Ennis Map and Tourist Information
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CLARE is a county renowned for its warmth and hospitality. In the past, travellers found a welcome in its stout-walled castles and ancient abbeys, in its roadside taverns and cottage firesides.
Today, not much has changed. Sure we have a world-class international airport that gets you here quicker. We have golf and great fishing, horse-riding and hiking, cycling and walking to keep you here longer. We have traditional music, all kinds of festivals, pubs, fine restaurants and excellent accommodation, but apart from all that we are really still the same at heart.
Lose yourself on any tiny by road in Mid-Clare and you'll soon find someone who can tell you how to get to the best lake for fishing, or the castle where the buried treasure is hidden, guarded by an evil spirit, or where to find the holy well that has a cure for the hard of hearing, or even the best pub for a music session.
ENNIS - Capital of Clare
Inis" or Island - grew up around a monastic site founded in 1240. Nestling on the River Fergus in the heart of Clare, Ennis is one of the most picturesque towns in Ireland. The quaint narrow streets of the county town reveal a streetscape, rich in history. An outstanding feature of the towns architecture is the old Ennis Abbey dating from the late 13th or early 14th Century.
The town is a superb base for participation in a whole range of activities including golf, horse-riding, fishing, cycling and walking.
The town of Ennis is renowned for its live traditional music, which can be
enjoyed in many of the town's pubs. Each year, in May, Ennis hosts the Fleadh Nua, an international celebration of traditional Irish culture.
An open air market is held in the town every Saturday. Full of colour and craic, you can buy anything there from a calf to a camera. If you're in Ennis for the weekend, don't miss it. www.visitennis.com
The Riches of Clare Museum
The Riches of Clare exhibition at Clare Museum tells the history of the county over a period of 6,000 years using authentic artefacts, colourful text panels and audio-visual presentations. The exhibitions is divided into the themes of Earth, Power, Faith, Water and Energy and includes a large collection of objects on loan from the National Museum of Ireland making a visit to Clare Museum and essential introduction whole county. Admission is free with ample car parking and free coach parking beside the museum. Large groups should book in advance.
Church of Ireland - The church was built in 1871 and occupies a prominent position at a corner of Bindon Street.
DeValera Library - Originally erected as a Presbyterian Church in 1853 as the parish church for Ennis and it replaced the old church in Chapel Lane, which itself was erected in 1736. www.clarelibrary.ie
The County Courthouse - Was erected by the County Clare Grand Jury in 1850, to the design of Henry Whitestone, at a cost of £12,000.
O'Connell Street - Formerly known as Jail Street, it is one of the busiest shopping areas in the town.
Ennis Friary - The greatest jewel in Ennis' crown is the Old Franciscan Friary, located in an attractive setting near the river. Open April to October. Admission Charge. Tel: 065 6829100. www.heritageireland.ie
Lysaght's Lane - In Lysaght's Lane there is an inscribed tablet set in the wall of a bakery to remind the passer-by that the Franciscans found shelter and protection there during the Penal Days.
The O'Connell Monument - Was erected by public subscriptions in 1867. The site is the place where O'Connell was declared MP for Clare in 1828, an historic event which was later to result in the passing of the Catholic Emancipation Act.
The Maid Of Erin - A commemoration life sized statue dedicated to three Nationalists Allen, Larkin and O'Brien who in Manchester 1867, were executed for their role in a Fenian rescue attempt.
Chapel Lane - Is an old pedestrian thoroughfare which still retains much of its period atmosphere.
The Markets - Upper and Lower Market Street has been the traditional venue for the sale of livestock and agricultural produce for a considerable time. Ennis Farmers Market -Friday 8am-2pm
The Cliffs of Moher - looming over County Clare’s west coast, is one of Ireland’s iconic landmarks and a Signature Discovery point on the Wild Atlantic Way. The Cliffs rise to 214 meters at the highest point and stretch for 8 kilometers over the Atlantic Ocean. Unknown to many the Cliffs are home to 30,000 pairs of nesting seabirds, the well recognised Puffins can be seen nesting from April- July. There are over 750 metres of safe pathways to
walk with raised viewing platforms for enhanced views including the area around O’Brien’s Tower. On a clear day the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and mountains of Kerry are visible. Talking telescope are dotted along the paths to offer information. The uniquely designed eco- friendly visitor centre is set into the hillside which offers an all weather experience. A range of facilities can be found inside; gift shops, cafés, toilets, first aid room, baby changing
facilities and baggage storage. The ‘Cliffs Exhibition’ situated in the heart of the visitor centre brings to life the story of the Cliffs of Moher with recently updated interactive exhibits on the geology, history and natural wildlife and human stories associated with the Cliffs- one of the most visited natural wonders in Europe. For more information visit www.cliffsofmoher.ie