Connemara Green Festival

11th, 12th & 13th October 2019

Inspiring Action for Conservation

This is the 5th year of the Connemara Green Festival and each year it continues to grow and expand. The main aim of the festival is to raise awareness of the unique ecology of Connemara and raise funds for biodiversity projects and conservation of our local environment.

This year’s theme is ‘‘Craft, culture and wilderness’. This year our biodiversity project is to raise funds for awareness and conservation of the Freshwater Pearl Mussel, which is the rarest invertebrate in Europe with sustainable populations only existing now in Ireland and Scotland. This mussel is found in the local Dawros river and is under huge threat. The river was a pristine angling river for trout and salmon but has declined in recent years. It is home to Wild Atlantic salmon and is a critical part of the fragile eco system of the river.

The festival will take place from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 October 2019 and is based in Letterfrack village, Connemara, at the foot of Diamond Hill and the Connemara National Park and along the Wild Atlantic Way. The weekend includes children’s weaving willow workshops, walks with local ecologists and historians, nature & craft workshops, a visit to the community garden, learning about local fauna and flora, outdoor activities, farm, tree and archaeology walks in the Connemara National Park, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and boat trips in Letterfrack Bay. All ages are welcome!


Some Highlights

Understanding the habitat of the freshwater pearl mussel

Friday 11th October
Cregg Hill

Guided field trip to Dawros River to see Freshwater Pearl Mussel populations.

Walking boots required. Max 15 people. Bookings to info@connemaragreenfestival.ie.

Environmental Farming Schemes in Connemara

Friday 11th October
Lecture Theatre 1, GMIT Letterfrack


2.30-3pm Connemara EIP

Joe Mannion and Brendan O Malley, Forum Connemara  tell us about an exciting new farm plan just launched  for the uplands of Connemara. This is an incentive scheme to pay Connemara farms to take all those actions that will enhance the ecology and environment of our uplands

3-3.30pm Freshwater Pearl Mussel EIP

Derek McLoughlin and Mary McAndrew tell us all about the Freshwater Pearl Mussel scheme for Connemara and success to date.

Bookings to info@connemaragreenfestival.ie.

Opening of the Festival and Book Launch

Friday 11th October
Connemara National Park, Visitor Centre

‘Sophia Sturge and the Connemara Basket Industry in Letterfrack 1888-1905’ by Joan Johnson.

Launch by Peter Sturge M.B.E.

Children’s Willow Weaving Workshops

Saturday 12th October
11am – 1pm
Ellis Hall, Letterfrack

Children’s willow weaving  workshops with Carol and Kerry from Down to Earth Galway.

Workshop 1:
Suitable for children’s ages 5-7.
Pick your own willow and make a crown.

Workshop 2:
Suitable for children’s ages 8-12.
Pick your own willow and make a magical fish.

Limited to 10 children per workshop – email info@connemaragreenfestival.ie to reserve a place.


CONNEMARA GREEN FEAST BUFFET with Local Traditional Music

Saturday 12th October
Pangur Ban Restuarant, Letterfrack with chef John Walsh
Tickets €40 with free drink on arrival

Showcasing our local artisan food produce and foraging.

BOOKING REQUIRED: €40 per person – Limited places available. Book early to avoid disappointment. Vegetarian & vegan menu available on request. There will be no bar, people are welcome to bring their own wine/beer.


Explore a special place – Derryclare Wood

Sunday 13th October
11am – 1pm
Derryclare Wood

Derryclare Wood, Connemara’s Native Woodland: An exclusive tour to this magical woodland with NPSW Ranger and Derryclare guardian Dermot Breen.

Children over 10 years welcome.
Booking essential on 095 41054 / 087 291 9721.

Woodland Walk and Celebration

Sunday 13th October
Meet outside the Country Shop, Letterfrack

Join us for a walk  and a celebration with music.

Wear sensible shoes.


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