Sonas Bed & Breakfast
Ann Dowd, Carna, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland Telephone: +353 (0)95 32277 

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Email: sonas_bandb@eircom.net

Carna, in the heart of Gaeltacht on the shores of Galway Bay is an area where Irish is the everyday language. This is an area rich in ancient culture and tradition. This is also an area renowned for its skilled boat makers who build the traditional wooden sailing boats known as Galway Hookers and the small craft used commonly along the west coast called the currach.

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In the sixth century St. McDara built a small church on one of the islands off the coast. The unique stone roof of the church has recently been restored. Mac Dara is greatly honoured by the people of Iar-Chonnachta. In the time of sailing boats, the fishermen used to dip their sails three times on passing the island. The saints feast day is celebrated in mid July when people make their way to the island for the celebration of mass. The three-day festival, Faile Mhic Dara, is held annually in on the 16-18 July, in Carna, it features hooker and currach races, sea-angling and childrens competitions .

The Irish language and traditional arts and culture of the Connemara Gaeltacht is celebrated with different festivals throughout the year. The Joe Éinniú Festival of Traditional Singing and Music takes place in Carna over the weekend of the 29th April - 1st May. Traditional music sessions take place, workshops, lectures, children's singing competition, céilís, concerts & recitals featuring the best of local talent and visiting artists. Pride of place at the festival is given to Sean Nós and Traditional Singing.

Clifden Traditional Music Festival
Pléaráca Chonamara Teo
Other Events in Connenmra

Walking : We are perfectly located for all types of walking enthusiasts with the Twelve Pins & Maamturk Mountain Ranges and The Connemara Way Walking Trail close by. There are also some lovely local walks in the area where you can explore our local beaches, bog lands and flora and fauna. There is a very strong Walkers Group in Carna who meet every Sunday to do one of the lovely local walks.
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Connemara Pony shows are held worldwide, but the most famous of all being the Annual Clifden Connemara Pony Show which takes place every August at the Showgrounds, Clifden, Co. Galway. Connemara Pony Show offers breeders and visitors the chance to witness the very best of Connemara Ponies on display. There is also a dog show, Irish dancing, domestic arts, basket making, and a traditional market day on the streets of Clifden.

Beaches Our best kept secret in the Carna area are our several white sandy beaches all within 5 minutes. Mynish, Moyrus, Callowfeenish & Feenish Island are fabulous secluded, quiet and safe beaches and discovering them is a joy.

Sonas B & B is ideally located for golf with the famous Connemara Links Course in Ballyconneely a 40 min drive away. Other golf courses close by are Oughterard, Connemara Isle, Barna and Westport.
There is a lovely scenic Pitch and Putt course 15 minutes away.

Fishing Fresh Water Fishing available to guests at the locally stocked Lakes. There is also on shore angling and there is deep sea angling available at Roundstone or Clifden which is 30mins away.

Pony Trekking is available at ‘The Point’ in Ballyconneely which is 40 minutes away and offer wonderful Treks over white sandy beaches and hills.

Outdoor Pursuits & Watersports  A wide range of Outdoor  Activities & Watersports are available locally, Sea Kayaking & Island hopping as well.