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28 April 2018

Night Rider Sportif

This is not a race but a journey, although it is timed. Starting from Clifden just before sunset you will cycle into the darkness. This is the perfect landscape for night cycling. The darkness is complete and unpolluted but the full moon and the stars will help light your way.
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04 May - 06 May 2018

Connemara Mussel Festival 2018

A celebration of local food, culture and heritage this festival is recognised as the premier food event for Connemara. Delicious Killary mussels served throughout the weekend. Artisan food market showcasing the best of local food and craft offerings. Kids’ entertainment: theatre, cooking, sports, art and more. Fantastic live music every night of the Festival.
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05 May 2018

Connemara Adventure Challenge 2018

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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04 May - 06 May 2018

Father Ted Festival 2018

A Festival of all things Father Ted a crazy hit sitcom from the 1990s. Daytime entertainment and craic for all the family, and night-time entertainment for adults only. Taking place in Lisdoonvarna County Clare, the Burren Hostel is a great location to stay for this event.
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04 May - 07 May 2018

Connemara Mountain Walking Festival 2018

Formerly Leenane Mountain Walking Festival, celebrates it’s 10th anniversary. Each year the organisers offer stunning walks to suit all abilities and like the name states, they bring people to the summits of the local mountains. Leenane is situated in a unique region of Ireland, where the mountains roll down to the sea and where there are an abundance of mountain ranges to choose from. There will be entertainment throughout the weekend finishing with the much loved Céili.
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26 May 2018

Skoda Tour de Conamara 2018

The 2018 Skoda Tour de Conamara is a cycling event which offers participants the choice of 140km or 80km routes through magnificent coastal, lakeland, valley and mountainous vistas. The Connemara Hostel welcomes cyclists and their friends and family. A wide range of music and entertainment options will be hosted in the area so come along, have a great cycle and a very enjoyable weekend altogether.
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4th - 6th May 2018

Burren Slow Food Festival 2018

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 2018

Burren in Bloom 2018

Month of May 2018 - 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)
Connemara Bog week
29 May - 04 June 2018

Connemara Bog Week 2018

Located in Renvyle, Connemara Bog Week celebrates all that is unique about the Connemara landscape. Daily guided walks in the Connemara National Park. Kylemore Abbey Concerts in the Gothic Church. Connemara Walkabout on the June bank holiday weekend. Letterfrack Poetry Trail. Plenty of mighty music with pub gigs & sessions. Just a 10 minute drive from The Connemara Hostel.
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23 June 2018

Gaelforce West 2018

Probably the best known of Ireland's Atlantic challenges - 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. Running/walking: 22km approx, Cycling: 43km approx, Kayaking: 1km max and ending in Westport.
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23 June

Gaelforce West ULTRA New for 2018

Mountain running and cycling through the toughest routes in Connemara and Mayo over a distance of 154km, this is an endurance challenge that is not for the feint hearted. The route takes in the Maamturk mountains, enters the heart of Joyce Country, cycling on through the valleys of Killary, Maam, Lough Nafooey, Maamtrasna, Delphi and Drummin. In true Gaelforce West style Croagh Patrick will be your final challenge before you cross the line in Westport town.
16th June 2018

An Post Tour de Burren Cycle Challenge 2017

June 16th 2018 - 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.
07 July - 15 July 2018

Willie Clancy Summer School Miltown Malbay 2018

July 2018- 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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Sunday 12 August 2018

Watersports Day on Glassilaun Beach

In aid of Children at Risk this is a wonderful day out for all ages with activities such as boat rides, kayaking, scuba-diving, children’s races, bouncy castle and slide and many more beach activities. A barbeque, drinks and a tuck shop will also be available. 1pm to 5pm
17th -18th August 2018 (tbc)

Cruinniú na mBád (Gathering of the Boats) Festival 2018

The Cruinniú na mBád - 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.
Clifden Arts Festival
12 Sept - 23 Sept 2018

Clifden Arts Festival

Now in its 41st year Ireland's longest running community arts festival is 10 days of Music, Theatre, Art Exhibitions, Street Performances, Parades and lots more. Not to be missed.
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1st Sept - 1st Oct 2018

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival 2018

Sept 1st - Oct 1st 2018 - 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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