Conamara Sea Week is a multi-disciplinary festival, celebrating the wonderful marine heritage of Conamara. The festival celebrated it’s 30th birthday in 2014 and has grown to be a wonderful and unique festival with something to interest all age groups. Highlights include music workshops, art exhibitions, concerts, talks, walks, children’s activities, sports events, lots of great music and buckets of fun for all the family.
A special highlight of the festival for the last few years has been the wonderful ‘After the Light’ parade, a spectacular night full of myth, magic, madness and mayhem!
Check out the full brochure here, there is something for all the family!
The longest running community arts festival in Ireland, Clifden Community Arts Week, now in its 39th year will take place from September 15th – 25th and yet again promises to have something to excite everyone in this years programme. Audiences can expect a very high quality artistic programme with a superb literary, musical and visual art content which again will have the community arts of Clifden and the surrounding hinterland as a central focus with creative writing, music, theatre, graphic design and film workshops and performances taking place in the local schools for the duration of the festival.
Another great festival happens in Letterfrack this June. The Connemara Green Festival is an exciting new festival in its 2nd year which celebrates Mother Nature, aims to raise awareness of the unique ecology of Connemara and raise funds for biodiversity projects.
Another great festival happening locally & with some great music lined up in our sister pub – Veldons in Letterfrack.
Conamara Bog Week 2016 opens in Letterfrack on Sunday 29th May. The day kicks off with a 5km fun run event which starts in Tullycross at 2.30pm and finishes in Letterfrack. Participants are asked to arrive for sign in before 2pm. After the race, a fun sports day involving races from under 4 to under 14, with novelty events for adults and children alike will take place. Some old fashioned events such as sheaf throwing, welly throwing and horse shoe throwing will also take place. The day is wrapped up in mighty music with Hernon Family in Mollys and the Jimmy Fitz trio in Veldons, and an exciting concert in the Gothic church in Kylemore abbey showcasing different genres from contemporary to traditional.
Throughout the week, there will be bog walks daily (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) at 11am in the National Park with local ecologist Marie Louise Heffernan. Meet at the Cafe in the park.
On Wednesday night, all Ireland champion piper, Friacha O Regan will launch his new CD in Mollys. And Thursday afternoon will see the Ballinakill active age club enjoying excellent lunch of local produce in Rosleague Manor with a great dollop of music from Marcus Hernon and Matt Keane.
The bank holiday weekend has a host of events for all ages. Friday night there will be a great blast of music in the village. Saturday at 2pm will feature poetry in the park with poets, featuring the eminent German poet Jan Wagner and well known Galway poet Eva Bourke who will be joined by the great Clare box player Conor Keane. This event will be followed at 4pm with the opening of the Art exhibition, featuring the work of newly graduated local artists Oilbhe Scannell and Dympna Heaune. At 5pm the music in the village kicks off with a great gig in Mollys followed by a concert in Gothic Church in Kylemore abbey feature Albeilz Trio – Laoise Kelly, Tola Custy and Cormac Brathnach. The night finishes with great music in Mollys and Veldons.
Sunday is an active day which kicks off a project entitled Walking Conamara. In this year when are reflecting on 1916 perhaps a good way to honour the memory of those who died would be to learn a little more about our own place. And in this spirit CEECC are organising a number of short walks in different locations such as Clifden, Letterfrack, Omey Island and Renvyle peninsula. All these walks are free. See website for further details. The day closes with great music in the usual venues.
One of the highlights of the weekend will undoubtedly be the Mairtin O Connor & family concert in the Gothic church on the Sunday. The festival finishes with a lunch time gig in Veldons where the tune for the road will be provided by the amazing Paul O Driscoll Trio.
Futher information contact Leo Hallissey on 085 1154629 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.