About this website

This website was created in early 2012 by Cleggan resident and photographer (and musician) Heather Greer, as a hobby and because the area didn't have a functioning website at the time, and many visitors to Connemara really didn't know much about the Aughrus Peninsula.

It's still a completely voluntary job, made worthwhile by the many visits - both to the website and, as a result, to the area. Lots of the people who come to visit fall in love with the place, and are now returning each year, and making more friends each time they come. That's great! But it is voluntary; so please forgive us if there are errors, or if some information is sometimes out of date or incomplete.

We also have an active FACEBOOK page - click HERE and PLEASE do like us!

For 2012 and 2013, we built and maintained the website  for the area's main festival, the FESTIVAL OF THE SEA (also as a 100% voluntary and unpaid task)

For the 2014 Festival, the local Community Council has decided to operate the Festival's web presence directly. We are naturally only too happy to be relieved of the massive workload involved in maintaining such a large site, and we'll cooperate fully with the Council in transferring the domain. We wish them the very best of luck.

We will in the meantime of course bring you dates, programmes, photos, etc, from the 2014 Festival, on this (private/personal) site.

Follow the Community Council's progress by visiting the official Festival of the Sea website, www.festivalofthesea.net .

Many people don't appreciate the amount of hard work a large band of volunteers of men and women - put in each year, on the ground, to make the various events and activities happen. Devising events and event programmes; acting as Stewards on the day; preparing food; volunteering to take part in various events that make them tired, or wet, or funny... all part of making this area not just a beautiful place to visit, but a living, breathing, active, proud community of people.

Like so many other places in Ireland, the Aughrus Peninsula is going through tough times. The madness that left Ireland broke and in debt affected everyone - here too. Many of the young people from the Aughrus Peninsula have gone - to other countries in Europe; to Canada; to Australia; to New Zealand...leaving behind lonely families. And now many of the older people are having to leave also, to find work and send back money, just as their grand-parents did before them. So in the winter-time the place can seem empty and silent; and in the summer, although the people who remain smile and get on with it, there's a lot of sadness behind those smiles, too.

And the storms of the winter of 2014 didn't help. Of course this area is no stranger to storms and tragedies - and thankfully in the 2014 storms no one died around here. But the terrible weather has left its mark. Much has changed in the surroundings. People who earn their living from working out of doors have been unable to do so, for months on end.

And the austerity measures in Ireland have made people poorer in monetary terms; and many of the aid packages for disadvantaged people have been removed.

But none of this is intended to make others feel sorry for the area! Just be aware, as you pass through here or spend your holiday time here, that life goes on for the local people; and that life can be hard at times. BUT THAT MAKES IT ESPECIALLY GREAT TO SEE AND TO MEET VISITORS WHO COME TO THE AUGHRUS PENINSULA; SO DO KEEP COMING - OR IF YOU HAVEN'T BEEN BEFORE, WELL, COME THIS YEAR!