Latest News, Updates and Announcements from The Chamber
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.
History of The Chamber
2017 marks 25 years of the Connemara Chamber of Commerce being in existence.
Projects the Chamber has been involved in over the 25 years
- Clifden Town Square Redevelopment
- Derrigimlagh Discovery Point Development
- Ball Alley Project
Terence O’Toole (President)
Tom Kelly (Vice President)
Brendan Madden (Secretary)
Lisa King (Public Relations Officer)
Sinead O’Flaherty (Co-Treasurer)
Chris Shanahan (Co-Treasurer)
Connemara Chamber of Commerce
Clifden, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland
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Clifden to celebrate Eileen Mannion - Cathaoirleach of County Galway
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Tour de Bens attracts over 170 entries in its first year
Tour de Bens Cycle Event attracts over 170 entries