EVENTS 2017

Friday 6th October

Farm Walk

2.00pm – Friday 6th October – FREE EVENT

Red Grouse Conservation Project

Venue: Cregg. Meet in Avoca car park. 4×4 vehicles and walking boots required.

Environmental Talks

4.00pm – Friday 6th October – FREE EVENT

1. Successful Knotweed Invasive Species Control – Case Study – Connemara National Park
2. Successful Gunnera Invasive Species Control – Case Study – Cleggan Tidy Towns

Venue: AV Centre, Connemara National Park

Opening of Festival – with a Taste of the Forest & Sea

6.00pm – Friday 6th October – FREE EVENT

Come celebrate the new stages of our Atlantic View-Woodland Walk

Meet: Outside Country Shop in Letterfrack village
Venue: New picnic table at Atlantic viewing point

Saturday 7th October

Film/Video Workshop

10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm –  Saturday 7th October

Capturing Nature’s Autumn Glory
For Adults & Kids  (11+ years)

Venue: Starting in the Connemara National Park Education Centre

Cost: €15 per person

Hike with Mike & Matt

10.30am – Saturday 7th October

Gurran Complex (4 ½ hours) – with Mike Laffey and Matt Flaherty

Meet at the Lodge car park, Letterfrack – and carpool

Paid event – €20 per adult with pint at the end at Mollys. €5 kids – No pint! – Juice

Explore Ecology Kids

11.00am – Saturday 7th October – FREE EVENT

Scavenger Hunt in Connemara National Park

Venue: Meet outside the Connemara National Park Education Centre

Ecology Walk

12.00pm – Saturday 8th October

Seaweed Foraging and Ecology Walk – Our Changing Landscapes and Seascapes
With Marie Louise Heffernan

Venue: Meet at White Strand/Renvyle Beach car park

€5 donation towards conservation actions – the focus of the Connemara Green Festival

Boat Trip in Letterfrack Bay

3.30pm & 4.30pm – Saturday 7th October

Trip on glass bottom boat

Meet at Dooneen pier, opposite Avoca, Letterfrack Bay.

Tickets from Avoca shop or on boat

Oyster Farm Walk

12.30pm – Saturday 7th October – FREE EVENT

Venue: DK Connemara Oyster Farm, Dawros Peninsula.
Bring wellies or waterproof boots.

Talk – Keeping Our Bees

2.00pm – Saturday 7th October – FREE EVENT

Talk with Gerry Coyne – Connemara Bee Keepers

Venue: AV Centre, Connemara National Park

Talk by Pádraic Fogarty

3.00pm – Saturday 7th October – FREE EVENT

A talk by Pádraic Fogarty, author of “Whittled Away: Ireland’s Vanishing Nature” published by Collins Press

Pádraig has seen at first hand how failure to manage our natural resources has impoverished our country. But all is not lost: he also reveals the possibilities for the future, describing how we can fill our seas with fish, farm in tune with nature, and create forests that benefit both people and wildlife. He calls for the return of long-lost species like wild boar, cranes and wolves, showing how nature and wildlife can recover hand in hand. A provocative call to arms, Pádraig  presents an alternative path that could lead us all to a brighter future. There will be an opportunity to meet Pádraic after the talk.

Venue: Indoor Picnic Room, Connemara National Park

Kayaking in Letterfrack Bay

4.00pm Saturday 7th October

Kayaking in Letterfrack Bay with Real Adventures

Meet at Avoca car park, Dooneen pier

Special price for the festival: €25    Book Here

Environmental Talks

4.15pm – Saturday 7th October – FREE EVENT

Fresh Water Conservation initiatives in Connemara:

1. The Fresh Water Pearl Mussel – with Marie Louise Heffernan
2. Lough Corrib Under Threat – with John Gibbons

Venue: AV Centre, Connemara National Park

Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Letterfrack Bay

5.00pm Saturday 7th October

Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Letterfrack Bay with Real Adventures

Meet at Avoca car park, Dooneen pier

Special price for the festival: €25    Book Here

Sunday 8th October

Environmental Talk

11.00am – Sunday 8th October – FREE EVENT

Irish Giant Deer –Getting to grips with the bones
Organic object conservation with Kate Aughey. Kate joined the team at Conservation Letterfrack in 2014 after training in the conservation of wooden objects at West Dean College.

Venue: Conservation Letterfrack Workshop – the first modern building on the right hand side in the Connemara West Centre in Letterfrack Village.

Community Native Woodland

11.00am – Sunday 8th October – FREE EVENT

Visit to the Community Native Woodland in the Connemara National Park.
Green Campus GMIT Letterfrack have planted over 3000 trees in a special area set aside by the National Park. The walk will be led by a member of the Green Campus GMIT Letterfrack.

Venue: Start at the Visitor’s Centre, Connemara National Park
Wear appropriate footwear. Duration 45 minutes

Vegetarian Cookery

12.00pm – Sunday 8th October

Vegetarian Cookery Demonstration & Tasting

Venue: Ellis Hall, Letterfrack

Cost: €5 per person, kids free

Showcase: Film/Video Workshop

1.00pm – Sunday 8th October – FREE EVENT

Capturing Nature’s Autumn Glory

Venue: AV Centre, Connemara National Park

Mushroom Foraging

1.30pm – Sunday 8th October

Mushroom foraging in Kylemore Abbey with Thomas Harrington

Venue: Meet at Kylemore Abbey visitor centre

Cost: €15

Guided Walk

3.00pm – Sunday 8th October – FREE EVENT

Guided walk ‘Trees now and then’ with Breandan O’Scanaill

Venue: Start at the Visitor’s Centre, Connemara National Park

Experience Green

4.00pm – Sunday 8th October – FREE EVENT

Get to know successful ways of waste reducing and recycling combined with a walk at Rosleague Manor Hotel.

Venue: Meet at Rosleague Manor Hotel  car park