This year's Festival will be the biggest and best ever, and it's fully expected that it will take place under sunny, blue skies!


***APPEAL!!! We want your photos!  Since maintaining the website takes LOADS of time, this year we can't visit all of the events to take photos. So...we want yours!!  Well, we want a selection of up to a total of around 20 photos per event, maybe with a bit of variety/humour thrown in. We'll credit ALL photographers whose photos we publish here, we promise. If you're willing to share, why not contact me on the "CONTACT US" page on this website - just click HERE to go straight there!** 

 Saturday 27th July

2013 OMEY DASH - a seriously serious triathlon!

1.00pm start.  Click HERE if you wish to head straight to TRIATHLON IRELAND, for registration purposes.

Click HERE to head to the Omey Dash page.

And HERE (the "2013 Past Events" page) for  a downloadable pdf of the official results/ timings, plus photos courtesy of Richard Conneely.

Sunday 28th July

he famous annual Omey Races

Date and time are determined by the tide times, as the races are run on the Omey Strand, which is tidal.  The races start at 1.00pm this year, though it may well be an hour or so later!  It depends on what the tide wants to do......    :-/

Click HERE (the "2013 Past Events" page) for  a description of the great day, plus photos courtesy of Richard Conneely.


Claddaghduff Hall, 8.30pm

 Wednesday 31st July

 Children's drama event - TEGOLIN'S TALES

Tom O'Connor's Cat - Fairy Tales played using masks.  As seen on "Nationwide" (RTE1 television)

Tegolin writes:  "Tegolin's unique story telling with specially designed masks will captivate both young and old, whisking them away to the misty mountains, turbulent seas, on a journey of imagination and adventure."  Learn more at Tegolin's website - click HERE or visit http://www.tegolinstalestheatre.com

Claddaghduff Hall, 7.00pm   €5.00

 Thursday 1st August

Superstars - Community Centre Cleggan

Registration: 6.30pm. Entry €10.

Starts: 7.00pm
Contact Chris McDonnell at the Pier Bar:

Friday 2nd August

Superstars (continued)

Cleggan playground, 6.30pm

Click HERE (the "2013 Past Events" page) for  a description of the two evenings, plus photos courtesy of Maria Cafferky

Saturday 3rd August

10k Run

Register Cleggan Community Centre, from 12.00 midday.

Start:  Sellerna Crossroads, 2.00pm

Presentation of trophies/medals afterwards at Newman's Bar

Entry:  €10

Marty Courcey has generously donated a beautiful cup for one of the Festival Events in memory of his mother, Mrs Mary Courcey.  It has been decided that this should be presented to the overall winner of the Cleggan 10K run, and it will be named the "Mary Courcey Perpetual Cup”.

Further info from Kevin Ward:  085-871-1931

Festival Official Opening by Brendan O'Connor

Newman's Bar, 8.30pm

Queen of the Festival

Newman's Bar, 9.00pm.  Entry €15

Contact Kenneth De Lappe


Sunday 4th August

Family Sports Day

Omey Strand (Free entry). 12.00pm

Married vs Singles Soccer

Omey Strand.  Entry €5/player. 1.00pm

Bingo - Claddaghduff Hall. 8.30pm

Monday 5th August

Fun Triathlon

Entry €30/team (registration: Claddaghduff Hall, 1.30pm; start: 3.00pm)

View/download/print the course map - click HERE

Contact Kenneth De Lappe


Table Quiz

Sweeneys Strand Bar, Claddaghduff

Entry €20/table of four, 9.30pm

Tuesday 6th August

This year the Festival of the Sea Committee are delighted to offer a guided tour of Shark Island. The tour will be conducted by local Archaeologist, Michael Gibbons.

All trip participants must wear good sturdy walking boots and bring their own rain gear.  Walkers will need to be agile and capable of transferring from ferry to small boat and on to island landing site.  This trip will take a minimum of 6 hours so please bring a packed lunch.  OVER SIXTEENS ONLY.

STRICTLY NO DOGS (there are sheep grazing on Inishark).

The trip is limited to fifty (50) participants.  Booking will be on a first come first served basis.  You will need to pre-book and pre-pay with Willie Hughes.

Send your cheque or postal order to:

Wiillie Hughes, Cleggan Claddaghduff Community Council, Knockbrack, Cleggan, Co.Galway.

(Phone 095-44647)

Payment for €50 made out to Cleggan Claddaghduff Community Council.  Please include your name and a contact e-mail and phone number.

Registration and check-in will be at 9:30am at Cleggan Community Centre, Cleggan Pier. The boat will depart from Cleggan Pier at 10:00am.

Note:  If weather conditions do not permit landing on Inishark, the walk will be transferred to Inishbofin and will be subject to the above terms and conditions.

Seafood Buffet

Oliver's Bar, Cleggan

Two sittings:  7.00pm & 8.30pm

€25, and all the seafood you could dream of! Tickets available locally.

Wednesday 7th August

Children's nature trail with Dr Brendan O'Connor

Free of charge.  11.00am - meet at Claddaghduff Hall (or see Brendan's description below). All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Brendan O'Connor writes:  "The area around Aughrusbeg has been designated by the National Parks and Wildlife Service as a candidate Special Area of Conservation (cSAC) as is protected under EU legislation by the Habitat Directive. The cSAC includes a wide variety of habitats including dry heath, machair, salt marsh, mud and sand flats, reefs and shallow bays and inlets. It also supports the iconic West of Ireland marine crow, the Chough. We will spend about 3 hours exploring these habitats and examining the plant and animal species that occur here. Bring wet gear, wellies and a shrimp net. To find us, take low road around lake and watch out for sign saying NATURE WALK."

Tug o' War Competition

Hughes's Field (ie, on road down to Sellerna Beach), 7.00pm

€30.00 team entry

Presentation of prizes afterwards at Newman's Bar, Cleggan

Contact Sean Cafferkey 086-649-2481

Crannog Publications - Junior Literary Awards, by well known author James C Morrissey
Claddaghduff Hall, 7.30pm

Talk by Jeananne Crowley
"The Life and Work of Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan"

Claddaghduff Community Hall, 8.00pm.  €7 entry

Thursday 8th August


Omey Island walk with John O'Halloran

Register at Claddaghduff Hall:  1.30pm.  Fee:  €10.00

Cheese & Wine, local art, music, chat, craic!

Sweeney's Strand Bar, 9.30pm



Friday 9th August


Golf Three-Ball Scramble

Connemara Championship Links Course

Details from Peter Higgins, Oliver's Bar Cleggan

Seafood Cooking Demo:

"Sea Food and Eat It"!

Brendan O'Connor & family & friends

Claddaghduff Community Hall, 7.00pm.  Entry €10

Brendan writes: "This 2 hour cooking demonstration in the Community Hall will cover several sea food recipes for canapés, starters mains and deserts and cooking methods such as opening shellfish, smoking, preserving and frying. It will also cover foraging for sea food and suggest food and drink pairings."

Pool competition

Pier Bar, Cleggan, 9.00pm.  Entry €5.

Further information from Chris McDonnell at the Pier Bar - telephone 095-44718

Saturday 10th August

Tag Rugby

Omey Strand, 1.00pm (entry €10 - meet up in Omey Strand carpark)

Talk by Michael Gibbons

Claddaghduff Community Hall,  8.30pm

Michael Gibbons will give a talk on the local history of the Aughrus Peninsula: in other words the Cleggan/Claddaghduff area. This should be a fascinating evening, not to be missed.

Entry €10 per person (children free).

Sunday 11th August

Senior Badminton Competition

Chris O'Toole and Tommy Coyne Memorial Cup

Claddaghduff Community Hall (Start: 9.00am). 

Contact Kenneth De Lappe for further information:



Claddaghduff Community Hall, 8.30pm

With a massive €1,700 in prizes to be won on the night!!!

So...as they say: "what would it be?  New York?  New Yacht?"...

Monday 12th August

Junior Badminton Competition - all welcome!

Claddaghduff Hall, from 11.00am

Contact Kenneth De Lappe for further information:


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