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Connemara is an area in West Galway comprising of a broad
peninsula between Killary Harbour Kilkieran Bay in the west
of County Galway or south west Connacht.
From the rugged
Twelve Bens mountain range in the north
through lake-rich Roundstone Bog to the golden beaches
reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean, you'll know you're in
Connemara by the light that constantly changes the mood and
tone of the landscape. Connemara has long been regarded as
the real emerald of Ireland.
This natural terrain and unspoilt environment offers the
visitor a wonderland of sights, experiences, adventure and
activities. The people are warm, friendly and extend a
hospitality which is the essence of Ireland.
The beautiful spring flowers, buds on the trees, newborn
lambs dancing on the hills and the call of the cuckoo all
make Spring time a very special and magical time in
Connemara. This is an ideal time to take a break as the
countryside is totally renewed. On mellow Autumn days, one
can enjoy the Connemara countryside, now clothed in
different colours with each passing day. In the evening
enjoy lovely warm turf fires after a day spent walking
cycling, painting, shooting, fishing or golfing.
The Connemara Pony Show was
established to enable breeders to compete against one
another as well as display their stock to the world. This
show remains an important event: locally, nationally, and
internationally. The Clifden Pony Show takes place in the
town of Clifden on the third Thursday in August each year.
Although they have lived in the wild for centuries, these
Connemara ponies exhibit a type of beauty and athleticism
not seen in other mountain ponies. Their versatility makes
Connemara's well suited for both labour the land was tilled; the produce delivered,
and the social life of this very remote area maintained.
Fulfilling these varied tasks developed the amazingly
versatile pony that we have today. Over the years, the
Connemara pony has been exported from Ireland to 16
countries around the world. Each country maintains a
Breeders' Society which strives to develop, promote, and
preserve the Connemara pony as a distinctive breed,
internationally. The Connemara pony has become extremely
popular for both children and adults alike as they excel in
many disciplines around the world.
Connemara National Park
Situated in the heart of the West of Ireland, Connemara
National Park covers some 2,000 hectares of scenic
mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths and grassland. The
development of the Connemara landscape over 10,000 years is
exhibited in the visitor centre with 3D models and large
Other facilities are an audio visual show, picnic areas, tea rooms and nature
trails. Various activities are available in the Park including Nature Days for
Children, Art in the Park, Lectures and Pony information sessions.
Connemara is also home to the