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Connemara Four Seasons Spring Walking Festival

Friday 15 March to Sunday 17 March 2013 At the Connemara Four Seasons Walking Festival you can explore Connemara with guides Michael Gibbons Gerry McCluskey providing a unique insight into the rich cultural, archaeological and historic heritage of this most beautiful and wild part of the country.   The walks are suitable for beginners through to advanced; all that is...

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Saint Patrick's Day Connemara

Sunday 17 March 2013. Parades taking place in Clifden, Oughterard Roundstone. Clifden Clifden - The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee of the Clifden District Community Council, with sponsorship from the Connemara Chamber of Commerce and Clifden Town Lotto, wish to invite you this year’s St. Patrick’s Parade.The parade will commence at 13.00. Stewards will be on hand along...

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Connemara Pony Spring Festival

Thursday 21 March - Sunday 24 March 2013 The annual Connemara Pony Spring festival will take place in Clifden from Thursday 21st March to Sunday 24th March. The highlight of the weekend will be Ireland's largest Stallion Parade on Sunday. A host of other activities will take place over the weekend including a photo exhibition, educational seminar and table...

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Connemara International Marathon

Sunday 07 April 2013 Take part in one of the world's most spectacular and scenic marathons. Comprising of a Half Marathon, a Full Marathon and an on-road Ultra Marathon (39.3 miles) all taking place on the one day on April 7th 2013. Entry fee for 2012 is €70.00(Euro).The 2012 event was a sell out with over 3,300 entries with representation from 29...

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Welcome to Connemara

Connemara is one of the most scenic regions in Ireland. It's craggy mountain peaks, expansive sandy beaches and laced network of lakes exemplify the peaceful solitude and rugged beauty of The West of Ireland.

Many visitors come to Ireland to visit the beauty of this area, but are surprised to discover that they may not find it on a map. This is because Connemara is a not an administrative entity like a town or county.

Connemara is the name given to the western portion of County Galway, which lies between Lough Corrib and the Atlantic. The name Connemara name was originally Conmaicnemara, or "the tribe of Cormac by the sea", given by the ancient Gaelic tribes. It was shortened in the 18th century, to Connemara.

Dominated by the majestic Twelve Bens mountain range, (Na Beanna Beola) dotted with lakes, and fringed by the deeply indented Atlantic coastline. It is broken into innumerable creeks, bays and little harbours, it is one of Ireland’s most popular and memorable touring areas.

Connemara's unique landscape, varying settlement patterns, and dramatic contrasts of sea, sky, land and bog, have inspired many famous paintings and literary figures over the years.

A large part of the area, sometimes described as lar-Connachta, and stretching along the southern coastal area from Bearna as far as Carna, is Irish-speaking.

Many of the ancient Irish traditions and customs are preserved, and the rich linguistic, musical and folklore heritage attracts the attention of scholars throughout the world..