The Connolly Clan may be spread far and wide around the globe but our forefathers in Ancient Ireland first created homelands where Connollys were dominant and held seats of great power. Our clan may now extend across continents now but our origins lie deep within Ireland. Modern day Co. Monaghan and Counties Galway and Cork are well known as being populated with large numbers of the Connolly Clan. So if you are looking to step back to our ancestors soil then these three beautiful counties of Ireland should be high on your list of regions to visit.
There are a host of acitivites to experience in Monaghan. The Garage Theatre will entertain you with a range of productions from plays to ballet. The Market House is home to a range of exhibitions through out the year. In September you can take part in the Monaghan Harvest Blues Festival. If activites are your thing then you can take in a spot of golf at Rossmore Golf Club or pitch n putt. If you prefer walking then the Monaghan Way would be right up your street. Monaghan Way is a signed walk way running down through the County. Alternatively, you can take in the Wildlife Centre, home to an array of wildlife and vintage farm equipment, or stroll around Monaghan Museum and reflect on local history. Visit the Patrick Kavanagh center in Monaghan and learn about Kavanagh (21 October 1904 – 30 November 1967) an Irish poet and novelist. Regarded as one of the foremost poets of the 20th century, his best known works include the novel Tarry Flynn and the poems Raglan Road and The Great Hunger. He is known for accounts of Irish life through reference to the everyday and commonplace.
Cork and Galway are two of the most stunning Counties in Ireland and need no introduction with rugged coastline and miles of long beach’s to the bustling traditional Irish nightlife in both cities. Here are some of our favourites
The Volvo Ocean Race Festival takes place in Galway from 30th June – 8th July . The Volvo Ocean Race is the worlds most prestigious offshore race. The event is a nine-month marathon of the seas, passing through four oceans (Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and Southern Oceans) and five continents (Asia, Africa, North America, South Amercia and Europe). The race started in Alicante, Spain on October 29th and sails to Galway from Lorient, France arriving on July 3rd for the biggest party Ireland will see this year. Galway comes alive for this event and is well worth a visit.
In Cork Fota Wildlife Park is a great attraction to visit. It is a joint project between the Zoological Society of Ireland and University College Cork (UCC), an idea originally conceived in the 1970s by former Director of Dublin Zoo, Dr. Terry Murphy. The Park was officially opened in 1983 by the then President of Ireland, the late Dr. Patrick Hillery, and has gone from strength to strength since – welcoming record visitor numbers in the years after a significant redevelopment of facilities in 2010 and 2011. It has been listed as one of Ireland’s Top Ten visitor attractions (CSO 2010) and is the most popular tourist destination in Cork and a must for all animal lovers.