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Re-Opening Arrangements – Important Notice

  ***IMPORTANT UPDATE: Following a review of protocols, the exhibition space will remain closed until further notice. The Tea Room & Toilets remain open.*** The Visitor Centre, Tea room & Toilets are re-opening on Monday 29th of June. The Visitor Centre & Toilets are open from 9.00am until 5.30pm. Toilets will be closed intermittently during the day for cleaning. The Tea Room will be initially open from 11am to 4pm   Things will be a little different on site, and...

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Proposed New Developments

The following details are for the proposed new developments at Connemara National Park. Click here to download this information as a .pdf document. The full planning application is also available on the Online Planning System on the Galway County Council website - Planning Reference Number: 20676     Site location maps (pdf), proposed layout and path maps can be downloaded here also: 10774-2001-A - Site Location Map - Mweelin 10774-2002-A - Site Location Map - Letterfrack 10774-2003-A - Proposed Route Layout...

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Connemara National Park Trails

In line with the Government’s COVID19 restrictions,  the grounds of the National Park remain open to visitors in Co. Galway or within 20km, which ever distance is greater. The are no facilities open on site i.e. cafe, visitor centre, playground and toilets are closed. The car park has re-opened today, June 8th. We would like to inform visitors that there is a one way system for walking the trails, which must be followed for physical distancing purposes. You are very...

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International Day for Biological Diversity

Happy International Day for Biological Diversity 2020!   All week we have featured species from the National Park for #BiodiversityWeek on our social media (Facebook & Twitter). Today we are featuring also featuring a habitat - the woodland. Click here to download the "Life in Our Woodlands" infographic   Please take a minute to appreciate our natural heritage on this auspicious day.   #lovenature #biodiversityday

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Competition Time!

We are inviting members of the public to participate in a series of competitions over the coming weeks. The series includes: short story, poetry, art & photography competitions. We want these entries to be inspired by the wonderful nature and beautiful landscapes that surround you, wherever you live. Prizes will include books, pens, sweatshirts & t-shirts. When all entries are submitted, they will be shortlisted with the best three in each category posted on our Facebook page, and the final...

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World Heritage Day – April 18th

April 18th is World Heritage Day or the International Day for Monuments and Sites. Our Guide Helen has prepared information on the archaeological sites and some of the historical sites found recently during her surveys of the National Park. Click here to download a pdf of this guide.

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Trees

For many years we provided species guides in the Visitor Centre in Connemara National Park, which have proved very popular with visitors. We are currently putting together a series of digital versions of these species guides, that visitors can download before/after a visit to the National Park. To follow the butterfly guide that was posted last week, we have put together information on the trees that are found in Connemara National Park. Click here to download the tree guide. Why...

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Wild Garlic

For anyone lucky enough to have wild garlic in their garden, our National Park Guide Breandan has shared some information about this wonderful plant and a lovely recipe for wild garlic pesto. One of the joys of spring, is the sight and smell of wild garlic in damp woodlands.  Wild garlic (Allium ursinum), is an amazing and beautiful, plant, all of it can be eaten raw or cooked. The starry white flowers are great in salad, and the green seeds...

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Butterflies

For many years we provided species guides in the Visitor Centre in Connemara National Park, which have proved very popular with visitors. We are currently putting together a series of digital versions of these species guides, that visitors can download before/after a visit to the National Park. We are starting with a guide on some of the butterflies you might expect to see in the National Park. Click here to download a butterfly guide. We have also prepared a colouring...

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Garden Birds Bingo

Birdwatching in your garden or near your home can be a very enjoyable experience. Birds all have different personalities, just like in families. Look out for the robins chasing each other as they put their claim on your garden, hoping to make it their own. Watch for blackbirds as they try to find worms in the grass or slugs in the flower beds. Keep your eyes open for birds gathering nesting material as they will soon begin to build their...

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