We had seen signs for Joyce's Craft Shop and Art Gallery as we driving to the Connemara National Park on Thursday 10/17/13. It was about time for a leg stretch, so we pulled into the parking lot across the street. We were instantly drawn to the statue & plaque that stood in front of a small lake. The huge stone statue is of the Connemara Giant (Conn - Son of the Sea) erected in 1999 by Joyce's Craft Shop for no apparent reason! The plaque in back of the statue states "On this site in 1897 nothing happened" A definite photo opportunity.
After seeing Joyce's sense of humor, we went over to her wonderful non-touristy shop, no cheap trinkets. Terrific Irish jewelry, books, knitwear, scarves, matted Irish name prints, beautiful artwork and the hard-to-find Connemara green marble.
Tucked in the tiny village of Recess, 13 miles south of Clifden on the main N59 road. A must stop if you are in the area.
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