Having gained traction year-on-year, last month’s fifth Connemara Green Festival featured a sterling line-up of speakers and events. Top favourites included basket making, willow weaving, walks with local ecologists and historians, nature workshops, mushroom foraging, visiting a special native woodland, harvesting seeds, kiln drying timbers, stand-up paddle boarding and boat trips in Letterfrack Bay, and a guided ‘food from trees’ walk in Connemara National Park.
The festival was officially opened on Friday evening by William Cormican, Regional Manager National Parks and Wildlife Service. He was joined by guest of honour Peter Sturge M.B.E, who launched the book Sophia Sturge and the Basketmaking industry in Letterfrack 1888-1905. Also there on the night were with author Joan Johnson and her husband Roger, representing the Historical Friends Society, who assisted with the publication of the book. It was a fabulous occasion celebrating Letterfrack and Connemara, past and present.
One of the highlights of the festival was the Connemara Green Feast on Saturday evening at the Pangur Ban restaurant in the heart of Letterfrack village, with a full buffet menu showcasing local food produce and foraging. All proceeds from the feast will go to actions for conservation.
The festival committee would like to thank our partners National Parks and Wildlife Service and our sponsors Letterfrack Country Shop, Letterfrack Lodge, and Pangur Ban for their valuable contributions this year.
The Connemara Green Festival for 2020 will be held on the second weekend in October. For more, see www.connemaragreenfestival.ie