In my continuing to go through all my old Ireland photos, some of my favorite from the trip were from Connemara which is a coastal/inland area north of Galway with lots of mountains, waterfalls, etc. Next time I go back, without a doubt I'm going to spend a few days there and just enjoy it. Without a question, my favorite area of Ireland.
Connemara (in Irish: Conamara), which derives from Conmhaicne Mara (meaning: descendants of Con Mhac, of the sea), is a district in the west of Ireland comprising of a broad peninsula between Killary Harbour and Cuan Chill Chiar¡in/Kilkieran Bay in the west of County Galway or south west Connacht. The Conmhaicne Mara were a branch of the Conmhaicne, an early tribal grouping that had a number of branches located in different parts of Connacht. As this branch of Conmhaicne were located by the sea they became known as the Conmhaicne Mara, i.e., of the sea. Conamara lies in the territory of Iar Connacht, "West Connacht", which is the portion of County Galway west of Lough Corrib and the portion of County Mayo in the barony of Ross.
The main town of Connemara is Clifden. The area around the town is rich with megalithic tombs. The famous green/white Conamara Marble was a trade treasure used by the inhabitants of the time and continues to be of great value today. It is used for the pendant which makes up the Scouting Ireland Chief Scout's Award, the highest award in Irish Scouting
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