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A Little Bit Of Folklore – The Brigids Cross

Saint Brigids Day, a new bank holiday and the Saint Brigids Cross. From 2023, there is a new annual public holiday in early February to mark St Brigid’s Day. The public holiday is the first Monday in February, except where St Brigid’s day (1 February) happens to fall on a Friday, in which case that…

5 Reasons I Love Christmas in Connemara

I’m not sure I can ever get used to the beauty of Connemara. I hope that I don’t. I’m not a tourist here anymore, but I still often go around as if I am, stopping to take photos on walks or from the car. It’s just too beautiful not to.  Connemara can be a busy…

Winter Breaks In Connemara Are Fun

If you are not tied to school schedules or your children are small heading west for a short break can be great fun and an interesting way to spend a few days exploring Connemara and enjoying the many things there are to do in  relaxed way without any crowds. If you get a spell of…

High Island – Mysterious and Innaccessible

Situated a short distance off the Claddaghduff coast High Isand is a mysterious and seriously inaccessible Island steeped in history. As its name suggests it is surrounded by cliffs and there is only a small and difficult landing place at the east end. It is said to be the home of St Fechin who lived…

Food Trucks – A Food Revolution In Connemara

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Food Trucks In Connemara It is very hard to know when the food vans started appearing in Connemara, but if I am not mistaken “The Misunderstood Heron” was the first. They started near the Killary Adventure Centre in a spot which had easy parking, along with a stunning view. Opened by Kim & Reinaldo a husband-wife…

Letterfrack Farm Experience – A great Trip For The kids

There is an interesting experience in Letterfrack that will delight the kids and  adults alike.Letterfrack Farm Experience is based around a small family farm in the heart of Letterfrack. They started out by purchasing two Connemara ponies (a breed native to our area) and fell in love with these beautiful animals which enticed them to…

Veldons Bar – A Bit Of Letterfrack History

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When it comes to classic pubs in the Connemara area Veldons Bar has a certain notoriety. If you drive through Letterfrack its collection of memorabilia, bright vintage signs and seating catch the eye. This can often lead to an unscheduled stop, often excused by the need for “a bit of shopping”. This bar was taken over…

Life Is A Beach- A walk Along Dunloughan

There are so many great walks in Connemara that it is often difficult to know where to go! Dunloughan, on the north side of the Ballyconneely peninsula is a great favourite, and can be made shorter or longer according to what you feel like doing. There is a string of sandy storm beaches and grassy…

Connemara Blue – Art And Glass Fused

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In Connemara there are a lot of businesses that are owned and run by local families, and use the unique beauty of the west coast as an inspiration for that business in the same way that Connemara Coastal Cottages does. Connemara Blue is one of these businesses If you visit Clifden you may notice an…

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