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.
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Emmy award winning cameraman, Doug Allan, for Conamara Sea Week 2015
If you want to rub shoulders with award winning cameraman Doug Allan of Blue Plant fame or hear the dulcet tones of the great Julie Feeney, or be captivated by the dazzling playing of piper Blackie O’Connell or your looking for a fun packed space for your family then the Quaker Village of Letterfrack in North West Conamara is the place for you. This village hosts the annual Conamara Sea Week Festival Oct. 16 – 26 which is in its 31st year. This is a fun packed festival celebrating our wonderful marine heritage with great music, buckets of fun for all the family with indoor and outdoor events happening over two weekends and a vibrant schools programme throughout the week. And, the good news – most events are free.
The festival kicks off on Friday 16th Oct. at 1.30pm in the splendid surroundings of Rosleague Manor where senior members of the local community will be entertained in style with great food and mighty music from Matt Keane and Marcus Hernon. “The event is generously hosted by Mark Foyle and his team at Rosleague Manor and is a lovely way to start our festival as it roots the festival firmly in the community” says Leo Hallissey director of CEECC. Later that evening the annual Small Works Exhibition takes place in the Connemara National Park at 8.00pm and is a wonderful opportunity to purchase an original work of art at very modest prices – 90.00 unframed, 130.00 framed. The exhibition features the work of established and emerging artists, the work is presented anonymously and will be opened to the public from Oct 16 to 26. Finish the day with a great Oiche Chonamara in Molly’s Bar with the might Hernon Family and the amazing Don Stiffe guitar/vocals.
Saturday 17th kicks of with the Primary Schools 5-a-side Soccer Blitz in the local National School and the village will be a buzz with young footballers from all over Conamara. At 4.30pm in the Connemara National Park it ‘Life Behind the Lens’ with Doug Allan – winner of eight Emmy’s and four BAFTA’s. Round off the day with two mighty sessions featuring Johnny O’Halloran, Gerry Whelan, Brian O’Nuallain, Johnny Connolly and The Kane Sisters.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with Kite Flying, Mini Boat Regatta, Killary Challenge and Conamara’s largest Book Fair not to mention that Doug Allan is on stage once again to give the second of his presentations entitled ‘In the Company of Giants’. The weekend finishes with great blast of music, look out for the amazing Whileaways who will be playing in the beautiful Gothic Church and launching their latest album and in the village The Paul O’Driscoll Jazz Trio, and the outstanding duo Danny Brouder and Angelina Carberry.
Throughout the week there will be a vibrant schools programme in schools throughout North West Conamara. Ecologists Gordon Darcy and Mags Flaherty and marine biologist Dave McGrath will unfold the magic of Conamara’s wonderful marine heritage. Draughts Competition on Monday night for 3rd – 6th classes is a new addition to the programme.
Midweek Wednesday Oct. 21st is the brilliant ‘After the Light’ spectacle. A spectacular light show which starts at 7.30 pm in the village of Letterfrack The lights are switched off and the village is transformed into a space where the underworld comes to life in an amazing parade involving ‘children of all ages’! It allows us all to chase the light and make contact with the spirit of Halloween and celebrate Letterfrack as a centre of excellence. A scary and exciting evening with fire sculptures, fire jugglers, drummers, stilt walkers, sea creatures and fairies all strutting their stuff.
Weekend Two will have Poetry in the Park with Rita Ann Higgins, Music Workshops, more concerts in the Gothic Church – Contempo Quartet, Aedin Halpin, Annabella Lydon, Rachel Moran and the great Julie Feeney, sean nos dance workshop, the launch of ‘Sea Gastronomy’ by Michael O’Meara published by Artisan House Letterfrack, Foraging and Cooking for Families with Chef Cliodhna Prendergast and local ecologist Marie Louise Walsh, Shore Walk with Dave McGrath and of course, a feast of music in the pubs Davy Spillane, Danny O’Mahoney, Mirella Murray, Ger Madden, Miki Belton, Sean Smyth, Mick Conneely, Mick Kinsella, Rick Epping, Luke Murray, Joe Junker, Steve Larkin, Cyril O’Donohue, Siobhan Peoples, Murty Ryan, Seanie McGrath, Jimmy Fitz, Bertrand Huve, Johnny Dwyer, Nathan Pilatzke, Gearoid Devaney etc.
NB: Tickets for Doug Allan, Concerts at the Gothic Church, Cookery Demonstration in Mary Ruddy’s House can be booked online on our website www.ceecc.org Tickets will be available on the door unless event is booked out in advance. For full details on all events see website.
Work got under way this month on the Marconi Project and is making great progress.
The €990,000 in funding for the development of an improved visitor experience at Derrygimlagh, Connemara, Co, Galway; one of the key 15 Signature Discovery Points along the route of the Wild Atlantic Way. The money, allocated from Fáilte Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way capital programme, will significantly enhance the site which was the setting for two outstanding technological achievements of the 20th century: the Marconi Wireless Station, the world’s first commercial transatlantic wireless station in 1907; and twelve years later (in 1919) when Alcock and Brown landed on the site marking the first nonstop, Trans-Atlantic flight.
The small local community in the village of Leenane on the shores of the Killary Harbour have been busy preparing for a festival to mark it is actuality 25 years since the release of the film the Field. Leenane village took centre stage in Jim Sheridan’s movie “The Field”.
Many people from the village took their place in front of the camera alongside Sean Bean, John Hurt, Brenda Fricker, Tom Berenger and of course, the Oscar nominated Richard Harris. The film changed the lives for many local people and businesses in the area as suddenly there was life, fun and togetherness.
Since the release of film there has been healthy appetite for information on the film from the public and visitors to Leenane. The Field festival will deliver an exciting array of events based on the film on the 25th and 26th of September.
On Friday evening the 25th September 2015, the Official Opening will take place in the Community Hall with a photo exhibition and cheese and wine reception. The director of the film Jim Sheridan will be our guest of honour and will speak to the public along with the photographers and some of the locals who had cameo roles in the film. This will be followed by the launch of a much needed visitor information brochure of the film at ‘The Field’ Bar. Talks will be given at the Gaynor family bar on how the pub evolved to ‘The Field’ bar. There will be live traditional Irish music and entertainment.
On Saturday the 26th September a thanksgiving and remembrance ecumenical ceremony will take place at Aasleagh Church in remembrance of the dearly departed since the filming in 1989. A candlelight procession will take place at the ceremony.
There will be 2 showings of The Field at the Sheep and Wool Centre which also includes tours of the museum and back to back demonstrations.
A Taste of Connemara Walk, walk the famine trail from Rosroe to Bunowen along the spectacular Killary Harbour with experienced local guides. Sample the food delights of Killary Fjord Shellfish and pay a visit to Killary Sheep Farm, transport will be provided.
In the evening of Saturday an Outdoor Theatre Event will take place. The famous auction and fight scene from the film will be recreated in the main village carpark; the recreation will involve members of the local community who will play some of the relevant characters. Anyone can join in on the bidding shenanigans and people are encouraged come dressed up.
The festival will be rounded off in style by the ‘I’ll Dance With Ya’ Céile, partakers will be invited to come in costume to live traditional Irish music with Salamanca in the Leenane Hotel along with the ‘Yanks’ raffle and lots more surprises on the night.
For further details and information on the festival google ‘Leenane Village Field Festival’.