10 Years on the Go – Connemara’s Mountain Walking Festival
Every year Leenane play’s host to the Conemara’s Mountain Walking Festival – now they reached their 10th birthday and its still going strong. This May Bank Holiday will see Connemara Mountain Walking Festival, formerly Leenane Mountain Walking Festival, celebrate it’s 10th anniversary. Each year the organisers offer stunning walks to suit all abilities and like the name states, they bring people to the summit of the local mountains. Leenane is situated in a unique region of Ireland, where the mountains roll down to the see and where they have an abundance of mountain ranges to choice from. Each day there is a choice of at least 3 walks from Strenuous to low level and this year, to celebrate their anniversary, they plan to add an extra night or dawn walk as part of the schedule. The 2018 programme includes Mweelrea, Connachts highest mountain, Benbaun, Galways highest mountain, Maumtrasna and the Sheefry range. Each walk is guided by qualified, experienced guides and covered by public insurance. Another unique element of the festival is that the local farmers get involved with guiding the walks and share their vast knowledge, folklore and history of the land. The organisers plan to celebrate the 10 […]
Alcock & Brown 2019 – Upcoming Meeting
::: Alcock & Brown 2019 ::: Notice of Upcoming Town Meeting regarding the 2019 celebrations of the first transatlantic flight by Alcock and Brown. The Chamber of Commerce invites those groups and people etc. interested in contributing or having an input into the 2019 Alcock & Brown Centenary Celebrations to the meeting. When: This Monday 12th March from 6.00pm – 7.00pm Where: Omey Suite – Clifden Station House Hotel This is the first of a series of meeting regarding Alcock and Brown ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
Applications Clifden’s St. Patrick’s Day 2018
NOTE FROM CLIFDEN & DISTRICT COMMUNITY COUNCIL 2018 St. Patricks Day Parade, Clifden Download Applications Forms – St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2018 —————————————————————————- Dear Community Groups, Schools and Businesses, The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee of the Clifden & District Community Council, with sponsorship from the Connemara Chamber of Commerce wish to invite your group to participate in the St. Patricks Day parade on Saturday, March 17th. The parade will commence at 12.30pm with all groups to assemble along Galway Road by 12.00pm. Stewards will be on hand along route to aid and assist in any way to ensure a safe-and well marshalled parade. Participating groups may enter any float or theme of own choosing, and as we say every year the brighter and bolder the float the better. There are a variety of prize categories this year which include: • Best overall • Most topical • Best community effort • Most comical Every school that participates in the parade will receive a Certificate of Participation. There will be entertainment on the Town Square prior to the parade, and entertainment will continue into the afternoon with a Soccer Blitz, Treasure Hunt, street disco, live music and more! We ask that […]
Clifden to celebrate Eileen Mannion – Cathaoirleach of County Galway
Clifden & District Community Council and Connemara Chamber of Commerce wishes to mark local woman Eileen Mannion’s election to Cathaoirleach of County Galway. November 1st 2017 – 6.30pm – 8.30pm Clifden Town Hall All Welcome. To celebrate and mark this prestigious post, Clifden and District Community Council together with Connemara Chamber of Commerce are holding a celebratory gathering in recognition of this year of Councillor Mannion’s term of office. Councillor Mannion is the third woman to hold the significant role, behind Carraroe native Connie Ni Fhatherta in 2000 and Headford native Mary Hoade in 2014. You are cordially invited to come along to wish our Cathaoirleach well in her office and duties. Please join us at Clifden Town Hall on Wednesday November 1st @ 6:30 pm for some entertainment and refreshments along with a presentation to mark this important occasion for Clifden, Connemara and County Galway. We would be grateful if you can let us know if you can attend. Gerry Delaney Chairperson – Clifden & District Community Council [email protected] Terry O’Toole President – Connemara Chamber of Commerce [email protected]
Tour de Bens attracts over 170 entries in its first year
Tour de Bens Cycle Event attracts over 170 entries in its first Year The inaugural ‘Tour de Bens’ setup by the Twelve Bens Cycling Club has attracted over 150 online entries. See more details @ http://tourdebens.ie/ This new event on the Connemara’s ever increasing list of sporting events is an 80km sportive for all levels of ability. The event took place on Saturday 9th September 2017. The route encompasses the majestic Twelve Bens mountains, through Letterfrack, Clifden, Inagh Valley, Renvyle & the Sky Road. There was also a shorter route of 57km available. This year’s event supported a local charity- Connemara Therapeutic Riding. Well done to all the participants !
Major Cycle Event – The Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif
Connemara Chamber of Commerce has applied to be a ‘host town’ during this major bi-annual cycle event on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif The Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif is a major new cycle event supported by Fáilte Ireland, Wild Atlantic Way & Tourism Ireland. It will form part of a series of bi – annual Cycle events along the coastal route (from Kinsale in West Cork to Muff in Donegal) which will promote the Wild Atlantic Way as a premium Cycling destination internationally and domestically. The Sportif series will be fully supported, multi – stage events that will allow our cyclists concentrate on pumping the legs and taking in the wonderful scenery, letting the team at Ride Wild take care of everything else! Clifden – One of only 4 Host Towns Connemara Chamber of Commerce has applied for Clifden to be one of only four ‘host towns’ along the route. Clifden is applying to establish Clifden as a ‘Must do’ stage on the Wild Atlantic way Cycle Sportif. Other potential host towns are Kinsale, Caherciveen and Donegal Town. The role of the selected Host Towns will be significant as it will allow them to take […]
Life begins at 40! Clifden Arts Festival in its 4th Decade!
It’s that time year when thoughts move to the Clifden Arts Festival – now in its 40th year! Browse the online brochure here: https://issuu.com/clifdenartsfestival/docs/caf-prog-2017-low-res For the uninitiated, this is arguably the highlight of Connemara’s calendar of events. Every September the community comes together in conjunction with artists from Ireland and further afield to celebrate the arts. Here are our Top 10 Highlights (in no particular order)! Tommy Flemming in Concert– 22nd September Irish Opera Artists – Concert – 18thSeptember The Official Festival Opening with President Michael D. Higgins – 13th September Comedy with Kevin McAleer – 21stSeptember Stockton’s Wing in Concert – 16thSeptember Humanity Dick – A Tale of Beasts & Bullets – 13thSeptember Tim Robinson – A Tribute – 13hSeptember Kíla – 20thSeptember The Grand Parade – 23rdSeptember Cathy Jordan, Jarlath Henderson & Mick Daly – 19thSeptember What: Clifden Arts Festival 2017 – 40th Year When: September 13th to 24th 2017 Where: Clifden, Connemara, Co. Galway More info: Clifden Arts Festival Information Office, Bridge Street, Clifden, Co. Galway Festival Box Office (Old Super Valu Clifden) & Online @ https://www.clifdenartsfestival.ie/ https://www.facebook.com/ClifdenArtsFestival/ http://www.connemarafm.com ________________________________________________________ Image credits: Clifden Arts Festival / Think PR / NoelMannion.com
Chamber Perception Survey 2017- Now Underway!
Chamber Perception Survey 2017 – Now Underway! For businesses (members and non-members) we’re undertaking an Anonymous Business Perception Online Survey to gauge how our members and potential members perceive us. If you own or manage a business in Connemara and would like to take part in this survey, please email [email protected] for the survey link. Survey closes: Friday 20th October 2017
Clifden nominated for Enterprising Town Awards 2017
Bank of Ireland has launched a national competition to find the country’s most enterprising town. After a recent successful application to be considered for the award, Clifden has been nominated for the Enterprising Town Awards 2017 along with The Latin Quarter, Headford, Ballinasloe, Portumna, Oranmore, Loughrea and Salthill in various categories. In May 2017 Clifden hosted its first Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town event – more details on that here: https://connemarachamber.ie/clifden-hosts-its-first-bank-of-irelands-enterprise-town/ The judges will be in Clifden late September 2017 where they will listen to a presentation from the Chamber of others. Every nominated place will have a three hour visit by three experienced judges. Nationally, there’s a total prize fund of €110,000, over 30 cash prizes will be awarded to various winners. Clifden is entered into the <3000 population category.
Fáilte Ireland launches its Wild Atlantic Way Domestic media autumn campaign
From September to mid October 2017 €500k to be spent on marketing the west of Ireland to the domestic Irish Market. Announcement from Fáilte Ireland Embrace the Wild Atlantic Way of Life. From this week television and radio ads encouraging Irish people to get away from it all and explore Ireland’s west coast will be broadcast across national channels such as RTE, TV3, Sky and Channel 4 as Fáilte Ireland’s latest home holiday campaign for the Wild Atlantic Way begins. The €500k campaign focusses on bolstering Ireland’s off-season period and will run from the end of August through to mid-October reaching an estimated 3.3million Irish adults. Building on the ‘Embrace the Wild Atlantic Way of Life’ campaign which was launched earlier this year, the campaign highlights a variety of experiences to be had along the coastal route which give visitors a chance to relax and reconnect with friends, family and loved ones. As well as featuring on national TV the campaign will be carried across national and local radio, as well as through our ‘always on’ online and social media channels. It is expected that 94% of adults will be exposed to the campaign over the 8 week period. View the Wild Atlantic Way TV ad here [https://youtu.be/kDfnkmo43OU]. […]
Connemara Greenway Campaign
Chamber Perception Survey 2017 – Now Underway! For businesses (members and non-members) we’re undertaking an Anonymous Business Perception Online Survey to gauge how our members and potential members perceive us. If you would like to take part in this survey, please email [email protected] for the survey link. Survey closes Wednesday 14th of June 2017.
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Alcock & Brown 2019 - Upcoming Meeting
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