Connemara community pays tribute to Dr. Brendan Flynn of Clifden Arts Festival

Connemara community pays tribute to Dr. Brendan Flynn of Clifden Arts Festival

At a packed-out Station House Theatre in Clifden, Connemara last Saturday afternoon (25th November 2023), the Connemara community paid tribute to the man who has driven the Clifden Arts Festival (the longest running community arts festival in the country) into its 47th year.

The two-hour event, organised and hosted by Connemara Chamber of Commerce included local music, dance and a series of speakers from different aspects of Connemara life, from education, business, religious, arts and music.

Dr. Flynn received several presentations during the event which includes a framed letter from the president of Ireland, a specially commissioned sculpture, and a framed photo of the overwhelming words of thanks from the community.

The main presentation was a piece of sculpture specially commissioned by Connemara Chamber of Commerce for Dr. Flynn. The bronze piece was created renowned sculpture John Behan.

Dr Brendan Flynn Clifden Connemara

A letter was read out from President Michael D. Higgins praising Dr. Flynn’s ‘exemplary contributions to the educational, cultural, and economic vitality of Connemara’.

After a standing ovation from all in attendance, refreshments were enjoyed afterwards in the Clifden Station House Hotel.

Event images  Aoife Herriott Photography

Letter from President Michael D Higgins

Event video



Connemara Chamber of Commerce
Platform 6, Galway Road, Clifden, Connemara, Co. Galway
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Connemara Honours Dr. Brendan Flynn