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15th Feb 2017

Launch of Festival 2017

2017-launch-invite

27th Jan 2017

Festival 2017

CONNEMARA MUSSEL FESTIVAL

28th – 30th April 2017

Save the date!

2017 is the 12th Connemara Mussel Festival. Originally established to promote the excellence of the mussels of Killary Harbour, the festival has grown to become a celebration of local people, food, culture and heritage, and is recognised as the premier food event for Connemara attracting visitors from near and far. One of the first festivals each year on the Wild Atlantic Way, it showcases the very best Connemara has to offer. A true Feast for the Senses: TASTE and SMELL beautifully cooked local produce; SEE unparalleled views of the Connemara land and seascape; HEAR sounds of music, dancing, talks and theatre; FEEL the ambience; and above all ENJOY the experience!

Full schedule of events will become available closer to the festival. In the meantime you can take a look at last years brochure to get an idea of the events that will take place:

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5th May 2016

Poetry Competition Results

Well, the results are in – and were announced last Sunday night at the closing of this year’s festival. One of the shortlisted poets, Robert E. Wilson,  was here at the festival to read his own poem and the other six  were read by members of the Curlew Theatre Company. We were amazed and delighted to receive over 160 entries which came from all over the world. The winning entry “Sweet Intertidal Flesh” came from Jenny Blackford in Australia who wins the first prize of €250, and second place goes to Shara Lessley from the USA who will receive a cheque for €100 for her poem “Blue Mussels”. The seven shortlisted poems are shown here along with judge Eamon Grennan’s adjudication and explanation for his choices.

Eamonn Grennan, Poet and Professor of Literature at Vassar University, New York, was the competition judge and this is what he had to say:

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Winner – 1st Prize

‘Sweet intertidal flesh’
by Jenny Blackford, New South Wales, Australia

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Runner up – 2nd Prize

‘Blue Mussels’
by Shara Lessley, Virginia, USA

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5 Honorable Mentions (in no particular order)

‘The Mighty Mussel’
by Robert E. Wilson, Co. Antrim

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‘Mussels for Muscles’
by Jennifer Herron, N. Ireland

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‘Embedded’
by Afric McGlinchy, originally from Galway now living in Cork.

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‘All In a Row’
by Kaytie Rose Thomas, from South Carolina but  living in Aberdeen, Scotland

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‘Father’
by Niamh O’Farrell-Tyler, Ireland

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19th Jan 2016

Official Opening of Festival 2016

Date: Fri 29th Apr
Time: 7pm
Venue: Festival Marquee

 

19th Jan 2016

The Curley School of Dancing

Date: Fri 29th Apr
Time: Following the festival opening at 7pm
Venue: Festival Marquee

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19th Jan 2016

Sean Keane Concert

Date: Fri 29th Apr
Time: 9pm
Venue: Marian Hall, Tullycross
Tickets: €20
Early booking recommended

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19th Jan 2016

Archaeological Field Trip

Date: Sat 30th Apr
Time: 10am
Venue: Meet outside Festival Marquee
Tickets: €15
Limited numbers – advance booking recommended.

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19th Jan 2016

Artisan Market

Date: Sat 30th Apr & Sun 1st May
Time: 10.30pm to 5pm
Venue: Marian Hall, Tullycross

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19th Jan 2016

Kids Cooking

Date: Sat 30th Apr & Sun 1st May
Time: 11am (Sat), 12pm (Sun)
Venue: Festival Marquee
Fully booked

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19th Jan 2016

Sea Gastronomy in Connemara

Date: Sat 30th Apr
Time: 12:30pm
Venue: Festival Marquee
Free Event

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