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April 8th -14th

Cúirt International Festival of Literature 2018

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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14th April 2019

Connemara International Marathon 2019

Book now and make The Connemara Hostel your base for the Connemarathon, one of the world's most amazing marathon experiences.
Clifden Trad Fest 2018
11th April - 14th April 2019

Clifden Traditional Music Festival 2019

Experience a beautiful Connemara town being taken over by the best of Irish music, song and dance! Musicians will travel from all over the country for the festival. Most events are free and everyone can experience what should be a great weekend of music, song and dance!
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14 April 2019

Maamturks Challenge

The Maamturks Challenge is a 24km mountain challenge open to the public that is organized voluntarily by NUI Galway Mountaineering Club. 200 participants complete the Challenge in 8-11 hours, commencing at 05:00. NUIG Mountaineering Club has a team of up to 40 volunteers and the route is covered by 11 checkpoints, 8 checkpoints on the hills and 3 Finish Points. It begins at the base of Corcóg, between Maam and Maam Cross and finishes in Leenane. Online registration only from 7:00pm 22 January 2018. Max 250 places. See www.nuigmc.com/maamturks/registration/
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14th April 2019

Connemarathon 2019

The Connemara International Marathon comprises a Half, Full and Ultra marathon on a course through the dramatic scenery of Connemara. Now in its seventeenth year this event attracts thousands of participants. The Connemara Hostel is the ideal base from which to participate in or watch this amazing marathon.
Galway Food Festival
19th - 22nd April 2019

Galway Food Festival 2019

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 8th year of this fantastic festival.
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10th - 12th May 2019

Burren Slow Food Festival 2019

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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18th May 2019

Night Rider Sportif 2019

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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May 24th - 26th

Galway Early Music Festival 2019

An annual festival of medieval, renaissance & baroque music in Galway, the liveliest medieval city in Europe on the Wild Atlantic Way!
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25th May 2019

Clare Burren Marathon Challenge 2019

May 25th 2019 - The Clare Burren Marathon Challenge is a road, green road and trail challenge. Enjoy some of Europe's most unique landscapes and see the riches of the Burren in Bloom. Each participant has a choice of a full, half or mini marathon on the day.
Tour de Conamara
25th May 2019

Skoda Tour de Conamara 2019

The 2019 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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May 2019

Cliffs of Moher Seabirds Festival 2019

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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May 2019 (Dates TBC)

Connemara Mussel Festival 2019

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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May 2018 (Dates TBC)

Connemara Mountain Walking Festival 2019

Formerly Leenane Mountain Walking Festival, celebrates it’s 11th 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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4th May 2019

Connemara Adventure Challenge 2019

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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May 2019 (Date TBC)

The Cuckoo Fleadh 2019

A well-established and richly deserved reputation has ensured that the Fleadh has become a showcase for the best in traditional music, attracting musicians from all over. To make a booking at The Burren Hostel during Fleadh na gCuach (The Cuckoo Festival) go to Book Now, email info@sleepzone.ie or call +353(0)91 566 999.
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May 2019

Burren in Bloom 2019

Month of May 2019 - 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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22nd June 2019

An Post Tour de Burren Cycle Challenge 2019

June 22nd 2019 - 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.
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22nd June 2019

Gaelforce West 2019

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.
Connemara Bog week
June 2019

Connemara Bog Week 2019

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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June 2019

Doonbeg International Jazz Festival 2019

June 2017 - A weekend of Swing, Dixie, Latin & Jazz, featuring bands and performers from Ireland, U.K and Europe.
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06 July - 14 July 2019

Willie Clancy Summer School Miltown Malbay 2019

July 2019- 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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9th -14th July 2019

Galway Film Fleadh 2019

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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15th - 28th July 2019

Galway International Arts Festival 2019

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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7th - 12th August 2019

Feakle Traditional Festival 2019

Celebrating the best of the Irish traditional music especially the distinctive style of east Clare with five days of traditional music, song, dance and theatre with workshops, lectures, concerts, ceili's, set dancing, sessions and open-air events. This is truly an event not to be missed.
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30th Aug - 29th Sept 2019

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival 2019

30th Aug - 29th Sept 2019 - 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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Sep 2019

Burren Peaks Walking Festival 2019

September 2019 - this festival weekend promises a real taste of the Burren and offers guided hill and lowland walks varying in distance and grade catering for all walkers. Enjoy walking in this wonderfully rich unique limestone pavement with its Karst landscape, grykes, clints, paths, and green trail roads…..the land of the fertile rock with its precious and delicate terrain.
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September 2019 (Dates TBC)

Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival 2019

September 2019 - 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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12th October 2019

The Great Fjord Swim

Open water swimming at its best in spectacular Killary Fjord surrounded by the mountains of Mayo and Connemara. Our Connemara Hostel is an excellent base for this event.
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26th - 29th Oct 2019

Willie Keane Memorial Music Festival Weekend

October 2019 (Dates TBA) - A weekend which promotes traditional music, song & dance and in doing so ensures that the aspirations of Willie Keane, one of the greatest exponents of both set and sean nos style dancing is kept alive to be enjoyed by both locals and visitors to Doonbeg.
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November 2nd 2019

Turf Warrior Challenge 2019

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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