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.

Bogman 2 Day set for largest field to date.


Now in its sixth year, the Bogman 2 Day August 29th and 30th, held in North West Conamara, is set to provide competitors with a challenging course over two days of exciting riding. This event is organised by Western Lakes CC and CEECC Letterfrack. New to this years event is a Polkadot Jersey Competition and a Team Prize. To qualify for the team prize a club must enter at least three riders. Last year’s winner Colm Cassidy of Aquablue CC will return to defend his title and will be reinforced by his team members. “Not only will riders be assured of two days of exciting riding but they will be made feel especially welcome in one of the most beautiful places in Ireland” says Leo Hallissey Director CEECC.

Stage 1 Saturday starts at 4.00pm and finishes in Tullycross with three laps of the Kylemore Loop – 100km total.

Stage 2A Sunday starts at 9.00am in Kylemore Village and finishes in Letterfrack, 8km total.

Stage 2B on Sunday starts at 1.00pm in Tullycross and takes in a big loop through the Inagh Valley onto Maam, Maam to Leenane and back to Tullycross – total 100km.

The winner of the Conamara Bog Week 2 Day Cycle Race will be presented with the beautiful and prestigious Gogarty Cup which is sponsored by Renvyle House Hotel. As Ronnie Counihan – General Manager of Renvyle House Hotel stated ‘We are delighted to sponsor Conamara Bog Week and especially the bike races as the founder of Renvyle House Hotel, Oliver St. John Gogarty was not only a leading literary figure but was also a first class cyclist’.
The race is also sponsored by Eamonn Marrey of Marrey Bikes Ballinrobe. Eamonn has been a sponsor of the event for the last number of years and will be on hand to present the jerseys on Sunday evening at the Marian Hall Tullycross. Other sponsors will include Rogan’s Gala, Connemara Fisheries, The Lodge Letterfrack and Paddy Coynes Tullycross.

The Bogman Shield on Saturday will cater for A4 riders, the route will be the same as Stage 1 of the main race but for two laps. Shield presentation will be held in the Marian Hall Tullycross directly after race.

For full details including all times and route maps please go to www.westernlakescc.com or contact JJ Flaherty 087 7060723

50/50 Draw

I am pleased to inform you that the Clifden Community 50/50 Draw, which has replaced the Lotto, was launched last night in Tom Kings pub. The Draw was very well attended and the event will be broadcasted on Connemara Community radio.

The Draw raised €1,300 and the Jackpot of €650 was won by a Denis o Connell from Tralee, a regular visitor here to Clifden and the 2 attendance prizes of €50 was won by Triona O ‘ Toole and Eileen Coohill
I am confident that the 50/50 Draw for raising money for the community will be very sucessful and I encourage those of you who sell ticket to continue to do so and for everyone to support the Draw by buying the €2 tickets on a weekly basis. I wish to take this oppurtunity on behalf of the Chamber to thank all the committee for all their hard work on the successful launch of the Draw. .

Yours sincerely

Nessa Joyce

BIG Blue Box – Volunteer Challenge

The big blue box

The Big Blue Box Volunteer Challenge is a unique fundraising cycle that takes place from the 5th – 19th June 2015. The event will pass through the route of the Wild Atlantic Way and involve communities across 35 towns – from Moville in Co. Donegal to Kinsale in Co. Cork. The cycle will cover 1,237 kilometres in 14 days – representing a huge effort by all the participants for a very worthy cause, St. Vincent de Paul.

Local representatives will cycle from town to town with a Big Blue Box. When they reach your town or village, you will have the chance to place a symbolic item inside the box for the next town or village on the route.

The final STOP is in Clifden, with lots of Fun and activities for all the Family

Tea/Coffee fundraising Morning in branch

Treasure Hunt around the town from 4pm

Face Painting

Music & Disco in front of branch from 4pm till 6pm

Welcome party for all – Refreshments and food in branch

Emergency Services Parade Through Town

Presentation of Blue Box to SVP

Welcome to all school children that would like to come along
All proceeds are for Local Saint Vincent de Paul

Prior to the 19th June

Guess the weight of the blue bon bons – €1 per guess

Sale of Clothes in the branch each day

Businesses around Clifden to turn their windows blue