Cleggan | Claddaghduff Festival of the Sea 3rd – 12th August

Get into the Maritime spirit this August Ban Holiday weekend with the Cleggan | Claddaghduff Festival of the Sea. Now in its 41st year, the Festival is a real community effort, promoting the area, raising awareness of the its coastal and cultural heritage and harnessing the collective energy of the great people of this area of North West Connemara.

The 2018 Festival of the Sea is going to be bigger and better than ever with an expanded Programme of Events.

From a fun Family Sports Day and the Omey Dash Duathlon, to several cultural events and guided Tours, a children’s shore walk and late night Bat Spotting. The Sea Shanty Maritime Folksong Workshop is an interesting addition to this year’s Programme and not forgetting our now legendary and not-to-be-missed Seafood Buffet in Oliver’s Pub in Cleggan – there’s something for everybody, locals and visitors alike.

One of the highlights of the 2018 Festival is “Richard Murphy Sunshine Fisherman and the Cleggan Disaster”, a commemoration of the Poet’s life, specifically as it related to this area, as both a mark of respect and a way of exploring his cultural legacy within the locality. The evening at Claddaghduff Community Hall on Saturday, 4th August will include the first ever live staged reading of ‘The Cleggan Disaster’.

Another cultural event full of Ceoil ages Craic will be Moycullen Drama Group, Aisteoirí an Bhaile’s, production of “Fáilte Towers” in Claddaghduff Hall at 8pm on Wednesday 8th August. A great night of music, drama, dance is guaranteed.

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