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15th Mar 2016

Poetry Competition now closed

Thank you to everyone who sent in an entry for this years competition. We were humbled by the huge amount we received – over 160!!!! So our judge will be busy going through them all!
We will be announcing the winners on the Sunday of the festival.

25th Jan 2016


We are planning to have a small exhibition about 1916 in Connemara as part of the 2016 Mussel Festival. Do you have any photos, letters or other memorabilia particularly relating to Connemara from around the 1916 period ? It doesn’t have to be related to the rising just the period. If you do please email us with your number so we can get in touch with you.

14th Jan 2016

Poetry Competition

Entries now open for our poetry competition.
Building upon the diversity of arts and culture already catered for at the festival, the Connemara Mussel Festival has launched a poetry competition for 2016. The competition has been kindly sponsored by John Coyle from Renvyle House Hotel. Check out the full details here >

6th Jan 2016

Eco Eye Programme

Interesting report about mussel farming on Killary fjord on RTE’s Eco Eye programme.

View on RTE Player (from 16.18):

6th May 2015

10th birthday a great success

The village of Tullycross  once again pulled off an amazing feat – the Connemara Mussel Festival celebrated its 10th birthday in 2015 and it was undoubtedly the most successful mussel festival yet. Drawing people from all over the world as well as throngs of local people, the festival has grown year on year. With the involvement of the College of Tourism and Arts at GMIT, the food demonstration area once again became the epicentre of the very best that the west of Ireland has to offer in terms of seafood and culinary skills. But it would be very remiss to think that this festival is solely about food. Local culture, heritage and the arts were all catered for in what really was a most amazing programme of events.

Cooking up some mouth-watering dishes in the Festival Maquee were Michellan star chef JP McMahon (Aniar), Martin O’Donnel (12 Hotel) and Tim O’Sullivan Renvle House Hotel. Sean O’Rourke and Michael Lally vied for Celebrity Chef while Thomas Flaherty took the amateur title. Jacinta Dalton and Maria Conboy cooked for kids and GMIT students battled for the inaugural Student Chef Trophy. Outside in the sunshine people enjoyed street food, vintage motor bikes, RNLI boat (Charity Partner) and street entertainers. The Artisan Market was packed with fantastic local producers and fresh food. The Church was the venue for RTE ConTempo quartet with Joan McBreen, theatre and talks including Verena Roes history of Tullycross, Michael Gibbons on local archaeology and Sven Haberman (Conservation Letterfrack) on Conservation and Restoration of furniture objects. Local artists displayed their extraordinary talent in the Wild Atlantic Art Exhibition and Ella the smallest cow in the world even strolled into town for the weekend!

In the evenings there was country music dancing, a wine, beer and cheese tasting event and on the final night a 70’s Fancy Dress Disco, while the pubs in the village provided live music every evening and mussel dishes all day. All in all a fabulous weekend was had by all.

The first sign the visitor got of the festival was the “Viking” ship covered in shields displaying the logos of some of the many local and national sponsors. The committee particularly wish to thank all the festival’s sponsors as well as Failte Ireland and Galway County Council for their support, without which it would simply not be possible to stage the festival.

Roll on 2016 and the next Connemara Mussel Festival!

10th Jan 2015


We were thrilled to be awarded the Best Food Festival 2014 in the Megabyte Awards by the McKennas’ Guides. Here’s what they had to say:

 “Tullycross became the epicentre of the West Coast in early May, as the small and splendiferous Connemara Mussel Festival took over the village and delighted everyone with great food, great demos and great dancing, from the Curley School of Dancing. You can reckon you’ve been to every festival and seen it all, and then something as small, community-focused and simple as this great weekend simply takes your breath away. Only brilliant.” 


Mairin Ui Chomain, Dermot O'Donovan, Sally & John McKenna, Jack Duffy and Gerry Coyne

Mairin Ui Chomain, Dermot O’Donovan, Sally & John McKenna, Jack Duffy and Gerry Coyne