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Farm visit to see Grouse Management

Friday 11th October
11am
Cregg Hill
FREE EVENT

Red Grouse Conservation Project. Farm visit to Cregg Hill.

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

Understanding the habitat of the freshwater pearl mussel

Friday 11th October
12pm
Cregg Hill
FREE EVENT

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

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

Celebrate with GRETB Letterfrack Green Campus

Friday 11th October
1pm
Community Garden (laneway near Letterfrack Lodge)
FREE EVENT

Raising of GRETB Letterfrack Green Flag  for Litter & Waste and Biodiversity.

Environmental Farming Schemes in Connemara

Friday 11th October
Lecture Theatre 1, GMIT Letterfrack
FREE EVENT

CONFERENCE

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
6pm
Connemara National Park, Visitor Centre
FREE EVENT

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

Launch by Peter Sturge M.B.E.

Connemara National Park – Talk/Walk

Saturday 12th October
10am
Meet at Connemara National Park, Visitor Centre
FREE EVENT

Farm walk with sheep shearing, dry stone walling and scythe cutting demonstrations.

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.

FULLY BOOKED

Timber Drying – Talk & Demonstration

Saturday 12th October
11am
GMIT Letterfrack Timber Store and Kiln
FREE EVENT

Talk and demonstration by Sean Garvey and Martin Kearney, GMIT Letterfrack.

Archaeology walk in the Connemara National Park

Saturday 12th October
11am – 1pm
Meet at Connemara National Park, Visitor Centre
FREE EVENT

Archaeology walk in the Connemara National Park led by Helen Richstens and to include (weather permitting) a visit to the site of the original basket factory established in Letterfrack by Sophia Sturge in 1888.

Helen is a Connemara native with a particular interest in community archaeology.

Boat Trips on Letterfrack Bay

Friday 11th Oct: 12pm, 2.30pm
Saturday 12th Oct: 12.30pm, 2.30pm
Sunday 13th Oct: 1pm, 2.30pm

Costs: €20 per adult.  €50 for 2 adults + 2 children and  €5 per each additional child.

Every boat trip will include a visit to Oceans Alive Visitor Centre Seaside Garden & Nature Trail.

Leaves from Dooneen pier. Tickets from Avoca shop or on boat. Weather permitting. 

Talk by Joan Johnson

Saturday 12th October
2pm
AV Centre, Connemara National Park
FREE EVENT

Talk by Joan Johnson, author of ‘Sophia Sturge and the Connemara Basket Industry in Letterfrack 1888-1905’ and also author of  ‘James and Mary Ellis, Background and Quaker Famine Relief in Letterfrack‘. Both books delve into the Quaker heritage in Letterfrack and Joan has a wonderful way of making history come alive.

Basket Weaving for Adults

Saturday 12th October
2pm – 4pm
Ellis Hall, Letterfrack
Cost: €20

Basket weaving for adults with Heike Schroeter. A wonderful introduction to this amazing craft.

FULLY BOOKED

 

Connemara Bees

Saturday 12th October
3pm
AV Centre, Connemara National Park
FREE EVENT

Buzzing about heather honey!

Kayaking & Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Saturday 12th October
3.30 – 5pm
Letterfrack Bay
Cost: €25

Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Letterfrack Bay.

Meet at Avoca car park, Dooneen pier.
Special price for the festival: €25
To book contact realadventures.ie@gmail.com or call Clare on 085 1462526.

CONNEMARA GREEN FEAST BUFFET with Local Traditional Music

Saturday 12th October
7pm
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.

BOOKING CLOSED

Sowing the seeds for the future – workshop with children

Sunday 13th October
11am
Connemara West Centre, Letterfrack
FREE EVENT

Collecting seeds, planting and learning with Alan Linnane Aboriculturist and GMIT Letterfrack staff and students.

This will be a legacy project with the intention of growing a stock of trees that can be later planted in the village and surrounding areas.

Children to be accompanied by an adult.

Explore a special place – Derryclare Wood

Sunday 13th October
11am – 1pm
Derryclare Wood
FREE EVENT

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.

Mushroom Foraging

Sunday 13th October
12 noon
Meet at the visitor centre, Kylemore Abbey
Cost: €10, children are free

Mushroom foraging with Thomas Harrington in the grounds of Kylemore Abbey.

Booking  essential for access to the grounds of Kylemore. Call or text 086 244 5948 to book.

Wild and Free – Winter Remedies

Sunday 13th October
2pm
Community Garden
FREE EVENT

Herb Walk and Talk
A guided herb walk with Terri Conroy followed by herbal tea tastings in the Community Garden.

Meet outside Letterfrack Lodge at 1.50pm

Food from Trees

Sunday 13th October
3pm
Meet at Connemara National Park, Visitor Centre
FREE EVENT

A walk with Brendan O Scanaill.

Woodland Walk and Celebration

Sunday 13th October
4pm
Meet outside the Country Shop, Letterfrack
FREE EVENT

LAST EVENT OF THE FESTIVAL!
Join us for a walk  and a celebration with music.

Wear sensible shoes.