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.

New Features at Kylemore Abbey for 2014

Abbey.jpegA visit to Connemara is not complete without a visit to the famous Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Gardens. It is an experience not to be missed, with something to do and see for visitors of all ages.

The popular Express Coffee Shop, Henrys’, will open again in May this year for the summer season. Located next to the craft shop, Henry’s offers visitors the opportunity to pick up a coffee, selection of drinks, sandwiches to take away and enjoy al fresco, without having to enter the main restaurant. Not to mention great ice creams and homemade fudge perfect for a treat on your day out! Great for saving time and gathering items for a picnic basket.

Mitchell’s Café at Kylemore Abbey was again shortlisted for a Gold Medal with Hotel and Catering Review and scooped a Blás Ireland Bronze award for it’s scone mix. As well as enjoying Tea and scones at Kylemore, visitors can now take home the famous scone mix to prepare at home. The restaurant now provide a wider range of Gluten Free options wich gluten free choices, in soups, main-courses and desserts.

The Kylemore Abbey Craft & Design Shop offers visitors a wide range of products, from Victorian heritage seeds as used in the Gardens, to Irish music, books,and fun souveneirs to high quality fashion and accessories. Find great prices on must have brands such as Barbour, North face, Magee and fabulous handbags from Orla Kiely. The dedicated Jewellery section offers visitors high quality, Irish designed jewellery, including the bespoke Kylemore Abbey range inspired by the story of Kylemore. You will also find design from names such as Alan Ardiff, Jean Butler, Day and Knight, Solvar and a wide range of Newbridge Jewellery and homeware.

A Feast for the Senses is Promised at the Connemara Mussel Festival

TASTE the beautifully cooked local produce; SEE the unparalleled views of the magnificent Connemara land and seascape; HEAR the sounds of music, dancing, talks and theatre; FEEL the atmosphere and most of all ENJOY the experience.

Mussel FestivalThe 9th Connemara Mussel Festival takes place in Tullycross on the Renvyle Peninsula over the next May Bank Holiday weekend (May 2nd to 4th). While the Festival was originally established to promote the excellence of the mussels of Killary harbour, it has now 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. This year’s festival, one of the first on the Wild Atlantic Way, will be opened by Sally and John McKenna of the McKenna Guides who will also showcase their culinary skills by partaking in some of the Festival’s cookery demonstrations over the weekend.

With the programme details now being finalised we have once again lined up an exciting schedule with something for all the family to experience and enjoy. Some of the main culinary highlights include demonstrations with Head Chef Keith Carden from O’Gradys on the Pier, children’s cookery demonstrations with Jacinta Dalton, Food Ambassador for the Wild   Atlantic Way and competitions with students from GMIT College of Tourism and Arts. We are also delighted to be welcoming this year members of the Fins Goussiers d’Anjou from France including Graham Roberts from The Connemara Smokehouse who was inducted into their society last year.  And that’s not all – a new addition this year will be the Made in Galway market running over the full weekend showcasing the finest produce of the west of Ireland.

A Host of Talent to Participate in the Clifden Traditional Music Festival 2014

Poster Clifden Trad Fest 2014The 5th Annual Clifden Traditional Music Festival will take place this year from the 10th – 13th April in Clifden, Connemara, Co. Galway.  The Festival will begin on Thursday 10th April this year with a CD Launch in the Alcock and Brown Hotel at 8pm.  The CD entitled “Rewind” is a new CD by Connemara Piper, Fiachra O Regan, Sophie Lavoie, Jimmy Higgins and Michael McCague

Friday will see the Official Opening and Concert in the Clifden Station House Hotel at 7pm.  As always the event is free and will feature a host of artists from all over Ireland. The festival will be officially opened this year by head of music at Raidio na Gaeltachta, Neansai Ni Choistealdbha.

Saturday starts with music workshops in Fiddle, Button Accordion, Banjo and Concertina from 10am until 12.30pm in Clifden Community school with a youth session afterwards in O Malleys Bar.  A Sean Nos Dancing workshop will also take place with teacher Gearoid Devane in Clifden Town Hall at 2.30pm. Music Sessions are a very big part of the festival and again this year feature a host of champion musicians from all over Ireland.  Musicians will include: Laura Beagon (Fiddle) from Monaghan, James Duggan (Fiddle), Maura Walsh(Concertina) and Graham Guerin(Accordion)  from Kerry, Michael Curran(Tyrone) and Daithi Gormley (Sligo) both on accordion, husband and wife duo Lorna and Brian Fitzgerald from Limerick, members of the Border Collies Group Theresa and Declan Payne, The Broderick Family from Corofin and a whole host more musicians.  Great dancers and singers will also be seen in the sessions over the weekend including All Ireland Champion singer Cian Kearins from Sligo and dancers including Gearoid Devane(Sean Nós Dancer) and Candian Clog Dancer Nathan Pilatzke. The Sessions will take place as follows: Friday 11th April at 10pm: EJ Kings Bar and Lowrys Bar. Saturday 12th April: 2pm – Tom Kings Bar, 4pm – Mannions Bar, Saturday night: 10pm: O’Malleys Bar and The Central Bar 9.30 – 11.30: Guys Bar.  The “Farewell Session” will be in Foyles Hotel at 12.30. A big highlight of the festival this year will be the “Return of the Dartry” .  Following on from their great performance in 2012, The Dartry Ceili Band returns to Clifden Trad Fest to perform the Outdoor Gig on the Saturday night of the festival at 7.30pm on the Gig Rig on Market Square.  It’s sure to be an electric performance