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Letterfrack Village

Location & Local History

Pangur Bán Catering & Cookery School is situated in the Connemara village of Letterfrack. The village is located 13km from Clifden directly adjacent to Connemara National Park. Letterfrack has a diverse history, dating back to 1849 whan James and Mary Ellis, a Quaker couple from Bradford settled in Letterfrack and made a significant contribution to post famine relief in this area. Over a period of ten years, the Ellis family established a schollhouse, a farm providing employment to over 60 men, a doctor's surgery and housing for tradesmen and planted over 40 acres of woodland, most of which is now part of the connemara National Park.

In 1886 the property was purchased by the Catholic Church and developed as an Industrial School by the Irish Christian Brothers, who ran the school up to 1974 when it was closed. The farm and farm buildings of the property were sold to the State in 1976 that now forms a significant part of what is now Connemara National Park.

The Industrial School buildings were purchased by Connemara West, a local community developement company in 1978. Today it is a thriving centre of activity for local and regional development. The building is also home to a Furniture College linked to Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) and has over 160 full-time students, a furniture restoration and conservation workshop, Connemara Community Radio, a public library service with internet access, a hostel, a farmers co-op and numerous enterprise and community services.


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Things to do in Letterfrack

Letterfrack is a vibrant village with three pubs and plenty of tourist accommodation. The village is renowned for its live traditional irish music - Bog Week and Sea Week are two annual festivals that take place here. These take in live music in the pubs, hill-walking in the Connemara National Park and a programme of talks and discussions on environmental matters.The Connemara National Park is based in the village and is the starting point for some lovely walks including a track all the way to the top of Diamond Hill, where you can enjoy stunning views of the area. There is also an end-of-year furniture exhibition in the Furniture College, which is well worth a visit and runs from June to August,

Only a few miles away on the Westport road you will find Kylemore Abbey and if you take the road to Renvyle or Lettergesh you will find some spectacular beaches. The bustling town of Clifden is just a short drive away with its selection of pubs, restaurants,craft-shops and art galleries.


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Pangur Bán Catering & Cookery School
Letterfrack, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland


Tel: 095 41243