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Ennis, Co. Clare

Ennis is the capital of County Clare and is world-famous for traditional music.   This ancient town’s history combined with its famous narrow streetscapes and character buildings gives it a special and quite unique ambience.

 

Ennis was the Entente Florale European Gold Medal Winner in 2002.  Intimate old shops abound in the narrow streets offering the best of food, crafts and clothing.

 

The town is surrounded by the River Fergus which divides and unites again forming the Island – Inis an Inish – from which Ennis derives its name.  Recent years have seen the development of a delightful Riverside walk to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.   Ennis also has its own 6 screen Multiplex Cinema.

 

The famous Clare towns of Lahinch, Doolin and Liscannor are all within easy driving distance of Ennis. 

 

Local activities include:

 

GOLF

Ennis is a perfect base for the golfer.  It offers two golf courses - Woodstock Golf Club and Ennis Golf Club and the courses of Kilkee, Kilrush, Lahinch and Doonbeg are all within a short drive of the town.   

 

HORSE-RIDING

Horse riding is available locally for riders of all levels of proficiency from beginner to advanced.

 

CYCLING

There are many signposted cycling routes all around Clare and bikes are available locally for hire.

 

TRADITIONAL MUSIC

Ennis has been host to the “Fleadh Nua” - one of Ireland’s best festivals of tradtional music for the past 30 years.  It is a week long festival held every May and is a wonderful celebration of concerts, Irish Dancing, street entertainment, pageants and parades.

 

Throughout October the Arts in Ennis Festival celebrates all forms of the arts and then in November, the Ennis Traditional Music Festival brings together the very best of traditional Irish musicians.


Ennis also offers a superb auditorium – Glor Irish Music Centre – where the best of traditional Irish Music and Dance along with Theatre is performed on most nights.

 

ANGLING

The River Fergus in Ennis is famous for trout and salmon fishing and within a few miles of the town are many lakes offering pike and coarse fishing.  Sea angling is also available off the Clare coast. 

 

WALKING

Ennis provides easy access to a number of walking routes including the Burren Way, the Mid-Clare Way, the East-Clare Way and the Lough Derg Way. 

 

 

LOCAL VISITOR ATTRACTIONS INCLUDE

<    Cliffs of Moher

<    The Burren

<    Aran Islands

<    Knappogue Castle

<    Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

<    Quin Abbey

<    King John’s Castle

<    Lahinch Seaworld

<    Scattery Island

<    Dolphin Watching at Carrigaholt

<    Hunt Museum

<    De Valera Museum

<    Ailwee Caves


 

Gardens

Caher Bridge Garden - Fanore County Clare Ireland
Caher Bridge Garden
Fanore, Co. Clare
The karst limestone region of the Burren is a natural wonder , with a lunar-like landscape and mysterious vanishing lakes and underground rivers.. Among the most wonderful things about it are the rare wildflowers that grow between the karren pave ...
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Golf

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Lahinch Golf Club
Lahinch, Co. Clare
Course Type: Links
Lahinch Golf Club has undoubtedly one of the world's great classic links. It has all the ingredients of greatness: a glorious setting, a rich history, superb natural terrain and, where man has 'intervened', it has been through the hand of an outs ...
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Self Catering

There is no featured selfcatering establishment in the area

What's On

Limerick Riverside Market - County Limerick - Sundays
Event Location:    Bedford Row, Limerick City

When: Sundays, 12pm-5pm (Easter-Christmas)

Event Details:    Arts, Crafts, Music&lt; ...
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Tourist Attractions

Foynes Flying Boat Museum - Foynes County Limerick Ireland
Foynes Flying Boat Museum
Foynes, Co. Limerick
The Foynes Flying Boat Museum is housed in the original terminal building and recalls that nostalgic era when Foynes became the centre of the aviation world between 1937 and 1945. Their amazing story is told through a comprehensive range of e ...
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Wedding
Gregans Castle Hotel
Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare
Set in gardens and wooded grounds overlooking Galway Bay and the Burren mountains, the Haden family’s lovely country house hotel has a fascinating history going back to the 10th century, and parts of the present house date from the late 18t ...
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