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]. […]