Welcome to Connemara

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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.

Festival Fever for May in Connemara!

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There is lots to see and do this May in Connemara!  Why not drive along Connemara’s Wild Atlantic Way route and see the breath-taking costal views?  Stop in the villages along the way and sample the finest fresh seafood cuisine, meet the locals, enjoy traditional music and dance, and see the vast amount of activities and adventures that are available in Connemara.

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.