The Clare museum has various items on display from the County Clare region. They have a very interesting collection of stone age axes, you will also find an interesting exhibit about J P Holland the inventor of the submarine. Admission is free.
in Harmony row opposite the Rowan Tree hostal you will find this interesting sculpture, thanks to Paul (PFSMalo), I can now tell you that it is called Trinity and is by Diarmuld and Marcel Twohigh.It is in limestone and was completed in 1998. It represents 3 interlapping Celtic figures forming 3 arches for seating purposes.
Although the Ennis friary is in most a ruin though well renovated in parts, it was once a large complex housing over 300 Franciscan friars and 600 students. Established around 1240 on land given by the O'Brien family and much supported by them and the McNamaras during 3 centuries. Ennis grew around the Friary and became a thriving town until Henry VIII set himself up as head of the Anglican church in 1531 and passed the Act of Restraint which took away the right to exist of the Catholic church and Monasteries.
The friars held on here for a while until the church was handed over to the Protestant church of Ireland, before being finally abandoned in the 1870's.
The building is now looked after by the Irish Heritage Council and is open for visits from April to October 10.00-18.00
Ireland is not short of monuments to Daniel O'connell, including Dublin's main street. Ennis' version is quite impressive and the scene of many political rallies.
Daniel (or 'the Liberator') led the fight for Catholic emancipation during the 19th century. His 'monster' rallies attacted people in their tens of thousands. His special gift was to combine political agitation with mass movements within a non-violent framework. His legacy lives on today as evidenced by the movements headed by such people as Gandhi and Martin Luther KIng amongst others.
Whilst not especially remarkable the cathedral is a good example of solid Victorian ecclesiastical edifice erection.
It has one particukar feature that is important in combatting the stress and strain of the various bolts and arrows of irish life - a roof. OK, so it didn't make a great impression on me and I found little in the way of guidance to point out its no doubt interesting features. I did however note that during the 65 years or so it took to build the main benefactors were in fact wealthy protestant landlords. Whatever the history of denominational squabbles in Ireland, at least this act is a shining example of goodwill across the religious divide...and that to quote father Jack "would be an ecumenical matter". It only became a cathedran rather than just a church in 1990.
The museum is FREE!
It's well presented but quite wordy. Downstairs its pretty much what you would expect with artefacts and information covering geology, ancient buildings, medieval ennis, independence and so on.
Upstairs however they have created something a little different. The various artefacts are grouped around elemental themes (earth wind and fire, or something like that). Its a clever way of putting together what is basically a hot potch of discarded bric-a-brac from around the county. One man's rubbish is anothers treasure I suppose.
I especially liked the little flag that has apparantly flown on the moon. I never realised that one Apollo mission took up a flag of every country and territory of the world.- and this place has the Irish tricolour ! Others might be more interested in GAA (hurling and football) exhibits.
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cliffs of moher
the cliffs of moher are about 30 miles northwest of ennis. this scenic attraction is a must see site in ireland. for more information visit my ennistimon page.
pictured is a narrow medieval street in central ennis. these streets host numerious shops, restaurants and pubs. ennis is a charming town to walk around.
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st. columba's anglican church is located in bindon street. this beautiful church is worth a look when in ennis.
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Streets of Ennis
Whilst walking round looking for the statues there are plenty of colourful shopfronts and things to see.
Ennis Old Friary
Abbey ruins a bit out from Ennis.
Its old, from 13th century. Built for Franciscan monks.
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