Liscannor ...

Liscannor Village
Liscannor is a coastal village on the west coast of County Clare Ireland. This is a small rural village located at the end of Liscannor Bay, on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. It is noted as the birthplace of engineer and submarine innovator John Philip Holland. There are a number of pubs and bed and breakfasts in Liscannor as well as a two hotels.

Liscannor is a busy tourist village in the summer but in the winter the population dwindles. The Cliffs are just 4km from the village. On this road there is a tall spire just beside the cemetery and in front of the cemetery an enclosed holy well named after Saint Bridget. People went to visit St. Bridgetís well for its curative properties; they walked around it saying decades of a rosary on their prayer beads. This particular well is noted for the wealth of votive religious objects left there like images of the Virgin Mary or Rosary beads that are hung up on the wall, itís a real treat to see.

Liscannor is home to an annual coursing meeting in spring. It is also home to Joseph Mc Hughs bar, made famous by itís original owner who still lends his name to the business and the song telling the world of his lifestyle. Itís close proximity to Lahich makes it a haven for golf enthusiasts year round and it is also the starting point for the Cliffs of Moher cruise.

Leaving Liscannor pier for a days angling

Angling is popular both at the pier, and at liscannor beach located just before the pitch-in-put course on the road to Lahinch. For the kids Moher Hill Open farm and leisure park offer hours of fun.

One of most enduring features of this landscape is the use of the local flagstone, locally called Liscannor stone, used in farm walls, houses, paving, flooring and on roofs. Liscannor was home to a thriving quarrying industry employing 500 men in at least nine quarries in the area. The quarries were so prosperous in the early 1900's that a village was built around the famous Doonagore mines which also put Liscannor port on the map. It was one of the busiest of the small ports along the west coast of Ireland with its shipments of stone to London and Liverpool. The advent of Word War I put an end to all the prosperity and when the boats were unable to travel the mines closed. However, a number of mines were re-opened on a smaller scale in the Liscannor area in the 1960's and are still producing the famous stone. An audio visual room at Liscannor rock shop illustrates quarrying methods through the ages, and houses a collection of quarrying tools by and photographs displaying Liscannor in the 1800's.

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