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Ennis is Clare’s county town. Its streets are long and narrow. A statue of Daniel O’Connell – who represented Ennis in the British parliament as the first Catholic member – stands atop a high column in the town.
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The name Ennis is derived from the Irish for island and refers to the island formed over the River Fergus. A Franciscan abbey was built there. The O’Brien family built a seat of power on the island in the twelfth century, and the abbey was built later on the orders of King Donnchadh O’Brien. The abbey became a centre of learning, with the monks serving the people’s needs both spiritually and intellectually until Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries. The Franciscan friary has carvings on the tombs that it houses that are worthy of admiration. Under the penal laws, Ennis became a home for Limerick Catholics who had been forbidden to live within walled towns. These people set up home in Ennis as its lack of walls meant that they could live there. As they were mainly made up of the merchant class, they contributed to the town’s development significantly. It was first a market town, but later became significant as a town of manufacturing too. Ennis was also a military barracks town for much of its history. The River Fergus – which runs through the town – is a popular spot for anglers. Ennis is also Clare’s county town. Its streets are long and narrow. A statue of Daniel O’Connell – who represented Ennis in the British parliament as the first Catholic member – stands atop a high column in the town. Typical of Irish towns of its size, there are plenty of pubs in Ennis. For those with an interest in history, if you travel seven miles north from Ennis you will find Dysert O’Dea Castle. It has a local museum with audio visual displays and an archaeology centre. Eight miles north of Ennis is the Corofin Heritage Centre. This is a converted church that reveals a small but comprehensive look at nineteenth century life in the Clare area.

Attractions Ennis Ireland

Ailwee Cave - Ballyvaughan

Located near Ballyvaughan, with its stalactites and stalagmites, the Aillwee Cave beneath the Burren has become one of Irelands leading attractions. An essential part of a visit to the Burren, it affords the opportunity to travel through beautiful caverns, over bridged chasms and under weird formations.

Biddy Early Brewery - Inagh

Located at Inagh, just 10 mile from Ennis on the Lahinch Road. Ireland's first pub-brewery is named after a Clare woman by the name of Biddy Early, who was renowned for her magical powers in the 1800s. Since it's opening in 1995 the brewery has continued to produce a unique selection of hand crafted beers in memory of the great woman. These include Black Biddy, Red Biddy, Blonde Biddy and Real Biddy.

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park - Bunratty

One of Irelands top visitor attractions, Bunratty Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval castle in the country. Built in 1425, it was faithfully restored in 1954 and has furnishings and tapestries which capture the mood and style of the times. The Folk Park, set in 26 acres, recreates nineteenth century Ireland. The Park features include a recreated village street, eight farmhouses, a watermill, blacksmiths forge, Macs pub and restaurant and a display of nineteenth century agricultural machinery.

Cliffs of Moher - Lahinch

Located just north of Lahinch on the coast of West Clare, are the Cliffs of Moher. Natural ramparts against the might of the Atlantic, they rise in places to over 215m and stretch for almost 8km.

Corofin Heritage Museum - Corofin

This award winning Heritage Museum is housed in what was once Saint Catherine's Church, which was built in 1718 by a cousin of Queen Anne. Its main theme, 'Ireland West 1800 - 1860' portrays a traumatic period of Irish history under the headings of 'Lan d'Tenure', 'The Famine', 'Emigration', 'Education', 'Irish Language and Music' and others.