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March 2020

Gaelforce Mountain Run

Saturday 7th March

The Gaelforce Mountain Run for 2020 will appeal to experienced mountain runners and also those who are of reasonable fitness and want to take part in a mountain run for the first time.

St. Patricks Day Parade

Tuesday 17th March

Parades taking place in Clifden, Oughterard & Roundstone. Lots of fun and games for all the family. Check each of the event organizers websites for more details.

April 2020

Clifden Traditional Music Festival

Thursday 2nd AprilSunday 5th April

The 2020 Annual Clifden Traditional Music Festival (Clifden Trad Fest) will take place from the April 2nd – April 5th in Clifden, Connemara, Co. Galway, playing host to top quality musicians, signers and dancers.

Maamturks Challenge

Saturday 4th April

The Maamturks Challenge was the brainchild of NUIG Mountaineering Club Captain Jane Watts and Tony Whild in 1975. This year is the 45th Maamturks Challenge. The Maamturks Challenge is a…

Connemara International Marathon

Sunday 19th April

The Connemara International Marathon is one of the world’s most scenic events, set in the dramatic scenery of the west of Ireland. 2020 will mark its nineteenth year.

Inishbofin Walking Festival

Friday 24th AprilSunday 26th April

The 2020 Inishbofin Island Walking Festival gives visitors an opportunity to walk amid stunning Atlantic coastal scenery, crystal clear waters and award winning beaches surrounded by rich natural, built and cultural heritage.

May 2020

Connemara Mountain Walking Festival

Friday 1st MayMonday 4th May

Enjoy a unique combination of mountain and sea as Leenane is situated on the edge of Killary Harbour and surrounded by mountains in all directions. This May will be the…

Inishbofin Island Craft Expo

Friday 1st MaySunday 3rd May

Set in the stunningly scenic and historic backdrop of Inishbofin, the 2020 Inishbofin Island Craft Expo is a colourful and eclectic mix of music, visual art, craft, heritage and fun family activities.

Inishbofin Corncrake Festival

Friday 1st MayMonday 4th May

The second Inishbofin Corncrake Festival takes place at The Dolphin Hotel this May Bank Holiday 1st-4th May 2020. Following on from the success of last year’s inaugural festival, the second…

Gaelforce Connemara

Saturday 2nd May

The 2020 Gaelforce Connemara is an adventure race which involves cycling, running and kayaking over a 32.5 km course around Killary, through magnificent scenery.

Westportif Cycling Weekend

Saturday 9th May

The West of Ireland’s most spectacular leisure cycle takes place on Saturday 9th May 2020. Choose from two routes, 80 km and 150 km.

Night Rider Sportif

Saturday 9th May

Enjoy a unique moonlit cycle through Connemara. Choose from 100km, 68km and 34km distances along this beautiful and rugged part of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Inishbofin Half Marathon & 10K

Saturday 16th May

This unique event takes place on beautiful Inishbofin Island, situated on Connemara’s stunning Wild Atlantic Way. The island is steeped in history, and is renowned for its traditional music and unspoilt sandy beaches. Inishbofin half marathon & 10k will take place on Saturday 16th May 2020.

Tour de Conamara

Saturday 23rd May

2020 Tour de Conamara is the largest mass participation cycling event in the West of Ireland. The event offers 140km & 80km route options through some of the finest coastal and mountainous landscape in Ireland.

Inish Festival

Thursday 28th MaySunday 31st May

The finest Irish and International artists, writers and musicians on the picturesque island of Inishbofin for a weekend in May.

Ballyconneely Performance Connemara Pony Show

Saturday 30th May

Ballyconneely Performance Connemara Pony Show at The Manor Arena. GPS: 53°28’23.0″N 10°01’07.9″W Google Maps: 53.473048, -10.018859 This year’s show has a range of classes from young handlers to family working…

June 2020

Gaelforce West

Saturday 20th June

In 2020 this event is now in its 15th year. Gaelforce West is still the original and the most unique adventure race in Ireland – the event that everyone wants to complete with many returning to do it again and again!

Cornamona 50 Mile Sponsored Cycle

Saturday 20th June

The Annual Cornamona 50 Mile Sponsored Cycle through the Hills of Connemara is held every year for different charities in the West of Ireland. Registration opens at 9 am and…

Connemara 7′s Rugby Tournament

Friday 26th JuneSunday 28th June

The 2020 Connemara 7’s Tournament will run over 3 days – Friday evening, all day Saturday and finals on Sunday.

July 2020

Maam Cross Connemara Pony Show

Sunday 5th July

The 2020 Maam Cross Connemara Pony Show. The annual Maam Cross Connemara Pony Show includes the following classes; Ponies Cattle Sheep Dogs

Connemara Oyster Festival

Friday 10th JulySunday 12th July

Connemara Oyster Festival includes family fun, live bands, chef demos. Friday, 10 July 2020 5:00 pm – Festival Launch and Cooking on the Bonfire with JP McMahon Saturday, 13 July…

Roundstone Pony Show

Sunday 12th July

The 2020 Annual Roundstone Connemara Pony, Dog & Sheep Show takes place at the Showground. The main event, the Connemara Pony Show, consists of 20 in-hand classes showcasing all ages and varieties of Connemara Pony.

Mass at St Macdara’s Island

Thursday 16th July

Oileán Mhic Dara / Cruach na Cara / St. Macdara’s Island is venerated in honour of Saint Macdara, patron saint of fishermen and sailors in the area. He is credited…

Ballyconneely Pony Show

Sunday 19th July

Held on the third Sunday in July, 2020 is the 35th year of the Ballyconneely Pony Show.

Cashel Together

Sunday 26th JulySunday 2nd August

Cashel Together 2020 – A gathering of families and friends from Cashel, Connemara.

August 2020

Omey Races

Sunday 2nd AugustMonday 3rd August

Omey Races 2020 (horse racing on the beach) on Omey Strand. 2020 First Race commencing a 1 pm. Please Note:This event will take place on Sunday OR Monday, final date to…

The Cashel Show

Sunday 2nd August

A firm favourite of horse enthusiasts young and old, the 2020 Cashel Show takes place in Cashel Bay, County Galway and features a variety of classes

All Ireland Dog Show

Monday 3rd August

The 2020 Roundstone All Ireland Dog show, held in August, has now become a very popular event.

Tour de Bog

Tuesday 4th August

The 2020 Tour De Bog cycle race will leave Roundstone village at 2.00pm and will make its way to Ballyconneely and back along the Bog Road through breath taking scenery until it reaches the village of Roundstone again.

The Connemara 100

Saturday 8th AugustSunday 9th August

The Connemara 100 on the West Coast of Ireland is run over a measured and certified course. The Connemara 100 is best described as a 100 mile tour of Connemara on foot.

Connemara Watersports Day

Sunday 9th August

Watersports Day on Glassilaun Beach in Aid of Children At Risk, is held on Glassilaun Beach, Renvyle on Sunday 09 August 2020.

Festival of the Connemara Pony

Wednesday 19th AugustSaturday 22nd August

The 2020 Festival of the Connemara Pony is a celebration of the Connemara Pony breed with week-long activities.

Clifden Connemara Pony Show (Festival of the Connemara Pony)

Thursday 20th August

The highlight of the week is the 2019 Connemara Pony Show on Thursday, this is a world famous event attracting visitors from all over the world.

Oughterard Agricultural and Horticultural Show

Sunday 30th August

Oughterard Agricultural & Horticultural Show is one of the leading shows held in the West of Ireland. It provides an ideal opportunity for both local people and visitors to see…

September 2020

Bofin Swim

Saturday 5th September

Enjoy a refreshing swim in crystal clear waters at Inishbofin’s East End bay, with full safety support, refreshments and join us in the evening a bit of island craic at…

Cleggan Fringe Festival

Friday 11th SeptemberSunday 13th September

A Festival in association with the Bars and Restaurants of Cleggan. Live Music, Album Launches, Food and Drink available all day including Festival Specials, Country Market, Sean Nós Dancing. Cleggan…

Clifden Arts Festival

Thursday 17th SeptemberSunday 27th September

Clifden Community Arts Week, celebrating its 43rd anniversary in 2020, features a wholesome feast of culture with a mix of poetry, music, theatre, dance and visual arts.

Inishbofin Set Dancing & Trad Weekend

Friday 25th SeptemberSunday 27th September

This annual festival is emerging as the perfect way to wrap up the end of summer and embrace the winter. The weekend will run from Friday to Sunday evening and will see a wealth of entertainment through song and dance.

The Great Fjord Swim

Saturday 26th September

The 2020 Great Fjord Swim is an open-water swimming event which takes place in the deep green waters of Killary Fjord surrounded by the mountains of Mayo and Connemara.

October 2020

Bia Bofinne – A Taste of Inishbofin

Friday 2nd OctoberSunday 4th October

Held over the first weekend of October, ‘Bia Bofinne – A Taste of Inishbofin’ celebrates all things local, with a focus on traditional food, arts and crafts from this exceptionally beautiful part of the country.

Bike 2 Bofin

Saturday 10th October

BIKE-2-BOFIN is an annual 90k charity cycle from Galway city winding through stunning Connemara scenery to the port of Cleggan and the ferry for beautiful Inishbofin island. This fun event,…

Maam Cross Fair

Tuesday 27th October

Connemara Pony enthusiasts from around the world will be in Maam Cross for The 2020 Maam Cross Fair.

November 2020

Gaelforce Turf Warrior Challenge

Saturday 7th November

A 10 km challenge that will test your stamina, nerve and camaraderie. The 2020 Turf Warrior is the obstacle course challenge that is packed full of adventure, mud, climbing, swinging, leaps into the Atlantic and all kinds of other mayhem and madness.


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