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the ennis friary is the town's main attraction. founded by the franciscans in the 1240's. there were several additions to the friary in the 14th and 15th centuries. the friary has some interesting medieval carvings as well as the macmahon tomb with it's alabaster panels.
Updated Jun 30, 2007
Address: abby street
ennis is a great town to do a pub crawl. there are numerous pubs in the town center. pictured is ciarans bar. the interesting sign on the outside depicts a "strong" pint of guinness beating the weaker lager pints in hurling.
Written Jun 30, 2007
Address: corner abbey street & francis street
On Arthur's Row in Ennis, sits a small, unassuming, structure. Once a school ran by the Sister's of Mercy, it is now the home of the Clare Museum. I spent a full day in this small museum studying every artifact and historical gem. I learned all about Ennis and other Clare towns, as well as the stories of Brian Boru, last high king of Ireland, and his descendents, the O'Briens; John Philip Holland, the inventor of the submarine; and Shannon's role in navigation and as an airport. It is an absolutely fascinating, highly overlooked gem of a museum. In the Clare Museum, local legends and lore come alive in story boards, audio-visual displays, and delightful artifact displays. One of my favorite displays, being catholic, was the display featuring local saints, Caimin, Senan, and Colman, as well as monasteries, abbeys, holy wells and the Holy Island (Inis Cealtra).
Written Jan 11, 2007
Address: Arthur's Row, Ennis, Co. Clare
Phone: +353 65 6823382
ennis offers a very interesting museum displaying artifacts from county clare. in the museum there is an interesting collection of stone age axes. there also is an interesting exhibit about j.p. holland who invented the submarine. a worth while stop when in ennis. admission is free.
Written Jun 30, 2007
Address: next to the tourist office
Be prepared to be blown away by the magnificent arquitecture of Dromoland Castle, a fairly 'new' construction in Ireland with unbelievable gardens.
Take time for a coffee at the local restaurant (a bit pricy), enjoy!
It is also a hotel starting aroun 165 euros and up. Its worth it!
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Phone: 353 61 368144
If you are spending any time in Ennis, stop by the Tourist Office located next to the Clare Musuem on Arthur's Row. The friendly staff will fix you up at a B&B and are knowledgeble of the County Clare region.
Written Nov 29, 2005
Address: Arthur's Row
We picked up a flyer for the Walking tour at the Tourist office. You just need to show up at the Temple Gate courtyard. We did this tour the 1st evening while in Ennis and discovered places we wanted to see later during our stay.
Written Nov 29, 2005
I've only seen a few, but according to the bumpf from the Tourist Office there are 67 pieces of permanent sculpture in Ennis. The first one is called Trinity on Harmony Row close to Club bridge. When I was researching Ennis on VT I came across the picture of "mvtouring" saying she didn't know what it was called and had no info. I actually parked quite close to it and took these photos and then asked the TO about it, and they gave me a booklet about all the sculptures.
2) "Contentment is wealth" - A woman playing a fiddle with another empty chair beside her. At O'Connell square beneath the great mans statue.
3) "Hands giving praise" - Outside the cathedral at the bottom of O'Connell street.
4) "Doing the deal" is a four-piece set depicting the bartering between two farmers for the bellowing cow." - At the Market square.
5) "St. Francis" - At the Ennis Friary, on Abbey street.
Written Nov 1, 2012
The view from our balcony was over the river Fergus and the Friary tower. This fransciscan friary dates back to the 13th C and hosts many 15th & 16th C sculptures. Conservation works were going on during our visit.
Open: early April - September
daily 10h00 - 18h00
Updated Nov 16, 2010
Address: Abbey Street, Ennis
Phone: +353 (065) 6829100
What a lovely little town with many surprises for the traveller that is able to walk to explore. I loved all the "surprises" that was in waiting for us to discover. the architecture was stunning and those narrow streets fun.
Written Nov 16, 2010
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