Local Events/Festivals

Omey Island Races

The Omey Races is the only non point-to-point pony beach racing event in Ireland. Takes place at low tide on the Omey Island (a tidal island) strand. Normally takes place on the weekend prior to the August Bank holiday weekend. Experience the young jockeys racing on the beach. A great day out of which includes unique pony racing, local food and drinks stalls, live music, vendors of pony equipment, local crafts such as hats and baskets, and of course a line of bookies ready to give you some tempting odds on the ponies.

Clifden Regatta

Clifden Boat Club hold its annual Regatta in Clifden Bay over two days.

Clifden Traditional Music Festival

Annual traditional music festival which normally takes place over four days from Thursday-Sunday in April. Known as the “Trad Fest,” a weekend of music, song, dance and live performances. Most events are free and sometimes includes workshops


Option of running Half, Full or Ultramarathon. Takes place annually in April. The Half starts in Leenane, the Full in Lough Inagh, and the Ultra in Maam Cross. All finish in Maam Cross. Included in the registration fee, buses will transport you to and from starting and finish lines. The course brings you through The Twelve Bens and by some of Connemara’s most picturesque spots including Lough Inagh, Killary Fjord/ Harbor and Leenane.

Gaelforce Events

Various adventure events, (combines running, cycling, swimming, kayaking, trail and mountain running etc etc) which occur throughout the year. Numerous different adventure events of varying distances to suit one’s level and interests to suit anyone looking to participate and challenge themselves.

Tour de Connemara

Tour de Connemara is the largest mass participation cycling event in the West of Ireland. The event offers 140km & 80km route options through some of the finest coastal and mountainous landscape in Ireland. Recognised as the most scenic cycling event in Ireland, Tour de Connemara offers an unrivalled view of coastal, lake and mountain scenery.

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