Ennis , County Clare

Ennis’s streets were described in the 19th century as ‘ill-defined and scattered’ , but today the narrow thoroughfares add to its character. Many of the old shop fronts remain on some of the best Irish crafts and knitwear outlets.

The column in the town centre commemorates Daniel O’Connell who was MP for Clare , 1828-31. The ruins of a 13th century Franciscan friary , built by the Kings of Thomond , are on Abbey St. the friary was originally on an island in the River Fergus , around which the town has grown. The most notable of its 14th and 15th century features are the carvings of Christ’s Passion and death on a McMahon tomb.

Ennis has always been a great place for traditional music. Brogan’s , O’Connell Street , holds ceilidhs , music sessions and stage shows. these are real hidden gems and a must see on your tours of Ireland.