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March 2019

Gaelforce Mountain Run

Gaelforce Mountain Run

Saturday 9th March

The Gaelforce Mountain Run for 2019 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

St. Patricks Day Parade

Sunday 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.

Connemara Pony Spring Festival

Connemara Pony Spring Festival

Friday 29th MarchSunday 31st March

The 2019 Connemara Pony Spring Festival takes place from Friday 29th March to Sunday 31st March. Friday 29th March: Colt Inspections at the Showgrounds, Clifden, Co Galway at 10 am…

April 2019

Maamturks Challenge

Maamturks Challenge

Saturday 6th April

The Maamturks Challenge was the brainchild of NUIG Mountaineering Club Captain Jane Watts and Tony Whild in 1975. This year is the 43rd Maamturks Challenge. The Maamturks Challenge is a…

Clifden Traditional Music Festival

Clifden Traditional Music Festival

Thursday 11th AprilSunday 14th April

The 2019 Annual Clifden Traditional Music Festival (Clifden Trad Fest) will take place from the April 11th – April 14th in Clifden, Connemara, Co. Galway, playing host to top quality musicians, signers and dancers.

Connemara International Marathon

Connemara International Marathon

Sunday 14th April

The Connemara International Marathon is one of the world’s most scenic events, set in the dramatic scenery of the west of Ireland. 2019 will mark its eighteenth year.

Inishbofin Walking Festival

Inishbofin Walking Festival

Friday 26th AprilSunday 28th April

The 2019 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.

The Western Lakes and Atlantic Challenge (WLAC)

The Western Lakes and Atlantic Challenge (WLAC)

Saturday 27th April

The 2019 Western Lakes and Atlantic Challenge (WLAC) is a fun and challenging sportive cycling event with something for the family and a long distance cycle for the endurance athlete.

May 2019

Connemara Mussel Festival

Connemara Mussel Festival

Friday 3rd MaySunday 5th May

The 2019 Connemara Mussel Festival offers a feast for the senses. Originally established to promote the excellence of the mussels from Killary Harbour, the festival has 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.

Connemara Mountain Walking Festival

Connemara Mountain Walking Festival

Friday 3rd MaySunday 5th 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 Arts Festival

Inishbofin Arts Festival

Friday 3rd MaySunday 5th May

Set in the stunningly scenic and historic backdrop of Inishbofin, the 2019 Inishbofin Arts Festival is a colourful and eclectic mix of music, visual art, craft, heritage, dance and fun family activities.

Connemara Adventure Challenge

Connemara Adventure Challenge

Saturday 4th May

The 2019 Connemara Adventure Challenge is an adventure race which involves cycling, running and kayaking over a 32.5 km course around Killary, through magnificent scenery.

The Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif

The Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif

Sunday 5th MayTuesday 7th May

The Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif will form part of a series of bi – annual Cycle events along the coastal route (from Kinsale in West Cork to Muff in…

Westportif Cycling Weekend

Westportif Cycling Weekend

Saturday 11th May

The West of Ireland’s most spectacular leisure cycle takes place on Saturday 11th May 2019. Choose from three routes, 80 km, 120 km and 160 km.

Inishbofin Half Marathon & 10K

Inishbofin Half Marathon & 10K

Saturday 18th 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 18th May 2019.

Night Rider Sportif

Night Rider Sportif

Saturday 18th 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.

Tour de Conamara

Tour de Conamara

Saturday 25th May

2019 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.

June 2019

Tour de Lough Corrib

Tour de Lough Corrib

Sunday 9th June

The 25th Tour de Lough Corrib charity cycle will take place on Sunday June 9th 2019. This fun cycling sportive is the biggest charity cycle in the West of Ireland.

Clifden Lifeboat 10k Race

Clifden Lifeboat 10k Race

Sunday 9th June

Does the idea of running in one of Ireland’s most scenic area appeal to you? Do you enjoy a challenge? Then look no further. The Clifden Lifeboat 10k is the run for you.

Alcock and Brown 100 Festival

Alcock and Brown 100 Festival

Wednesday 12th JuneSunday 16th June

The Alcock and Brown 100 Festival commemorates the centenary of the first non-stop transatlantic flight. British aviators John Alcock and Arthur Brown made the first non-stop transatlantic flight in June…

Gaelforce West

Gaelforce West

Saturday 22nd June

In 2019 this event is now in its 14th 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!

Gaelforce West Ultra

Gaelforce West Ultra

Saturday 22nd June

First there was Gaelforce West and it was the ultimate challenge. Now there is Gaelforce West Ultra. There is a new ultimate. Mountain Running And Cycling 152 km Mountain running…

Connemara 7′s Rugby Tournament

Connemara 7′s Rugby Tournament

Friday 28th JuneSunday 30th June

The 2019 Connemara 7’s Tournament will run over 3 days – Friday evening, all day Saturday and finals on Sunday.

July 2019

Maam Cross Connemara Pony Show

Maam Cross Connemara Pony Show

Sunday 7th July

2019 Maam Cross Connemara Pony Show. The annual Maam Cross Connemara Pony Show includes the following classes; Ponies Cattle Sheep Dogs

Roundstone Pony Show

Roundstone Pony Show

Sunday 14th July

The 2019 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

Mass at St Macdara’s Island

Tuesday 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

Ballyconneely Pony Show

Sunday 21st July

Held on the third Sunday in July, 2019 is the 34th year of the Ballyconneely Pony Show.

August 2019

Omey Races

Omey Races

Sunday 4th August

Omey Races 2019 (horse racing on the beach) on Omey Strand. The 2019 Races PROVISIONAL DATE is Sunday 4th August. Please check back for updates closer to the date for confirmation.…

All Ireland Dog Show

All Ireland Dog Show

Monday 5th August

The 2019 Roundstone All Ireland Dog show, held in August, has now become a very popular event.

Tour de Bog

Tour de Bog

Tuesday 6th August

The 2019 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.

Inishbofin Maritime Festival

Inishbofin Maritime Festival

Friday 9th AugustSunday 11th August

The Inishbofin Maritime Festival will take place on the weekend of August 9th to the 11th this year. This weekend will expand on the successes of the recently rejuvenated Inishbofin…

Clifden Connemara Pony Show (Festival of the Connemara Pony)

Clifden Connemara Pony Show (Festival of the Connemara Pony)

Thursday 15th 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.

September 2019

Inishbofin Autumn Walking Weekend

Inishbofin Autumn Walking Weekend

Friday 13th SeptemberSunday 15th September

The Inishbofin Island Walking Festival will take place from Friday September 13th to Sunday September 15th. Enjoy a weekend of walking amid stunning Atlantic coast scenery, crystal clear waters, green…

Inishbofin Set Dancing & Trad Weekend

Inishbofin Set Dancing & Trad Weekend

Friday 27th SeptemberSunday 29th 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.

October 2019

Bia Bofinne – A Taste of Inishbofin

Bia Bofinne – A Taste of Inishbofin

Friday 4th OctoberSunday 6th 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.

The Great Fjord Swim

The Great Fjord Swim

Saturday 12th October

The 2019 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.

Bike 2 Bofin

Bike 2 Bofin

Saturday 12th October

We are delighted to launch the 7th annual BIKE-2-BOFIN 90k charity cycle from Galway to Inishbofin, with option of a shorter 45k from Maam Cross. Cyclists are welcome to participate…

Maam Cross Fair

Maam Cross Fair

Tuesday 29th October

Connemara Pony enthusiasts from around the world will be in Maam Cross for The 2019 Maam Cross Fair.

November 2019

Gaelforce Turf Warrior Challenge

Gaelforce Turf Warrior Challenge

Saturday 2nd November

A 10 km challenge that will test your stamina, nerve and camaraderie. The 2019 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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