Dec
27
Sat
Sea Shore Investigation and Seaweed Foraging @ White Strand Beach
Dec 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join ecologist and foraging enthusiast, Marie Louise Heffernan, on a “Seaweed Walk” along Connemara’s Wild Atlantic Way.Find how to track the Otter that lives close to the beach, discover shellfish middens and evidence of neolithic man.Strolling along the strand, wellied and waterproofed walkers will have the opportunity to identify marine life in one of Ireland’s most beautiful coastlines. This is a unique opportunity to taste seaweed straight off the beach…discovering wonderful recipes for seaweeds and coastal plants.

Mar
7
Sat
Seaweed Foraging Skills and Sea Shore Investigation @ The Ecology Centre
Mar 7 all-day

Join ecologist and foraging enthusiast, Marie Louise Heffernan, on a “Seaweed Walk” along Connemara’s Wild Atlantic Way.Find how to track the Otter that lives close to the beach, discover shellfish middens and evidence of neolithic man.Strolling along the strand, wellied and waterproofed walkers will have the opportunity to identify marine life in one of Ireland’s most beautiful coastlines. This is a unique opportunity to discover wonderful seaweeds on our shore easily incorporated into recipes or beauty treatments.

Jul
5
Sun
Strolling Through Ulysses! in Foyles hotel @ Foyles Hotel
Jul 5 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Hold on to your hats and take a deep breath as Robert Gogan takes you on a 75 minute whistle-stop tour through the fun and laughter which is the backbone of James Joyce’s extraordinary and special novel, “Ulysses”
“Strolling Through Ulysses!” tells the story of Bloomsday – June 16th 1904 – the iconic day around which “Ulysses” is based – the characters, the action and the dialogue.
Gogan guides you through the main happenings of “Ulysses”, in a humorous, entertaining and informative style, with extracts from “Ulysses” which best illustrate the various aspects of Joyce’s writing – the comical, the descriptive and the complex.
Joyce, speaking about “Ulysses” once famously declared, ‘there is not one serious line in it.’ “Strolling Through Ulysses” certainly proves that!
PLEASE NOTE: The show is not suitable for children or young teenagers.

Aug
1
Sat
Mweelrea Mountain Hike @ Mweelrea
Aug 1 all-day

A difficult five-eight hour hike to the tallest mountain in Connaught. Features dramatic rocks, spectacular scenery including mountains, beach, bog and coastline and including the ancient burial cairn purported to be of Diarmuid O Duibhne (who fled with Grainne on the eve of her wedding to Fionn MacCumhail). Distance is about 10km with about 800m of climbing. Rocky terrain includes steep open hillside, wet bog, sheep track and long grass. Requires very good fitness and strong walking boots with good ankle support, along with food, water and outdoor layers (waterproof jacket/trousers, fleece, hat, gloves. The Long-term weather is forecast suggests it will be mostly dry with occasional light showers and a fresh westerly wind and bright spells possible

Sep
27
Sun
National Park Hike @ Connemara National Park
Sep 27 @ 11:15 am

A moderate four-five hour hike in the Connemara National Park from the village of Letterfrack. Going beyond the Diamond Trail into the Glanmore valley, towards the isolated Pooladirk river and the remains of a beautiful settlement below Bulog. Passing ancient pre-bog Scots Pine tree stumps, before visiting a megalithic (court) tomb and a spectacular wood. Distance is about 10km with about 400m of ascent, including some steep climbing and descents. Terrain includes rough/uneven open hillside (long grass, bog, rock), stone steps, trail, and surfaced minor road. Requires strong boots with good ankle support and outdoor layers (preferably waterproof jacket/trousers, fleece, hat gloves) along with a good level of fitness. Costs €50/person with places currently available. The weather is generally showery with moderate-fresh wind.

Jun
28
Tue
Roundstone Bog Adventure Hike @ Roundstone Bog
Jun 28 @ 11:00 am – 4:30 pm

A moderate and gentle four-six hour hike of the spectacular Roundstone Bog complex. A very special walk. Features extensive rare bog habitat, quaking bog, a multitude of lakes and includes the historic Derrygimla site where ground breaking transatlantic communications took place (Marconi’s wireless telegraphy, Alcock & Brown’s flight landing spot). Distance is about 10km with some gentle climbing. Terrain is mainly very rough wet bogland, along with sheep track, long grass and surfaced minor road; requires waterproof boots with good ankle support and grip. Also bring some food, water and outdoor layers. Costs euro 40/person with places currently available for booking in advance. Involves a car drop as this is a linear walk.

Aug
10
Wed
Maumeen to Maumahoige Mountain Hike @ Maamturk Mountains
Aug 10 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

A strenuous five-eight hour mountain climb of four peaks in the Marvelous Maumturk Mountain range. Features dramatic quatrzite mountainsides, mountain passes and stunning valleys. Distance is about 13km with about 1100m of total climbing (two hard climbs and some steep descents). Terrain includes rocky mountain tops, steep open hillside, wet bog, sheep track and surfaced road. Requires a high level of fitness, a head for heights, and strong walking boots with good ankle support and multi-layer outdoor clothes (including waterproof jacket/pants, fleece, hat, gloves) plus, food and water. Costs €80/person and (3 places currently available). The weather is generally showery and windy.

Aug
11
Thu
Glencorbett Mountain Horseshoe Hike @ Glencorbett
Aug 11 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

A strenuous five-eight hour mountain hike of three of the 12 Bens including Benbaun – the highest peak in County Galway. Features dramatic quatrzite mountainsides, mountain passes and stunning valleys, a nice ridge and a beautiful river that has to be waded. Distance is about 13km with about 1100m of total climbing (two hard climbs and some steep descents). Terrain includes rocky mountain tops, steep open hillside, wet bog, sheep track and unpaved road. Requires a high level of fitness, a head for heights, and strong walking boots with good ankle support and multi-layer outdoor clothes (including waterproof jacket/pants, fleece, hat, gloves) plus, food and water. Costs €80/person (3 places currently available). The weather is generally showery and windy.

Dec
19
Mon
Christmas Floral Arrangements @ Station House Theatre
Dec 19 @ 8:00 pm

International award winning floral artist Richard Haslam

will demonstrate how to create floral arrangements to enhance your home for Christmas

and a chance to take one home !