Clarification on Proposed New Developments

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Following Clarification for Request for Further Information on the Proposed New Developments at Connemara National Park, we now provide a letter submitted to the Council in response to the queries raised. Click here to download a copy of the letter.   Details of Proposed New Developments for Connemara National Park can be found on the following page:

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Orange Wind Warning – Park Closed 14/02/2021

Orange Status Warning - Met Eireann

We wish to advise visitors that Connemara National Park will be closed on Sunday February 14th due to Met Éireann's Status Orange Wind Warning. Other NPWS sites in the region will also be closed, including: Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park Derryclare Nature Reserve Old Head Nature Reserve Knockma Wood, near Tuam, Co. Galway Laughil Wood, near Pontoon, Co. Mayo For more information on weather warnings please see:

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World Wetlands Day

We Love Our Wetlands - World Wetlands Day

February 2nd marks World Wetlands Day. It is 50 years since it was first celebrated and it was originally held to highlight the increasing loss and degradation of wetland habitat for migratory water birds. Wetlands are among the most diverse and productive ecosystems. They provide essential services and supply all our fresh water. Wetlands include lake, rivers, marshes, wet grasslands, peatlands, estuaries, deltas, mudflats, coral reefs and all human made sites, such as ponds and reservoirs. 40% of the world’s...

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Closure of Knockma Wood Car Park

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We wish to advise the public that the car park for Knockma Wood is now closed. This decision has been made on public health advice due to the current Covid19 pandemic. Please adhere to the current travel restrictions and follow government guidelines - click here for full details.

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Car Park Closed

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The car park for Connemara National Park is closing from this afternoon. In line with this return to Level 5 Covid19 Restrictions, visitors within 5km are welcome to exercise in the National Park. Current government Covid19 restrictions state that people are required to stay at home except for travel for work, education or other essential purposes, and are permitted to take exercise within 5km of home. Click here for full Level 5 Covid19 restrictions. We appreciate your co-operation with these...

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Upper Diamond Trail Re-opened

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We wish to advise visitors that the Upper Diamond (Red) Trail has reopened after completion of essential maintenance works. Thanks to all visitors for their understanding and compliance during this closure. We would also like to remind visitors to please follow the one way systems in place on the trails as shown below: Toilet facilities will remain open over the holidays (see exceptions) and the Tea Room will have limited opening times* - see details here: Please wear your...

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Christmas and New Years Arrangements

Christmas and New year Arrangements

We would like to advise visitors of the following arrangements for Christmas and New Years: ***UPDATE*** Unfortunately due to the increased Covid19 restrictions the Tea Room will now not be reopening as planned. Tea Room Open from Mon 28th to Thurs 31st | 11 am to 3 pm Toilet Facilities Open daily* except for Christmas Day, St Stephen's Day & New Year's Day - *Due to Covid19 we are unable to open toilet facilities on these day as no cleaning service is...

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Press Release: Conservation Works at Derryclare Nature Reserve

Conservation Works at Derryclare Nature Reserve

National Parks and Wildlife Service, Western Division, complete Conservation Fencing Works at Derryclare Nature Reserve, Co. Galway Minister of State, Malcolm Noonan with responsibility for National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Housing Local Government and Heritage welcomes the recent completion of fencing works at Derryclare Nature Reserve, Recess, Co. Galway. Derryclare is a State owned Nature Reserve of 19ha comprising important habitats of old sessile oak woodland, Derryclare Lake shore and peatland areas. The Nature Reserve is...

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Connemara Pony Contract

Pony peering over horse - Connemara

Tenders are invited for a 2 year contract for Connemara National Park, Letterfrack, Co. Galway from 01/01/2021 to 31/12/2022. The contract relates to the welfare, presentation and interpretation of Connemara Ponies at Connemara National Park. There is the possibility of a one 12 month extension of the contract, subject to agreement of both parties. For the periods from 01/01/2021 to 31/12/2022, the contract involves circa 350 hours per year. The successful tenderer will be required to manage ponies and donkeys...

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