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Connemara (Irish Conamara), which derives from Conmhaicne Mara (meaning: descendants of Con Mhac, of the sea), is a district in the west of Ireland (County Galway). The Conmhaicne Mara were a branch of the Conmhaicne, an early tribal grouping that had a number of branches located in different parts of Connacht. As this branch of Conmhaicne were located by the sea they became known as the Conmhaicne Mara i.e. of the sea. Connemara lies in the territory of Iar Connacht "West Connacht", which is the portion of County Galway west of Lough Corrib and the portion of County Mayo in the barony of Ross. Connemara was traditionally divided into North Connemara and South Connemara. The mountains of the Twelve Bens and the Owenglin river, which flows into the sea at Clifden, marked the boundary between the two parts. Connemara is bounded on the west, south and north by the Atlantic. Connemara's land boundary with the rest of County Galway is marked by the Invermore River (which flows into the north of Kilkieran Bay), Loch Oorid, (which lies a few miles west of Maam (or Maum) Cross), and the western spine of the Maumturks mountains in the north of which the boundary meets the sea at the Killary a few miles west of Leenaun. County Galway (Contae na Gaillimhe in Irish) is located on the west coast of Ireland. ... The Conmhaicne (descendants of Con Mhac) were an ancient tribal grouping that were divided into a number of distinct branches that were found scattered around Ireland in the early medieval period. ... Connaught redirects here. ... Iar Chonnachta (longer form - Iarthar Chonnachta) (alternative spelling- Iar Chonnacht) covers the portion of County Galway west of Loch nOirbsean (Loch Corrib) and the Gaillimh / Galway River (better known as the River Corrib) and the portion of County Mayo in the barony of Ross. ... A map of Lough Corrib taken from the Admiralty Chart made in 1846 Lough Corrib (Loch Coirib in Irish) is a lake in the west of Ireland. ... The Twelve Bens is a picturesque mountain range in Connemara in the west of Ireland. ... Clifden (An Clochán in Irish) is a town on the coast of County Galway, Ireland. ... The Atlantic Ocean is Earths second-largest ocean, covering approximately one_fifth of its surface. ... Na Sleibhte Mhám Toirc (The Maumturks/Maamturks) are a picturesque mountain range in Connemara in the west of Ireland. ... Satellite image of Killary Harbour Irelands only fjord. It is disputed that it was actually formed by glaciers. ... Leenaun (Irish An Líonán), sometimes Leenane, is a picturesque village in County Galway, beside Killary Harbour, Irelands only fjord and on the northern edge of Connemara. ...


The term Connemara or Conamara is now commonly used (although incorrectly) to describe all of Galway west of Lough Corrib. Conamara is often used to describe the Irish-speaking areas of west Galway, however this is inaccurate as some of these areas are outside of the traditional boundary of Connemara. A more limited definition, although still incorrect, is that the boundary of Connemara with the rest of Galway begins where the Irish speaking area starts west of Galway. Another misconception, also incorrect, is that Connemara's eastern boundary ends around Inveran and Maam Cross. Inveran or Inverin (Indreabhán in Irish) is a Irish-speaking village in Connemara between Spiddal and Costelloe in County Galway, Ireland. ... Maam Cross (An Teach Dóite in Irish) is a Gaeltacht village in County Galway, Ireland. ...


Connemara is composed of the Catholic parishes of Carna, Clifden (Omey and Ballindoon), Ballynakill, Roundstone and Inishbofin. The territory contains the civil parishes of Moyrus, Ballynakill, Omey, Ballindoon, Inishbofin (the last parish was for a time part of the territory of the Clan O'Malley). Roundstone (Irish: Cloch na Rón) is a village in County Galway, Republic of Ireland, located on the west coast of Ireland. ... Inishbofin in Ireland Inishbofin is an island about 8 kilometers off the coast of Connemara, Ireland. ...


The coast of Connemara consists of a number of peninsulas. The peninsula of Iorras Ainbhtheach in the south is the largest and contains the villages of Carna and Kilkieran. The peninsula of Errismore consists of the area west of the village of Ballyconeely. Errisbeg peninsula lies to the south of the village of Roundstone. The Errislannan peninsula lies just south of the town of Clifden. The peninsulas of Aughris, Cleggan and Rinville (or Renvyle) are found in the north-west of Connemara. There are numerous islands found off the coast of Connemara of which Inishbofin is the largest, other islands include Omey, Inishark, High Island, Friars Island, Feenish and Mweenish. Cleggan (An Cloigeann in Irish) is a village in County Galway, Ireland. ... Omey Island is a Tidal island, though rather more low lying than Mont Saint Michel. ...


The main town of Connemara is An Clochán / Clifden. The area around Clifden is rich with megalithic tombs. The famous green/white Connemara Marble was a trade treasure used by the inhabitants of the time and continues to be of great value today. Clifden (An Clochán in Irish) is a town on the coast of County Galway, Ireland. ... Marble For the glass spheres, see marbles. ...


Notable towns and villages in Connemara

(Clockwise from Galway city) Galway (official Irish name: Gaillimh) is the only city in the province of Connacht in Ireland and capital of County Galway. ...

Roundstone (Irish: Cloch na Rón) is a village in Connemara, County Galway, Republic of Ireland, located on the west coast of Ireland. ... Ballyconneely (Baile Conaola in Irish) is a small village in the west of the Connemara region, County Galway, Republic of Ireland. ... Clifden (An Clochán in Irish) is a town on the coast of County Galway, Ireland. ... Omey Island is a Tidal island, though rather more low lying than Mont Saint Michel. ... Cleggan (An Cloigeann in Irish) is a village in County Galway, Ireland. ... Inishbofin in Ireland Inishbofin is an island about 8 kilometers off the coast of Connemara, Ireland. ... Letterfrack (Leitir Fraic in Irish) is a small village in Connemara in Ireland founded by the Quakers in the mid-19th century. ...

See also

The Aran Islands (Irish: Na hOileáin Árann) are a group of three islands located at the mouth of Galway Bay, on the west coast of Ireland. ... Statue of Alcock and Brown at London (Heathrow) Airport British aviators Alcock and Brown (Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Whitten Brown) made the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1919. ... The Atlantic Ocean is Earths second-largest ocean, covering approximately one_fifth of its surface. ... Connacht Irish is the dialect of the Irish language spoken in the province of Connacht. ... The Western Way is a 250 km Long-distance trail that runs through some of the best landscape in Connemara (County Galway) and County Mayo. ... Long-distance trails (or long-distance tracks, paths, footpaths or greenways) are trails or footpaths covering large distances, typically 50 km or more, used for rambling (that is, hiking or backpacking). ... The Twelve Bens is a picturesque mountain range in Connemara in the west of Ireland. ... Na Sleibhte Mhám Toirc (The Maumturks/Maamturks) are a picturesque mountain range in Connemara in the west of Ireland. ... A map of Lough Corrib taken from the Admiralty Chart made in 1846 Lough Corrib (Loch Coirib in Irish) is a lake in the west of Ireland. ...

External links

  • Irish tourist board web site for Connemara.
  • Conemara community radio
  • RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta (in Irish)
  • An Óige / Irish Youth Hostels Assoc. page for County Galway See especially Ben Lettery - Binn Leitri.
  • Connemara.net News, accommodation, photographs, messageboard: lots about Connemara

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Breeds of Livestock - Connemara Pony (381 words)
By the 1920's the breed was threatened by random breeding and the Connemara Pony Breeders Society was formed to preserve the purity of the breed.
In spite of its relatively small size, the Connemara is known as an excellent hunter and jumper, and it competes in such varying events as distance riding and dressage.
The Connemara is a member of that group of equids known as mountain and moorland ponies.
FFC - "What is a Connemara?" (1580 words)
Connemara lies in an area of western Ireland known for its harsh mountainous terrain, endless desolate moors and bogs and rocky barren shores pounded by the tides and the storms of the Atlantic.
The fact that Connemara stallions may be shown by Juniors in performance classes for Connemaras is further evidence of the reliable temperament of the breed.
The American Connemara Pony Society (A.C.P.S.) was formed "in recognition of the need for a pony of great stamina and versatility, capable of carrying an adult in the hunting field, yet gentle and tractable enough for a young child, fearless as a show jumper yet suitable and steady as a driving pony".
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