There are many reasons to catch ferries from Holyhead to Dublin
and see the sights around Ireland, but those travelling westwards from the capital across to Galway can indulge a particular taste for seafood.
Between May 4th and 6th, the Connemara Mussel Festival will offer foodies a special treat as it combines the delicacy with a local market, walks, talks, exhibitions and plenty of family activities.
There is also a chance to enjoy some music and revel in the great scenery of the Renvyle Peninsula and its Atlantic coastline.
When it comes to the mussels themselves, there is a chance to see both amateur and professional chefs in cooking competitions and buy cookbooks to try the skills observed at home.
Seafood fans who enjoy the mussels might want to return to the county in late September, when the Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival takes place, the longest running event of its kind in the world.
Posted by Mark Robinson