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Brexit and Connemara – Information Evening
Brexit & Connemara ‘Meet the Experts’ Session What: Brexit & Connemara ‘Meet the Experts’ Session Details: A Brexit ‘Meet the Experts’ session, with sector and subject experts aiming to assist local businesses and people to prepare for Brexit. Where: Station House Theatre When: 17th October 2018. 19.00 Cost: Free Format: Brief presentations, Short Panel Discussion, Q+A Experts on the night: BOI – Gerardo Larios Rizo – Tourism and hospitality specialist DHL – Eddie Meaney – Head of Customs and Aviation Coll & Co – Rory Coll – Tax Specialist LEO (Galway) Breda Fox – Head of Enterprise (Funding supports) ISME David Waldron – Irish SME Association, Council member Brexit & Connemara Support Site The Connemara Programme have launched a Brexit support site for Connemara businesses and people. Its purpose is to assist in understanding and addressing the issues related to Brexit and their potential impact on Connemara businesses and people. www.connemaraprogramme.com/brexit Event organised by: Connemara Programme , Connemara Chamber of Commerce , and the local branch of the Bank of Ireland. Key contact: Colum Joyce, Tel 0877105927 email: [email protected]
National Press Launch – Alcock and Brown 100 Festival
YOU ARE INVITED TO THE LAUNCH OF ALCOCK & BROWN 100 In June 2019 Clifden celebrates 100 years since the first non-stop transatlantic flight in history was completed by John Alcock & Arthur Whitten-Brown. Tuesday 12th June 2018 – 1.00pm Buswell’s Hotel, 23-27 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2, D02 DT80 Festival to be formally launched by: Brendan Griffin – Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport With Special Guest: Tony Alcock – nephew of Sir John Alcock himself Ryan Tubridy – RTÉ Refreshments and finger food served. RSVP: [email protected] | +353 (0) 83 0576946
10 Years on the Go – Connemara’s Mountain Walking Festival
Every year Leenane play’s host to the Conemara’s Mountain Walking Festival – now they reached their 10th birthday and its still going strong. This May Bank Holiday will see Connemara Mountain Walking Festival, formerly Leenane Mountain Walking Festival, celebrate it’s 10th anniversary. Each year the organisers offer stunning walks to suit all abilities and like the name states, they bring people to the summit of the local mountains. Leenane is situated in a unique region of Ireland, where the mountains roll down to the see and where they have an abundance of mountain ranges to choice from. Each day there is a choice of at least 3 walks from Strenuous to low level and this year, to celebrate their anniversary, they plan to add an extra night or dawn walk as part of the schedule. The 2018 programme includes Mweelrea, Connachts highest mountain, Benbaun, Galways highest mountain, Maumtrasna and the Sheefry range. Each walk is guided by qualified, experienced guides and covered by public insurance. Another unique element of the festival is that the local farmers get involved with guiding the walks and share their vast knowledge, folklore and history of the land. The organisers plan to celebrate the 10 […]
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
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]. […]
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]
Connemara Chamber is contributing to the WAW Experience Development Plan
Fáilte Ireland have recently invited local tourism businesses, individuals, tourism and community group members, and all other interested parties to be part of the creation of a ‘Connemara / Aran Islands Visitor Experience Development Plan’. This new Experience Development Plan aims to help ensure continued growth in visitor numbers to the region and will also help to extend the season and spread business to our smaller nearby villages. The assist they have been receiving from the Chamber of Commerce and other community groups and representatives has been to: Identify the ‘Hero’ (or unique) Experiences that set the Connemara Coast & Aran Islands apart from other places; Discover how your business or interest in tourism connects with the Wild Atlantic Way; Gain a better understanding of the barriers to successfully develop tourism in Connemara and the Aran Islands; Define a list of new products and packages to deliver the Hero Experiences and; How you might define your own ‘signature experience’ and to maximise the opportunities presented by the Wild Atlantic Way experience brand. A full schedule of workshops and “drop ins” were conducted. We now await the publication of the plan.
Invited Waterford Greenway delegation visits Connemara
Waterford Greenway Delegation show how it can be done The Connemara Greenway Alliance invited a delegation from the successful Waterford Greenway campaign group to meet with Galway County and City Councillors and Officials last week and push forward the completion of the Connemara Greenway from Galway City to Clifden by 2020. In 2014, €2 million in funding was secured for the Moycullen section of the Connemara Greenway, with the Waterford and Kerry greenways also securing funding from the Department of Transport. Of the three, the Waterford Greenway is the only greenway completed to date, officially opening in March this year. According to Garvan Cummins of the Deise Greenway Group: ‘’ This has been a game changer for the people that live along the route. Neighbours that usually only pass each other in their cars are stopping to talk to each other on the Greenway. People who have not cycled in 60 years are now cycling again. Teenagers actually think it’s cool to cycle along the Greenway!’’ ‘’Taking one area as an example. Nothing short of an economic miracle has happened in the town of Kilmacthomas. Before the Greenway, it was very depressed with many closed shops. One new cafe that […]
Westport hosts an inspirational National Tidy Towns Conference
Online petition gaining momentum for completion of Connemara Greenway
Our Submission to The Dept. on Dublin to Clifden Greenway
Connemara Chamber of Commerce’s submission to The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport on the Public Consultation on the Draft Dublin to Galway Greenway Plan On the 16th of December 2016, The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport on the Draft Dublin to Galway Greenway Plan The Chamber made the following submission in regards to the Draft Dublin to Galway Greenway Plan —————————————————————————————————————————————————————– 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. 095 22785 | 087 7784856 [email protected] 27th January 2017 Re: Submissions & Observations to the ‘Draft Dublin to Galway Greenway Plan’. To Whom It Concerns, As per the public consultation period of the Draft Dublin to Galway Greenway Plan, we have reviewed the draft plan 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. 6 Major Elements of Our Submission The proposed greenway should be primarily a ‘segregated greenway’ and not primarily an on-road cycle/walking route It’s vital to […]
Derrigimlagh Discovery Point Celebratory Opening
Celebratory opening of Derrigimlagh Discovery Point – September 2016 September 16th 2016 saw the celebratory opening of the Derrigimlagh Discovery Point known locally as the ‘Marconi Site’. A guided walk was given by archaeologist Michael Gibbons and engineer Shane Joyce. With over 300 in attendance and favorable weather, the 3 hour guided was great success. Images: Terry O’Toole/Love Connemara Derrigimlagh Discovery Point Images: Pat Moore/Failte Ireland/Wild Atlantic Way
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