Ennistymon main Street

Ennistymon is a market town close to Lahinch, it is located in the north west of county Clare Ireland. Ennistymon may be reached directly from Ennis by the N85 road through Inagh. The town is known for the traditional shop fronts of its centre and the lively "craic" pubs to be found here during the tourist season. Ennistymon is home of Daly's pub owned by the famous matchmaker Willie Daly.

Located near the edge of the Burren, Ennistymon makes an excellent base for a visit to the Burren it is also a good base for those on a golfing holiday with courses such as Lahinch and Doonbeg quite close and the rest of Clare's courses within an hours drive.

The town has lots of beautiful shops which sell local crafts; there are two art Galleries, a craft shop and once a week a market is held.

North Clare has for centuries produced an outstanding array of writers and poets, storytellers and bards, hedge-school teachers and eminent scholars in diverse fields across the broadest spectrum of literature and learning. Aodh Bui MacCruitin from Kilmacreehy, Labhras O'hAinle and the MacMathuna's from Ennistymon and Seamus MacCruitin from Tullyvargan, Lahinch.

The town was home of Caitlin MacNamara who married the Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas, and was regularly visited by the celebrated Welsh painter, Augustus John. Ennistymon, is situated on the River Cullenagh, which at this point passes over the famous 'Falls'. These 'Falls' can be viewed from the bridge or, better still, from the footpath or river-side walk or the bar in the hotel which takes it name from the falls. The famous Irish poet Brian Merriman was born here in 1749.



Ennistymon falls

Until the late 1950s the West Clare Railway also passed through the town, connecting it to Ennis and the West Clare coastal towns and villages, Ennistymon is mentioned in the Lyrics of the Famous song by Percy French about the railway.

The 'An Gorta Mor' Memorial was erected just outside Ennistymon to commemorate the memory of the victims of the great potato crop failures of 1845 to 1850 known as the Great Hunger (An Gorta Mor). It was dedicated on August 20 1995 - the 150th anniversary of that tragedy. Located across from a deserted workhouse and mass grave on the main road between Ennistymon and Lahinch. One side of the memorial depicts a child standing before the workhouse door, while across from is the head of an anguished mother.

There are many types of accommodation available in Ennistymon from hotels to bed and breakfasts. Self catering accommodation is also widely available. There are a number of nice pubs in the village where one is likely to find irish music being played in the evenings. Ennistymon is also home to a number of fine restaurants.