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Fishy Fun Festival Planned For May

The foremost food and fun festival in the West of Ireland takes place again this May Bank holiday 4th 5th & 6th in the village of Tullycross on the Renvyle peninsula in beautiful North West Connemara.

And as ever the festival committee have organised a range of events to whet the appetite and interests of all, from the young to the more mature young, as one of the highlights of the Region of Gastronomy calendar of events 2018. So, what’s going down in Tullycross this bank holiday weekend, its varied, interesting, exciting, and unique!

The Connemara Mussel Festival has surfaced for 2018, pictured: Stewart Andrews, Breffni Gray and Mattieu Bentot of Scuba Dive West with Gerry Coyne, committee member of Connemara Mussel Festival. The festival takes place from 4th - 6th of May and is a feast for the senses for locals and visitors to enjoy music, dancing, talks and theatre and most of all enjoy the local produce.

Acts include ‘Rua’ the renowned illusionist and magician, The Curlew Theatre with several adult and children’s plays, and the famous Cois Claddaigh choir to mention but a few.

Talks and exhibitions take the form of a tribute to the memory of Richard Murphy Poet, a talk and demonstration from Connemara Smokehouse Proprietor Graham Roberts, Poitin tasting of the legal variety with Micil Poitin and Renvyle's own Amy Coyne giving a full account of her trip to Mount Everest basecamp. These are just tasters of the chats and shows on offer.

The artisan market will take place on both Saturday and Sunday and is growing in stall numbers year upon year while the athletes and non-athletes are all invited to take part in the 5km fun run. The popular dawn walk takes place,well, at dawn on Sunday morning.

Children will all enjoy the pet farm which will be located at the rear of the Renvyle thatched cottageS, while the younger kids again will have lots of entertainment for the weekend: Sean Nos dancing, storytelling, art and crafts and numerous cookery classes.

Visiting chefs chatting and demonstrating include; Cliodhna Prendergast, Declan McManus, Jonathan Keane, Keith Carden and Tim O Sullivan.

Chairperson of the 13th edition of the festival, Gerard Coyne of Paddy Coynes's Pub is delighted, honoured and excited to be leading yet another action-packed festival. He invites all and sundry to visit the festival at some stage over the weekend – after all there is something for everyone.

The pubs in the villages will have music, food and a warm welcome all weekend, and to top off the weekend there will be a Gala Dinner in the Maol Reidh Hotel on Sunday evening.

For more information visit www.connemaramusselfestival.com email connemaramusselfest@gmail.com or find them on Facebook.