29th Mar2016

Packed Schedule for 2016 Connemara Mussel Festival

Connemara Journal – March 7 2016

Some 100,000 of Connemara’s finest mussels will be devoured in Tullycross this May Bank Holiday (April 29 – May 1).

The organisers of the Connemara Mussel Festival have tonnes of the popular mollusc on order to feed the hungry hordes expected for the three-day festival, which was officially launched on Sunday last in Renvyle House Hotel.

Former Irish Rugby Team bagman Patrick ‘Rala’ O’Reilly launched the festival, while Mayor […]

30th Mar2016

European Region of Gastronomy

Following six months of of planning and stakeholder engagement Galway has won the designation ‘European Region of Gastronomy’ in 2018. The designation is not just a culinary award; the programme is designed to link food, hospitality, culture and tourism and create better quality of living for citizens in a region. Key areas in the Galway bid included health, education and sustainability. The title of the Galway bid ‘From the Ground […]

15th Mar2016

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 Jan2016


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 Jan2016

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 Jan2016

Eco Eye Programme

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

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