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whats’ on ®

June 5-18 2014 ISSUE 2 VOL 10


Pl ac e y o u r

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Irish Music 7 Nights a Week!


Mon-Sat 10-till late / Sun 7pm and 9:30pm


Recommended by Lonely Planet "A Place of Traditional Pleasures, Famous for its Céilí Music Sessions"

www Wholesome Pub Food Served Daily Connemara Smoked Salmon a Speciality

Urgently required Good quality self-catering holiday homes in Connemara If you are interested in renting please call Yvonne

Tel: 087 7758579

Market St, Clifden T: 095-21347 One of Ireland's Premier Irish Whiskey Bars

contents Page 3

Music Schedule

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Activities and Attractions

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Shopping - What's On Offer

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Clifden Map / Ref. numbers

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Connemara Map / Cycle Routes

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Drives and Day Tours

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Walk - Derryherbert / Derryinver

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Places to Visit

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Tide Timetable / Aqua Info

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Connemara Events

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What's On the Menu?

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What's On is published by Contact - Tel: 091 442479 or Email: Cover image: Diamond Hill, Connemara National Park What's On is a registered trademark in Ireland.

connemara chamber of commerce warmly welcomes all visitors to the west Claddaghduff Connemara Pony Show

> Clifden Railway

Be sure to visit

> Connemara Ponies

Books • DVDs

> John D'Arcy

Posters • Postcards

> Millars Mill

Opening hours:

> Marconi

11-4 Daily

Tel: 095 21494 2

Glassilaun Beach, Renvyle

Read more on page 14

in aid of CARI

Women's Adventure Race Saturday 26th July

Gaelforce West

The Killary Cruises Music Sessions

Richard 'Humanity Dick' Festival

Saturday 16th August

Killary Adventure Centre

For further information visit

22nd-31st August

Sean Keane, John Spillane and

Details to be announced

more – for info call 091-566736

Museum > Alcock & Brown

Sunday 10th August

Sunday 29th June

Station House

Learn about

Water Sports Day

Clifden Station House Leisure Centre’s Holiday Memberships let you enjoy all the pleasures of our award winning Leisure Centre while on holiday in Connemara

• 18 metre pool • Paddling Pool • Swedish Steam Room • Sauna • Jacuzzi

CALL 095 21699

Family pass admits 2 adults + 3 children.



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Ohh! By Gum

Eco-Chic Boutique

“ The Best Boutique in Ireland” Voted by the Irish mes and their readership.

Shot on location in Ballynahinch, Clifden, Co. Galway.

The Courtyard, Station House, Clifden


sat and sun 11pm Disco with DJ Fiddler


Locate venues on the maps. See number corresponding to each venue under map, page 8. 'Trad' means traditional Irish music.

Guy's Bar & Snug mon to thurs and sun 8-10pm Traditional fireside music session with John Durning and friends fri and sat 9:30-11:30pm Traditional music and ballads

with John Durning and friends

mon and wed 9pm-late Trad music and ballads with

Peter Carey and Aidan Curran Tues and sun 9pm-late Tom Mullen and Aidan Curran thursday 9pm-late Trad and American country with Adam Conroy, Peter Carey and Aidan Curran Friday 9pm-late Country and Irish music with the Slyne Heads

Kylemore Abbey thursday 12 th 1-2pm Kirkwood Children's Chorale from the USA sunday 15th 2-3pm Gothic church concert featuring local voices under the direction of Sr. Karol tuesday 17th 2-3pm Choral Performance Tel: 095-21334

Sunday 7pm

Sunday 9:30pm Irish, Country and contemporary

songs with Peter Junior and friends

fri, sat and sun 6pm

Live piano - a mix of blues, soul, thursdays from 10pm

the station Bar Fri 6th and sat 14th 9:30pm Martina Flaherty saturday 7th 9:30pm Darren Swindells

Open-Mic Night, all welcome Friday 6th 10pm Emmet Scanlan and What

thursday 12 th 9:30pm Ruth Dillon

E.P. Launch - Admission €4

Friday 13th 9:30pm Tony Benn

The Good Thought saturday



The Awesome Yule and Mchugh Friday 13th 10pm Get your Mojo workin... with Nick 'tic tac' Timothy

saturday 10pm-late Traditional Irish music with John G Walsh, Mairtin Conroy and friends

lounge prog folk at its best

Main Street, Clifden Tel: 095-21119 Open 7 Days

fri, sat and sun 6:30-9pm Live trad Irish music and ballads

Mullarkey's Bar

Friday 10pm-late Lively Irish music and ballads with Richie Newman, Liam Aspell & friends


the Central Bar

Live Traditional Irish Music

motown and country music

tues, wed, Thurs 7-9:30pm Tom Mullen and Aidan Curran Fri and sat 7-9:30pm John Durning and Lol Hardiman

Mannion's Bar

Monday 10pm-late Trad Irish music and ballads with Feichin and Michael

Thursday 10pm-late Lanseól - Irish and contemporary music with a Celtic twist

monday 7-9:30pm Feichin Mitchell and Mike Connolly

with the Careys and friends

wednesdays from 9:30pm

Wednesday 10pm-late Irish music with local legends Peter and Liam

O'Malley's Bar

Lively early evening session


Tuesday 10pm-late Lowry's Famous Tuesday Night Session Group

Griffin's Bar

Trad music and ballads with

Open 7 days Mon-Sat 10-6 Sun 12-5

zetland hotel (cashel) sunday 6:30-9:30pm Live trad and country music

saturday 14th 10pm Experimental orchestral pop with east coast maestros Blind Yackety - Admission €4

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Excellent Range of

Souvenirs Greeting Cards Postcards Gifts All you Need for Fun on the Beach

buckets, spades kites and more ! see our special offer page 7

Kitchenware • Bedding • GIFTS souvenirs • garden • and more market ST, clifden Tel: 095 30640

Panoramic Restaurant Open Visitors Welcome

Play 9 Holes with Club Hire for €39 Ballyconneely, Clifden T: 095 23502 / 23602 3

activities and attractions

Cycling Mannion’s Cycles (see advert page 9) offers a comprehensive bike rental service which includes insurance, lock and repairs. All the accessories you need are there; helmets, carrier bags, child seats and maps. Bike Electric at All Things Connemara (see advert page 12) offers Kalkhoff electric bikes for hire. Helmets and high visibility jackets are provided complimentary with the rental. Hybrid bikes and accessories are also available. Use the map on page 9 to follow one of our 5 suggested cycle routes. Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden was originally built as a Castle in 1867

as a romantic gift, the Abbey and surrounding mountains and lakes are steeped in history, myth and legend. It became home to a community of Benedictine Nuns in 1920 and has been renowned as a place of spirituality and education ever since. Experience the Victorian atmosphere of the restored rooms of the abbey and Gothic church. Explore the magic of the 6 acre Victorian Walled Garden. With guided mountain hikes, nature trails, woodland walks, children's play trail, café, tea house and an excellent craft shop, Kylemore is the ideal destination for a family day out. See advert page 9.

Cleggan Beach Riding Centre

The fabulous 2,5 to 3 hour trek to Omey Island across Omey beach as seen on Horse and Country TV (Equitrekking Coastal Ireland) is an experience not to be missed. The centre also offers shorter beach rides of 90 minutes, 1 hour and half hour sessions for small children. Lessons are available up to competition standard. The Centre is the home of the Connemara Pony Musical Ride, and top show and dressage Connemara Ponies are for sale and can be seen at the centre. For trekking they have a wide range of well schooled Connemara Ponies, Irish Sport Horses and Irish Cobs to suit all ages and standards. The times of the treks are governed by the tide so it is wise to book in advance. See advert page 12 for a discount voucher for the 3 hour and the 90 minute treks.

The Point Pony Trekking and Horse Riding Centre is AIRE approved and situated

right next to the most dazzling sandy beaches, beside the Connemara Championship Golf Links. If you want to discover the most spectacular coastal scenery in the area on horseback, this is the place for you. All treks are accompanied by qualified staff and both beginners and experienced riders are welcome. Daily treks: 1 hr €30/pp and 2 hr €60/pp (June special offer valid until 30/06/14: €50/pp on the 2 hr trek). For longer treks, see Safety hats and boots available free of charge. From Clifden drive south to Ballyconneely village (9km), after Keogh's turn right and follow the signs to The Point Pony Trekking and Horse Riding (6km). Closed Sundays. See advert page 11.

Errislannan Manor Riding Centre is a Failte Ireland and AIRE approved equestrian centre renowned for its beautiful scenery. For nearly 50 years they have taught children to love and to ride ponies. There are long or short treks (€30/hour) over heather covered moors and along the shoreline out to the end of the peninsula with hares, otters and larks for company. The ponies are homebred, safe and sound and come in all sizes. The half hour led rides for small children (€25) are popular and there are daily class lessons for older children and adults (€35/hour). Three day mini camps for the energetic, with stable management. The gardens are open with a walled garden, bluebell wood and exotic trees (garden visit €5). Coffee shop. Closed on Sundays. New - Historical Hikes with Stone Age, holy well and Famine sites, plus the Manor and Potcheen house. Located 8 km from Clifden off the Ballyconneely road. See advert page 5. 4

Jewellery Making Discover the secrets of a craft that is thousands of years old. Wander in and watch Jonathan, one of the skilled members of the O'Dalaigh family, crafting unique jewellery on the premises of the family shop, which is located in the heart of Clifden. Influenced by the Golden Age of Celtic jewellery and artefacts throughout Ireland and Europe, they also produce a contemporary organic-like designer range. See advert right. Walking The Connemara horizon is dominated by more than fifty magnificent mountains in four tightly packed ranges; the Twelve Bens, Maum Turks, Partry and Sheffrey. The most accessible way to discover hillwalking in Connemara is to climb Diamond Hill in the Connemara National Park, which features an excellent wood and cut stone path. Beautiful islands also make Connemara a walkers paradise. Why not take a day trip to Inishbofin, a truly magical island where you can choose from 3 looped walks? Read more on page 12. Connemara National Park When you first see the park, watched over by its cone-shaped mountain, Diamond Hill, you will be impressed by its stunning beauty. Enjoy the picnic area, children's playground and tea room, visit the exhibition on Connemara’s landscape, audiovisual show and Connemara ponies. Admission is free and the grounds are open all day, all year. Selfguided walks include various nature trails and hill walks. Don't forget to bring appropriate footwear and rainwear. Location: see #95 on map page 9. Connemara Smokehouse Ireland's first

Food Économusée, this family-run business offers regular tastings of the best quality traditional smoked salmon. Visitors are welcome at anytime. Visites disponibles en français. Tours every Wednesday at 3pm during June, July and August (booking advisable, children half price). Private tours available all year (booking essential). Tours include filleting and slicing demonstrations along with explanation of salting and smoking techniques, followed by a tasting of smoked salmon. Open Mon-Fri 9am-1pm and 2pm-5pm (closed weekends). Products available in some local shops. See advert page 11.

Deep-Sea Angling If you're a fan of deepsea angling or if it's your first time, you can look forward to an adventure on the open sea with a promise of catching pollock, mackerel, and much more! Simply book a trip on the Celtic Queen on a daily or hourly rate with John Ryan, a skipper who has over 30 years experience. Call 095 21069 or 086 2484674. Cook your catch on-board, or get the Connemara Smokehouse to smoke it for you! Fishing gear available for hire on-board. Departs from Clifden harbour daily. Glass-Bottomed Boat Tours Tours every fine and fair day on Ireland's only glass-bottomed boat. Weather permitting, tours depart at 11am, 12:30, 2:30pm, 4pm and 5pm from Letterfrack pier (#34 on map page 9) on route N59 right beside the shop Avoca and the National Park. Tour duration: 1 hour. Booking is essential, please call in advance. See advert page 12 for contact details. Delphi Adventure Resort and Spa is

a 400 acre adventure resort with a stunning four star hotel, award-winning Spa on set in the breathtaking Delphi Valley, on the Wild Atlantic Way. Looking for something to keep everyone busy this Summer? At Delphi you can learn to kayak, canoe, surf, archery, mountain bike, aerial treks, zip wire, raft building, coasteering, hillwalking, river scrambling or a guided walk/hike on Mweelera, BMX bike park plus much much more. Non residents welcome, booking essential. Please call 095 42208.

Locate activities and attractions on the maps. See number corresponding to each activity or attraction under map, page 8.

One of the best in Clifden!

Traditonal IRish Music Fireside session See page 3 for our music schedule

O'Dalaigh Jewellers

Unique in ireland Handmade on the Premises

Wedding & Engagement Rings Specialists

Connemara Marble Jewellery

Claddagh Rings

Open Plan In-store Workshop where the jewellery is made

Pandora Style Beads


Finest Collection in Ireland

COSY SETTING • fine wines • Free WI-FI Oven-baked pizzas • Gluten-free options


Main Street, Clifden (# 83 on Map p. 8) Tel: 095 22119

The Sky Road Justifiably famous for the

Main Street, Clifden T: 095-21130 visit

views it affords, the Sky Road route takes you up among the hills overlooking Clifden Bay and its offshore islands, Inishturk and Turbot. Follow the signposts from Market Square and on the way be sure to climb Monument Hill. At the summit you will find a stone memorial to the town’s founder, John D’Arcy (1785-1839). See Cycle Route on map page 9.

Connemara Golf Links lies nestled between the scenic splendour of the Twelve Bens and the rugged Atlantic Ocean. From the testing dog leg opening hole to the breathtaking back 9, it has been acknowledged as the "equal to any in the world", described by US Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson as spectacular and is a wonderful example of links golf in Ireland. See advert page 3.

Beaches Connemara's beaches are all individual, coming with their own different types of sand, rocks and an infinite variety of small shells. The Coral Strand in Ballyconneely is easy to access and unusual for its golden coral sand. The beaches of Mannin Bay, a collection of white sandy beaches, are another must-see. Some popular beaches are listed on page 13.

The Station House Museum is located on the site of the old Clifden Railway Station and provides visitors with a history of Clifden, the Connemara Pony, the Galway to Clifden railway line, Millars Mill and Alcock and Brown (first transatlantic flight, 1919). There is also a photographic exhibition on the Marconi wireless station (Derrigimlagh, Clifden). See advert page 14.

The Beach Road A local favourite, the Beach

Alcock and Brown and Marconi Site

Road is one of the most peaceful and serene walks in Clifden. Instead of taking a right at the fork toward the Sky Road, take a left. This will lead you downhill towards Clifden Harbour. Follow the road until you reach the Boat Club or take a right a little before that to proceed to the Sky Road, or trace your steps back to return to Clifden.

3 miles south of Clifden (see plane symbol on map page 9) is the crash-landing site of the first transatlantic flight of Alcock and Brown and monument to this historic achievement. Nearby is the site of the radio transmitter station from which Marconi exchanged the first transatlantic radio messages with a station in Nova Scotia (1907).

Omey Island This tidal island is accessible at low tide only. (See Cleggan Tour on page 10 for directions and see page 13 for tides.) Close to the north coast lie the ruins of Feichin's Church, unearthed 20 years ago after spending 3 centuries buried in the sand. The church is surrounded by the remains of a semi-sunken village that was wiped out during the Famine.

Clifden Castle Built c1810 by Clifden’s founder John D’Arcy, this was once his residence. From Clifden, take the Sky Road until the gateway arch (left). Stroll along a winding trail edged with a series of five standing stones (only one is original). Soon you will be led downhill and turning right to discover a magnificent view of Clifden Bay and Clifden Castle. Walking only – parking not permitted.

Ride a Connemara Pony

in Connemara

For further information please see our entry on page 4.

Errislannan Manor



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HEHIRS of Clifden

Ladies & Gents Fashion

Helly Hansen

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9:30 to 7:30 Sunday 12 to 6

Summer Collection

Now in stock Lyness Jacket by Helly Hansen

You never know what you might find! Market St, Clifden T: 095-21282 Find us on


‘Hehirs of Clifden’




shopping what's on offer

1. Pharmaton 30 capsules - clinically proven against tiredness and lack of energy How Much? €9.99 Where? Moran’s Pharmacy 2. Kylemore Abbey Soaps How Much? were €5.95 now €4.95 Where? All Things Connemara 3. Weird Fish Sweatshirt in a variety of colours and similar styles How Much? €59.99 Where? Hehirs of Clifden 4. Ireland's ancient game as enjoyed by Barack Obama How Much? from €15 (buy 2 hurleys, ball for free) Where? Intersport Gannons 5. Warwick table lamp How Much? €169 Where? Wisteria 6. 10% Discount on all original paintings when you say the password 'It looks like rain' Where? Joyce's Craft Shop, Recess 7. Fresh baguette rolls available to take away How Much? €5.75 Where? The Connemara Hamper 8. Scarlet Bag How Much? €75 plus 25% off for the month of May Where? Ohh! By Gum, Clifden Station House 9. 'Gordon Ramsay's Fast Food - recipes from the f word' How Much? was €14.99 now €7.99 Where? The Clifden Bookshop


Locate shops on the maps. See number corresponding to each shop under map, page 8.



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Award-winning Delicatessen “Best picnic take-away ever!” “Amazing lunch and best coffee in Clifden” Trip Advisor

Connemara Hamper, Market St, Clifden T: 095-21054 6

5 miles from Clifden on the Westport Road


CONNEMARA Designer Clothing Homeware Gifts

A Unique Shopping Experience in Luxurious Surroundings

At the very heart of Millars is its exceptional customer service. The store houses many exclusive designer collections which include clothing, giftware, accessories, crystal, occasional furniture and many hidden gems.


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Open 7 Days Main St, Clifden t 095 21038 Email: Find us on Facebook


Cottage Handcrafts Moyard, Connemara, Co. Galway T: 353 95 41029 E: Find us on Facebook



shopping what's on offer

10. 10% off Beautiful Kylemore Fuchsia Pottery Range (present this advert) Where? Kylemore Abbey Craft & Design Shop 11. Connemara Smokehouse Smoked Salmon How Much? from €7.50 Where? Connemara Smokehouse 12. 20% off souvenirs when you bring this advert Where? King's Paper Shop / Siobhan's House, Home and More 13. Wool and cashmere sweater / trellis design, tapered waist, fluted sleeves How Much? €103.50 Where? Cottage Handcrafts 14. 10% Discount on Galway Hooker Range on presentation of this offer Where? Clifden Pottery 15. Ladies T-Shirts €9.99 or 2 for €16 / Childrens T-Shirts € 5.99 or 2 for €10 Where? Lowry's Sweater and Gift Shop 16. Handcrafted Aran Jumpers from Aran Crafts How Much? €34.95 Where? Stanley's 17. Handmade Ardagh Chalice Ring with a free silver Pandora style bead How Much? €298 Where? O'Dalaigh Jewellers 18. Inwear trousers How Much? €100 Where? Millars Connemara

Locate shops on the maps. See number corresponding to each shop under map, page 8.



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LOWRY'S SWEATER & GIFT SHOP Market Street, Clifden, Co. Galway Telephone: 353 95 21139

BARBOUR WAX JACKETS Traditional Style Sweaters & Accessories - Souvenir Gifts - T-Shirts - Knitwear

Market Street, Clifden visit


Signal Bar at Clifden Station House serving excellent food from 12 to 9pm daily

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Memorable Connemara


Who are we? Love Connemara is a new tourism company based in Connemara. We offer the visitor to the region the ability to create their own holiday and experience the real Connemara.

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maps reference numbers


Bike Electric / All Things Connemara 90 Clifden Pottery 88 Connemara Hamper 22 Derryclare Restaurant 73 Foyle's Hotel / Marconi Restaurant 65 Griffin's Bar 15 Guy’s Bar 67 Hehirs of Clifden 92 Intersport Gannons 37 Jasmine Garden Chinese Restaurant 17 King's Paper Shop 21 Love Connemara 18 Lowry's Sweater and Gift Shop 35 Lowry's Traditional Irish Music and Whiskey Bar 61 Mannion's Bar 16 Mannion’s Cycles 20 Millars 93 Moran's Pharmacy 77 Mullarkey’s Bar 62 O'Dalaigh Jewellers 83 Ohh! By Gum 10 O'Malley's Bar and Restaurant 70 Siobhan's House, Home and More 28 Stanley's 11

Station House Cinema 46 Station House Museum 14 Station House Leisure Centre 66 SuperValu 12 The Central Bar 3 The Clifden Bookshop 64 The Quay House Guesthouse 59 The Signal Bar at Clifden Station House 19 Wisteria 23


Cleggan Beach Riding Centre Connemara Championship Golf Links, Ballyconneely Connemara National Park, Letterfrack Connemara Smokehouse, Ballyconneely Cottage Handcrafts, Moyard Delphi Adventure Resort, Delphi Valley Errislannan Manor Riding Centre Glass-Bottomed Boat Tours (Letterfrack Pier) Inishbofin Island Discovery (Ferry to Inishbofin), Cleggan Joyce's Craft Shop and Art Gallery, Recess Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden O'Dowd's Bar, Restaurant and Café, Roundstone Oliver's Bar and Restaurant, Cleggan The Lodge Restaurant at Letterfrack Lodge The Owenmore Restaurant / Ballynahinch Castle The Point Pony Trekking and Horse Riding, Ballyconneely Zetland Country House Hotel, Cashel

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Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden

The ideal way to discover Connemara

Nestled in the heart of Connemara Learn about the romance that started it all, the tragedy that befell it and the restoration to its former glory.

All Types of Bikes for Hire

Enjoy a range of attractions including:

Mountain and Hybrids

Bridge Street, Clifden Tel: 095-21160 / 21155

i 6 acre Victorian Walled Garden i Restored Rooms of the Castle i Gothic Church i Craft Shop i History Talks / Guided Tours of the Walled Garden i Set in a 1000 acre estate i Cafés and Tea House i Children's Play Trail i Guided Mountain Hikes

Mobile: 087-418-2051

T: +353 95 52001 E:

Daily & Weekly Rates

Open Mon–Sat 9:30am–6pm Sundays 10am–12noon


Mitchell’s Café

Victorian Walled Gardens

Gothic Church










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Trad Music Nightly, 8pm till late • Lunch Served Mon-Sat 12-5pm Soup Of The Day • Homemade Seafood Chowder • Fresh Seafood • Smoked Salmon Home Cooked Daily Specials • Paninis • Wraps • Sandwiches • Salads • Desserts Irish Coffee • Americano • Espresso • Hot Chocolate • Cappuccino • Latte • Macchiato • Mocha All items on our menu are available for take-away

NEW BAR NOW OPEN IN OUR HEATED BEER GARDEN • air conditioning Smoking Area • 4 Large Screens (Sky Sports Hd) & Big Screen in Back Bar Main Street, Clifden Tel: 095 21370 See our events on our Facebook page.

It’s said that Griffin’s Bar serves the best pint of Guinness in Clifden. 9

It’s not a holiday till you’ve read a book.

A comprehensive range of titles in store with emphasis on local Connemara and Irish history and literature.   Just Published Ireland’s Western Islands by John Carlos

Bookshop of the year 2013 Irish Times 50 Best Shops in Ireland 2013 Main Street, Clifden Tel: 095-22020

drives and day tours

Roundstone and Ballyconneely

From Clifden, take the R341 towards Ballyconneely and turn left at Ballinaboy bridge, driving along the Bog Road that crosses the famous Roundstone Bog Conservation Area. Turn right towards Roundstone and follow the coast road. Before entering the village, why not turn left at the bridge and spend a little while on the island of Inishnee? Then, continue driving along the coast until you reach Roundstone. In the town you will find fantastic craft shops, art galleries and the musical instruments workshop where they make Ireland’s traditional goatskin drum, the bodhrán. A Franciscan monastery was founded there in the 1830s, but all that remains now is the gateway entrance and church bell tower. Relax and enjoy a meal or a drink at O'Dowd's before returning to Clifden via Ballyconneely, where you can stopoff at Keogh’s. There are many pristine beaches in the area and the west of the village is home to the Connemara Smokehouse, The Point Pony Trekking and Horse Riding Centre and the Connemara Championship Golf Links. At the foot of Doon Hill, you will also find Bunowen Castle, which can be admired from the road. Photo: Gurteen

Inagh Valley and Kylemore

No visit to Connemara is complete until you have seen the majestic Inagh Valley. Leaving Clifden on the N59 heading east past Ballynahinch Lough to your right, you will see the ruins of the ‘castle on the lake’ which once served as a prison to those who had ill-treated animals. Further on you will also see the picturesque Derryclare Lake to your left. There is a small car park where you can stop-off. This is probably one of the most photographed scenes in Ireland. Then, continue until you reach Recess village where you will find the Connemara Giant and Joyce’s Craft Shop, home to the famous Connemara Marble. Turn back towards Clifden; after about 500 metres turn right (before the narrow bridge) onto the R344, which will finally take you through the Inagh Valley. Meandering past Lough Inagh, the Twelve Bens are to your left, with the Maumturk mountain range to your right. This is a stunningly beautiful scenic route, taking you past turf stacks, sheep and glorious countryside, until you emerge at the other end of the valley. Here you can either turn left to return to Clifden and visit Kylemore Abbey and Garden on the way, or turn right to extend your tour further towards Leenane and Killary Harbour. Photo: Derryclare Lake


The Clifden Bookshop A haven for book lovers in Connemara

Cleggan and Claddaghduff

From Clifden, take the N59 towards Westport, and at approximately 5km outside the town turn left towards Claddaghduff. A couple of miles further along Streamstown Bay you will see the ruins of Doon Castle on your left. Omey Island is next, accessible by car or on foot at low water, by crossing acres of firm sandy beach. Follow the direction poles in the sand on your way across, but make sure you check the tide timetable on page 13 beforehand! Omey has a wealth of antiquities. Teampaill Féichín can be found on the northern side of the island, a medieval church built on a 7th century Christian settlement that was covered in sand until 1981. St Féichín’s well can also be found to the west, just above a rocky inlet. Returning to the mainland, continue towards Claddaghduff and then on towards the working fishing village of Cleggan, home to Oliver's Bar and Restaurant and Cleggan Beach Riding Centre. From the pier you can also take the ferry to Inishbofin. See page 12 for further information. Then, either take the bog road back to Clifden or continue to Moyard via Ballynakill, and then turn right on your way back to Clifden. Photo: Inishbofin Harbour

Renvyle Peninsula and Leenane

Dominated by Tully Mountain, the Renvyle Peninsula offers panoramic sea views and a slice of the old Irish way of life. Take the N59 towards Westport. The peninsula is signposted left at the Quaker village of Letterfrack. The villages of Tully Cross and further on, Tully, have a number of real old-Irish bars where a pint of Guinness goes down well. At Tully Cross, continue towards the end of the peninsula to see the ruins of Renvyle Castle. There are stunning views across Ballynakill Bay and, on a clear day, you can see the conical mountain of Croagh Patrick, County Mayo. Returning to Tully Cross, take the left turn by the church and follow the elevated coast road towards Little Killary Bay. Shortly after, turn left to stop off at the glorious sandy beach of Glassilaun. Continue along Lough Fee until you reach the N59, where you can either turn right to return to Clifden, or left towards Leenane. This quaint village is located at the head of the spectacular Killary Fjord and boasts one of the finest views in the country. The rugged countryside is completely unspoilt. The majestic mountains of Ben Gorm and Mweelrea bound the calm waters of the Killary, and the Maumturk, Sheffrey and Twelve Bens mountain ranges perfectly frame the view. In the heart of Leenane you will find a museum and cultural centre, shops and bars, and you might hear tales of when Hollywood came to the locality to film ‘The Field’, starring the legendary Richard Harris. Photo: Glassilaun Beach

See for a Google map of each drive. See page 12 for further information about Connemara villages.

Moran's Pharmacy over 100 years in business est. 1911

Discover Connemara's most stunning beaches and Coastline on horseback

Beginners and Advanced Riders Welcome! We speak English, French, Dutch and German A.I.R.E. Approved

Professional and Personalised Healthcare

Hay Fever Treatments • Antihistamines Insect Repellent • Sunscreen • Toiletries First Aid Supplies • Passport Photos Main St, Clifden Tel:095 21273

Traditional Smoked Salmon Saumon Fumé Visitors Welcome Tours and Tastings Share the Roberts family's incredible passion for handmade quality food Read more on page 4

Closed on Sundays

The Point Pony Trekking

and Horse Riding Centre

Ballyconneely, Co. Galway (beside beaches and Connemara Golf Links) Tel: (0)95 23685 / (0)87 246 82 94

Buy our products online at Tel: 095 23739 Email: Bunowen Pier, Aillebrack, Ballyconneely, Clifden, Co.Galway

walk derryherbert / derryinver Paved road, track; 5 km; approximately 1.5 hour

From Tullycross, take the Letterfrack road, descending towards the speed limit sign at the village entrance. Our route turns right just beyond this sign, down the hill to Derryherbert. Ahead we see Tully Mountain – also called Letterhill – and the water tank on the hillock to our right. The line of this road follows the edge of this hillock, above the waterlogged bogs on the left. Ash, Hawthorn and other small trees make up the hedgerows here; their success is due to the underlying drier soil and the shelter of the hillock. On the left is an expanse of well developed blanket bog, now cut for fuel. Our route takes the first turn left, out across the blanket bog. Tully Mountain is now on our right; Diamond Hill is on the left, and some of the Twelve Bens are visible behind. From the cutaways, some impression is gained of the depth of peat that developed in sheltered low-lying bogs such as this. Ancient pine stumps protrude from the cutaway peat; physical remains of a once extensive woodland. Scot’s Pine was the dominant tree here about 4,000 years ago and the number of stumps and fallen boles here indicate that this was once a substantial woodland. Looking to the left, on the ridge line of the nearby hillock, you can see the Derryinver Standing Stones. Locally known as the 'Fairy Fingers', this is a prehistoric ritual site aligned with the setting sun on December 21st, the winter solstice. It is located in close proximity to other prehistoric features and is typical of the rich heritage of the Renvyle Peninsula. The Derryinver Standing Stones are part of a complex of sites sitting on a boggy glacial ridge overlooking Tully Lough. This Bronze Age stone alignment presents a reduction in

above: Derryinver Standing Stones

height from south no north, a distinction which is found in at least five other stone alignments in Connemara. The Derryinver Standing Stones are located on privately owned land. The track rises onto drier ground and, once past the houses, our route turns left down the hill towards the Derryinver estuary. Keeping left at the bottom, we follow the estuary back to the bridge, where salmon leap up the falls into the Dawros River to spawn. At the bridge we turn left for Tullycross and our starting point, about one mile distant.

More about walking on page 4. See also for more walks. Source: 'Walking in Connemara: Shorter Walks to Explore the Hidden Connemara' Connemara Tourism 1996. Available at The Clifden Bookshop - see advert page 10.

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the Atlantic on Connemara’s west coast lies Roundstone, a charming harbour village which is very popular with visitors, has been the inspiration of many books and has served as the location for some high-profile Hollywood movies. Strolling through the town you will find some fantastic craft shops, cafés, bars and restaurants and a farmers market every Sunday. Take time to relax in O'Dowd's, Connemara's oldest pub. Look out for your chance to beat an Irish traditional drum, the bodhrán. South of the village you will also find the breathtaking crescent-shaped beaches of Gurteen and Dog’s Bay.

Clifden is a vibrant town on the very edge of Europe. It has a population of over 2000 but the hinterland which it serves as the administrative and economic centre has almost 10,000 inhabitants. The town known as the 'Capital of Connemara' boasts a thriving tourism industry as its unique and picturesque setting between the Twelve Bens and the Atlantic Ocean attracts thousands of visitors annually. The town skyline continues to be dominated by the twin spires of the two churches, St Joseph’s and Christ Church. Clifden has come a long way since its embryonic days in 1812. Today it represents all that is good about life in the west of Ireland: good food, good friends and good craic.

Inishbofin Inishbofin was awarded the Best Island Holiday prize in the Irish Times Best Place to Holiday competition 2013. For a taste of island life, take a boat trip to Inishbofin, 8km long by 3km wide, population 200. The 'Island of the White Cow' is located 10km west of Cleggan, 30 minutes by ferry. Inishbofin is a small paradise that features all the best that Connemara has to offer – a rich history, stunning Atlantic coastal scenery and Green Coast Award beaches. Choose between three walks: the Middlequarter Loop, Westquarter Loop or Cloonamore Loop. Tickets to Inishbofin can be bought on the ferry. See ferry timetable on page 16. See also advert below.

Letterfrack The Quaker village of Letterfrack was founded in the mid 19th century and occupies a special place in Connemara’s creative and cultural activity. Home to the Connemara National Park, the village is overlooked by Diamond Hill, one of the region’s most popular climbs. Letterfrack is home to the Connemara Community Radio (broadcasting on 87.8 and 106.1fm). The Connemara Environmental and Education Centre holds regular events annually, including Bog Week (May/June) and Sea Week (October). A lively musical tradition also exists in the village, with regular music sessions and concerts taking place throughout the year.

Cleggan The fishing village of Cleggan is

located on the northern side of the Aughrus Peninsula, at the head of Cleggan Bay. The pier is the site of much fishing and boating activity and is also the ferry port for Inishbofin Island. A lively music scene can be experienced in the village’s four bars, as well as the very freshest fish and seafood – try Oliver's! A number of beautiful beaches dot the coastline between Cleggan and Claddaghduff all the way around the peninsula, including Sallerna and Rossadillisk. Pony trekking and fishing are also popular activities to the area.

Ballyconneely A traditional holiday favourite for

domestic and international visitors, Ballyconneely is home to the Connemara Championship Golf Links, one of the finest golf courses in Ireland. A culinary delight awaits food and fishing enthusiasts at the multi-award-winning Connemara Smokehouse, where a warm welcome is always assured. The Point Pony Trekking and Horse Riding Centre offers idyllic seaside treks along some of Ballyconneely’s many beautiful beaches. A friendly atmosphere exists in the village, where Keogh’s Bar and Food Market is at the centre of social activity.

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Fishing Information Permits available from 10am to 11am* daily at Stanley's, Clifden map #11 *Sundays 11am to 12pm Boat Rental €25 per day Trout Fishing No charge for children under 16 on the lakes. Daily rate: €10 / Weekly rate: €30 Salmon Fishing Also requires a state licence. Owenglen River daily rate: €25 / weekly rate: €80 Deep-Sea Angling Aboard The Celtic Queen departing from Clifden Harbour daily. Further information on page 4. Evening Angling Trips From 6-8pm, departs Letterfrack pier (on N59). Booking is essential, please call John Mongan on 087-6461189. Connemara Smokehouse Get your own fish smoked, and even shipped home! Advert page 11. Glass-Bottomed Boat Tours 1 hour sea tours departing daily. Tours are weather dependant. Read more on page 4. Advert page 12. Beaches See red numbers corresponding to each beach on the Connemara map, page 9: Coral Strand 1, Mannin Beach 2, Dog’s Bay 3, Gurteen 4, Aillebrack 5, Omey Strand 6, Glassilaun 7, White Strand 8.



events and festivals

Dusty Banjos Traditional Music Weekend, Cleggan, June 20-21

The scenic fishing village of Cleggan in western Connemara is all set for another rousing weekend of Irish traditional music, song and dance on June 20th and 21st, as the extended family that is Dusty Banjos returns for their sixth annual Traditional Music Weekend. Musicians from Galway, Clifden and as far afield as Germany and Canada were on hand last year to play a series of sessions in local pubs. Musicians, singers and dancers took part in the sessions, including locals and visitors of all ages. Dusty Banjos sessions are always open, and musicians, singers and dancers are very welcome, including learners. If you’re a visitor to Cleggan and you play a few tunes, please feel free to join in on any of the sessions over the weekend. For further information visit

Singer-songwriter Linda Welby Saturday 7th June, 8:30pm Station House Theatre

Linda Welby, one of Ireland’s finest singersongwriters, will bring her new show An Evening with Linda Welby to the Station House Theatre in Clifden on Saturday, June 7th. This new two-hour show features a broad genre of music with a strong leaning towards traditional music, performed by a fine group of multi-instrumentalists which Linda has gathered together for her backing band. Linda herself covers a number of her own songs, including her big hit The Galway Fiddler as well as some old country and rock and roll numbers. She also plays a number of traditional instruments during the show, which is being televised by Irish TV. Doors open at 8pm and the show starts at 8:30pm. Admission €15.

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Whiskey tastings daily at 3pm and 7pm or by special arrangement. Sample from our award-winning international whiskeys and spirits distilled by us.

To book call 095--31111 or email:


Blessington Millenium Choir presents Fauré and Friends - Saturday 7th June

Don't miss the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré and a selection of choral classics, with musical director Yvonne O'Conor, accompanist Charles Pearson (organ) and soloists Irene Kavanagh (soprano), David Parkinson (Baritone) and Harry Carpendale (Harp). The concert will take place in Christ Church, Clifden at 6:30pm (wine reception at 6pm). The admission is €10 and the proceeds will go to Omey Parish. Tickets from Jeremy Willder 095 23531 and Frankie Hill

087 2844687. Further information about the Blessington Choir at Image: Gabriel Fauré by De Jongh, Lausanne 1907 / Bibliothèque nationale de France.

Claddaghduff Pony Show, June 29th

Situated on the south-west side of the Aughrus Peninsula, Claddaghduff is home to a lively local community. The tidal island of Omey is visible on the approach to the village and the beach leading to it is undoubtedly one of Connemara’s finest. The Claddaghduff Pony Show held on Sunday 29th June will take place at the Showfield in Claddaghduff Village starting at 10:30am. There will be classes for In Hand Connemara Ponies ranging in age from Foals up to Seniors. The Pony Show will be accompanied by a Dog Show. Superb cups, trophies, rosettes, prize money for all classes and Special Rosettes for Young Handlers will be offered to the winners. Complimentary face painting and bouncy castle for children. Everyone welcome. Read more about Omey Island on page 5. For further information contact Cathriona O’Toole

telephone: 095 21951.

See for a more complete list of upcoming events.

MANNION’S BAR Great Irish Food & Traditional Music

Serving Local Seafood in a Traditional Bar Atmosphere

Derryclare Restaurant Open Daily from 5pm

Market Square, Clifden. For reservations call 095-21990

Seafood Specials Beef Cheeks Tapas Homemade Desserts Craft Beers Pizzas Fine Wines

Delicious, locally sourced ingredients: Connemara Lamb; Killary Bay Mussels; Cleggan Crabs; Des Moran’ Beef, the daily catch from Connemara Fishersies, Daily Seafood Specials, Homemade Pizzas Mannion’s Bar, Market Street, Clifden. Tel: 095-21780

Introductory Offer Enjoy a complimentary Irish Coffee with any 2-course dinner with this advertisement.

what's on the menu? Connemara Golf Links The bar and restaurant

at Connemara Golf Links offer you breakfast, lunch or dinner, all while admiring some of the most breathtaking views Connemara has to offer. Serving homemade scones, desserts, sandwiches, seafood chowder and a wide selection of favourites and fesh local seafood dishes. Children's menu available. Visitors welcome – have a bite to eat or just relax with a drink and take in the beautiful surroundings. Free Wi-Fi. Advert page 3. Connemara Hamper Clifden's only cheese shop and award-winning deli (where you can taste your cheese before you buy it) offers a range of lunch ideas. Their lovely baguettes are very popular and are among Connemara's tastiest. Enjoy a fresh cup of Illy coffee. Open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Advert page 6. Derryclare Restaurant is a family-run, familyfriendly restaurant well situated on Clifden's bustling square, walking distance from the town's playground, craft shops and bars. They offer the best of what Clifden and Connemara has to offer: local seafood such as Connemara smoked salmon, Cleggan crab and Atlantic sea bass; Connemara lamb, Irish beef and Clifden's very own award-winning black pudding. To accompany this mouthwatering local cuisine they serve local craft beers, ales and ciders, and a carefully selected wine list from The Vineyard Wine, Galway. Advert above. Griffin's Bar A local favourite and Clifden’s premier sports bar. Lunch is served MonSat 10am-5pm. The bar food menu features freshly prepared soup of the day, homemade seafood chowder, fresh seafood (subject to availability), smoked salmon, home-cooked daily specials, paninis, wraps, sandwiches, salads and desserts. Enjoy a game of pool or darts. Look out for live matches on the big screen TV and impromptu music sessions.

Guy's Bar and Snug Relax in a cosy setting where old and new traditions meet. Guy's extensive menu includes summer seafood specials, traditional fish and chips, beef and Guinness stew, burgers, vegetarian and gluten-free options all homemade from locally sourced suppliers where possible. Savour fine wines, exclusive herbal teas and excellent coffee and take-away oven baked pizzas – see special offer in the advert below. Trad music sessions in the evenings.

See schedule page 3. Visit for menus. Advert page 5.

Jasmine Garden Chinese Restaurant offers authentic Chinese cuisine at reasonable prices. Experienced head chef Raymond Wong brings to you delicious Chinese dishes with that homemade taste that will be sure to please all patrons. The restaurant has two spacious dining rooms which are tastefully decorated with exotic pieces of Chinese furniture. Takeaway available. Open 7 days. Weekdays 5:30pm-11:30pm and weekends 5:30pm-late. Advert below. Kylemore Abbey's Mitchell's Café offers a range of home-cooked meals in a stunning setting. Try a traditional Irish dish using ingredients from the Victorian Walled Garden and recipes bestowed by the Benedictine nuns. The Tea House, located by the walled garden, is another haven where you can relax while taking in the breathtaking views of the Connemara National Park. An additional take out Café runs throughout the summer offering delicious picnic basket essentials to enjoy at your leisure as you explore the estate. Advert page 9.

Mannion's Bar Seafood specialists in a

traditional bar setting serving from 12 to 9pm daily. Try the Fresh Local Seafood Chowder, Connemara Smoked Salmon, Homemade Fishcakes, Traditional Fish and Chips or Killary Mussels. If fish is not your dish, Mannion's are also famous for their Connemara Lamb Irish Stew and Fresh 100% Irish Beef Burgers. Great value 'Taste of Connemara' menu and children's menu available. Advert above. Marconi Restaurant is a charming familyrun restaurant managed personally by the Foyles for over a century. The focus is on fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced locally where possible, specialising in seafood and traditional Irish favourites. The Marconi is set in distinctive surroundings, full of artefacts covering the history of Connemara and the hotel. Expect a professional, friendly service and creative cooking offered at a fair price and in a relaxed ambience. Advert page 13.

O'Dowd's Seafood Restaurant, Bar and Café

Established in 1840, O'Dowd's is the oldest pub in all of Connemara, family-run for four generations. Enjoy a great pint of Guinness in this historic setting or outside overlooking Roundstone Harbour. Unmissable fresh local seafood – try their famous seafood chowder! Bar food 12-9:30pm, restaurant 5-9:30pm. Next door is the Café, open 9:30am-6pm and serving freshly-made dishes to take away or eat in. Wi-Fi available. Advert page 12. Oliver's Bar and Restaurant The Restaurant, open from 6pm-10pm (booking advisable), overlooks the busy fishing harbour in the quaint village of Cleggan, where most of their fresh fish comes from. Sample a wide range of local fish and meat dishes, complemented by the finest vegetables and salads. Seasonal highlights are the salmon, Connemara lamb and delicious varieties of flatfish. You can also pick your own live lobster from their chilled seawater tank. Advert page 16.

See schedule page 3. Advert page 9.

Jasmine Garden

Advert page 12.

The Owenmore Restaurant at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel insists upon using only the freshest of ingredients available, pursuing the organic option where possible.This 2 Rosette restaurant offers the discerning diner the best of locally caught fish, game and other local produce. In the Fisherman's Pub, where a less formal menu is available, guests can enjoy a pint with the local fishing guides. Advert page 16. The Signal Bar in the centre of the Station House Courtyard in Clifden is the tastefully restored station master’s house and train platform, a period building offering a place to relax and enjoy superb food, drink and hospitality. The menu, served 12-9pm daily, features mouthwatering dishes made with the finest ingredients, among which are specials of fish caught in the surrounding waters. See music schedule page 3. Advert page 8.

Fab Food Served 7 Days till 9pm

Take-away pizza menu buy 2 get one free with this advert

Oven-baked homemade pizzas

Market Street, Clifden Tel: 095-21174

finest of food in the restaurant or outside on the lovely new terrace whilst overlooking one of the most spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.The menu offers a variety of fresh locally sourced seafood and traditional Irish cuisine with a new wine list to complement all dishes. Children's menu available. Food served daily 8am-late. Relax afterwards with a drink in the bar and enjoy the live music sessions. See schedule page 3. Advert page 14. The Central Bar and Restaurant The finest food is served in the bar from 11-9pm. Our extensive bar menu includes mussels, smoked salmon, fresh salmon, seafood chowder, cod & chips, Irish stew and lamb cutlets. We also offer a childrens menu as well as daily specials. Enjoy our live Irish traditional music and ballads from Friday to Sunday, 6:30pm to 9pm. Advert below. The Lodge Restaurant Fresh local produce, Italian coffee and global wines in a laid back, chic atmosphere. The Lodge is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 8am to 11pm, seven days a week. A great option after a hike in the National Park and for those looking for a taste of Connemara with a twist!

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Clifden Pottery Wool and Felt Art Studio

Seafood Restaurant Bar and B&B

An ideal base for your holiday in Connemara. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of the working fishing village of Cleggan. Explore our beautiful beaches, islands and countryside on foot, bike or horseback.

Fresh Local Seafood our Speciality Food served all day Cleggan, Co. Galway Tel: 095-44640 E: W:

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5 miles from Clifden on the Westport Road

Cottage Handcrafts Moyard, Connemara, Co. Galway T: 353 95 41029 E: Find us on Facebook

Parking Information See symbols on Clifden map Public car park behind Clifden Tourist Office St. Joseph’s Church car park, 9am-6pm daily € Parking in town, pay-and-display parking meters € SuperValu underground car park First hour free

Opening Hours À Banks Monday 10am-12:30 and 1:30pm-5pm

Post Office See symbol on Clifden map Mon-Fri 9:30am-5:30pm / Sat 9:30am-1pm Where else to buy stamps? Distributor outside Clifden Post Office, Kylemore Abbey Craft Shop, Ferron's in Roundstone Also post office at office hours


ATMs and Banks Sweeney Oil - ATM Clifden map #7 SuperValu - ATM Clifden map #12 Bank of Ireland Clifden map #56 AIB Bank Clifden map #98

Tues-Thurs-Fri 10am-12:30 and 1:30pm-4pm Wednesday 10:30am-12:30 and 1:30pm-4pm Church Times Clifden Church of Ireland Sunday Service 11:30 Clifden RC Church Mon-Fri 9:30, Sat 19:00, Sun 11:30 Ballyconneely Catholic Church Sunday 10:00 Roundstone Catholic Church Sunday 12:00 Roundstone Church of Ireland Sunday Service 10:00 Station - Police p Garda ) 095 22500 See symbol on Clifden map Health See surgery symbols on Clifden map Clifden Medical Practice ) 095 22272 #1 Dr. Ciaran MacLoughlin ) 095 21141 #2 Dr. Sophie Faherty, Women Clinic ) 087 2226783 #4 Dr. Aonghus Flavin ) 095 35851 Roundstone Dr. Alex Michel ) 095 43465 Tully, Renvyle Clifden Dental Practice ) 095 22731 Sarah Casey Physiotherapist ) 086 3896130 Laundry Service Not self-service Hillview Launderette Clifden map #99 Shamrock Dry Cleaners & Washeteria Clifden map #55 Ferrons Shop (Roundstone) Collections at 3pm Mon-Fri Library Opening Hours See Clifden map symbol Mon, Wed 2:30pm-6pm and 6:30pm-8:30pm Tues, Thurs 10:30am-1pm and 2:30pm-6pm Fri 10:30am-1pm, 2:30pm-6pm and 6:30pm-8pm Sat 10:30am-1pm and 2pm-5pm

Public Toilets Beside Clifden coach park - pay to use Supervalu public toilets For customers use only Supervalu Opening Hours 8am-9pm daily except Friday 8am-10pm Take-Away Locate restaurants on Clifden map Griffin's Bar, Guy's Bar, Jasmine Garden, O'Malley's Bar, SuperValu Information Office i Tourist ) 095 21163 See symbol on Clifden map

Open Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30am-5:20pm

Waste and Recyclables Schedule Weeks for Recycling: June 2-6 and 16-20 Week for General Waste: June 9-13

Collection day varies depending on your location, please check with Barna Waste on 1890 300 450.

Western Veterinary Clinic ) 095 22209 Clifden Business Park Wi-Fi / Internet Access See map symbols Clifden Library, Golf Club, Griffin's, Guy's, Joyce's Craft Shop, Lowry's, Mannion's, O'Dowd's Café, O'Malley's, Station House Hotel Emergencies, Dial 112 or 999 h For Clifden Hospital ) 095 21301 See map symbol

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Visitors Welcome, Open 7 Days

Throwing and feltwork demonstrations by appointment. TELEPHONE 095-22786 WEB 2kms north of Clifden on N59 Westport Rd. See Clifden Map.

Eireann ) 091 562000 v Bus Departing Clifden (Clifden Library)

Weekdays: 9:00, 13:30 and 14:40 Sundays: 16:15 Departing Galway Weekdays: 11:15, 13:00 and 18:15 Sundays: 12:50

) 091 564164 v Citylink Departing Clifden (Clifden Library)

Daily: 7:15, 9:15, 12:00, 15:15 and 18:30 Departing Galway (New Coach Station) Daily: 9:00, 12:00, 14:30, 16:00 and 17:30 Ferry to Inishbofin Island

Tickets available on the boat. Adult return €20, child 3-5yrs €5, 5 yrs+ €10, student card holder €13.

Departing Cleggan Mon, Wed & Thurs 11:30am Tuesday 11:30am Friday 11:30am Sat & Sun 11:30am

2:00pm* 6:45pm 2:00pm* 7:30pm 2:00pm** 7:30pm 2:00pm** 6:45pm

Departing Inishbofin Mon, Tues 8:15am Wed, Thurs 9:00am Friday 8:15am Saturday 9:00am Sun 10:00am

1:00pm* 5:00pm 1:00pm* 5:00pm 1:00pm** 5:00pm 1:00pm** 5:00pm 1:00pm** 5:00pm

* June, July and August only ** 1st May–30th Aug only Petrol Stations Topaz, Main Street, Clifden Map #80 Sweeney Oil, Galway Road, Clifden Map #7 Ferron's, Roundstone / Keogh's, Ballyconneely Acton's, Letterfrack (Moyard) / Rogans, Tullycross Taxi Service to and from Clifden The Taxi Company ) 095 30000 Chris O'Neill ) 095 21444 / 086 8593939 Noel King Roundstone ) 087 9582398 Robert's Taxi ) 087 4161796 Sky Taxi ) 095 22299 / 087 6664048

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What's On Issue 2, Volume 10, 2014  

For the past 10 years, What's On, our free visitor guide, has been published fortnightly from May to October. Now in its tenth year, What's...