It is hard to believe that it is 39 years since Connemara Sea Week was conceived as a celebration of all that is marine in the Letterfrack area. The sea is embedded in local culture, so why not celebrate this and all that is connected to it?
The decision was made, a plan followed and a small committee organised a modest event they called sea week. which has grown over the years to be a social and artistic event which involves all of the community young and old.
The village of Letterfrack is nestled between the Diamond Mountain, the lakes of Kylemore and the beautiful Ballinakill Bay. It has a marine heritage going back many years. There was a thriving oyster fishery, now being revived in the form of oyster farming. Quite large vessels used to bring coal and other goods in to the nearby Dooneen pier, along with the fishing boats landing their catch and escaping the winter storms. Derryinver has an active fishing fleet and the Kylemore fishery brings salmon anglers from all over to fish
Connemara Sea Week runs this year from the 20th until the 29th October, and the list of events is impressive.
There is a huge variety of activities, performances, music and arts, there is plenty to do and see along with Lots of great music and interesting fun for all the family. A browse through the List of Events will find something for everyone.
Letterfrack always puts a lot of energy in to a festival and Sea Week is one of the high points of the year. Events this year include guided walks and environmental workshops, a mini boat regatta, pond dipping for kids and an oyster shell painting workshop and loads more.
Leading climate activist and Eco Eye presenter Duncan Stewart will lead seminars on biodiversity and climate,
Local and visiting musicians will perform on both weekends, in Veldon’s Seafarer Pub. This year’s line-up includes Liz and Yvonne Kane with Muireall Murray, Don Stiffe and the Hernon family, Matt and Coonor Kane, accordion player Daithí Gormley, Josephine Marsh and much more. A music workshop for young and up and coming musicians will also be hosted by Marie Walsh from Trad in the West.
Artists and designers will work with students to create a spectacular Night Light’s exhibition, a magical display of lights throughout the village.
Images courtesy Connemara Sea Week, Video Courtesy Barry Ryan.