The Gaelic name of this small town is "An Lionan" means "throat", and it well explains the particular location of Leenane, which stands on the inner shore of Killary fiord. Apart from a pair of typical pubs - Hamilton's and Gaynor's - you can find some hotels, a restaurant, numerous gift shops and the Sheep and Wool Centre, which describes the various stages of the wool processing, from sheep coat to Aran sweater.
Across the village is still alive the memory of the days when "The field" was shot in this location. In 2015 a festival was held in Leenane to celebrate the 25th anniversary of film-making; the director Jim Sheridan, the special guest of the celebrations, gave again the "action" to some locals recreating the most striking moments of the movie; among them Seamus Nee, who already acted in the original version.
Nearby you should visit the Aasleagh falls, just beside the road to Louisburgh. Though the attribute of "waterfalls" is a bit sounding (especially in comparison to alpine waterfalls...), nevertheless it is pleasant to wander in the unspoiled countryside along the river Erriff.
On the way to the aforementioned falls, there is also a Holy Well dedicated to St. Joseph.

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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.

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Maybe the definition of a village is excessive, it is, in fact, a crossroad from which branch off all the roads that cross Connemara. Just at the crossing of the roads stands the Peacocke's Hotel, with a bar, a restaurant, and a gift shop (avoid it if there are buses of tourists!), next to the car park has been rebuilt a copy of the cottage used in "The Quiet Man" movie.
All year around on Saturday mornings a lively cattle mart is held in the area behind the Peacocke's: all the local farmers converge here to buy and sell cows, sheep and sheepdogs, hay and wellingtons. "Moo" and "Baa" fill the air, while the scent of bacon and coffee spreads all around...

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The village rises between the shores of Glendalough and Derryclare Lakes. Here you'll find a service station, a convenience store, a post office and a well-stocked gift shop of items made of Connemara marble, coming from the quarries scattered on the surrounding Twelve Bens. The village also hosts the gigantic statue personifying Connemara and if you need a bit of the ancient knowledge of Connemara tribe, just touch the hand of this gentle giant!
A few kilometers after Recess, along the way to Galway, there is a narrow road on the left leading to a magical place on the Maamturk mountains, named Máméan. From here Saint Patrick blessed all Connemara; the devotion to the Patron Saint of Ireland is renewed on 17th March and in August; on these occasions, locals coming from the surroundings gather here to take part to the Holy Mass and the to pray in front of the little chapel and the stone "bed" of St. Patrick.

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A small group of cottages with the same name of the surrounding Peninsula. The area is really gorgeous, rich in breathtaking views of the coast. At the end of the peninsula stand the ruins of O'Flaherty Castle (XIII-XIV century), once home to Donald and his wife, the well-known pirate queen Grace O'Malley, married in 1546.
Visitors can spend some pleasant hour at Renvyle House Hotel, a country house which belonged to the Irish physician and writer Oliver St. John Gogarty, converted into a hotel in 1833. The hotel is located in a magnificent park where it is possible to practice various sports including golf, but maybe you'd prefer to relax in the garden while sipping a cup of tea or eating a slice of apple pie. The peninsula is home to some of the most spectacular beaches of Connemara, from Glassilaun to White Strand and Lettergesh, which was chosen by director John Ford as a location for the horse race in the famous movie "The Quiet Man".
Do not miss a trip to Derryinver, overlooking Ballinakill Harbour: from here you can go on board of a glass-bottomed boat to admire the richness of sea life (departures from the pier in front of the Ocean Alive Centre).


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