Welcome to the Connemara Chamber of Commerce website. The Chamber is a voluntary organisation based in Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland. With over 200 members we are an active organisation, keeping business and community groups informed of all that’s happening in the region and beyond.
The Chamber’s Online Lotto Returns!
21 April 2021
We’re Back! Connemara Chamber of Commerce Lotto (now known as ‘Clifden Connemara Lotto’ is delighted to announce the return of our Community Lotto after our Covid break! LOTTO FAQs Q. How can I buy a ticket? A. For now, tickets can be purchased online @ https://smartlotto.ie/clifden-connemara-lotto/ and with the traditional lotto book in-store at King’s Paper Shop on Main Street, Clifden. Q. Previously, I have done my tickets online – do I need to re-register? A. Unfortunately yes, this is a revamped lotto system so we ask that you sign up once again and setup your account. It takes 2 minutes and you get €2 onto your account. Q. What is the minimum purchase? A. The minimum purchase is €2 but you must add a minimum of €5 credit to your account before you begin. Q. What is the Jackpot Prize at now? A. As this is a new lotto, the jackpot is €5000 which is one by matching 4 numbers. If the jackpot is not won, the jackpot increases every week by €100 Q. Was the previous Jackpot not at €9,500 – why is it reduced? A. The last draw we had one year ago was for €9,500 https://www.facebook.com/ClifdenConnemaraLotto/photos/a.10150478746834603/10158056778859603/ . However, Covid has […]
Parklets Survey for Clifden – Results
20 April 2021
Background to this Survey In Q4 2020, Galway County Council granted permission to a number of businesses in Clifden Co. Galway to establish outdoor seating on parking spaces outside their business. These licences were granted under section 254 of Planning and Development Act and are known as Section 254 licences. These licences lapsed in January 2021 and the Galway County Council is considering the granting of new licences for 2021. The Council asked the Chamber to assist the Council with respect to the licences. The Council has had a significant amount of correspondence from businesses in the town regarding these licences and it is keen to gauge an appetite for similar licences this year with the businesses of the town and has written to the Chamber with the following request: Letter from Galway County Council to Connemara Chamber – 19th February 2021 – View >> In response to the request to consult the entire business community of Clifden, Chamber conducted a survey: Letter from Connemara Chamber to Businesses in Clifden Town – 7th April 2021 – View >> Copy of Parklets Survey – 8th April 2021 – View >> This survey is now closed. Survey Results & Data In April […]
Chamber welcomes Rhododendron project and New Looped Walks
14 April 2021
The Connemara Chamber of Commerce welcomes the news of the significant funding to combat Rhododendron within the Connemara National Park. We are aware that similar work in 2020 provide employment to eight locals through the Farm Relief Service. It is tremendous to see this positive conservation work ongoing within the National Park, which is of significant benefit to both biodiversity and the community. We would also like to congratulate the National Park on the recent approval of their planning application for the provision of new looped walks and a new car park within the National Park. We look forward with anticipation to the delivery of this exciting project, which will allow for better visitor management and experiences within the National Park, which will further enhance Connemara as a location to visit and as a place to live. More … https://www.thejournal.ie/half-a-million-to-clear-rhododendron-from-connemara-national-park-5408886-Apr2021/ https://www.farmersjournal.ie/500k-allocated-to-rhododendron-clearance-work-in-connemara-national-park-615178 https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/connemara-national-park-new-walking-trails-given-green-light-502hkdqvn https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/0af26-minister-announces-major-rhododendron-clearance-project-in-connemara-national-park/
Community Monuments Fund 2021
24 March 2021
Applications due 12th April 2021 Galway County Council in conjunction with the National Monuments Service, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage are inviting applications for Community Monuments Fund 2021. The grant scheme offers funding for the conservation, maintenance, protection and presentation of archaeological monuments. The Community Monuments Fund will invest essential capital to help owners and custodians of archaeological monuments safeguard them into the future for the benefit of communities and the public. Proposed projects shall Enable conservation works to be carried out on monuments which are deemed to be significant and in need of urgent support; Encourage access to monuments and improve their presentation; Build resilience in our monuments to enable them to with stand the effects of climate change. The Department encourages project promoters to incorporate a traditional skills training element. Who Can Apply? Private applicants or community groups who are the owners or custodians of monuments may apply. (State-funded organisations working in the heritage area may apply directly to the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage for projects with a clearly defined heritage focus and community or public benefit) Up to 100% of project costs may be funded. How to Apply? Applications from landowners, custodians […]
New Members Connemara Chamber of Commerce 2021
23 March 2021
We would like to welcome new members to The Connemara Chamber of Commerce to date Ardmore House B&B Ballynahinch Castle Beautiful You Benbaun House Bridewell Brewery Carna Bay Hotel Clifden Arts Festival Clifden Camping and Caravan Park Connemara Blue Connemara Rugby CLub Connemara Holiday Lettings Connemara Livestock Sales Darcy Twelve Enda O’Malley & Associates Forbairt Chonamara Láir Teo Kings of Connemara Kylemore Abbey & Gardens Maol Reidh Hotel Millars Connemara Off The Square Restaurant Parish of Clifden Parochial House Rebec Construction Ltd Shane Bisgood Sherry Fitzgerald Tigh Mhic Dhonnchadha (Gala) XL Roundstone Thank you for your support which is greatly appreciated.
Opening Letter from New President of Connemara Chamber
19 March 2021
10th March 2021 Dear Connemara Business / Organisation I would like to take this opportunity to update you on some recent changes in the Connemara Chamber of Commerce. At the AGM held via Zoom on 10th February 2021 a new committee was appointed. One position remains outstanding to be filled and I would encourage any member who wishes to participate in this important organisation to consider putting their name forward to the committee. President John Sweeney Vice President Tom Kelly Secretary Damien Joyce Treasurer To be appointed PRO Lisa King Tourism Officer Terrence O’Toole I would like to thank the retiring and former committees for all their hard work and the contribution made over the period of their office. It is an exciting but challenging time to be involved in business in Connemara. The Pandemic of the last 12 months has brought many challenges but equally so many opportunities. Many of us have discovered that Connemara is held in very high regard and only Kerry rivals it as a domestic tourist destination. It will be the aim of this committee to embrace the tourism opportunities to the best of our ability to ensure Connemara has a successful tourist season in […]
New Alcock & Brown Statue Unveiled, March 6th 2020
20 May 2020
The official unveiling of the New Alcock & Brown Statute took place in Clifden on March 6th 2020. The Statue was a gift to Clifden from Sean & Bernardine Mulryan and officially unveiled by British Ambassador Robin Barnett. RTE Nuacht, Keith Finnegan from Galway Bay FM and Connemara Community radio all covered the event where the people of Connemara came out in huge numbers to witness this historic event. It was a beautiful day on the Square in Clifden and was made even more special by the children from Scoil Mhuire National School and Clifden Community School. We would like to thank Sean & Bernardine Mulryan for their incredible generosity on behalf of The Connemara Chamber of Commerce and all the people of Connemara.
Tourism Development Plan
On the 15th of June 1919, John Alcock and Arthur Whitten-Brown made world history by completing the first non-stop transatlantic flight. See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Derrigimlagh Discovery Point
Connemara Greenway Campaign
Brexit and Connemara – Information Evening