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small conn logoHello and Welcome to Niamh’s Weblog .
I have really enjoyed doing Niamh’s Weblog over the past 10 years or so but I am now planning to call it a day . I loved many things about being involved with the Blog such as  meeting pony people combined with the challenge of taking suitable photographs, and the joy of getting others to write Blog pieces during that time. I also enjoy looking back on my older Posts and Pages and the stallions, mares, riders and events of those years. The build-up of reports and pictures  now amount, I think, to a valuable record which I would like to keep intact on the Internet, for others to enjoy, but I am seriously looking for another fan to take it on from here. If interested please contact me by Comment below.

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Spring Festival 2017


Currachmore Cashel

Currachmore Cashel

 

Stallion Parade 2017
Spring Festival Hall of Fame Awards 2017
Gallery Spring Festival’17

 

Oct. Sales at Clifden ’16


Pony Sales Traffic

Pony Sales Traffic

Cars, trailers and lorries lined the roads around the town when what seemed like the largest crowd ever filled the Sales ring and yard at the Clifden Mart October Connemara Pony Sales. Passing through we paid a visit. On the 3rd day of this 4 Day marketing bandwagon, the sun shone and the day was mild, and the pens were thronged with this year’s crop of foals and some mares too. Outside on the road, almost every county in Ireland was seen on vehicle number plates.  Read More »

The Menorcan Horse & the Connemara Pony


 

 

Menorcan Stallion

Menorcan Stallion

On entering the picturesque Balearic medieval city of Ciudadella in Menorca, a striking sculpture, larger than life size, of a handsome prancing black horse on a traffic roundabout creates an immediate good impression. This is the Menorcan native breed, much protected and revered by the local people, especially at Fiesta time, when the ridden Cavall Menorque performance in the streets and squares is a major highlight of the Island’s many festivals. In the 17th century the Knight tournaments died out in the rest of Europe, but the old Knight’s tradition still survives in Menorca.  Read More »

Clifden Arts Fest. ’16


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Niamh’s Weblog, as you will know, has usually focused on Connemara Pony events in Clifden and elsewhere, mainly reviewing Shows, Stallion Parades, Sales and so on, for almost ten years now without a break.
Yet this year for the first time, I was intrigued to see   half-hidden parts of this historic town of Clifden   which I never knew existed. Have you taken the Walking tour and walked away from the traffic, along the old main street and have you seen (among other gems) the massive windowless walls of the old lugubrious Clifden Gaol, scene of woeful heartbreak in Clifden’s past, especially in famine times? If not, you have a treat in store. Our visit coincided with the town’s marvellous mid-September Arts Festival, which has been going from strength to strength over the past 38 years and the walking-tour guide, Kathleen Villiers Tuttle, is a local historian who keeps her audience spellbound throughout the tour.
The community contribution is outstanding in this town with literally hundreds of volunteers involved and 10 days of continuous happenings making it a joyful venue for lovers of painting, sculpture, poetry, drama, art, film and history, with concerts, many featuring local musicians, traditional, classic and jazz day and night, lectures and performances, writings, and all varieties of entertainment. Fidget Feet and other performers visit the local schools, and there are daily workshops for the lucky students in such diverse topics as art, history, singing, poetry, stilt-walking (yes!), basket-weaving and Bodhrán playing and much else besides. Footsbarn travelling theatre company had their tents in the Showgrounds and the town was positively buzzing. All venues were well attended and the diversity of this 2016 Festival was extraordinary. Niamh’s weblog was lucky enough to get permission from specialist in aerial photography, Fearghus Foyle, to use two of his drone photos. You can visit his site at http://www.aerialeye.ie Many clever people book their annual September break in Clifden as they know of the quality, fun and colour to be found there. See you there next year.

 

Tully Renvyle Oct.’16


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Tully Renvyle Oct 2016
Soon alas, we will be leaving our beloved North Connemara, home from home of the past twelve years, in this most beautiful area of County Galway.  Read More »

A background story, Clifden ’16, Two ponies


'Poppy' and Tomas Grimes. Photo Cecilia Isabel Heikne

‘Poppy’ and Tomas Grimes. Photo Cecilia Isabel Heikne

Finally, here is a little snapshot of the story behind Lackragh Beauty (see Clifden Post) and An Cheathru Chaol Bláthnaid

“I was once told its bad luck to buy back something you already sold, for us this couldn’t be further from the truth!! Our two Clifden winners last week, An Cheathru Chaol Bláthnaid (Poppy) bread by us and Lackragh Beauty originally purchased about 11 years ago as a cracking 5 year old mare, were both sold and repurchased by us. Life took over, newly married; building our dream home and stables left us short of money.   Read More »

Summer Shows ’16


ROUNDSTONE JULY SHOW 2016

CORK SUMMER SHOW 2016 at   http://wp.me/Phn5l-3fv

RDS Performance Hunters

RDS Performance Hunters

DUBLIN RDS 2016  Peformance Hunter

DUBLIN RDS Ridden ’16

Stallion Parade and Fringe RDS ’16

TAISPEÁNTAS CHOIS FHARRAIGE, Spiddal ’16


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The Connemara Pony and Agricultural Show at Spiddal is always a very sociable affair. It is a gathering, where the Irish language is used as the ‘Lingua Franca’ of the entire occasion, from Schedules and Catalogues printed in Irish, to all announcements, notices and labels ‘as Gaeilge’ also. In 2010 Niamh’s Weblog paid a visit to this same Taispeántas Chois Fharraige when spoken Irish was heard as well and it was so good to hear it again.  Read More »

CLIFDEN ’16. A BRIEF VISIT


Gurteen Jennifer, Cathal Mullen

Gurteen Jennifer, Cathal Mullen

A quick look–in at Clifden Show on Thursday afternoon last confirmed that this shop-window for the Connemara Pony is growing and expanding beyond belief. Families poured in and took more than a casual interest in proceedings as they crowded around the two Rings, one showing the ponies In- Hand and Ring 2 full of Ridden Pony Classes. Unlike the opening day on Wednesday, the weather on Thusday stayed dry and balmy. Read More »

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