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Museums and Galleries of Galway City & County.
Both a museum and a jewellery shop, this establishment is dedicated to the history of this Galway made ring. Named after an old fishing area in the county, the rings were worn to indicate marriage but now they are just a token of friendship and are worn by Irish and Irish descendents the world over.
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Award winning heritage centre located 5 miles from Clifden Town, the capital of Connemara. It offers a unique insight into the history and heritage of this most beautiful part of the West of Ireland. Offers fine reconstructions of early settlement in the area including a crannóg, a ring fort and a clochaun. Audio visual presentations in English, Irish, German & French. Tea room serving teas etc.
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Visit the only museum in Ireland dedicated to the Connemara Pony and Irish Horse. Discover how the Connemara Pony and Irish Horse played an integral role in Ireland’s culture throughout time.<br/><br/> <b>Meet the ponies and horses.</b><br/> Take part in dynamic interactive activities ranging from chariot riding, ploughing, jaunting cart rides and horse riding. (contact us to find out which activity will be on offer on the day of your visit). <br/><br/> Explore the forgotten methods of how farmwork was carried out in Ireland. Learn about the amazing world of horses, their biology, Irish folklore & their contribution to Irish society throughout history. <br/><br/> Dartfield Equestrian Centre is set amongst 350 acres of parkland. Riders can enjoy the estate which encompasses a top class cross country course or trek through the acres of woodland. Owned and run by Willie Leahy, a local horseman and the owner of the famous Connemara Trail riding holiday, visitors can benefit from expert tutition and a throughly enjoyable horse riding experience at Dartfield. <br/>
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Galway City Museum reopened on 16th April 2007 with the launch of its permanent exhibition. Among the highlights on show is a rare 17th century altar piece, the new location of the statue of Pádraic Ó’Connaire and the Galway City hooker boat, named 'Máirtín Oliver' by the general public. Other highlights include the Galway Civic Sword and Great Mace. The Civic Sword dates from the time of the Charter of King James I. The Great Mace, a massive piece of ornamental silverwork, was made in Dublin in 1710, and was presented to the town by Edward Eyre, Mayor of Galway, in 1712. <br/><br/>The ground floor of the Museum houses a fascinating collection of artefacts dating back to Prehistoric and Medieval times, while the first and second floors host exhibitions reflecting the history, stories and experiences of the people of Galway. The galleries host a series of temporary exhibitions throughout the year. New exhibitions include prehistoric and medieval Galway, Padraic Ó'Conaire - the man and the statue, Lamb in Connemara (paintings by Charles Lamb), dancehall days, cinema in alway, the Arts in Galway, and modern languages (craft exhibition).
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Glengowla Mines offers a fun day out for all the family! Buried beneath the Connemara Mountain lies a way of life long abandoned and almost forgotten just waiting for you to explore! Delve into the depths of the mines where you can explore the caverns of marble studded with lead and silver. Follow the veins of copper pyrite which will lead you to the ‘miners gold’ - Galena. Marvel at the rare and beautiful crystals of quartz and fluorite. Learn of the working conditions the miners worked under before the mines closed in 1865. A firm favourite with adults and children alike is to pan for gold and gems at our gold panning station and keep any gems you find! Come join us on a unique underground tour of Connemara's only show mine. Glengowla is also home to a working farm where you can meet ‘Bob’ the sheep dog, say hello to the Connemara Ponies and help save some turf.
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The James Mitchell Geology Museum is often referred to as 'Galway's Hidden Museum'. It is entered by a staircase in the south-east corner of the Main Quadrangle of NUI, Galway.<br/><br/> The museum is a treasure trove of geological artefacts with a wide variety of rocks, minerals and fossils on show. It provides a valuable research resource for students, researchers and anyone with an interest in geology. <br/><br/> Its interior is in harmony with the 19th century atmosphere of the University's main quadrangle. Many of its displays reflect its unique location adjacent to one of the most exciting areas of geology in western Europe.<br/><br/> Previously part of the Natural History Museum of NUI, Galway which has since been disbanded, the museum is the last surviving part of that museum. It has undergone much needed restorations and refurbishments in recent years and is well worth a visit.
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Nora Barnacle, the wife of James Joyce was born in Galway .The Nora Barnacle House is a small private museum faithfully restored to its former character. It contains letters, photographs and other exhibits from the lives of the Joyces and their connections with Galway. Open in Summer only.
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The Sheep & Wool Museum was founded in 1992 with a view to displaying and conserving different items which were used in the wool industry locally. You are invited to enjoy the exhibits and demonstrations indoors, or take a stroll among the friendly sheep outdoors. Shop at your leisure for gifts and souvenirs, or choose from the delicious home-made fare from our own kitchen. Visitors to the museum obtain a great insight into the history and importance of wool in Ireland and come away more conscious of the need to protect our heritage and our culture. We hope that you enjoy your visit to Leenane, and that you will come visit us while you are here.
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Connemara Adventure Challenge (06th May 2017)
The Connemara Adventure Challenge covers 3 separate disciplines - trail/mountain running, kayaking and cycling.
Fleadh na gCuach (29th April - 01st May 2017)
The Cuckoo Fleadh in the village of Kinvara has become a showcase for the best in traditional music, attracting musicians from all over Ireland and...
Connemara Mussel Festival (28th - 30th April 2017)
A celebration of Killary Mussels harvested on the glorious Renvyle Peninsula in North Connemara.
Connemara International Marathon (23rd April 2017)
2017 is the 16th Connemara Marathon, taking runners past stunning mountains and beautiful glacial lakes.
Cúirt International Festival of Literature (23rd - 30th April 2017)
Cúirt International Festival of Literature is an annual celebration of the very best of contemporary writing in poetry, fiction and memoir.
Galway Theatre Festival (18th - 23rd April 2017)
The 9th annual Galway Theatre Festival promises an expanded programme with more venues this year.
Galway Food Festival (13th - 17th April 2017)
Exceptional food producers and renowned Galway chefs will host a variety of events throughout the city to celebrate 100 Years of Irish Food.
Clifden Traditional Music Festival (06th - 09th April 2017)
A weekend of the very best of Irish music, song and dance with concerts, sessions, workshops and outdoor entertainment.
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Connemara Day Tours

Connemara Day Tour

Discover Connemara, a beautifully scenic region just north of Galway City with Lally Tours. This tour includes stops at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Gardens, Leenane Village, Killary Fjord and the village of An Spidéal overlooking Galway Bay.

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Cliffs of Moher Day Tours

Cliffs of Moher & The Burren Day Tour

The unmissable Cliffs of Moher & Burren Tour with Lally Tours includes up to 2 hours at the cliffs and includes stops at the lunar-like Burren region, Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Caves & Birds of Prey Centre and the charming village of Doolin overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

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Cliffs of Moher Express Bus

Cliffs of Moher Express Bus

A Non-Stop Express Shuttle Service to the Cliffs of Moher with Lally Tours. Experience Ireland’s natural, mysterious, 214m (702 ft) high cliffs and interactive visitor centre. You’ll have 2 full hours to explore on your own before heading back to Galway.

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Galway City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Galway City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Explore Galway with one of Lally Tours' friendly guides to learn about this colourful city and see it from the best vantage point: an open top bus! You’ll see everything from medieval walls in the city centre to the sandy beaches of Salthill. Hop on and off as much as you’d like and your ticket is valid for 24 hours.

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