Connemara Green Festival, West of Ireland, 11, 12 & 13 October 2019
Inspiring Action for Conservation
This is the 5th year of the Connemara Green Festival and each year it continues to grow and expand. The main aim of the festival is to raise awareness of the unique ecology of Connemara and raise funds for biodiversity projects and conservation of our local environment.
This year’s theme is ‘‘Craft, culture and wilderness’. This year our biodiversity project is to raise funds for awareness and conservation of the Freshwater Pearl Mussel, which is the rarest invertebrate in Europe with sustainable populations only existing now in Ireland and Scotland. This mussel is found in the local Dawros river and is under huge threat. The river was a pristine angling river for trout and salmon but has declined in recent years. It is home to Wild Atlantic salmon and is a critical part of the fragile eco system of the river.
The festival will take place from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 October 2019 and is based in Letterfrack village, Connemara, at the foot of Diamond Hill and the Connemara National Park and along the Wild Atlantic Way. The weekend includes children’s weaving willow workshop, walks with local ecologists and historians, nature & craft workshops, a visit to the community garden, learning about local fauna and flora, outdoor activities, farm, tree and archaeology walks in the Connemara National Park, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and boat trips in Letterfrack Bay. All ages are welcome!
The official opening of the festival will take place at 6m on Friday and is followed by a book launch with Peter Sturge of “Sophia Sturge and the Basketing making industry in Letterfrack” by Joan Johnson.
One of the highlights for the festival will be the Connemara Green Feast on the Saturday at 6pm and will be a sample tasting menu showcasing our local food produce and foraging. It will start in the Connemara National Park. All proceeds go to actions for conservation.
Most of the activities over the weekend are free of charge and some require booking. Please check the website for more details. The Connemara festival ends on Sunday with a Farm to Fork-Walk, talk & tasting at Rosleague Manor.
Price includes: (per person sharing)
- 2 nights in Bed & Breakfast hostel accommodation
- 2 self-service continental breakfasts
- Green Feast ticket – Saturday evening gourmet feast/dinner at the festival
- Full information pack supplied upon booking
Price does not include:
- dinners not specified and lunches
- Additional activities during the festival
- Single Supplement available on request
- Available on the weekend 11-13 October. Early booking essential.
- Additional accommodation options available on request
- Own transport required to accommodation
- Subject to availability and terms and conditions. Please see our website www.connemarawildescapes.ie for more information and details.
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Arrive in Connemara and your accommodation in Letterfrack on Friday 4 October
Explore the area, the Connemara National Park and visitor centre, the village of Letterfrack and surrounds.
We also suggest a visit to Kylemore Abbey & Victorian walled Garden (Entrance fee not included in this package)
Have dinner in the locale (not included in this package) and enjoy some traditional music in the village or surrounding villages
For schedule of Connemara Green Festival events please see the website www.connemaragreenfestival.ie
Departure on 6 October Hope to see you again in Connemara soon!