A celebration of Killary mussels with mussel cooking demonstrations and competitions, music, fun, children’s activities, drama, heritage walks, a country market and lots of craic!
The Connemara Mussel Festival is a celebration of Killary mussels which takes place every May Bank Holiday Weekend. The festival includes mussel cooking demonstrations and competitions, music, fun, children’s activities, drama, heritage walks, a country market and lots of craic.

The hub of the festival is in Tullycross Village where professional chefs will demonstrate the cooking of mussels and other local produce. The amateur and celebrity mussel cooking competitions are a major highlight as is the GMIT School of Catering students’ competition. The Head Judge for the weekend is Máirín Uí Chomáin.

Other activities over the weekend include heritage walks in Connemara’s majestic scenery; dramatic presentations and children’s storytelling; talks on beekeeping and foraging; fly casting classes; a country market with local producers offering crafts and food; an exhibition of work by local artists with opening on Saturday night; and the Taste of Connemara Dinner, followed by a dance.