6km Section of Connemara Greenway Officially Opens to Cyclists

A six kilometre section of the planned “Connemara greenway” along the old railway line between Galway and Clifden has been opened.

The entire 76km cycle route has been held up for some years, due to land access issues but all five Galway West TDs have pledged their support for the project.

The Green way runs close to Ballynahinch Castle and Ballinafad graveyard, north of Roundstone.

The 6km Athry to Cloonbeg section of the route, which was opened on Monday 28th May 2018 by Galway county cathaoirleach Eileen Mannion.

Bike Buffet 2018

Bike Buffet Galway 2018

Food and cycling are very much a part of life in Galway, and both will come together in the middle of June in an amazing cycle buffet.

Galway’s Westend along with Connemara Greenway Alliance are organising the event to to celebrate both the food and cycling cultures of Galway.

Participants will enjoy cycling safely around Galway and of course some westend food treats.

The Bike Buffet will take place on Saturday 16th June from 3pm, starting at 3pm from John Keoghs Gastropub. It will then finish at Fr Burke Park at 6pm.

After the cycle Mr Whippy will be playing summer sounds and Blue Teapot Theatre company will be screening their award-winning Sanctuary.

Working with eateries in Galway westend, there will be three courses served with a starter in John Keoghs, then a cycle to a secret location for an alfresco main course from Dela Restaurant.

Then they will cycle back to the Westend for dessert by Kai Restaurant and an outdoor movie screening which will be served in Fr Burke Park.


Maoileoin, M. (2018). You won’t want to miss this amazing bike buffet! – Galway Daily. [online] Galway Daily. Available at: https://www.galwaydaily.com/news/food-and-cycling-to-come-together-in-this-amazing-bike-buffet/ [Accessed 28 May 2018].

Impact of the Connemara Greenway Infographic

Impact of the Connemara Greenway for Year 1:

Impact of Connemara Greenway Infographic

– €35.71 million total spend in the local economy
– Projected cost is €15 million
– A massive return of investment in year 1
– 220 Full time and 185 seasonal jobs created

Planning permission has been given for the Clifden to Oughterard part of Connemara Greenway

However the Galway-Moycullen section remains stalled despite the availability of €2 million in funding.

Connemara Greenway Study Map

Above is the Clifden to Oughterard part of Connemara Greenway which was recently granted planning permission.
The Oughterard to Clifden section is the first phase of a project that will link the Greenway to Galway city and, eventually, on to Dublin.

6 KM of Galway Greenway, now open.

Galway city to Clifden cycle route took a momentous leap forward this week.
The Connemara Greenway became a reality in Ballynahinch, Co. Galway, Ireland.
Construction of a 6 km stretch was completed…which will showcase this world class greenway.
Our road-crew team made great progress in the beautiful Ballynahinch with little or no impact to the local environment and ensured construction was to the highest standards.
This will be an excellent amenity for the area. Regardless of interest, from walking, running or cycling, everyone will be able to take the opportunity to enjoy the natural and rugged beauty of Connemara National Park.
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Connemara Greenway Cycle route Galway
Connemara Greenway Cycle route Galway
Connemara Greenway Cycle route Galway
Connemara Greenway Cycle route Galway
Connemara Greenway Cycle route Galway
Connemara Greenway Cycle route Galway
Connemara Greenway Cycle route Galway