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Connemarathon
23 April 2017

Connemarathon

The Connemara International Marathon comprises a Half, Full and Ultra marathon on a course through the dramatic scenery of Connemara. Now in its sixteenth year this event attracts thousands of participants. The Connemara Hostel is the ideal base from which to participate in or watch this amazing marathon.
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13th - 17th April 2017

Galway Food Festival 2017

The Galway Food Festival is 5 days of fantastic food and free, family-friendly events on the Easter bank holiday weekend, showcasing the best that Galway has to offer. Featuring over 100 individual events this will mark the 6th year of this fantastic festival.
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April 2017

Clifden Traditional Music Festival 2017

Celebrating the very best of Irish music, song and dance. This event will take place in April with dates to be confirmed.
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April 23rd - 30th

Cúirt International Festival of Literature 2017

Cúirt International Festival of Literature features an eclectic and exciting rang of Irish and International writers for which Cúirt is renowned. (Image: Boyd Challenger)
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28th - 30th April 2017

Connemara Mussel Festival 2017

Originally established to promote the excellence of the mussels of Killary harbour, this festival has grown to become a celebration of local people, food, culture and heritage, and is recognised as the premier food event for Connemara.
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28th April - 1st May 2017

Leenane Mountain Walking Festival 2017

Leenane village is situated on the edge of Killary Harbour and surrounded by mountains in all directions, so there could hardly be a more perfect place to have a festival dedicated to walking.
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6th May 2017

Connemara Adventure Challenge 2017

This event is an adventure challenge with 3 disciplines; trail/mountain running (walking and jogging also accepted!), Kayaking and cycling. The whole challenge will operate from the Killary Adventure Centre which is a short walk from The Connemara Hostel.
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19th - 21st May 2017

Burren in Bloom 2017

Month of May 2017 - the villages of The Burren are the perfect location for discovering the botanical riches of this unique limestone landscape. The month of May reveals an abundance of flowers throughout The Burren, with spring gentians, mountain avens, turlough violets, spring sandworth and a profusion of orchids, among them early purple orchids, bee orchids, spotted orchids. (Birds Foot Image - Burren Trust)
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May 19th - 21st

Galway Early Music Festival 2017

A Festival of medieval, renassance and baroque music. 2017 will mark the 22nd year of this event.
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May 27th 2017

Tour de Connemara 2017

The 2017 Tour de Connemara is a cycling event which offers participants the choice of 140km or 80km routes and travels along the Wild Atlantic Way. Participants can expect cycle there way through valleys and along by its spectacular lakes.
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12th - 14th May 2017

Burren Slow Food Festival 2017

A weekend festival celebrating the food and culture of Co. Clare. Markets, demonstrations, BBQs, kids cooking, talks and lots of food and fun for all! From Friday to Sunday you can sample the very best of what Co. Clare has to offer in food and culture. Including indoor and outdoor farmer's markets, cookery demonstrations by local and well known celebrity chefs, gala dinner, talks and information sessions, "LocalSource" helping you source local foods, exhibitions, food activities for children, BBQs with local produce and a huge variety of other local, artisan and organic foods for sale.
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May 2017

Cliffs of Moher Seabirds Festival 2017

During the month of May one of Ireland's most outstanding natural wonders is the host of sea birds of seabirds found nesting at the Cliffs of Moher. Over 60,000 seabirds can be seen at the Cliffs of Moher druring the breading season including Puffins,Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes and Fulmars nesting at different levels of the cliffs.
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28th May - 5th June

Connemara Bog Week 2017

Connemara Bog Week celebrates all that is unique about the Connemara landscape.
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17th June 2017

An Post Tour de Burren Cycle Challenge 2017

June 17th 2017- the Tour de Burren numbers are continuing to grow as word spreads of the fantastic route and the detailed level of organising and planning that goes into this event.
June 2017

Doonbeg International Jazz Festival 2017

June 2017 - A weekend of Swing, Dixie, Latin & Jazz, featuring bands and performers from Ireland, U.K and Europe.
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24th June 2017

Gaelforce West 2017

Probably the best known of Ireland's Atlantic challenges - a run, cycle and kayak through some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland; starting just down the road/fjord from The Connemara Hostel at Glassilaun Beach.
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July 2017

Willie Clancy Summer School 2017

July 2017- the Willie Clancy Summer School promotes the study, practice and appreciation of Irish traditional music, song and dance. The school was established in 1973 to commemorate the Miltown Malbay uilleann piper, Willie Clancy, and `to promote the study, practice and appreciation of Irish traditional music song and dance.
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11th -16th July 2017

Galway Film Fleadh 2017

The Galway Film Fleadh is Irelands best loved film festival. It takes place over six days every July. This well known Fleadh attracts directors, actors, cinematographers and artists of all generations.
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17th - 30th July 2017

Galway International Arts Festival 2017

The Galway International Arts Festival, founded in 1978, is a multidisciplinary arts festival producing and presenting an international programme of theatre, spectacle, dance, visual arts, music, literature and comedy.
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31st July - 6th August 2017

Galway Races - Summer Meeting 2017

31st July - 6th August 2017- The Summer Festival Race Meeting at the Galway Races is renowned worldwide for its electric atmosphere, excellent racing and infectious sense of fun.
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25th -27th August 2017

Doolin Craft Beer Festival 2017

The Doolin Irish Craft Beer Festival returns for the 6th consecutive year . It features Irelands best craft beers from micro-breweries around the country, great Irish artisan food, and cracking live bands.The event will showcase the best of Irish Craft Beers, featuring over 30 different beers from the best micro-breweries in Ireland including The Carlow Brewing Company, 8 Degrees Brewing, The Dungarvan Brewing Company, Metalman, Dingle Brewery, The Franciscan Well Brewery, Galway Hooker, Trouble Brewing, Rye River, White Hag & Stonewell Cider to name a few.
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August 2017

Lughnasa Festival at Craggaunowen

August 2017 - Craggaunowen, the Living Past Experience, is Ireland’s original, award winning prehistoric park. Situated on 50 acres of wooded grounds, the park interprets Ireland’s prehistoric and early Christian eras. It features a stunning recreation of some of the homesteads, animals and artefacts which existed in Ireland over 1,000 years ago.
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Aug 2017

Cruinniú na mBád (Gathering of the Boats) Festival 2017

August 2016 (Dates TBA)- up to 100 unique Irish boats, the Galway Hookers, once the workhorses of the coast of Connemara and North Clare, gather for the annual weekend of racing and celebration at Cruinniú na mBád (Gathering of the Boats) festival in Kinvara, Co. Galway.
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September 2017

Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival 2017

September 2017 - One of the biggest events in Ireland's social calendar. A feast of live entertainment, gourmet food, fine wine and of course Oysters and Guinness are enjoyed by some 10,000 people with guests and luminaries from all over the world.
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1st Sept - 1st Oct 2017

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival 2017

Sept 1st - Oct 1st 2017 - Throughout the month of September, the spa town of Lisdoonvarna close to the Burren in Co. Clare, celebrates the world famous Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival with music and lots of fun. The Burren Hostel is perfectly located just off the main town square, making it a great base to be close to the action!
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October 22nd - 30th

Conamara Sea Week 2017

Connemara Sea Week is a celebration of the Conamara marine heritage. The festival features something of interest for all groups including music workshops, art exhibitions, concerts, talks, walks, children’s activities, sports events and great music.
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November 2017

Turf Warrior Challenge 2017

The Turf Warrior Challenge takes place on the banks of the Killary Fjord. The Course is 10km of swinging, jumping and climbing your way through forests, bogs and rivers.

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