Fundraiser will see first Connemara Man competition take place

An ‘East meets West’-themed fundraiser will be held in the Courtyard, Station House, Clifden, on Thursday August 14, in aid of the Irish chairty To Russia With Love.

Taking place in a specially decorated marquee, guests will enjoy an Eastern cocktail reception with live music and performances, followed by a Run-Way Entertainment show, featuring products from local boutiques and clothing stores.

As part of the fundraiser, Connemara’s most eligible men will compete for the title of The Connemara Man. The men will be aged between 18 and 108, single, and living in Connemara. Text voting for these candidates starts two weeks in advance and all funds raised will go to charity.

Sharon Griffin, one of the event organisers and owner of OHH! By Gum boutique, said: “We are delighted to host this fundraiser for To Russia With Love. For the past 15 years, under the leadership of Debbie Deegan, To Russia With Love has loved, cared for, and educated thousands of children. Many of whom have gone onto become lawyers, doctors and accountants. It is an honour for us to organise an event, here in the west for this wonderful Irish charity and we are sure it will be a huge success.”

Tickets cost €30 and are available from Millars, Main Street, Clifden, on 095 21038, and from OHH! By Gum, the Courtyard, Station House, on 095 21334. For more information on To Russia With Love, visit


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