Area Highlights

  • Feile Mhic Dara
  • Feile Joe Einniu
  • Connemara Gaeltacht
  • Beaches
  • Fishing
  • Boat Trips
  • Irish summer School
  • Scenic Coastline
  • Walking Loops

Cottages in Carna

Description Of The Area

Carna is a village nestled on the coast in the heart of the Connemara Gaeltacht. Carna village is about 50 km west of Galway city and has four shops and three lively pubs. The area boasts many services and is popular and busy in the busy season. Carna is in a strong Gaeltacht region, so most of the people speak Irish at home. The population is almost totally bilingual with English being the second language spoken. The Carna Irish summer school sees many visitors to the area in the Summer months.

Off the coast of Mace Head near Carna village, is Oileán Mhic Dara (Mac Dara’s Island). This is the site of a stone-built early Christian church and the cross of Saint Mac Dara, who is the Patron Saint of fishermen and sailors in the area. There is a pilgrimage to the Island once a year on 16 July followed by a race of traditional boats. This festival attracts a large amount of fishermen, boat men and visitors who take on the pilgrimage annually and most compete in the boat races which consist of traditional currachs and Galway hookers with their famous red sails. Other festivals in the Carna include Feile Joe Einniu, a celebration of the life of a sean nos (old style) traditional Irish singer from the area.

There are several beaches in the area, located at Moyrus, Mynish Island, Rushenamanach & Callowfennish. All beaches are safe and ideal for swimming & water sports. Sea Kayaking & Island Walking on the local bays and islands are some of the many activities you can enjoy. Lake fishing and shore fishing are also available in the area.

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