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Some locals say Connemara shows “the real beauty of Ireland.” The park encircles a kaleidoscope of the region’s most spectacular scenery in a 4,942-acre setting, according to Galway Tourism. With very little man-made development, it is a blend of mountains, bogs, heaths, grasslands, rivers, waterfalls, and nature trails. Connemara ponies run wild and assorted wildlife roam the gentle landscape.