Ennis and County Clare
Ennis is the administrative centre and principal town in County Clare. It is a pretty, medieval town of approximately 30,000 inhabitants. Ennis is famous for traditional Irish music with live music in many pubs every week. For example Cruise’s Pub close to the school has excellent traditional music on Tuesdays, Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Ennis is well known for its boutiques and it has retained its small streets and historic shopfronts. This gives the town a unique appeal in these days of chain stores. There are lots of opportunities to socialise, shop in the farmers’ market and meet local people in Ennis.
Ennis is built on the River Fergus and has an attractiver river walk with a wildlife section. The town also has a sculpture trail and two cultural centres: “Cois na hAbhna” for traditional music and dancing and the Glór theatre for evening entertainment.
The Lees Road Amenity Park has excellent track and field facilities as well as a sand running track through the woods. If you are less energetic you can just enjoy the woodland walks at Lees Road.
Top places of interest in County Clare:
Wild Atlantic Way – Coastline Route which was one of Lonely Planet’s Top Ten Destinations for 2015
Cliffs of Moher – world famous for their breath-taking scenery
Bunratty Castle and Folkpark – a medieval castle where a medieval banquet is served each evening. The park includes many typical Irish cottages, farm animals and a reconstructed historic village with school, doctor’s surgery, shops and pub.
The Burren National Park – Step out of the rat race and experience nature in total silence in this unique landscape
Lahinch Beach and Golf Course – Lahinch beach is world famous for surfing with surfers coming from all over ther world to surf on the Wild Atlantic Way. Lahinch Golf course is actually made up of two 18 hole golf course and is home to the South of Ireland Championships.
Kilkee Beach and Cliff Walk – Kilkee is a popular seaside resort in County Clare, it is home also to a cliff walk, this stunning walk starts from the unmissable natural swimming pools known as the Pollock Holes and passes great places of interest, a natural amphitheatre carved into the cliff face by formed by the waves over thousands of years, a natural blow hole in the rock face known as the Puffing Hole and next arriving at Intrinsic Bay, named after a ship which sank along with all 14 people on board in 1836.