Cnoc Suain - Connemara Gaelic Cultural Experience in County Galway
Are you looking for authentic Irish culture in the west of Ireland ? Look no further than Cnoc Suain (restful hill), a restored 17th century hill-village set in 200 acres of Connemara’s ancient bogland – in the heart of the Irish Gaeltacht (Gaelic speaking area).
Enjoy views of the stunning Connemara coastline, the Burren and the Aran Islands on the drive to Spiddal village (An Spidéal) and on towards Cnoc Suain, home of Charlie Troy – natural scientist & teacher and Dearbhaill Standún – musician & native Gaelic speaker – who present a unique and engaging experience that features aspects of Irish cultural, natural and built heritage. The original and natural surroundings of Cnoc Suain, with its authentically restored thatched and slate-roofed stone cottages, is the perfect setting for this award-winning Connemara Gaelic Cultural Experience.
A fascinating insight into living indigenous Irish culture, the experience itself is presented in English and celebrates Connemara’s traditional music, song, storytelling, céilí dancing and food.
Cnoc Suain Student Programme
This experiential student programme, which takes place in the original and natural setting of Cnoc Suain hill-village in Connemara, enables students gain a genuine insight into local Irish culture & nature. As part of this ‘place-based’ learning experience, students are introduced to the Atlantic Blanket Bogland ecosystem and the distinct Irish culture of the Connemara Gaeltacht (Gaelic speaking area), on the west coast of Ireland.
The themes of innovation and sustainability feature throughout the programme. They demonstrate how previous generations in Connemara, with little means of subsistence, used their ingenuity to survive in a challenging environment and how traditional practices, when combined with current knowledge, can be a valuable resource in a contemporary world.
The Cnoc Suain Student Programme
A 3 part participatory experience:
Natural history of the Bogland:
Bogland formation, turf harvesting. Sphagnum moss – its fascinating properties & uses. The Bog body phenomena
Traditional & Contemporary Gaelic Culture:
Gaelic language in poetry and song. Local foods – Carrigeen moss pudding, dilisk bread.
Herbs: Nettles & seaweeds - their uses - old & new.
Rushes & Rushcraft: The use of rushlights, making a Brigids Cross
Irish Traditional Music, Song & Dance:
Aspects of the music, eg. traditional instruments, dance tunes, rhythms.
Slow-airs & sean-nós (old-style) songs.
Learning a Gaelic song & the steps to an Irish (céilí) folk dance!
Open all year round. Visit times on request.
Notes for Group Leaders
Minimun 20 people and maximum 50 for this experience.
Duration of the Experience
Approximately 105 minutes.
Between 16 and 22 years old.
Spiddal, Connemara, Co. Galway.
Approximately 80 minutes drive from the Connemara Hostel (Sleepzone).
Approximately 30 minutes drive from Sleepzone Hostel in Galway City.
Approximately 100 minutes drive from the Burren Sleepzone Hostel.