Connemara National Park
; Letterfrack, County Galway
Situated near Letterfrack, the Park covers some 2,000 hectares of scenic
countryside, rich in wildlife on the slopes of the Twelve Bens.
Attractions include exhibitions, nature trails, audio-visual show. In
addition there is a summer programme of walks, talks and special events
for younger visitors. Access for visitors with disabilities in the Visitor
Bog - Alcock & Brown
On Sunday June 14th 1919, the first
transatlantic flight ended in the Derrygimla Bog, about two miles from
Ballyconneely Village. Capt. John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown had
flown their Vickers Vimy plane from Newfoundland, Canada, in just over
sixteen hours. Alcock and
Brown, both British, experienced extreme flying conditions - fog, drizzle
and a broken radio.
ROUNDSTONE MUSIC & CRAFTS
; The Monastery, Roundstone, County Galway
Tel. +353 (0)95 35808 Email:
Roundstone Music Craft & Fashion Shop lies within the walls of an old
Franciscan Monastery in the quaint fishing village of Roundstone in the
heart of Connemara. It is a fine Craftsman's Craft shop, Music, fashion
and coffee shop. Here you can see Ireland's oldest craft - Bodhran making.
The Bodhran (bow-rawn) or Irish Drum is Ireland's oldest musical
instrument and this ancient craft is carried on at Roundstone Music.
Inishbfin (Island of the White Cow) lies seven miles off Galway's coast. The
island is five miles by three. It is estimated that Bofin was inhabited as far
back as 8000 - 4000 B.C. The first documented history of the island dates from
early Christian times. As you sail around the tower and signal light into the
harbour you will notice Cromwell's 16th Century Barracks. It was used as a
prison for catholic priests from all over the country after the English Statute
of 1585 declared them guilty of high treason. The first reference of Bofin comes
from the seventh century. Again, it has often been related how St. Colman,
himself of Connacht origin, defended the Celtic custom of the dating of
Easter at the Synod of Whitby in 664. More on
Abbeyglen Castle was built in 1832 by John d'Arcy of Clifden Castle.
Clifden Castle was erected by John d'Arcy in 1815 to oversee
the construction of Clifden Town.
Omey Island is situated 9.5
km south-west of Cleggan. This tidal island can be reached on foot
at low tide. In the sandhills of the northern shore are
the ruins of Teampall Féichin (Temple Feheen) a small
medieval church, preserving the memory of the monastery
founded by Saint Féichin of Cong.