The Connemara in English, or ga Conamara in Irish, is an area located at the west of the Ireland in the Comté of Galway, in the west of the province of Connacht. This word also indicates the indigenous pony of this area, the Poney Connemara, which one can see in freedom in the National park of Connemara. Its name comes from Irish ga Conmaicne Mara , who means literally “downward of Idiot Mhac of the sea”. Ga Conmaicne Mara are indeed a branch of an old Irish tribe resulting from Connacht and localized on the Atlantic coast. Idiot Mhac, “wire of the dog”, according to Irish mythology, is the son of a queen of Connacht.
The term Connemara is commonly used (often incorrectly) to describe:
- all which is in the west of the Lough Corrib;
- zones of the west of the County of Galway where the Irish language is still spoken.
To summarize, Connemara is composed of the parishes of Carna, Clifden, Ballynakill, Roundstone and Inishbofin.
The coast of Connemara is a whole of several Péninsule S. the peninsula of Iorras Ainbhtheach in the south is most important. One finds there the villages of Carna and Kilkieran. The peninsula of Errismore is in the west of the village of Ballyconeely. The peninsulas of Aughris, Cleggan and Renvyle are in the western north of Connemara.
A very great number of islands are off Connemara (Omey, Inishark, High Island, Friars Island, Feenish and Mwenish). Most important is that of Inishbofin.
The principal city of Connemara east Clifden.
Its principal resources are the breeding of sheep providing a Laine great quality (the Moher) and the exploitation of the Tourbe.
Richard Martin, founder of the Protective Company of Animals (XIX° S.)
" The Wandering entertainer of the World occidental" J.M. Synge.
" The Man tranquille" , film of J. Ford with John Wayne.
Ireland Photographs of Connemara and Ireland
- the pony Connemara
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