Festivals & Events

Tour de Conamara @ Clifden, Galway Ireland
May 25 all-day

Tour de Conamara

Tour de Conamara is the largest mass participation cycling event in the West of Ireland. The event offers 140km & 80km route options through some of the finest coastal and mountainous landscape in Ireland.

Recognised as the most scenic cycling event in Ireland, Tour de Conamara offers an unrivalled view of coastal, lake and mountain scenery. Created by cyclists for cyclists, the event emphasises quality with a broad range of innovative features included from start to finish.

The Celtic Series Tour de Conamara will be held on Saturday 25th May 2019 in Clifden, Connemara. The event offers participants the choice of 140km or 80km routes and will travel through some of the finest coastal and mountainous landscape in Ireland.  As part of the Celtic Series the event has a very international feel with growing numbers of visitors from across Europe, USA and the UK tackling the event.

The Celtic Series Tour de Conamara routes were selected by former International cyclist and TG4 cycling Commentator Pádraic Quinn.  The routes in the 140km and 80km events are chosen to accommodate and test all levels of cyclists and will avoid busy roads implementing a rolling road closure so riders can enjoy the scenery in a more secure setting.

Killary Sessions with Sean Keane @ Killary Fjord, Galway
Jun 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Killary Fjord Boat Tours are delighted to announce the return of Sean Keane for Killary Sessions on Saturday 1st June 2019. Now in its sixth year, the Killary Sessions combines a wonderful live musical experience with a boat trip on Killary, hosted by Killary Fjord Boat Tours.

Sean Keane is one of the most popular performers in Connemara, renowned for his unique voice that blends folk, sean-nós and country. The boat, which by day operates the well-known Killary Fjord Boat Tour, offers an intimate atmosphere, a café/full bar on board and spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. Guaranteed to be a truly memorable evening for all.

Killary Fjord Boat Tours have been operating cruises on Ireland’s only Fjord for 18 years with tours running several times daily from April through to October. The boat is spacious with seating areas both inside and outside and toilets on board.

This concert is part of the legendary Killary Sessions, which sees the ship play host to a series of musical evenings. The boat will depart from Nancy’s Point, Leenane at 7.30pm and return shortly after 10pm . Tickets cost €25 and can be purchased by booking online or by contacting us directly on 091 566 736 or emailing info@killaryfjord.com.

Alcock and Brown 100 Festival @ Clifden, Galway Ireland
Jun 12 – Jul 16 all-day

Alcock and Brown 100 Festival

The Alcock and Brown 100 Festival commemorates the centenary of the first non-stop transatlantic flight.

British aviators John Alcock and Arthur Brown made the first non-stop transatlantic flight in June 1919. They flew a modified First World War Vickers Vimy bomber from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Clifden, Co. Galway.

The two aviators were awarded the honour of Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) a week later by King George V at Windsor Castle.

The celebrations will take place in Clifden in from 12th to 16th June 2019 and will include a range of events including;

  • Talks
  • Guided Tours
  • Traditional Boat Regatta
  • Street Party
  • Music
  • Special Guests
  • Field Trips
  • Documentaries
  • Much More

Please check closer to the date for updates and more information.

Jun 14 – Jun 16 all-day

With Food & Travel writers John & Sally McKenna and Eurotoques Executive Chef Tim O’Sullivan

Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th June 2019

With Food & Travel writers John & Sally McKenna and Eurotoques Executive Chef Tim O’Sullivan, this weekend will cover sourcing food from the sea and shoreline along the Wild Atlantic Way. Cookery demonstrations as well as leaning how to fillet and prepare fish. Discussions on seasonality, shellfish, seaweed and seafood on the Wild Atlantic Way and a talk from guest speaker Dr. Paul Connolly from the Marine Institute.

Weekend Festival Package Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th
2B&B 1D €225 per person or 
3B&B 2D €299 per person
and includes:
  • Bed & Breakfast (as per options above)
  • Welcome reception on Thursday / Friday evening with Prosecco and local oysters.
  • Saturday night’s ‘Wild Atlantic Way Dinner’ prepared by Exective Chef Mr. Tim O’Sullivan and his team.
  • Cookery Demonstrations
  • Gardening & Farming with Klaus Laitenberger
  • Talk with Paul Connolly
  • Shore Field Trip with John & Sally McKenna
  • An Fulacht Fia ‘Stone Age Cookery’ demonstration
  • and evening entertainment.
Tel: 095 46100 | Email Us | Book Here| BrochurePDF
Gaelforce West @ Killary Adventure Centre
Jun 22 all-day

Gaelforce West

Gaelforce West is still the original and the most unique adventure race in Ireland – the event that everyone wants to complete with many returning to do it again and again! Take on a 67km linear course starting at dawn on Glassilaun beach in Connemara and ending in Westport town.

This is a personal journey which will see participants crossing the line triumphant, and with a huge sense of achievement. Cycling, running on trails, kayaking across Killary Fjord and climbing Croagh Patrick are all part of this incredible journey. Taking you along part of the Wild Atlantic Way this is a fantastic way to see the most remote, rugged and unspoilt areas of the west coast of Ireland. There is only one distance so everyone completes the same course – it is a huge challenge and requires training and effort.

For more details or to take part, please see event website.

Gaelforce West Ultra @ Killary Aventure Centre
Jun 22 all-day

Gaelforce West Ultra

First there was Gaelforce West and it was the ultimate challenge. Now there is Gaelforce West Ultra. There is a new ultimate.

Mountain Running And Cycling 152 km
Mountain running and cycling through the toughest routes in connemara and mayo over a distance of 154km, this is an endurance challenge that may break you and rebuild you many times.

The Bonus
To soften the edges the route includes arguably the most spectacular scenery in the west of ireland that you will ever have the privilege of discovering. Take a breather, look around you.

The Route
The white crescent sands of Glassilaun beach in Connemara will be your starting point before you make your journey across the peaks of the Maamturk mountains, entering the heart of Joyce Country, cycling on through the valleys of Killary, Maam, Maamtrasna, Lough Nafooey, Delphi and Drummin. In true Gaelforce West style Croagh Patrick will be your final challenge before you cross the line in Westport town.

Entry Fee Includes

  • Bus transfer from Westport OR Killary Adventure Centre to the start line
  • Race clothing (Any entries after 31st May will be assigned sizes)
  • Two food stops along the course
  • Safety cover throughout the route
  • Post-event food
Maam Cross Connemara Pony Show @ Maam Cross, Connemara, Co. Galway
Jul 7 all-day

Maam Cross Connemara Pony Show

2019 Maam Cross Connemara Pony Show. The annual Maam Cross Connemara Pony Show includes the following classes;

  • Ponies
  • Cattle
  • Sheep
  • Dogs


  • Judging of Ponies at 10am
  • Judging of Cattle at 11am
  • Judging of Sheep at 11.45am

Dog Show

  • Dog Show at 2pm ( Entries taken on the day )

Notice To Exhibitors

Exhibitors are advised to have their own insurance on the day


  • Judges decisions are final
  • All Foals must be haltered
  • If Mare has Foal, Foal must be shown
Omey Races @ Omey Strand
Aug 4 @ 12:23 pm – 1:23 pm

Omey Races

Omey Races 2019 (horse racing on the beach) on Omey Strand.

Omey is a tidal island located near Claddaghduff, a few miles from Clifden, in the western edge of Connemara. There is a route across the sand to the island and, at high tide, the water is deep enough to cover a car. To help in the last moments before the water becomes too deep, there are conventional street signs to indicate the highest route.

The start time depends on the tide but usually around 11.30 and, of course, the finish time also depends on the tide.

For up to date information see the Omey Races Facebook Page.

The Connemara 100 @ Clifden, Connemara
Aug 10 – Aug 11 all-day

The Connemara 100

The Connemara 100 on the West Coast of Ireland is run over a measured and certified course.

Taking place during the weekend of August 10th 2019, the Connemara 100 is best described as a 100 mile tour of Connemara on foot. The course is simply fabulous, taking participants from Clifden through Letterfrack, Leitirgeish, the Inagh valley, Maam Cross, Leenane, Inagh Valley again,then on to Roundstone, Ballyconeely and back to Clfden to complete 100 miles.

Starting in the centre of Clifden, the course travels north and east towards Letterfrack turning left to Tully Cross. Along the north west Connemara sea side the course travells through Lettergesh and then south towards the main Leenane to Clifden road. A few miles west brings participants onto the Inagh Valley to cover the Connemarathon Ultra course in reverse. A second trip through the Ingah Valley and this time turning westwards along the main Galway to Clifden road. Taking the early road to Ballynahinch, the final stretch passes through Roundstone and then Ballyconeely before returning once again to Clifden for a few quick laps of the town and under the finish.

Connemara Watersports Day @ Glassilaun Beach, Connemara, Co. Galway
Aug 11 all-day

Connemara Watersports Day

Watersports Day on Glassilaun Beach in Aid of Children At Risk, on Sunday August 11th 2019. From 1pm to 5 or 6pm.

As always, Renvyle Watersports Day is being held on Glassilaun Beach, and it has proved itself, over the years, to be a tremendous success, both as a fundraiser and as a great day out for all ages. it’s 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.

Glassilaun Beach is one of the most beautiful, unspoilt beaches in Ireland. This will be a great fun day for all the family; and, by supporting, you are contributing to a very worthy cause. This has to be the event of the summer – do not miss it!

See WaterSports Day On Glassilaun Beach in aid of Children at Risk Facebook page for further information.