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Clifden, County Galway

county galwayThe town of Clifden (Irish: An Clochán, meaning "bee-hive cell") is on the coast of County Galway, and being Connemara's largest town, is often referred to as "the Capital of Connemara". The town, situated on the Owenglen River where it flows into Clifden Bay, is a popular tourist destination for those touring Connemara and is linked to Galway city by the N59.

Clifden is near the landing place of the first transatlantic flight by Alcock and Brown on June 15th 1919. The plane crash landed in Derrygimla bog, close to Marconi's transatlantic wireless station.

There are many places of interest to visit while staying in Clifden accommodation. Some of these local attractions include the Connemara National Park, Twelve Bens, Kylemore Abbey, Ballynahinch Castle, Slyne Head Lighthouse and the Sky Road - an 11km drive along Clifden Bay and Streamstown Bay rising more than 150 m above sea level at Slyne Head, with views of the Atlantic, Clifden Castle, coast-guard station, the islands of Inishturk and Turbot and Clifden town.

Visitors to Clifden can enjoy many festivals and events taking place there including Clifden Community Arts Week in late September, the Connemara Pony Show, organized by the Connemara Pony Breeders Society and held on the third Thursday in August since 1924. Other attractions include horse racing on the beach at Omey Island Races and the annual Clifden Regatta.


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