28th – 30th April 2017

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!

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The Festival Marquee at Paddy Coynes Pub will be the venue for all cooking demonstrations.
We would like to give a special thanks to Father Ronnie Boyle for allowing us the use of Tullycross Church with its wonderful Harry Clarke window (Mass takes place at 11am on Sunday). Our Festival Office this year will be in Thatched Cottage no.1 in Tullycross village, with kind permission from Connemara West. This cottage will also be the location for our World War 1 Exhibition. The Artisan Market in the Marian Hall keeps growing and will be bustling with food, craft and fun.

Our festival would not be possible without the support of all our funding agencies, sponsors and friends. In particular, though, we would like to thank Fáilte Ireland, Galway County Council, Paddy Coynes Pub,  GMIT, BIM, and Kylemore Abbey  for their continued support. Finally, thanks to all our volunteers, including our American friends from Aquinas College, and to those who give their time to make the Festival such a success.