local historians, documentary showings & the whole weekend is finished off with live music in the local hotel.
Walkers must register online for the events. For a full details and list of events please visit www.leenanevillage.com, Please email mwf@timfydesigns.com with any questions or call Martin on 087