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C o n n e m a ra Issue 2 Vol. 7 • June 2–15 2011 Fortnightly • Since 2004

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Music Schedule

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Activities - Some Things to Do

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Activities - More Things to Do

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What's On Offer? - Shopping Ideas

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What's On Offer? - Shopping Ideas

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Map of Clifden and Advertisers List

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Map of Connemara and Bike Routes

Connemara Chamber of Commerce warmly welcomes all visitors to the west.

Page 10 Activities - Drives and Day Tours Page 11 What's On Heritage Walks Page 12 Roundstone and Inishbofin Page 13 Tide Timetable and Aqua Info

Conamara Bog Week

Sky Road 10k Challenge

Roundstone Arts Week

May 27 - June 6

June 5

June 24 - July 3

Rough Diamond Race

Golf Club Open Week

Cleggan Music Weekend

June 4

June 18 - 26

June 24 - 26

Page 14 Community Events and Festivals Page 15 What's On the Menu? Page 16 Useful Information Cover Photo: Derryclare Evening - Image courtesy of Robert Riddell © 2011 What's On® is a registered trademark of Connemara Publications. © What's On® 2011 all rights reserved. Printed in Ireland. Next issue of What's On®: Thurs June 16th (print deadline: June 13th)

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The Blond, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead A cross between ‘CSI Miami’ and ‘Desperate Housewives’, set in Anytown, Ireland, the play tells the story of 43-year old Rhonda Russell. In the quiet suburban neighbourhood, in situations both comic and tragic, friends and strangers are drawn together and relationships are torn apart.

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Music Schedule Locate venues on the map, page 8 (see reference numbers below map).

Thursday 2

6:30pm - J.Conneely's Bar

Early Traditional Music Session 7-9pm - Guy's Bar Irish Music 8pm- late - Griffin's Bar

Trad Irish Music with the Hernon Brothers and Conall Flaherty 8:30pm - Station House Hotel Piano in the Lobby (Easy

Americana, Italiana Band

10:30pm - Mullarkey's Bar

Live Music in the Bar Saturday 4

6:30pm - J.Conneely's Bar

Early Traditional Music Session 7-9pm - Guy's Bar Irish Music 8pm- late - Griffin's Bar

Listening Contemporary Music)

Trad Music with Anders and Mia

Lively Traditional Irish Music

Lively Traditional Irish Music

Classic Folk with Sean Halpenny and Aidan Ward

9:30pm - The Central Bar

9pm - J.Conneely's Bar

9pm - J.Conneely's Bar

10pm - E.J.King's Bar

9:30pm - Mannion's Bar

10pm - Lowry's Pub

Trad Music with John G. Walsh and Mairtín Conroy Friday 3

6:30pm - J.Conneely's Bar

Early Traditional Music Session 7-9pm - Guy's Bar Irish Music 8pm- late - Griffin's Bar

Trad Music with Anders and Mia 9pm - J.Conneely's Bar

Lively Traditional Irish Music

9:30pm - Mannion's Bar

Tom Mullen and friends

9:30pm - The Central Bar

Irish Folk and Traditional Music 10pm - Guy's Bar Aidan and Sean 'Rocken Folk and Blues' 10pm - Lowry's Pub

Traditional Irish Music with Liam Aspell and Richie Newman 10pm - The Station Bar

Piano Bar (Easy Listening Contemporary Music)

10:30pm - E.J.King's Bar

The Sumbrellas - Pop Irish,

9pm - J.Conneely's Bar

9pm - J.Conneely's Bar

9:30pm - Mannion's Bar

10pm - E.J.King's Bar

The Sumbrellas - Pop Irish, Americana, Italiana Band

10pm - Lowry's Pub

Live Music in the Bar

Lively Traditional Irish Music

Lively Traditional Irish Music

Marie Walsh (accordion) and friends Irish Ballads with Michael Carey 9:30pm - The Central Bar

Irish Folk and Traditional Music 10pm - E.J.King's Bar

Trad Music with Tom Mullen and David Slevin (Banjo and Guitar) 10pm - Guy's Bar Aidan and Sean 'Rocken Folk and Blues' 10pm - Mullarkey's Bar

Live Music in the Bar Monday 6

6:30pm - J.Conneely's Bar

Early Traditional Music Session 8pm- late - Griffin's Bar

Traditional Irish Music with Liam Aspell and Peter Carey Thursday 9

6:30pm - J.Conneely's Bar

Early Traditional Music Session 7-9pm - Guy's Bar Irish Music 8pm- late - Griffin's Bar

Trad Irish Music with the Hernon Brothers and Conall Flaherty 8:30pm - Station House Hotel Piano in the Lobby (Easy

Listening Contemporary Music)

10:30pm - E.J.King's Bar

10pm - Guy's Bar

10:30pm - Mullarkey's Bar

10pm - Mullarkey's Bar

Saturday 11

6:30pm - J.Conneely's Bar

Early Traditional Music Session 7-9pm - Guy's Bar Irish Music 8pm- late - Griffin's Bar

Trad Music with Anders and Mia 9pm - J.Conneely's Bar

Lively Traditional Irish Music

9:30pm - Mannion's Bar

9:30pm - The Central Bar

Irish Folk and Traditional Music

9pm - J.Conneely's Bar

10pm - Guy's Bar

Irish Folk and Traditional Music

10pm - E.J.King's Bar

Classic Folk with Sean Halpenny and Aidan Ward

10pm - Lowry's Pub

10pm - Lowry's Pub

10pm - The Station Bar

10pm - Guy's Bar

DJ Mike O'Malley

10pm - Lowry's Pub

Trad Music with John G. Walsh and Mairtín Conroy

10pm - Mullarkey's Bar

Music and Comedy Double-Bill (Comedy at 10pm followed by Sons of Gingerbread at 11:30pm) 10pm - The Station Bar

Piano Bar (Easy Listening Contemporary Music)

Lively Traditional Irish Music 10pm - E.J.King's Bar

Irish Ballads with Michael Carey

Lively Traditional Irish Music

Trad Music with John G. Traditional Irish Music with Eugene Walsh and Mairtín Conroy Barry and Féichin Mitchell Friday 10 10pm - Lowry's Pub

Tuesday 7

6:30pm - J.Conneely's Bar

Early Traditional Music Session

Early Traditional Music Session 7-9pm - Guy's Bar Irish Music

Trad Music with Anders and Mia

Trad Music with Anders and Mia

6:30pm - J.Conneely's Bar 8pm- late - Griffin's Bar

8pm- late - Griffin's Bar

9pm - J.Conneely's Bar

9pm - J.Conneely's Bar

10pm - E.J.King's Bar

9:30pm - Mannion's Bar

10pm - Lowry's Pub

9:30pm - The Central Bar

10:30pm - E.J.King's Bar

Lively Traditional Irish Music

Lively Traditional Irish Music

11:30pm - Mullarkey's Bar

Irish Ballads with Michael Carey

Tom Mullen and friends

Traditional Music Session with Local Musicians

Irish Folk and Traditional Music 10pm - Guy's Bar Aidan and Sean 'Rocken Folk and Blues'

Live Music in the Bar

Blues/Experimental/Rock with Co. Mayo Band 'Sons of Gingerbread' Sunday 5

6:30pm - J.Conneely's Bar

Wednesday 8

Early Traditional Music Session 7-9pm - Guy's Bar Irish Music

6:30pm - J.Conneely's Bar

Trad Irish Music with the Hernon Brothers and Conall Flaherty

8pm- late - Griffin's Bar

8pm- late - Griffin's Bar

Early Traditional Music Session 7-9pm - Guy's Bar Irish Music Trad Music with Anders and Mia

10pm - Lowry's Pub

Traditional Irish Music with Liam Aspell and Richie Newman 10pm - The Station Bar

Piano Bar (Easy Listening Contemporary Music)

Live Music in the Bar Monday 13

6:30pm - J.Conneely's Bar

Early Traditional Music Session 8pm- late - Griffin's Bar

Trad Irish Music with the Hernon Brothers and Conall Flaherty 9pm - J.Conneely's Bar

Lively Traditional Irish Music 10pm - E.J.King's Bar

Clifden Comhaltas (Irish Trad Music) Irish Ballads with Michael Carey

Trad Irish Music with the Hernon Clifden Comhaltas (Irish Trad Music) Brothers and Conall Flaherty 9pm - J.Conneely's Bar

Aidan and Sean 'Rocken Folk and Blues'

DJ Mike O'Malley

10pm - Lowry's Pub

Traditional Irish Music with Eugene Barry and Féichin Mitchell Tuesday 14

Trad Music with John G. Walsh and Mairtín Conroy

6:30pm - J.Conneely's Bar

Piano Bar (Easy Listening Contemporary Music)

Trad Music with Anders and Mia

Live Music in the Bar

10pm - E.J.King's Bar

Early Traditional Music Session 8pm- late - Griffin's Bar 9pm - J.Conneely's Bar

10:30pm - E.J.King's Bar

Lively Traditional Irish Music

10:30pm - Mullarkey's Bar

Irish Ballads with Michael Carey

Live Music in the Bar Sunday 12

6:30pm - J.Conneely's Bar

Early Traditional Music Session 7-9pm - Guy's Bar Irish Music

10pm - Lowry's Pub

Traditional Music Session with Local Musicians Wednesday 15

6:30pm - J.Conneely's Bar

8pm- late - Griffin's Bar

Early Traditional Music Session

9pm - J.Conneely's Bar

Traditional Irish Music with Anders and Mia

Trad Irish Music with the Hernon Brothers and Conall Flaherty Lively Traditional Irish Music

8pm- late - Griffin's Bar 9pm - J.Conneely's Bar

Lively Traditional Irish Music Marie Walsh (accordion) and friends 10pm - E.J.King's Bar Irish Ballads with Michael Carey 9:30pm - The Central Bar Irish Folk and Traditional Music 10pm - Lowry's Pub Traditional Irish Music with 10pm - E.J.King's Bar Liam Aspell and Peter Carey Trad Music with Tom Mullen and David Slevin (Banjo and Guitar) 9:30pm - Mannion's Bar

A Local Tradition not to be missed Touch the hand of knowledge Sitting in the gaze of the Twelve Bens mountain range is the Connemara Giant, Ireland's only late 20th century antiquity. A local tale has it that if you touch the hand of the giant, you will be blessed with the knowledge of his ancient tribe. Connemara is named after a man named Conn and translates as "Conn, son of the sea".

The Connemara Giant

Touching the hand of the giant is like kissing the Blarney Stone or drinking a pint of Guinness in a traditional Irish pub. They say you haven't been to Connemara until you have done it. Countless people from all over the world have taken advantage of this Irish pilgrimage. The Giant sits at the "heart" of Connemara in the tiny village of Recess, only 13 miles from Clifden on the main N59 road to Galway City. The Connemara Giant is on view all day, 7 days a week, and parking is free. Registered with the Crafts Council of Ireland. See map on page 9.

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Jewellery Making Discover the secrets of a craft

some things to do

Cycling On a sunny day in Clifden, the best thing to do is hop on your bike and explore; the landscape always looks more magnificent when we don't see it through the glass of a window! Mannion’s Cycles (see advert on page 9) offers a comprehensive bike rental service which includes insurance, lock and repairs. The accessories you need are there, such as helmets, carrier bags, child seats, maps and guides. Use the map (on page 9) to make your own itinerary, or follow one of our 5 suggested bike routes of various lengths and levels.

Cleggan Beach Riding Centre is Connemara's premier beach riding centre, offering a wide variety of treks to suit all tastes and standards. You can choose a three-day package of up to 6 hours riding per day (including lunch break), a day-long ride, the 3-hour trek to Omey Island across beautiful Omey beach - an experience not to be missed - or the 90-minute trek on moorland or to Sellerna beach. They also offer shorter treks for children and lessons by appointment, with qualified instructors, up to competition standard. Hats and boots are available. Dressage and show jumping leagues are also a regular feature at the centre, which is open every day. The times of the treks are governed by the tide, so it is wise to book in advance. Location: see #103 on map page 9 - See advert on page 2 for contact details. Errislannan Manor / Pony Riding Errislannan

Riding Centre is the only Failte Ireland and AIRE Approved Equestrian Centre west of Galway, recently recognized as a Centre of Excellence for Equestrian Tourism. They offer lessons, rides and treks (€35 per hour). Children specially welcome (€25 per 30 min. for small children). They breed Connemara Ponies and school them ready for you to ride. There is wonderful wild country at the end of the peninsula with hares, larks and seabirds; two hours takes you to the edge of the Atlantic. The gardens are open with a walled garden, bluebell wood, rhodos and exotic trees (€5). There is fishing for children in the lake for small brown trout (€10). Coffee or tea available. Directions: From Clifden take Ballyconneely road south, go over 3 bridges and take first road right up a hill (signposted) and continue for a mile. Location: see #60 on Connemara map page 9 - See advert on page 16 for contact details.

Connemara Smokehouse

This family-run business offers regular tastings of the best quality traditional smoked salmon. Visitors are welcome at anytime. 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 their smoked salmon on Irish stoneground bread. (Visites disponibles en français.) Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-1pm and 2-5pm (closed weekends). See advert on page 11.

Connemara Seaside & Country Memories Whatever the weather, no visit to Connemara is complete without a stop at Connemara Seaside and Country Memories overlooking breathtaking Derryinver Bay. On display at the centre are over 300 exhibits on a mix of cultural and aquatic topics. Get a glimpse of the local maritime history through a special exhibition dedicated to sea and shore life. See advert on page 13.


Connemara's beaches are all individual, coming with their own different types of sand, rocks and an infinite variety of small shells. A must-see is the Coral Strand in Ballyconneely, unusual for its golden coral sand. It’s easy to access with plenty of space to park. Another must-see are the Mannin Bay beaches, a collection of white sandy beaches; strolling here will leave you feeling refreshed and contented. See also Dog's Bay (opposite page) and a list of popular beaches like Glassilaun and the White Strand (on page 13) – corresponding numbers will help you locate them on the map. Disclaimer: The activities above are suggestions only. Visitors should choose activities which suit their own particular ability. What’s On will not accept any

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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 distinguished and contemporary organic-like designer range; a collection not to be missed. 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. Diamond Hill in the Connemara National Park offers a most enjoyable and safe way to discover hill-walking, with a recently built wood and cut stone path. Alternatively, book a What's On Heritage Walk guided by internationally renowned archaeologist Michael Gibbons (see details on page 11) or treat yourself to five days of walking and island hopping with Connemara Safari (see advert on page 14 for further information). 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 and/or visit the exhibition on Connemara’s landscape, audiovisual show and Connemara ponies. Admission is free. Self-guided tours include a choice of nature trails and hill walks of various lengths and levels. As these walks cover rough, wet, boggy terrain, it is essential visitors have appropriate footwear/rainwear. Location: Letterfrack - #95 on map page 9.

Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden Originally built as a Castle in 1867 as a romantic gift, Kylemore Abbey and the surrounding mountains and lakes are steeped in history. Learn of the tales of tragedy and romance, engineering initiatives, model farms, and royal visits. It became home to a community of Benedictine Nuns in 1920 and has been renowned as a place of spirituality and education. Much of the estate has been restored to its former glory. Experience the Victorian atmosphere of the restored rooms of the abbey and miniature Gothic church. Explore the magic of the 6 acre Victorian Walled Garden. With nature trails, woodland walks, restaurant, tea house and an excellent craft shop, Kylemore is the ideal destination for a day out. See also advert on page 9.

Glass-Bottomed Boat Tours Sea tours every fine and fair day on Ireland's only glass-bottomed boat (booking is essential) including a free admission to the Connemara Seaside and Country Memories centre (see opposite left). See the underwater world as only seen before by divers. Lower tides are best for underwater viewing - please inquire in advance. Weather permitting, tours depart at 11am, 12:30, 2:30pm and 4pm (tour duration: 1 hour). Departure locations are the Letterfrack pier (beside Avoca, see #34 on map page 9) and the Derryinver pier (#35 on map) - departure location is tide dependant, please call beforehand to confirm it. See advert on page 13. Omey This tidal island is accessible at low tide every day. (See Cleggan Tour on page 10 for directions and page 13 for tide timetable.) Close to the north coast of the island lie the ruins of Teampall Feichín (Feichin’s church), unearthed 20 years ago after spending 3 centuries buried beneath the sand. The church is surrounded by the remains of a semi-sunken village that was wiped out in the Famine years. The island is now largely abandoned. Fishing

The lakes and rivers of Connemara offer lovers of freshwater angling both small and large catch such as salmon, brown trout, rainbow trout and eel (permits and rates, see page 13). Meanwhile, fans of deep-sea angling can look forward to catching pollock, ray or mackerel aboard the Celtic Queen, Ireland's largest sea angling boat (suitable for beginners - fishing gear is available for hire onboard - departs from Clifden harbour - see advert on page 13). Cook your catch onboard or get the Connemara Smokehouse to smoke it for you!


Handmade Wedding and Engagement Rings

Connemara Marble Jewellery Finest Collection in Ireland

New Diamond Set Claddagh Rings

22 Display Cases with some of the most unusual Jewellery you've ever seen

New Pandora Style Bead Designs

One of the best in Clifden!

Traditonal IRish Music Fireside session Every Evening 7-9:30pm along with food!

Handmade on the Premises

SUMMER SEAFOOD SPECIALS! COSY SETTING • Seafood • fine wines Oven-baked pizzas • WI-FI • TRAD MUSIC

Unique in ireland


Main Street, Clifden

Tel: 095 22119 Find us on Facebook

The Sky Road Justifiably famous for the 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).

Dog’s Bay Just off the Clifden-Roundstone road, Dog’s Bay, famous for its foraminiferal sands, is a stunning beach. The dunes have recently been the focus of intensive efforts to stem coastal erosion by planting grass – visitors are requested to respect the signs restricting access to the dunes. Gurteen Bay lies at the eastern side of the tombolo.

Beach Road A local favourite, the Beach 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 return to Clifden.

Dan O'Hara Heritage Centre The Connemara Heritage centre offers a unique insight into Connemara's colourful past through an audiovisual history presentation and a both guided and self-guided tour. It is located about five miles from Clifden on the Galway Road (#105 on map page 9). Craft shop and Restaurant. See advert below for contact details and opening hours.

Dan O’Hara Heritage Centre N59 5 miLES from Clifden on Galway Road

Main Street, Clifden T: 095-21130 visit:


more things to do

The Bog Road The tranquil scenery of the Bog Road with the backdrop of the Twelve Bens is a true spectacle. Driving or cycling, take the R341 towards Ballyconneely and turn left at Ballinaboy, driving along the famous Roundstone Bog conservation area, turning right to Roundstone, back towards Ballyconneely & returning to Clifden by the coast.

The Station House Museum is located on the site of the old Clifden Railway Station (#14 on map page 8) 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). Photographic exhibition on Marconi wireless station. Cost: €2 adult, €1 child over 5, €6.50 family rate. See advert, page 8.

Alcock and Brown and Marconi Site 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 (1919) 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).

Clifden Castle Walking only - parking not permitted 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.

Irish Music Every Night! 6:30-9pm: Trad Irish Music with Meals 9pm: Lively Irish Trad Session

Audiovisual History Presentation, Crannóg, Connemara Ponies, Ring Fort, Dan O’Hara Cottage and Farm

2 for 1

Heritage Admission with this advert

B&B -all rooms en suite


Irish Fare and Delicious Seafood Restaurant Quality at Pub Prices Lunch Served Daily 12-4pm Evening Meals 6-9pm

Restaurant & Craft Shop Prebooked Groups welcome for lunch or tours

Daily from 9am to 6pm April to October (10am to 5pm in October) Tel: 095-21808 Email: 5

J’Conneely’s Bar, Restaurant and Club, Market Street • Clifden • Tel: 095-22733 5

HEHIRS for outdoors Brings a fresh new look to active lifestyles

Specialising in Weird Fish clothing Adding exciting new brands regularly

Just Arrived

Essenc Hats & Scarves Knitwear at Stanley's

Join us for a glass of wine at our official opening Friday June 3 at 5pm Market St, Clifden T: 095-21282 Facebook: Hehirs of Clifden





What 's On Offer Shopping ideas

1. Foxford Rugs How Much? from €49.95 Where? Dan O'Hara Heritage Centre 10% Off with this advert 2. Italian Illy Coffees to take away How Much? from €1.50–€2.50 Where? The Connemara Hamper 3. Fuchsia Pink Fitflop How Much? Was €69.95 Now €45 (Limited Stock) Where? Stanley's 4. Weird Fish Mens Cotton Sweater (also Navy, Red, Brown) How Much? €64.99 Where? Hehirs of Clifden 5. Womens Dreamlife Regatta Softshell (choice of 3 colours) How Much? €50 Where? Gannon Sports 6. Ardagh Chalice Collection How Much? €49–€698 Where? O'Dalaigh Jewellers 7. 'Connemara Smokehouse' Smoked Salmon How Much? from €7.50 Where? Connemara Smokehouse 8. 'Smidge that Midge' - Midge Insect Repellent How Much? €9.95 Where? The Outdoor Shop 9. Steve McQueen Aran Hand Knit Sweaters How Much? from €199 Where? Joyce's Craft Shop



Locate shops on the maps (centre pages) - a reference number for each shop is listed below the map.

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Meat Sale

Summer Eating

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Half Price Sale

SuperValu Quality Irish Spring Lamb Loin Chops Was €22.99/kg Now €15.40/kg

Clothing at SuperValu Quality Irish Fillet Steak Was €31/kg Now €20.77/kg

SuperValu Quality Irish Striploin Steak Was €20/kg Now €13.40/kg

Real Food, Real People

Offers valid from Monday 30th May until Saturday 4th June 2011


Choose from a selection of 13 in-store Was €4 Now €2



Gannon Sports Connemara's Complete Sports Store

Find us on Facebook The Square, Clifden TEl: 095-22268



CONNEMARA Designer Clothing • Homeware • Gifts A Unique Shopping Experience in Luxurious Surroundings

Amazing Woman Jeans • Annette Gortz B4 Jeans • Daisy May • Pink Label Paul Costelloe • Sarah Pacini Lillith • Sita Murt • Noa Noa

Oska, Tomo, John Smedly, Bi Ti Mo. Full Range of Mens Clothing Exclusive to Millars, 'Gentleman Farmer'

Accessories, Knitwear, Jewellery and a large selection of unusual gifts for him, for her or for home

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


The Courtyard, Clifden Station House Open 7 Days Tel: 095 21526 Email:



What 's On Offer shopping ideas


10. 'After Midnight' perfumed candles and fragrances Where? The Paper Shop Buy One Get One Free 11. 'Simple' Skincare Range How Much? 2 for €5 Where? Moran's Pharmacy 12. Budweiser Bottle Pack 20 x 300ml How Much? €15 Where? SuperValu 13. White Oska Cardigan, Beige Linen Oska Trousers How Much? €180, €125 Where? Millars 14. Fisherman Out of Ireland Knitwear Range How Much? from €17 to €127 Where? Cottage Handcrafts 15. Powerscourt Ladies Quilted Jacket How Much? Was €85 Now €45 Where? Kylemore Abbey Craft Shop 16. The Magic Wing Bra - adhesive, backless, strapless How Much? €34 Where? Belle Blu 17. Lana Kimono by People Tree How Much? €74.99 Where? Ohh! By Gum 20% Off with this advert 18. Connemara - Land of Contrasts How Much? €4.99 Special Offer Where? The Clifden Bookshop

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Locate shops on the maps (centre pages) - a reference number for each shop is listed below the map.

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Ohh! By Gum

Childrenswear Womens fashion & accessories Retro sweetshop Knitting yarn corner Kiddies toy corner

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Clifden Station House Courtyard T: 086 0259568 Open Mon-Sat 10-6, Sun 12-4

Market St, Clifden Tel: 095 21321 7

Station House

The Station Bar


Morning Pastries

Alcock & Brown • Clifden Railway Connemara Ponies • John D'Arcy Millars Mill • Marconi

Coffees • Cappuccinos • Lattes

Books • DVDs • Posters • Postcards

Seafood • Steaks our Specialities

Be Sure To Visit Excellent Bar Food Served Daily 12-9pm

Open Mon-Sat 11-5, Sunday 12-4 May-Oct.

Clifden Station House Tel: 095-21699

Tel: 095-21494






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Maps Reference Numbers


Clifden Map Abbeyglen Castle Hotel Belle Blu Boutique Derryclare Restaurant Design Platform E.J. King's Bar and Restaurant Foyle's Hotel / Marconi Restaurant Gannon Sports Griffin's Bar Guy’s Bar Hehirs Jasmine Garden Chinese Restaurant J.Conneely's Bar, Restaurant and Night Club Lowry's Pub Mannion's Bar Mannion’s Cycles Millars Moran's Pharmacy Mullarkey’s Bar Ohh! By Gum Stanley's

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Station House Theatre Station House Museum SuperValu The Central Bar and Restaurant The Clifden Bookshop The Connemara Hamper The Outdoor Shop The Paper Shop The Quay House Guesthouse The Station Bar

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connemara Map Ballynahinch Castle Cleggan Beach Riding Centre Connemara National Park Connemara Seaside and Country Memories Connemara Smokehouse Cottage Handcrafts Dan O'Hara Heritage Centre Errislannan Riding Centre / Errislannan Manor Inishbofin Ferries (Island Discovery) Joyce's Craft Shop and Art Gallery, Recess Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden Oliver's Bar and Restaurant, Cleggan

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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

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started it all, the tragedy that befell it and the restoration to its former glory.

Mountain and Hybrids

Enjoy a range of attractions including: i i i i i i i

Daily and Weekly Rates

Open 9:30am - 6pm / Sundays 10am - 12noon

Mitchell’s Cafe

Victorian Walled Gardens

For more information contact:


T: +353 95 52001 E:

Bridge Street, Clifden Tel: 095-21160/21155

Gothic Church



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6 acre Victorian Walled Garden Restored Rooms of the Castle Gothic Church i Craft Shop Choral Performances Guided Tours / Self Guided Tours Set in a 1000 acre estate Mitchell's Café & Tea House











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Bike Routes



Sky Road (16km / 1.5 hour) Errislannan (14km / 1.5 hour) Cleggan / Claddaghduff (33km / 2.5 hours) Ballyconneely / Roundstone (40km / 3 hours) North Connemara (full day)

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Heated BEER GARDEN • Smoking Area • BAR FULLY AIR CONDITIONED 4 Large screens with SKY SPORTS HD AND BIG SCREEN IN BACK BAR Proud Sponsors of Connemara R.F.C. and Naomh Feichín GAA club It’s said that Griffin’s Bar serves the best pint of Guinness in Clifden. All items on our menu are available for take-away

Main Street, Clifden Telephone: 095-21370 Fax: 095-22189 9

Activities Drives and Day Tours

Cleggan and Claddaghduff Tour

Roundstone Village & Bog Road Tour

Take the R341 towards Ballyconneely and turn left at Ballinaboy bridge, driving along the Bog Road that crosses the famous Roundstone Bog conservation area. A right turn towards Roundstone takes you past a deserted village to your left. Follow the coast road into Roundstone. Before entering the village, why not turn left at the bridge and spend a while on the Island of Inishnee. Then, make your way to the coastal village of Roundstone, established in the 1820s by a Scottish engineer, Alexander Nimmo. Roundstone is still a busy working fishing village. A Franciscan monastery was founded there in the 1830s, but all that now remains of it is the gateway entrance and church bell tower. The walls, harbour and a well preserved bell tower as well as the monks’ cemetery can all still be seen. As well as cafés, hotels, pubs and bars, you will find craft shops, art galleries and the Roundstone Music workshop. Here they make the bodhrán, Ireland’s traditional goatskin drum. Relax and enjoy a delicious meal in Eldon's or in O'Dowd's (Connemara oldest pub), before returning home. Photo above: The Bog Road

Inagh Valley

From Clifden, take the N59 towards Westport, and 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, and be sure to check the tide timetable beforehand (see page 13). 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. From there you can take the ferry to Inishbofin Island (further info on pages 4 and 12 - ferry times on page 16), but don't forget to enjoy a good meal in Oliver's on your way back! Then, either take the bog road back to Clifden or continue to Moyard via Ballynakill Lough – and then turn right on your way back to Clifden. Photo above: Inishbofin

Renvyle Peninsula and Letterfrack Tour

and Kylemore Tour

No visit to Connemara is complete until you have travelled through the truly majestic Inagh Valley. Travelling 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. 'Humanity Dick' Martin would treat the offenders to a stay on the island – ball and chain included – he ultimately founded what we know now as the RSPCA. Be sure to stop off in Recess and visit Joyce’s Craft Shop (see bottom of page 3), home to Connemara Marble. Turn back towards Clifden; after about 500 metres turn right (before the narrow bridge) onto the R344, which takes you through the Inagh Valley. Meandering past Lough Inagh, the Twelve Bens are to the left, with the Maum Turk mountain range to the 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 turn left to return to Clifden and visit Kylemore Abbey on the way (#51 on map page 9 - further info on page 4 - see also advert on page 9), or turn right to extend your tour further towards Leenane. Photo above : Derryclare Lake

Moran's Pharmacy Celebrating 100 years of service

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. A signposted detour off the Letterfrack to Tully Cross road leads you to the Connemara Seaside and Country Memories centre (see page 4 - see also further information on Glass-Bottomed Boat Tours - adverts page 13). Explore Connemara’s maritime history and enjoy the indoor sea life centre, seaside paths and picnic areas. 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 holy 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, where scenes of the movie Tristan and Isolde were filmed. Continue along Lough Fee until you reach the N59, where you can either turn right to return to Clifden, or left towards Leenane village. Leenane is located at the head of the spectacular Killary fjord – the only fjord in Ireland. In the heart of Leenane you can visit a museum and cultural centre, shops and bars, and listen to tales of when Hollywood came to the locality to film 'The Field', starring the legendary Richard Harris. Photo: Glassilaun

Local Interest, Irish History Best Sellers, Postcards Greeting Cards Guide Books and Maps Artists Supplies Brushes, Canvases & Paints Mail Order Service Available

wide selection of toiletries, antihistamines, sunscreens and first aid supplies Main St, Clifden Tel:095 21273 10

Main Street, Clifden Tel: 095-22020 E-mail:

What's On Heritage Walks July and August Guided Walks - Book online now



The Island of the White Cow (population 200) is famed for its magnificent scenery. It has a turbulent history and a strong association with Saxon England, 17th century France and 18th century America. On the trip you will see a well-preserved 17th century English fort and walk through a Bronze Age landscape, complete with 4,000 year old houses, cooking sites and ancient walls emerging from the bog. The island's coastline is home to Iron Age forts and the ruin of St. Colman’s abbey encircled by its 1,500 year old burial ground.

This walk starts from the visitor centre in the Connemara National Park. The Diamond mountain, 500 metres, rises above the small village of Letterfrack. This is one of the finest hikes in the country. It commands huge ocean, island and mountain views in all directions. From its sharp edge summit it looks down on Kylemore Abbey and deep into the Twelve Bens mountain range. On the slopes of the mountain are the remains of an abandoned 19th century farm and a megalithic tomb built by the first farmers of the area 5,000 years ago.

Every Thursday at 11am (duration: 6hrs)

Every Friday at 11:15am

(duration: 3hrs)

Meeting Point: Cleggan Pier Price: €40 (ferry cost included, 30 mins each way) Grade: Easy to moderate Trail: small roads, open bog and grassy hills

Meeting Point: Archway of the National Park Visitor Centre Price: €25 Grade: Moderate to hard. Trail: wood, gravel and cut stone path

Connecting bus from Clifden to Cleggan at 10:30am. Lunch can be purchased on the island and/or bring a snack with you.

Connecting bus from Clifden to Letterfrack at 10:30am (see map page 8 for bus stop location).


The Roundstone bog complex is one of Ireland’s great areas of international, ecological and historical importance. Important for its nesting Grouse population, it’s also home to a wealth of bog flora such as St. Dabeoc’s Heath. In 1907 the bogs fueled a technological revolution when Guglielmo Marconi established his transatlantic telegraph station here. In 1919, two brave British aviators, Sir John Alcock and Sir Arthur Brown landed here after a gruelling 14 hour flight across the Atlantic from St. John’s, Newfoundland in Canada.

Every Sunday at 5pm (duration: 2hrs) Meeting Point: Alcock and Brown Memorial, Errislannan (4km south of Clifden, R341 Coast Road - turning right at signpost for Alcock & Brown Memorial) Price: €15 Grade: Easy Trail Surface: gravel path and open bog. Walking boots recommended.

Book online at or call 095 21492 / mobile 086 832 0940 Walks operate in July and August only. Walkers walk at their own risk, What’s On cannot be held responsible for injuries that may occur from these walks. Meet your guide Author, broadcaster and mountaineer, Michael Gibbons, a Connemara native, is also one of Ireland’s leading field archaeologists. His knowledge of Ireland’s highlands and islands has been gained by over thirty years of exploring its multi-faceted landscapes on foot, by boat and from the air. This experience has given him the ability to put together the most interesting walking and cultural itineraries that Ireland has to offer. Michael's work has taken him to such diverse places as the Negev Desert, Egyptian Sinai and southern Greece. He has lectured throughout Ireland, at Oxford and Cambridge, the Maritime Museum in Sydney and the University of Melbourne, Harvard University and at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.

He has been the focus of numerous TV and radio programmes on Connemara, the Aran Islands and the Irish highlands. These includes CNN, SKY TV, RTE, UTV, TnaG, BBC TV, BBC Radio 4, PBS and more recently as a researcher on the BBC History of Britain series presented by Simon Schama, and on the BBC’s ‘Monty Halls Great Irish Escape’. He worked as a researcher on the Irish in America series The Long Journey Home. He also presented a series of eight programmes for Irish television on the famine in Ireland. His recent discoveries in maritime and upland archaeology include; some on Skellig Michael UNESCO world heritage site, a series of fish traps, ancient harbours and quays in Connemara, together with a series of megalithic tombs, standing stones and a number of important ancient forts. Michael has also been the focus of several newspaper articles, most recent of which were articles in The Irish Times and The Economist.

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

Buy our products online at Tel: 095 23739 Email: Bunowen Pier, Aillebrack, Ballyconneely, Clifden, Co.Galway 11

Seafood Bar, Restaurant & Coffee Shop

Overlooking Roundstone Harbour

The Beach


Days Bar

Restaurant & Bar

Welcoming Landlubbers & Seafarers for Four Generations

Fresh Seafood Daily

Early Bird Special €19.50 (available till 7pm) 2-Course + Tea/Coffee

Awards 2011 Best Gastro Pub Galway, Michelin Bib Gourmand 2011 Recommended Georgina Campbell, Frommers, Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, BIM Seafood Circle

Internet and Wi-Fi Available Roundstone, Co. Galway Tel: 095-35809 Further info on page 15

Roundstone Harbour Village On the west coast of Connemara lies Roundstone, an area of outstanding natural beauty. As well as being the birth place and inspiration for many artists, Roundstone has been described as a botanist's delight where many wild flowers are found. The rugged backdrop to the village is the small mountain of Errisbeg, which rises to almost 1,000 feet. South of the village, the crescent-shaped beaches of Gurteen and Dog’s Bay (see also page 6) and their intervening tombolo draw thousands each summer. Roundstone is one of the oldest fishing villages in Connemara. It was designed by Scottish engineer Alexander Nimmo in the 1820s. In Roundstone you will find a busy harbour where local fishermen prepare and return with the day's catch. Strolling through the town you will discover some fantastic craft shops, cafés, bars and restaurants (see advert of O'Dowd's above and Eldon's below) – look out for your chance to beat an Irish traditional drum, the bodhrán. Visiting Roundstone is a highly recommended and relaxing experience. Whatever your reasons for visiting Roundstone, you will not be disappointed. See page 10 for further information about Roundstone or visit



Bar Food Daily 12-9pm Serving Locally Caught Seafood and Fresh Irish Produce

Managed by the Murray Family for Three Generations

Fantastic Sea Views • Superb Food Comfortable Accommodation Warm, Relaxed, Welcoming Atmosphere

Great Traditional Music Turn right at the pier and pop in!

Tel:095 45829 Email:

Inishbofin Island

Inishbofin island

T: 095 45804 E:

Inishbofin Island of the White Cow For a taste of island life, take a boat trip to the 'Island of the White Cow’ (8km long by 3km wide, population 200.) Located 10km west of Cleggan (30 minutes by ferry), Inishbofin features all the best that Connemara has to offer; a rich history, stunning Atlantic coast scenery, spectacular walks and 'Green Coast' awardwinning beaches with crystal clear waters – making it a paradise for water-based activities.

Inishbofin is a breeding area for many species of birds and is one of the rare places in Ireland where the threatened Corncrake can still be heard calling at night.

The island's visitors are given an extraordinary chance to come in contact with some of Connemara's best preserved heritage; Bronze Age landscapes, Cromwell’s 17th century star-shaped fort (see pictures above and top right of page 10), ancient burial grounds and a ruined 13th century church standing on the grounds of the original 7th century monastery founded by St. Colman.

This is the perfect place to explore and unwind. Visitors are guaranteed a warm welcome with three hotels, a hostel and campsite, B&Bs and cottages available for rent. (See adverts above and below for more information about island accommodation, dining and entertainment.)

The three walks, the Middlequarter Loop, Westquarter Loop and Cloonamore Loop (see for maps) afford panoramic views of the Connemara mountains and the island’s cliffs, sea stacks and seal colonies.

The island is also famous for its musical heritage and it continues to be a haven for music lovers with sessions held regularly during the summer months, starting with the very popular Inishbofin Arts Festival in May.

Tickets for day trips to Inishbofin can be bought in Cleggan or on the ferry itself. (See ferry advert below and ferry timetable on page 16.) Read more about Inishbofin on page 4 or visit Contact details: Inishbofin Island Community Centre Tel: 095-45895

Inishbofin House Hotel & Marine Spa

Timeless, Tranquil and Unspoilt

Value Dining in Beola Restaurant Open Fri, Sat and Sun 6:30-9pm 2-Course Meal €19.95, 3-Course €22.95

Bar Food Served Daily 12:30-8pm


Roundstone, Co. Galway Tel: 095-35933 Find us on Facebook/The Authentic Eldons Hotel

Contact us Call 095 45809 or Email

Information / Bookings Call: 095-45819 / 086-1718829 086-8359920 Cleggan Ticket Office: 095-44878

Marconi R e s t au r a n t May Mid-Week Special Early Bird Menu (6-6:45pm)

2-course €20.95, 3-course €25.95 choosing from our À la carte menu

Foyle’s Hotel Special Accommodation Rates Available Daily Please inquire Main Street, Clifden Telephone: 095-21801

Tide Timetable Galway Tides june TIME


june TIME



06:11 12:05 18:25

4.6 1.0 4.9

Thursday 9


05:22 11:52 17:51

1.3 4.2 1.6

Friday 3


00:29 06:49 12:42 19:03

0.9 4.6 1.0 4.9

Friday 10


00:14 06:30 13:01 19:03

4.3 1.3 4.2 1.6

Saturday 4


01:09 07:29 13:22 19:43

0.8 4.6 1.1 4.9


01:25 07:37 14:07 20:11

4.3 1.3 4.3 1.4

Sunday 5


01:50 08:11 14:04 20:25

0.9 4.6 1.2 4.8

Saturday 11 Sunday 12


02:32 08:40 15:08 21:13

4.4 1.2 4.5 1.2


02:34 08:57 14:50 21:12

0.9 4.5 1.3 4.7

Monday 13


03:35 09:37 16:03 22:09

4.5 1.1 4.7 1.0

Tuesday 7


03:24 09:48 15:42 22:04

1.0 4.3 1.5 4.5

Tuesday 14


04:30 10:29 16:53 22:57

4.7 1.0 4.9 0.8

Wednesday 8


04:19 10:46 16:43 23:06

1.2 4.2 1.6 4.4

Wednesday 15


05:19 11:16 17:40 23:45

4.8 0.9 5.1 0.7

Glass-Bottomed Boat Tours Tours Every Fine and Fair Day

Includes Free Admission to Connemara Seaside & Country Memories Centre

Departs 11am, 12:30, 2:30pm and 4pm

Duration: 1 hour - Tours are weather dependant, please call beforehand.

Ireland’s Largest and Best Equiped Sea Angling Boat

Music and Comedy Double-Bill

10pm Comedy with some of Ireland's best upcoming comedic talent 11:30pm Live music with Sons of Gingerbread One of the most exciting and original live acts to come out of the West of Ireland in a long time! Fri, Sat, Sun Live Music in the Bar see page 3

Aqua Info

(for Connemara, add 5 minutes) HW: high water LW: low water

Thursday 2

Monday 6

Saturday 4th June

Departure Locations Letterfrack Pier

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

Salmon fishing also requires a State licence

Owenglen River Daily rate: €25 / Weekly rate: €80

Deep-Sea Angling aboard The Celtic Queen Departs from Clifden harbour daily See advert below

Connemara Smokehouse Get your own fish smoked and even shipped home! See advert on page 11 Connemara Seaside & Country memories Connemara map #96 'Yesterday Once More' exhibition open daily 10am-6pm See advert below

Glass-bottomed boat tours See advert below Sea tours departing daily (weather permitting)


See corresponding numbers in red on 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

Connemara Seaside & Country memories Rain or Shine, Explore this Unique Family-Friendly Indoor Centre with Over 300 Exhibits Seaside Paths and Picnic Areas

(beside Avoca - #34 on map page 9) and Derryinver Pier (#35) Departure location is tide dependant, please call beforehand to confirm it.

5 minutes from Letterfrack on the Renvyle road

Tel: 095-43473 / 086-1991988

Derryinver, Letterfrack Tel: 095-43473 Mobile: 086-1991988

Cook your Catch on-board! No Fish No Fee! Charter €500 per day / €100 per hour (min. 2 hours) Day Charter €50pp. Evening Trips Available. Skipper has over 30 years experience! Fishing gear for hire. TEL: 09521069 MOBILE: 0862484674


Abbeyglen Castle Hotel

tuesday night is Irish night

Treat yourself to 5 days of

The Abbeyglen

Walking and Island Hopping with Connemara Safari

Treatment Rooms

Discover hidden trails - Islands include Inishbofin, Inishshark, Inishturk, Clare Island & Killary Harbour

Open Daily for Facial Therapy, Body Treatments, Massage Therapy and Yon-Ka Facials Nonresidents welcome Sky Road, Clifden, Connemara, Co. Galway Tel: 095 21201 Email:

Community Events and Festivals Conamara Bog Week 2011 Friday 27th May–Monday 6th June

Music, cycling, walking and dancing in the village of Letterfrack. This is the 27th year of the Conamara Bog Week festival and the organisers, Conamara Environmental Education and Cultural Centre, are promising an exciting lineup as usual – all visitors are welcome to join in! The Conamara Bog Week is a ten-day multi-layered 'authentic' festival celebrating the Connemara landscape. Activities will include the Connemara Walkabout and the Conamara Fun Run. Lots of traditional music is on the programme featuring The Kane Sisters, Mick Kinsella, Marie Walsh and the Hernon Family. There will also be some music and Sean-Nós dance workshops as well as an art exhibition in the Connemara National Park.

Lowry's BAR Traditional Family-Run Irish Pub of Character and Local Atmosphere One of Ireland's Finest Whiskey Pubs Over 70 Premium Scotch and Irish Whiskeys

Pub Food Served Daily

Trad Irish Music Monday–Saturday Find us on Facebook


Market Street, Clifden Tel: 095-21347

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Champagne Reception Gourmet Picnics Castle Accommodation Archaeology

Weekly Departures led by well-known Archaeologist Gerry McCloskey Tel: 095 21071

Letterfrack is a small village founded by Quakers in the mid-19th century. It is located at the foot of Diamond Hill, near Barnaderg Bay and is easily accessible from Clifden, a short 15-minute drive away. Don't forget to stop off at the Connemara National Park on the way! See page 4 for more information about the Connemara National Park. Printed Bog Week programme available in various outlets around Connemara. Visit for further information.

Rough Diamond Adventure Race Saturday 4th June The Rough Diamond Adventure Race is a mix of biking, trail and mountain running with a challenging assault course and human steeplechase right on the beach. The race will start on Lettergesh Beach in Renvyle at 1pm and will finish in Clifden. A percentage of each entry fee is reserved for charity. The main charity partner is Croí, The West of Ireland Cardiac Foundation. Registration costs: €65 per person and €220 per team. Register online and check the course maps at

Derryclare restaurant All Starters €5 Main Courses from €12.95 All Wine Selections €15

Delicious food at affordable prices for the whole family - Fresh Seafood, Steaks, Pasta, Pizza & al fresco dining Menu en français Menü in deutsch Menu in italiano

Stop in for a Take-Away Pizza Menu

M arket S quare , C lifden T el :095 21440


What 's On the Menu Locate each venue on the maps (centre pages) – see reference numbers below the map on page 8. Abbeyglen Castle Hotel Renowned for our

gourmet food, we offer the very best in local seafood, lobster, catch of the day and delicious Connemara lamb. Sit back and enjoy live music, friendly staff and beautiful views. We offer an à la carte menu and an extensive table d’hôte, which changes daily. Tuesday night is Irish night: the menu is written in Gaelic and boasts a number of traditional dishes, all accompanied by an evening of traditional Irish music and song. Booking is essential! Advert opposite page.

Doonmore Hotel The restaurant in Murray’s

Griffin's Bar A local favourite and Clifden’s premier

sports bar. Lunch is served daily Mon–Fri 1–5pm. Our bar food menu features freshly prepared soup of the day, homemade seafood chowder, fresh seafood (subject to availability), smoked salmon, homecooked 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. Advert page 9.

Guy's Bar & Snug Relax in a warm and friendly

atmosphere where old and new traditions meet. Our extensive food menu includes daily seafood specials, soups, seafood chowder, BLTs, wraps, paninis, baps, club sandwiches, traditional fish & chips, beef and Guinness stew, homemade house burger, salads and homemade desserts. We also serve take-away pizzas, cappuccinos, lattes, espresso and herbal teas. Breakfast served until 1pm and all day on Sunday. Trad music sessions (see page 3). Advert page 5.

Doonmore Hotel, Inishbofin serves 4 course evening meals from 7:30pm daily. Our menu offers a range of dishes including fresh seafood and lobster on request. Soups and desserts are all homemade, as is our bread which is baked daily. Our renowned bar food is available daily 12–9pm. Our famous chowder and freshly caught crab dishes bring people from all corners of the world again and again. Advert page 12.

Inishbofin House Hotel Panoramic views of the

E.J.King's Bars & Restaurant Famous for our pub

Jasmine Garden offers authentic Chinese cuisine

food, we specialise in traditional Irish dishes such as Irish Stew, Homemade Chowder, Cod & Chips in Beer Batter and Traditional Seafood Pie. Fresh Oysters, Crab and Smoked Salmon are available, as well as vegetarian and gluten free dishes. And yes, we cater for little ones! Why not try our Value Dining Menu? 2 Courses for €21.95 or 3 Courses for €24.95. Visit to view our menus. Enjoy your stay in Clifden! Advert below.

Eldon's Bar & Beola Restaurant offers extremely tasty food at reasonable prices. Bar food is served daily from 12-8pm, with a variety of dishes to suit all palettes. Beola Restaurant is open at weekends, where all varieties of seafood, such as scallops, monkfish, oysters and sea bass are a speciality. Why not pay us a visit? Advert page 12.

natural harbour in our split level dining room offer a stunning backdrop for you to enjoy your meal. Our head Chef and kitchen team have created a wonderful menu offering the best of fresh Inishbofin seafood. Great food, a thoughtfully chosen wine list, quality service and beautiful views, all combined to create a memorable dining experience. Advert page 12. at reasonable prices. Our experienced head chef Raymond Wong brings to you delicious Chinese dishes with that 'home made' 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 to create that special ambience for all diners. We also do take away. Open 7 days. Weekdays from 5:30pm to 11:30pm & weekends from 5:30pm till late. Advert below.

J.Conneely's Bar Our balcony boasts probably

one of the most spectacular views you are likely to experience in Clifden. Situated on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, it is the ideal spot to enjoy our new extensive bar menu, with local seafood such as Atlantic seafood chowder, mussels, oak-smoked salmon and our now famous Whale of a Fish. Join in

Jasmine Garden Chinese restaur ant

on our lively Irish music sessions every evening from 6:30pm. In brief, fresh Atlantic seafood enjoyed with a pint of Guinness while gazing out at the Atlantic Ocean was how it was meant to be! Advert page 5.

9:30pm. Next door is O'Dowd's Café, open 9:30am– 6pm and serving delicious freshly-made food to take away or eat in. Wi-Fi available. Advert page 12.

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden

a century, our bar on Inishbofin is located on the waterfront, less than four minutes to the ferry. The bar has a lovely, warm and welcoming feel to it. Great pints of Guinness, selection of beers, wines and spirits from all over the globe. Bar food is served daily 12– 9pm. Our ethos is around locally caught, sustainable seafood and local organic produce where possible. Our local waters offer us Lobster, Crab, Mackerel and the humble Pollack, all of which are featured seasonally on our menu. Advert page 12.

Mitchell's Café Serving traditional Irish dishes using fresh ingredients from the Victorian Walled Garden and recipes generously bestowed by the Benedictine nuns, we offer delicious meals and treats in a stunning setting. Tea House Relax with a coffee and sweet treat by the 6 acre Victorian Walled Garden and take in the breathtaking views of the Connemara National Park. Whether your visit includes morning coffee and scones, lunch or afternoon tea, Kylemore Abbey has something for everyone. Advert page 9.

Mannion's Bar Serving tasty food 12-9pm daily.

Value for money food in a tradititonal comfortable bar setting - the perfect place to rest your feet and eat. We specialise in local seafood (Fish of the Day, Smoked Fish Chowder, Killary Mussels, Smoked Connemara Salmon) and traditional favourites (Connemara Lamb Stew, Homemade Burgers, Steaks). We're a child friendly bar with a great value Children's Meal Deal for €4.95. Remember to check our daily specials, and leave room for dessert! Advert above.

Marconi Restaurant A charming family-run

The Beach, Days Bar Established for almost

The Central Bar & 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 folk and traditional music from Friday to Sunday at 9:30pm. Advert below.

The Connemara Hamper Clifden's only cheese shop and award-winning deli offers a range of exclusive lunch ideas. Pop in and look at our menu while enjoying a cup of Illy coffee. Open Mon–Sat 10am–5pm. Advert page 16.

restaurant managed personally by the Foyles for over a century. We focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced locally where possible, specialising in seafood and traditional Irish favourites. The restaurant is set in distinctive surroundings, full of interesting artefacts covering the history of Connemara and the hotel. Expect a professional, friendly service and creative cooking, all offered at a fair price in a relaxed ambience. Advert page 13.

The Owenmore Restaurant at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel We insist upon using only the freshest

O'Dowd's Seafood Restaurant, Bar & Café

House Courtyard is the tastefully restored Station Master’s House and train platform, a period building offering an atmosphere to relax and enjoy a meal or a drink. The finest, freshest ingredients, with a focus on local produce, ensures quality of a high standard. The menu features mouth-watering dishes from seafood chowder to our signature dish - Fish & Chips, as well as a selection of light snacks. Food is served 12–9pm. Advert page 8.

Established in 1840, O'Dowd's is Connemara's oldest pub, family-run for four generations. Enjoy a great pint of Guinness in an atmospheric setting or outside overlooking Roundstone harbour. We specialise in fresh local seafood: mussels, oysters, crab claws, Galway Bay prawns, scallops, fresh smoked salmon, hake, turbot, etc. Try our famous seafood chowder! Evening restaurant menu 5–9:30pm, bar food 12–

of ingredients available, pursuing the organic option where possible. The 2 Rosette Owenmore Restaurant offers the discerning diner the best of locally caught fish and game and local produce. In the fishermans pub, guests enjoy a pint with the local fishing guides, and a less formal menu is available. Advert page 16.

The Station Bar In the centre of Clifden Station

the central Fab Food Served 7 Days till 9pm The Very Best of Trad Music and Song Fri–Sun

Authentic Chinese Food

T el : 095 21430 E mail :

Market Street, Clifden Tel: 095-21174

bar • restaurant

Take-Away and Delivery Service



Useful Information ATMs and Banks Statoil Service Station (ATM) (Clifden map #7) SuperValu (ATM) (Clifden map #12) Bank of Ireland (Clifden map #56) and AIB Bank (Clifden map #98) Opening Hours: Monday 10am-12:30 and 1:30pm-5pm Tuesday-Thursday-Friday 10am-12:30 and 1:30pm-4pm Wednesday 10:30am-12:30 and 1:30pm-4pm

Bike Hire


Beside coach park - pay to use (see map page 8 for location) Public toilets also in SuperValu (see opening hours below)

Gardaí - Police (see map page 8) Clifden Tel: 095-22500

Take-Away Derryclare Restaurant, Griffin's Bar, Guy's Bar,

Bus Eireann (see map page 8 for bus stop location) Adult day return €13 / Adult single ticket €12.50 (Student: Single €10 / Return €13 - Child: Single €8 / Day return €9)

Times Departing Clifden Weekdays: 9:00, 13:30 and 14:40 Sundays: 16:15 Times Departing Galway Weekdays: 11:15, 13:00 and 18:15 Sundays: 12:50 Citylink (see map page 8 for bus stop location) Super Single from only €1 when booked in advance online Reg. Fares: Adult day return ticket €15 / Adult single ticket €13

SuperValu Opening Hours

8am–9pm daily except Friday 8am–10pm

Jasmine Garden, SuperValu, The Connemara Hamper (see map p. 8)

Internet Access / Wi-Fi (see symbols on map page 8) Guy's Bar, Main Street, Clifden (Free Wi-Fi only) O’Dowd’s, Main Street, Roundstone Video Vault, Main Street, Clifden

Mannion's Cycles, Bridge Street (Clifden map #20 - see advert page 9)

Bus Times and fares for Bus Eireann and Citylink

Public Toilets

Dr. John Casey, Tel: 095-21224 (map surgery symbol #1) Dr. Ciaran MacLoughlin, Tel: 095-21141 (map surgery symbol #2) Dr. Lynda Keaveney, Tel: 095-22272 (map surgery symbol #1) Dr. Sophie Faherty (Women's Health Clinic), Tel: 087-2226783 (#4) Dr. Aengus Flavin Tel: 095-35851 (Roundstone)

Laundry Services Shamrock Dry Cleaners and Washeteria (Clifden map #55) Hillview Launderette (Clifden map #99) Ferrons Shop - collections & pick-up 3pm daily Mon-Fri (Roundstone)

Library Opening Hours (see library symbol on map page 8) Monday and Wednesday 2:30pm-6pm & 6:30pm-8:30pm Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10:30am-1pm & 2:30pm-6pm Friday 10:30am-1pm, 2:30pm-6pm & 6:30pm-8:30pm

Movie Rental Video Vault, Main St, Clifden - Tel: 095-22033 Parking Information (see symbols on map page 8)

Taxi Service (to and from Clifden)

Chris O'Neill - C&P Hackney, Tel: 095-21444 or 086-8593939 Joyces Cabs, Tel: 095-22082 / Sky Cabs, Tel: 095-22400 The Taxi Company, Tel: 095-30000 / Chris O’Connor, Tel: 086-331-0270 / Noel King (Roundstone), Tel: 087-958-2398

Tickets and Times to Inishbofin Island Departing Cleggan Mon, Wed & Thurs Tue Fri Sat & Sun Departing Inishbofin Mon, Wed & Thurs Tue Fri & Sat Sun

11:30am 11:30am 11:30am 11:30am

2:00pm* 2:00pm* 2:00pm 2:00pm

6:45pm 7:30pm 7:30pm 6:45pm

9:00am 8:15am 8:15am 10:00am

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

5:00pm 5:00pm 5:00pm 5:00pm

*June, July and August only

Times Departing Clifden Daily: 07:15, 09:15, 12:00, 15:15 and 18:30 Times Departing Galway Daily: 09:00, 12:00, 14:30, 16:00 and 17:30

1. Public car park - behind Clifden Tourist Office 2. St. Joseph’s Church car park – 9am to 6pm daily, paid parking; up to 2 hours €1 and then 50c per additional hour 3. Paid parking in town – pay-and-display parking meters, 20c for 12 min. (minimum charge), 10c per additional 6 minutes, €1 per hour (max 3 hours) Applies 11:30am-6pm, Sunday free.

Church Times

Petrol Stations

Opening Hours: Mon–Sat 10am–5pm Tel: 095-21163

Esso, Main Street (Clifden map #80) Open Mon-Sun 7am-11pm Esso (Spar), Galway Road (map #7) Open Mon-Sat 7-11, Sun 8-11

Waste and Recyclables Schedule (Clifden)

(Student: Single €11 / Day return €13 - Child: Single €9 / Day return €11)

Parish of Clifden – St.Joseph’s RC Church Monday to Friday 9:30am, Saturday 7pm, Sunday 11am Parish of Clifden - Christ Church (Church of Ireland) Sunday Service 11:30am

Dentist (See symbol on Clifden map page 8) Catherine Skelly, Tel: 095-22731

Post Office (see symbol on map page 8) Open Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm and Sat, 9am–2pm (Sunday closed) Where else to buy stamps? Dispenser outside Post Office, Clifden Bookshop (Clifden map #64) Kylemore Abbey (Conn. map #51)

Tickets available at Cleggan Office or on the boat €20 return adults, €10 return child Group rates and family rates available Connecting bus service to Cleggan from Clifden: Citylink – Departing Clifden everyday at 10:30, 13:30 and 17:30

Tourist Information Office (see Clifden map page 8)

Weeks for General Waste: May 30–June 3 and June 13–17 Week for Recycling: June 6–10 Collection day varies depending on your location, please check with Barna Waste on 1890 300 450.

For Emergencies, Dial 112 or 999

Go Horse Riding on a Connemara Pony on the Spectacular Errislannan Peninsula

More information on page 4

Lessons Daily for all Abilities - Special Attention for Nervous Riders - 3 Day Mini Camps for Children - Gardens Open

Errislannan Riding Centre Only 8km from Clifden Tel: 095 21134 16 16

What's On Connemara - Issue 2, 2011  

Free Visitor Information for the Connemara Region, Galway, Ireland

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