Tropical Butterfly Centre ;
Two miles from Rossaveal Harbour
Located in the heart of Connemara, Seawinds Nurseries and
Tropical Butterfly Centre offers a unique experience in family
entertainment, regardless of weather. Set amid the lush splendour
of a tropical enclosure, you can see hundreds of free flying
exotic butterflies in their natural environment.
Tra an Doilin -
The blue flag beach is noted for its very fine coral. The beach is
lifeguarded throughout the bathing season. It is an excellent area to
bring snorkellers and novice divers, while allowing the more experienced
divers do their own thing
Galway Hookers are a distinctive form of native Irish boat, and An
Cheathrú Rua is today probably the single most important centre for these
boats. Every August bank holiday, An Cheathrú Rua hosts Féile an Dóilín,
the largest Galway hooker festival in Ireland, and one of the largest
maritime festivals in the country. In 2006, Féile an Dóilín, which is
named after the area's unique coral strand, was the largest gathering of
Galway hookers in the history of Galway hooker regattas.
The main boats are the larger Báid Mhóra (big boats) and Leathbháid
(half-boats), which in earlier times were used for hauling turf from the
peat bogs in Connemara to the Aran Islands and the Burren of County Clare,
where peat is absent. The smaller boats are the Gleoiteoga, which were
traditionally used for fishing. Today the main activity of all these boats
is racing, and there are numerous regattas along the Connemara coast.
Among the most famous boats are An Mhaighdean Mhara ('The Mermaid') and
the Mac Duach. Currach racing is held on Loch an Mhuillin, the lake close
to the village. Every year at the festival of Cruinniú na mBád, a large
flotilla of traditional Connemara boats race across
Galway Bay from An Cheathrú Rua to Kinvara.
Áras Mháirtín Uí Chadhain
Áras Mháirtín Uí Chadhain is one of the Gaeltacht centres of Oifig na
Gaeilge Labhartha (the Department of Spoken Irish) of the National
University of Ireland, Galway. The Áras opened in 1977. Courses are held
for university students as well as for overseas learners. The centre is
named in honor of Máirtín Ó Cadhain, author of Cré na Cille ('The
Church-Yard Clay'), an important work of modern Irish language fiction.