Ennis Abbey

Ennis is located in the centre of County Clare Ireland on the river Fergus. It was on the main road from Limerick to Galway but it was by-passed in mid 2007. Ennis is a beautiful town and sees many visitors from abroad and other parts of Ireland.

Ennis is the largest town in Co. Clare. Although architecturally it is an old town with narrow winding streets, today it is a progressive business and marketing town. The origins of Ennis date back to 1240AD when Donnchadh Caribreach O'Brien helped establish the Franciscan Order in Ennis, by his offer of hospitality to wandering Friars. An Abbey was later built to which many students came to study theology. The attractive Abbey still stands today and is well worth a visit.

The river Fergus on which the town is built was a busy route for cargo going on to the port at Clarecastle, this made Ennis an important market town. A market is still held in the town on Saturday mornings. The meandering River Fergus runs through the middle of Ennis, and is a well-known trout and salmon fishery. A recent riverside development makes a pleasant walk, along which some superb pieces of sculpture have been erected.

Marking the centre of the town is column and statue of Daniel O' Connell, a well respected politician who forced the passing of the Catholic Emancipation Act of 1829 and was affectionately named "the Liberator".



Ennis the O'Connell monumentIt offers the casual visitor something to do at most times of the year and makes for an excellent base for those with to try out the counties golf courses. Ennis is also a good base for those wishing to see both a lot of County Clare over a few days. The River Shannon and Lough Derg form the eastern boundary of County Clare. On the West is the wonderfully varied Atlantic coast, with mighty cliffs, caverns and sandy bays. To the north, this rugged coast rises nearly 700 feet above the sea in the form of the sheer Cliffs of Moher; here also is the amazing limestone district called the Burren, with its many caves, underground streams and rare flora. On the South is the broad Shannon estuary, where Ireland's greatest river meets the sea.

The town has numerous festivals throughout the year from music and dance festivals to book and art festivals. Ennis is a stronghold of music of all types from Rock to Traditional with many musicians living, and regularly playing, in the Ennis pubs . The town is host each May to the annual Fleadh Nua, a traditional music festival and is home to the Glor Irish Music Centre, which hosts music concerts and plays. Clare Museum exhibits "The riches of Clare, its people, place and treasures" and is open all year round. Ennis walking tours make history come alive; mythology, legends, ghosts, poverty, murder and more are all covered on lively and entertaining guided walking tours through the winding streets of medieval Ennis.

Ennis has a wide variety of tourist accommodation from Hotels to bed and breakfasts and hostels. Ennis restaurants serve a variety of food for every taste and budget. With its narrow, meandering streets an relax rural outlook this is a west of Ireland town not to be missed.