3rd – 5th May 2019

Welcome to the 14th Connemara Mussel Festival! Originally established to promote the excellence of the mussels of Killary Harbour, Connemara Mussel Festival has grown to become a celebration of local people, food, culture and heritage. This is the 14th year the festival has been held. Connemara Mussel Festival 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!

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 (a special mass for those lost at sea takes place at 11am on Sunday). Our Festival Office this year will be in Thatched Cottage no. 1 in Tullycross Village, kindly allocated to us by Connemara West. The Artisan Market in the Marian Hall will be bustling with the best of locally produced food, craft and fun. Details and locations for other events can be found in the brochure and there is a handy Events Calendar at the back.

Our festival would not be possible without the support of all our funding agencies, sponsors and friends who are listed on our Friends and Sponsors Page. In particular, though, we would like to thank Galway County Council, BIM/FLAG West, Paddy Coynes Pub, Connemara West and Kylemore Abbey for their continued support. Finally, a big thank you to all our volunteers who give their time to make the Festival possible.

To book a space on the ever popular Childrens Cookery segments send an email to

Many events over the weekend are free of charge but for ticketed events you can purchase your tickets at the Festival Office over the weekend or pay at the door. Keep an eye on our website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates.

Live Music in All of the Pubs in the Village Every Night Of the Festival!