Events & Festivals
Connemara Adventure Challenge 07th May 2016
The race has three disciplines: Trail / Mountain Running, Kayaking and Cycling. The course will be exceptional, the scenery spectacular, so now all that's needed is good weather. The Connemara Adventure Challenge is 31km in total and it is open to racers of all levels.
more info: www.gaelforceevents.com/connemara
Galway County Fleadh May 2016
The Galway County Fleadh feature a wide variety of events including competitions, sessions and dancing. 2016 dates and location yet to be confirmed.
more info : www.comhaltas.ie
Connemara Cycle 4 Light Festival May 2016
This is thesecond year of the ‘Connemara Cycle 4 Light Festival’, a partnership between Delphi Adventure Resort and Aware. The Festival will consist of a variety of cycling events for all ages and abilities in support of Aware. The main event of the Festival will be Aware’s annual Connemara Cycle. There are two cycle routes to choose from: a 65 kilometre route and a 125 kilometre route, both of which start and finish in Delphi and take in the spectacularly beautiful surrounds of Connemara, Co. Galway. Cyclists of all abilities are invited to take part and all funds raised will go towards Aware’s information, education and support services. more info : www.aware.ie
Tour de Conamara May 2016
Tour de Conamara is the Irish leg of a new international cycling sportive held in Clifden Connemara, with the option of 140km and 80km routes. A 14km Family cycle with free cycling tuition for kids will be hosted during the weekend making it a cycling weekend with something for everyone.
more info: www.tourdeconamara.com
Conamara Bog Week May 2016
The annual Conamara Bog Week 2016 festival takes place in the Quaker village of Letterfrack. This is the 32nd year of the festival and the organisers Conamara Environmental Education and Cultural Centre are promising an exciting line up as usual.
more info: www.ceecc.org
Galway Rowing Regatta June 2016
This year’s Galway Regatta will take place at the NUIG grounds at Dangan. Galway’s oldest rowing regatta, this year it celebrates its 132nd anniversary, and once again entries from all four provinces with many of the top rowing clubs in Ireland are expected to compete.
more info : www.iaru.ie
Dip in the Nip June 2016
Dip in the Nip is a fund raising initiative to support cancer charities in Ireland. Hundreds of people gather on a beach, shed their clothes and leggit into the North Atlantic Ocean. It’s the world’s first skinny dip for charity and a little bit of fun for a great cause!
more info: www.dipinthenip.eu
Connemara Green Festival June 2016
The Connemara Green Festival is a relatively new festival in Letterfrack which aims to raise awareness of this ecology and help raise funds for biodiversity actions. The festival includes an ecology walk linking the national park to the seashore, pond dipping, a talk on the history of Letterfrack & a Leave No Trace workshop. There will also be Kayaking & Stand Up paddle boarding available throughout the Saturday and a number of associated events on the Sunday.
more info: www.theecologycentre.ie/connemaragreenfestival/
Roundstone Bay 8K June 2016
The 6th annual Roundstone Bay 8K takes near the village of Roundstone in the heart of Connemara. The course itself consists of a figure of eight loop, beginning and ending in Roundstone village, and taking in some spectacular coastal views along the way. Both runners and walkers are welcome and the organisers have endured to put on an event that will cater to all types of participant. Proceeds from the race will go towards the local RNLI Lifeboat service, a hugely worthwhile charity that relies entirely on donations and fundraising to ensure its viability.
more info: www.roundstonebay8k.com
Galway Simon 10k June 2016
Galway Simon 10km or 10mile takes place in Salthill Galway. This is the annual running for charity event for Galway Simon with Early Bird registration Fee until April 30th. The AAI Certified 10km or 10mile course will follow a glorious route along Galway Bay and is suitable for runners and walkers of all abilities. Registration for the event is now open on www.GalwaySimon.ie and on www.RunIreland.com so why not sign up and set yourself a target of completing a 10km or 10mile or beating your personal best. Timing chips and T-Shirts provided for all participants.
more info: www.galwaysimon.ie / www.runireland.com
Challenge Galway - Accomodation
CHALLENGE Galway’ is the flagship event in Ireland for ‘CHALLENGE Family’, which represents the fasting growing brand in the sport of triathlon and is a synergy of some of the World’s most experienced triathlon & event teams. The new CHALLENGE Ireland event combines the expertise of local festival groups, the fastest growing global long distance triathlon series and one of the world’s most experienced triathlon teams to build this event in Galway.
more info: http://www.challenge-galway.eu/
Roundstone Connemara Pony, Dog & Sheep Show July 2016
The 11th Annual Roundstone Connemara Pony, Dog & Sheep Show takes place in mid-July, 2016, at the Showground. The main event, the Connemara Pony Show, consists of 20 in-hand classes showcasing all ages and varieties of Connemara Pony. A Dog Show and Sheep Show are also included in the day’s events. A great day out is assured for competitors and spectators alike. The deadline for entry is late June.
more info : www.roundstoneevents.com
Galway Film Fleadh July 2016
Film festival for feature films and shorts. 2016 marks the 28th Galway Film Fleadh, and the central goal of the festival remains unchanged: to bring together audiences and filmmakers within an intimate environment and share a common experience.
more info : www.galwayfilmfleadh.com
Galway Fringe Festival 11th - 24th July 2016
Running in parallel with the Galway International Arts Festival, the Galway Fringe Festival aims to provide a platform for local artists, writers, playwrights, poets, actors and musicians to perform and showcase new work.
more info : www.galwayfringe.ie
Galway International Arts Festival 11th - 24th July 2016
One of Europe's most inventive, vibrant & colorful events. A truly international celebration of the performing and visual arts which takes place in and around Galway City each July.
more info : www.giaf.ie
Westside Community Arts Festival July 2016
Westside Arts Festival is an annual celebration of creativity in the community. It is held every July and brings together artistic talents from all over the world. Come along and take part in the events and workshops.
more info: www.facebook.com/westsideartsfestival
Galway Races - Summer Festival Meeting
Galway Races 25th July - 31st July 2016
Galway Race course, Ballybrit, Galway. Ireland's premier horse racing festival. Adrenalin-pumping action, heart-stopping finishes and breath-taking fashion, you are at the Galway Races. Situated on the outskirts of Galway city, in the West of Ireland, the Galway Race Festivals are world renowned.
more info : www.galwayraces.com
Omey Races August 2016
The Omey Races take place annually on the strand at Omey Strand, Claddaghduff in Connemara. The annual summer races have been steadily attracting greater numbers every year for a wonderful day of sand, sea, possibly sun and of course, horse racing. With up to nine races on the card, there's opportunities for young, upcoming jockeys to hone their skills, while providing a great day out for spectators. The first race will be off at 1pm sharp.
more info: www.omeyraces.com
Streets of Galway 8k Road Race
Streets of Galway 8k August 2016
Galway’s most popular athletic event, the Streets of Galway 8k Road Race is in it's 31st year the event will include more than 2,500 runners. Starting from South Park in the Claddagh, the race takes in the city centre streets, following a course out to Salthill before finishing with a two kilometre final stretch along with prom.
more info : www.runireland.com/events/streets-galway
The Connemara 100
The Connemara 100 August 2016
The Connemara is a 100 mile endurance run with 30 hour limit taking place every August. The course is simply fabulous, taking participants from Clifden through Letterfrack, Leitirgeish, the Inagh alley, Maam Cross, Leenane, Inagh Valley again, then on to Roundstone, Ballyconeely and back to Clfden to complete 100 miles.
more info: www.connemara100.com
Great Spin Out West August 2016
The Great Spin Out West (GSOW) is the fastest growing cycling sportive in Ireland. Now in its 5th year, it takes place every August in Connemara, Co. Galway. In just two years over 500 people of all ages and ability have cycled the GSOW with all proceeds going toward Cancer Care West, a west of Ireland focused charity. Starting and finishing in Oughterard in August 2016, the 125 km route takes in some of Galway’s most scenic views.
more info : www.greatspinoutwest.com
Connemara Pony Festival
Connemara Pony Show 14th - 21st August 2016
Premier show for Connemara Ponies in Ireland for breeders and owners from home and overseas. The annual Connemara Pony Festival & Show in Clifden, Co Galway attracts visitors from all over the world. The highlight of the festival is on Thursday and Friday, when the biggest showcase of Connemara Ponies in the world takes place. Ponies compete in in-hand classes, ridden classes, working hunter classes, and a puissance (or high jump) competition. For non-pony enthusiasts, there is a dog show, a domestic arts show and Irish Dancing.
more info : www.cpbs.ie
Etape Connemara August 2016
The Étape Connemara is a 150km cycling sportive which will take in August 2016. This is a chip-timed event on open roads in Connemara. The event is organised by Croí, the heart & stroke charity, with all proceeds going back to the charity..
more info : http://www.croi.ie/event/etape-connemara
Galway Heritage Week
Galway Heritage Week 20th - 28th August 2016
Galway’s rich heritage is set to be celebrated in a range of events across the city and county as part of National Heritage Week. Over 100 different events are planned from Ballinasloe to Inishbofin and will take in everything from genealogy workshops to talks on the history of the Connemara pony.
more info : www.heritageweek.ie
Oughterard Agricultural & Horticultural Show August 2016
The Oughterard Show is one of the leading agricultural and horticultural shows in the West of Ireland. It gives both locals and visitors to see the best of Connemara with performance ponies, livestock, pets, dogs, farm and garden produce and vintage displays as well as a large variety of art and craft exhibits along with fun provided for children on both days.
more info : www.oughterardshow.com
Oscar Wilde Festival
Oscar Wilde Festival Galway September 2016
A festival dedicated to Oscar Wilde will take place in Galway in September to showcase Wilde in a west of Ireland setting. Not much is widely known of the huge influence the west of Ireland had on him and his family. His father, in particular, Sir William Wilde has strong family connections with the west of Ireland and displayed a huge interest in the area. The festival aims to educate and entertain people about Wilde and leave a lasting impression in their minds long after the festival is over.
more info : www.oscarwildefestival.com/
Galway Races Autumn Meeting - September 2016
Adrenalin-pumping action, heart-stopping finishes and breath-taking fashion; you are at the Galway Races. Situated on the outskirts of Galway city, in the West of Ireland, the Galway Race Festivals are world renowned.
more info : www.galwayraces.com
Clarenbridge Oyster Festival September 2016
Great food, great Guinness, great music and entertainment all in a splendid marquee on the banks of the Claren River which flows through the village of Clarenbridge on the edge of Galway Bay.
more info: www.clarenbridge.com
Clifden Arts Week
Clifden Arts Week September 2016
The longest running community arts festival in Ireland, Clifden Community Arts Week, now in its 39th year yet again promises to have something to excite everyone in this years programme. Audiences can expect a very high quality artistic programme with a superb literary, musical and visual art content which again will have the community arts of Clifden and the surrounding hinterland as a central focus with creative writing, music, theatre, graphic design and film workshops and performances taking place in the local schools for the duration of the festival.
more info: www.clifdenartsweek.ie
Marconi Half Marathon
Marconi Half Marathon September 2016
This years Marconi Half Marathon in the heart of Connemara takes place in Sept 2016 (exact date to be confirmed). Starting at 11am, the race begins at the glorious Gurteen Bay outside of Roundstone. The route then follows the coast through Roundstone Village with amazing views of The Twelve Bens before turning onto The Old Bog Road where more stunning Connemara landscapes and scenery await.
more info: http://marconirun.com/
Galway International Oyster Festival September 2016
On the last weekend of September each year, the picturesque town of Galway hosts the Galway International Oyster Festival, 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.
more info: www.galwayoysterfest.com
Connemara Rough Diamond Adventure
Connemara Rough Diamond Adventure September 2016
The Connemara Rough Diamond Adventure race involves a combination of running, cycling and an assault course. There are 3 levels to choose from: the 17km intro course, the 32km sport course, and the expert-level 60km option. Each race includes the Fear Gorta assault course through Kylemore Woods, the details of which are a heavily guarded secret. Sumo wrestlers are rumoured, muck is guaranteed.
more info: www.connemararoughdiamond.com