Ennis Travel Guide

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Ennis Highlights

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     Close to Shannon Airport, Historical sites, Custy's Music Shop 

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     It's on the sleepy borring town 

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     Good base for exporing South West Coast of Ireland 

Ennis Things to Do

  • Clare museum

    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...

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  • The Cathedral

    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...

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  • MONUMENTAL !

    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...

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  • Harmony row

    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.

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  • Ennis Friary.

    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...

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  • Streets of Ennis

    Whilst walking round looking for the statues there are plenty of colourful shopfronts and things to see.

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  • Tour the statues of Ennis.

    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...

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  • Ennis Old Friary

    Abbey ruins a bit out from Ennis.Its old, from 13th century. Built for Franciscan monks.Read history from website given below.

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  • Dromoland Castle

    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!

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Ennis Restaurants

  • irish fare

    located between the queen's hotel and the ennis friary is cruise's pub and restaurant. cruise's occupies one of the oldest houses in ennis. good irish fare at moderate prices.

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  • Good Food in the front, Great Music in...

    This is where we had our 1st Irish dinner! Even after going to numerous Irish pubs(including Doolin)during our 10 day vacation, this is where the best music was. The musicians changed every few songs as locals came and went. When the musicians took to long to decide which song to do next the bar spontainously erupted with an Irish drinking song.

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Ennis Nightlife

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  • irish music

    the kings bar and restaurant is located on abbey street across the street from the queens hotel. the kings offers good irish fare and traditional irish music.

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  • Good neighborhood pub.

    Stumbled upon this pub and was very pleased. Watched the election results roll in and talked politics with some locals. I believe that I had at least seven Carlsbergs.

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  • A pint and a chat at Woodys

    This place is one of the newer bar in town less than a year old although there was a bar here before it the new owner Ronan Woods (hence the name Woodies) had tried to change the image and profile of the bar and its clients to make it more appealing to customers. A good place for a quite pint and a chat during the day and even at night you will...

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Ennis Transportation

  • It's got a train station !

    Ennis is on the national rail network with a connection from Limerick having been in place since the 1980's (which only ran on thursdays) after a break of 20 years or so when County Clare became a county with no active railway lines !Nowadays it is part of the newly opened Western rail link up to Athenry and Galway.Do be warned however - fares are...

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  • Taxi from Shannon Airport to Ennis: Good...

    We flew into Shannon Airport and jumped into a cab. With me in the front seat where normally I would be driving and Palie in the back seat looking freaked out, tired and trying not to back-seat drive. We took off down the pretty road with funky turn-arounds and lots of sheeps and little school kids in plaid skirts and bobby socks. About 20 life...

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  • Train & Bus Station

    Both the train and bus station are located together in the same location about 1km south east of the town centre. For here there are hourly bus links to Galway, Limerick and most major cities. There are lso less frequent buses to the west of the county. Check out www.buseireann.ie for more up to date information.The are also twice daily trains to...

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Ennis Shopping

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  • Collins Jewellers

    In need of a gift for that birthday that you forgot or looking for something special then this is the place to visit. We saw some really great things in their window and in the shop.

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  • Ennis bookshop

    In need of a book to read, or just like browsing around like me then visit this bookshop. Lots of fun

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  • Gift Shopping in Ennis

    Giftvenue is a unique experience offering "shop in shop" showrooms for Irelands most famous gift brands such as Waterford Crystal, Belleek, Newbridge Silverware, Genesis fine arts and more. Definitely the place for buying gifts and with world-wide delivery, tax free shopping and more its a destination not to miss Lowest factory prices guaranteed

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Ennis Warnings and Dangers

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    by LolaSanFrancisco Written Jun 17, 2004

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    I don’t drink beer, and in Ireland that is just crazy-talk! I like me some whisky and coke. Gal-Pal Palie only drinks champagne and good wine. There would be tears, sacrifices and maxing out Palie’s credit card.

    First off the bartenders use this evil little contraption to pour the whisky. And it’s so very small, not big American snake bite sizes, but tiny over taxed pours. The cokes used are not on tap but tiny pretend size bottles. So in order to have a proper drink it was always a double. So two “shots” and a itty-bitty coke made one very lovely drink. However it came to $12.00!

    Palie was in worse shape as the only drink that would pass her lips was this awful ***- wine from Johannesburg South Africa. I just have one word for you: Twist off. Cringe.
    I spent every available euro I had in some wonderful pubs, and once in Belfast I had one of the swankiest club nights ever.

    It was well worth forgoing trinkets and food to drink and drink and drink and drink… and…

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Ennis Tourist Traps

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    by scubaphoto Written Nov 17, 2004

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    Not so much as a trap but just a warning if on a budget. Because Ennis town is so compact there is no need to use a taxi for travel between areas of town. Ireland is expensive enough without spending your money on taxi's.

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Ennis What to Pack

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    by scubaphoto Written Nov 17, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: Less is better

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It's always good to have a light rain coat when travelling in Ireland no matter what time of year.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Everthing can be purchased in the large shopping stores and chemists.

    Photo Equipment: Digital printing available in the town and film sold almost everywhere. Pro flim eg. Slide, or large format is better brought with you as it can be expensive to buy and the development times run in weeks rather than days as it has to be sent to Dublin for processing.

    Miscellaneous: No need to buy a map of the town they are available free at train/bus stations and tourist offices.

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Ennis Off The Beaten Path

  • Here's a character or two

    Muhammad Ali is sometimes cited as the birthplace of the Cassis Clay's great great granddaddy ! I'm not too sure if the evidence is very sound...but it is at least possible.Much more certain is the fact that the unflappable des lynam came from this little town, before his parents (both nurses) headed off to the uk for work. I certainly never...

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  • Cliffs of Moher

    A must visit if you are in this area is the Cliffs of Moher which are about 30 miles northwest of Ennis. Quite easy to get there, from downtown you can take Cusack road to N85 then R478 to the cliffs.

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  • Cliffs of Moher

    The vast void you'll see when visiting the Cliffs have no words for me to express the wonders of nature! Go to the top, see the ruin mounted on it, enjoy the breeze, the silence and the vastity of the view. You won't regret it.

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Ennis Sports & Outdoors

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    by scubaphoto Written Nov 29, 2004

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    No visit to Ireland would be complete without witnessing a game of hurling, hard to describe it here but it is said to be the fastest field sport in the world. 15 players with sticks in their hands trying to put a hard tennis ball size "sliotar" into the net or over the bar.

    Not too be missed. The season generally runs from Spring to September each year with games played on the weekend usually Sundays in GAA grounds around the country. The local ground in Ennis is called Cusack Park. Tickets and usually available on match day and unless it is a major game you should have no problem getting one. Cost (depending on game €5-20)

    Equipment: A calm composure, as you try to follow the speed of game and try to drown out the expletives been hurled at the players, manager and referee by the crowd. But it is always good natured and unlike most big sports rival supports are not segregated as there is never any trouble between fans. That happens on the field.

    You could easily have 40,000+ fans at a stadium and all will be good natured, family friendly.

    For any of your budget travellers here a tip! If you wait until half time they will usually open the main gates and you can watch the rest of the second half for free!!

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