Date: Sat 30th Apr
Time: 4.30pm
Venue: Festival Marquee
Free Event

Annual Connemara Mussel Festival Celebrity Competition

The one you have been waiting for – TV3 may have The Restaurant programme but this celebrity cook-off is one of the festival highlights. Connacht Tribune Editor Dave O’Connell will take on the mighty Neil ‘Molly in the Morning’ Molloy from Galway Bay FM as the pair share their culinary genius and talents with us.


Neil Molloy

Neil Molloy aka Molly in the Morning is the voice that wakes up Galway Monday to Friday at 6.30-9.00am on Galway Bay Fm. Neil (Molly) is also a familiar face on the telly appearing on RTEs Republic of Telly and RTEs Bridget and Eamon.

Neil’s specialty is scramble eggs on toast after that it’s a bit of a gamble.

Neil is looking forward to cooking up a storm at the Connemara Mussel Festival

Follow Neil on twitter @MollyGBFM



Dave O’Connell

Dave O’Connell is Group Editor of the Connacht Tribune, a role he has held for the past nine years. He started his career as a reporter with the Tribune in 1983 before moving to the then-Cork Examiner in 1989, where he was promoted to Deputy Editor and News Editor of the Evening Echo before leaving to take up a role as Assistant News Editor with the Star in 1995. He worked as News Editor and Night Editor there until he departed for the Westmeath Independent in 2001, where he was appointed editor – a role that was subsequently expanded to Group Editor with the Westmeath Examiner Group, serving as editor of the Westmeath Examiner, Westmeath Independent and Offaly Independent.

A regular presenter and contributor with RTE, he has presented Saturday View, Grassroots (a series on local government) and Late Debate as well as filling in as presenter on Drivetime, Today with Pat Kenny and Tonight with Vincent Browne. A native of Oughterard, he is married to the RTE journalist Teresa Mannion and they have two sons, Cian and Tom.

Follow Dave on twitter @daveoconnell1