The town, ("Leitir frac", i.e. steep slope of the hill) was founded in 1849 by the Quakers John and Mary Ellis. In the village, you will find some pubs, among which we'd like to suggest the Cloverfox, a small, but well-stocked supermarket, and the entrance to the Connemara National Park (free admission). From the Visitor Centre depart all the pathways leading to the bog and to the top of Diamond Hill. During the year the village hosts three festivals: in February there is the "Feile Bride", dedicated to St. Brigid (patron saint of Ireland), in May the "Bog Week" and in October the "Sea Week". In these occasions, many events take place, such as the picturesque "After the Light" and the village is full of musicians, singers, and traditional sean nos dancers, displaying their exceptional skills at various venues.