We have returned from our trip to Ireland and used Oughterard as our base for the Connemara Regionfor three days/nights. We really enjoyed it there. First of all we stayed at a great B&B (Waterfall Lodge - review already posted), and we liked being around Irish speaking people. We did easy day trips from Oughterard and enjoyed our meals at Breathnach's Pub. We did not fish although the mayflies apparently hatched while we were there. I particularly liked that it felt like a small town even though it had all the amenities that we needed.
The link below is our trip report for one of the days we were there.