Connemara Mussel Festival

Connemara Mussel Festival 2015
MAY 1st - 3rd 2015        Tullycross, Renvyle, Connemara, Co. Galway
10th Birthday a Great Success !

The village of Tullycross  once again pulled off an amazing feat – the Connemara Mussel Festival celebrated its 10th birthday over the May Bank Holiday weekend and it was undoubtedly the most successful mussel festival yet. Drawing people from all over the world as well as throngs of local people, the festival has grown year on year. With the involvement of the College of Tourism and Arts at GMIT, the food demonstration area once again became the epicentre of the very best that the west of Ireland has to offer in terms of seafood and culinary skills. But it would be very remiss to think that this festival is solely about food. Local culture, heritage and the arts were all catered for in what really was a most amazing programme of events.

Cooking up some mouth-watering dishes in the Festival Maquee were Michellan star chef JP McMahon (Aniar), Martin O’Donnel (12 Hotel) and Tim O’Sullivan Renvle House Hotel. Sean O’Rourke and Michael Lally vied for Celebrity Chef while Thomas Flaherty took the amateur title. Jacinta Dalton and Maria Conboy cooked for kids and GMIT students battled for the inaugural Student Chef Trophy. Outside in the sunshine people enjoyed street food, vintage motor bikes, RNLI boat (Charity Partner) and street entertainers. The Artisan Market was packed with fantastic local producers and fresh food. The Church was the venue for RTE ConTempo quartet with Joan McBreen, theatre and talks including Verena Roes history of Tullycross, Michael Gibbons on local archaeology and Sven Haberman (Conservation Letterfrack) on Conservation and Restoration of furniture objects. Local artists displayed their extraordinary talent in the Wild Atlantic Art Exhibition and Ella the smallest cow in the world even strolled into town for the weekend!    

In the evenings there was country music dancing, a wine, beer and cheese tasting event and on the final night a 70’s Fancy Dress Disco, while the pubs in the village provided live music every evening and mussel dishes all day. All in all a fabulous weekend was had by all.

The first sign the visitor got of the festival was the “Viking” ship covered in shields displaying the logos of some of the many local and national sponsors. The committee particularly wish to thank all the festival’s sponsors as well as Failte Ireland and Galway County Council for their support, without which it would simply not be possible to stage the festival.

Roll on 2016 and the next Connemara Mussel Festival!

Raffle Winners

Thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets & also to all the sponsors for the great prizes. And the winners are:

1. Dinner, B&B in The Lodge at Ashford Castle - Susie Kay
2. Dinner, B&B in The Gresham Hotel - Clare Wheatley
3. Weekend for 2 in Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown - Angie Williams
4. Dinner for 2 in West at The Twelve - Carol & Gerard Mc Mahon
5. €100 voucher for Castlecourt Hotel Westport - Kathleen Faherty
6. €100 voucher for Letterfrack Hardware - Kate Shannahan
7. €100 heating oil voucher The Sweeney Oil Company - Tony Keily
8. Case of wine from J&C Kenny - Mandy Canboy
9. Dinner for 4 Lodge Restaurant Letterfrack- Tom Stark
10. Artwork from Wild Goose Studio - Sean Glynn


Connemara Mussel Festival 2015 Brochure



McKennas Guide

We were thrilled to be awarded the Best Food Festival 2014 in the Megabyte Awards by the McKennas’ Guides. We are delighted that food writers and lovers John and Sally McKenna will once again join our professional chef team this year. Here’s what they had to say about last year’s festival:

"Tullycross became the epicentre of the West Coast in early May, as the small and splendiferous Connemara Mussel Festival took over the village and delighted everyone with great food, great demos and great dancing, from the Curley School of Dancing. You can reckon you've been to every festival and seen it all, and then something as small, community-focused and simple as this great weekend simply takes your breath away. Only brilliant."



Irish Mussel Cuisine

by Máirín Ui Chomáin
€8   Buy Online

The definitive mussel recipe book, designed and created specifically for the festival by Máirín Uí Chomáin,will be on sale for just €8 at the Festival Office. You can also find it in local outlets or purchase it here direct from our website. This beautifully illustrated book, packed with recipes from chefs from all around the country is a must-buy for those of you who love to eat and enjoy mussels!

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