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Clifden

Clifden, regarded as ‘the capital of Connemara’, is a delightful market town set against the majestic backdrop of the Twelve Bens, (also known as the Twelve Pins, or “Benna Beola”).

Clifden



Clifden has a special magic of its own and lures visitors back time and time again! It is a hive of activity all year round, and home to the world-famous Connemara Pony Show and Clifden Arts Festival.

Meaning ‘beehive cell’ Clifden was founded in 1812 and while the bleak Famine era took its toll on the town's population and hinterland, it is now a colourful market town.

The panoramic Sky Road leads westward from Clifden to the Atlantic coastline. A short detour north brings visitors to the Connemara National Park at Letterfrack and to Ireland’s only fjord, the stunning Killary Harbour. The Sky Road also passes by the ruins of Clifden Castle, the former home of the town’s main founder and local landlord, John D’arcy.

The Clifden area is steeped in history. The first commercial transatlantic message was transmitted from Guglielmo Marconi’s station in Clifden to his North American complex in Glace Bay, Newfoundland, Canada, in 1907. This spectacular achievement is remembered every year in the annual Marconi Festival. Yet another historic feat was the arrival of Alcock and Brown’s pioneering flight on 15 June 1919.

Clifden is also a haven for outdoor pursuits fans with miles of stunning coastline and mountain peaks awaiting anglers, mountaineers, walkers and also artists and photographers hoping to capture the magic and majesty of Connemara on their easel and through their lens.



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