Ballyconneely is a small ribbon development in west Connemara, County Galway, Ireland.
Settlements are spread out north on the road to Clifden and south on the road to Roundstone. Every July, the Ballyconneely pony show attracts people from the surrounding county to exhibit livestock and enjoy the travelling funfair.
This peninsula, jutting into the Atlantic Ocean between Clifden to the north and Roundstone to the south, is a quiet rural area. Its name is based on the old civil parish of Ballindoon, which in turn was named from the old fort or cashel on Doon Hill.
The area is surrounded by beaches: the Coral Strand at Derrygimla; west and north to Knock, Mannin, Dunloughan and Truska; and east and south from Keeraunmore, Aillebrack, and Ballyconneely Bay to Calla, Dolan and Murvey. Some of these bathing spots provide bases for shore fishermen.
Ballyconneely has three historic associations: In 1854, the first salmon farming operation in the United Kingdom was carried out on the Dohulla Fishery. In 1919, the first transatlantic flight by Alcock and Brown ended two miles away in Derrygimla Bog, an unsuitable landing place which damaged the aircraft. The crash landing was near the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Station built in 1905, which was used to send the first transatlantic wireless message, to Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, in 1907.
Ballyconneely breeds Connemara ponies, including some home and overseas champions. Legend has it that the breed originated when Arabian horses come ashore from a Spanish shipwreck near Slyne Hea and bred with the small native pony.
Attractions include a 27-hole golf links, and Roundstone Bog three miles to the east, an expanse of moor, lake and stream, containing wildlife and rare plants. The beaches have edible shellfish and molluscs accessible at low tide, including clams, cockles, mussels, razorfish, sea urchins, shrimp and scallops, and with local knowledge, the occasional lobster. Connemara Smokehouse and Visitor Centre is located at the Aillebrack fishing pier, a small harbour used by local fishermen and boat owners.
Two shops, a post office, a community hall, and a local parish hall make up the village centre. Other businesses in the area include a hotel, a golf course with club house, guest-houses, bed-and-breakfast establishments, and holiday homes.
The Taoiseach Brian Cowen is reported[who?] to have a holiday home in Aillebrack, close to the Connemara Golf Links. References[edit sourceÂ | edit] Scientific American, Nov 23, 1907 See also[edit sourceÂ | edit] List of towns and villages in Ireland Clifden Roundstone External links[edit sourceÂ | edit] Connemara Smokehouse and Visitor Centre
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Aillebrack, Ballyconneely, Clifden, Co. Galway
Located in the Connemara Area in Ireland, Doonhill Lodge features bed and breakfast accommodation with a shared lounge with open fire and TV, free WiFi available throughout and a garden. It is just 3 km from Ballyconneely Village.
Mannin Road, Ballyconneely, Connemara, Co. Galway
Situated in Ballyconneely, West Connemara, Mannin Lodge B&B offers free parking, free Wi-Fi, and easy access to the Irish countryside. Connemara Championship Golf Links is a 5-minute drive away and the beach is within 1 km and half from the property.
14 Lettershask, Ballyconneely, Co. Galway
Located in Ballyconneely, 14 Lettershask, Ballyconneely is a traditional cottage with views of mountains, lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. The holiday home features a fully equipped kitchen/living room, a dining room and playroom.
Ballyconneely, Co. Galway
Cottage 102 - Ballyconneely (Love Connemara) is located in Ballyconneely. Guests can enjoy sea view from all the rooms. The property offers free parking and a large enclosed garden with a decked area.
Aillebrack, Ballyconneely, Co. Galway
Cottage 162 - Ballyconneely is a detached holiday home with a barbecue, situated in Ballyconneely in the Galway County Region. It provides free private parking. The kitchen features a dishwasher, a microwave and a toaster, as well as a kettle.
Ballyconneely, Connemara, Co. Galway., Galway, Co. Galway
Cottage 183 – Ballyconneely is a holiday home situated in Callow in the Galway County Region and is 8 km from Clifden. It provides free private parking. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property.
Ballyconneely, Connemara, Ballyconneely, Co. Galway
Featuring a garden, Cottage 188 - Ballyconneely is a detached holiday home located in Ballyconneely. The property is 9 km from Clifden and boasts views of the garden. Free private parking is available on site. A TV is available.
Bunowen, Ballyconneely, Co. Galway
Located in Ballyconneely in the Galway County Region, this detached holiday home is 10 km from Clifden. Guests benefit from free WiFi and private parking available on site. A dishwasher, a microwave and a fridge can be found in the kitchen.
Ballyconneely, Co. Galway
Cottage 206 - Ballyconneely is a holiday home with a terrace, set in Ballyconneely. The unit is 8 km from Clifden. Free private parking is available on site. The kitchen features a dishwasher. Towels and bed linen are featured in this holiday home.
Ballyconneely, Co. Galway
Cottage 207 - Ballyconneely offers accommodation in Ballyconneely. The property is 8 km from Clifden and features views of the lake. Free private parking is available on site. There is a dining area and a kitchen. A TV is offered.