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]. […]
Galway Bay FM Roadshow rolls in to Clifden
Ollie Turner and the team from Galway Bay FM brought their Galway Bay FM Summer Roadshow to Clifden during the Connemara Pony Show (17th August 2017). Broadcasting from EJ Kings in the heart of Clifden there was speakers from across the community along with music on songs. The main aim of the roadshows is to get out to the communities and interact with the people. Listen back to the Clifden Broadcast here: http://galwaybayfm.ie/galway-bay-fm-summer-roadshow-clifden/ Speakers during the morning included: Noel Brett – Connemara Pony Breeders Society Maitin Conroy & Barry Gibbons – Clifden GAA Ruairí Lehmann – Clifden Station House Hotel Paddy Glynn – Branch Manager Clifden & Oughterard Terence O’Toole – President – Connemara Chamber of Commerce Kathleen Villiers-Tuthill – Local Historian & Author Eileen Mannion – Cathaoirleach of County Galway Brendan Flynn – Clifden Arts Festival Brian Hughes – Hotelier – Abbeyglen Castle Hotel Aidan O’Halloran – President – Connemara RFC Nuala Cashin – Chairperson of Clifden Tidy Towns John Brittain – Blue Water Fishing Hugh Musgrave – Agri-Tourism / Farming Industry Jimmy O’Toole – Deputy Principle of Clifden Community School Jonathan Powell – All Things Connemara Alana Cazabon – International Dressage Champion for Ireland Music and Singing […]
Our Submission to Dept. on the Future Development of Greenways in Ireland
Connemara Chamber of Commerce’s submission to The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport on the Future Development of Greenways in Ireland In May 2017, The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport issued a Public Consultation Paper on the Future Development of Greenways in Ireland The Connemara Chamber of Commerce has made the following submission in regards to the Future Development of Greenways —————————————————————————————————————————————————————– To: Sustainable Transport Division, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leeson Lane, D02 TR60. [email protected] From: Connemara Chamber of Commerce, Market Street, Clifden, Connemara, Co. Galway. [email protected] 14th July 2017 Re: Submissions to the ‘Strategy for the Future Development of Greenways’ To Whom It Concerns, As per the public consultation period of the Strategy for the Future Development of Greenways, we have reviewed the Public Consultation Paper and make the submissions and observations in this document. The Connemara Chamber of Commerce is based in Clifden, Connemara, Co. Galway, has a high membership level and is a very reflective representation of the views of the business community in the Connemara region. Questions for consideration – we have answered your questions in this document – see page 2 onwards. 5 Additional Points to compliment your questions 1. Get it […]
Have Your Say on Greenways Nationally before – Deadline 14.7.2017
The Minister for Transport Shane Ross has issued a public consultation paper on the development of a new Greenways Strategy. —————————- Strategy for the Future Development of Greenways Public Consultation Paper May 2017 & at http://www.smartertravel.ie/sites/default/files/uploads/2017_05_19%20Publication%20Version_0.pdf ——————— The Chamber previously sent in a submission on the Dublin to Galway Greenway but will also be sending in a submission on this consultation paper also. If you would like to contribute to the Chambers submission, please email us @ [email protected]
Clifden native Eileen Mannion becomes Cathaoirleach of County Galway
Clifden and district was done proud by one of their own recently when Councillor Eileen Mannion of the Sky Road was elected Cathaoirleach of County Galway. The Council Chamber at County Building in Galway packed with people from Clifden and Connemara to witness the prestigious role going to one of their own. Councillor Seamus Walsh was elected as Leas Cathaoirleach at the same meeting. Eileen will be a well capable ambassador for the County and the Connemara Chamber of Commerce wishes her well during her term of office. Image credit: Connemara Chamber of Commerce
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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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Tour de Bens attracts over 170 entries in its first year
Tour de Bens Cycle Event attracts over 170 entries
Major Cycle Event - The Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif
Connemara Chamber of Commerce has applied to be a