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    ennis friary

    by doug48 Updated Jun 30, 2007

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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.

    Address: abby street

    Directions: county clare, central ennis

    Website: http://www.visitennis.ie

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    pubs

    by doug48 Written Jun 30, 2007

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    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.

    Address: corner abbey street & francis street

    Directions: county clare, central ennis.

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    Compact in Size but Bursting With History

    by WhispersWest Written Jan 11, 2007

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    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).

    Address: Arthur's Row, Ennis, Co. Clare

    Directions: Clare Museum is located in the centre of Ennis, at Arthur's Row, off O'Connell Square, adjacent to the Temple Gate Hotel. Entrance is via the tourist office that shares the same building and where admission tickets to Clare Museum can be purchased.

    Phone: +353 65 6823382

    Website: http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/claremuseum/index.htm

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    clare museum

    by doug48 Written Jun 30, 2007

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    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.

    Address: next to the tourist office

    Directions: county clare, central ennis near the o'connell monument.

    Website: http://www.visitennis.ie

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    Dromoland Castle

    by marcelatimmins Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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!

    Directions: Leaving Shannon Airport you will be on the road N19 .Follow the signs to the N18 and continue towards Ennis for 6 miles. Exit at the Dromoland Interchange on to the R458. Look for the golf course on your left.

    Phone: 353 61 368144

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    Stop in at the Clare Tourist Center

    by marca Written Nov 29, 2005

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    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.

    Address: Arthur's Row

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    Ennis Walking Tour

    by marca Written Nov 29, 2005

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    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.

    Directions: In the courtyard near the Musuem and Temple Gate.

    A typical Street in Ennis
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    Tour the statues of Ennis.

    by pfsmalo Written Nov 1, 2012

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    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.

    Trinity at the corner of Harmony Row. Part of the Helping hands Doing the deal

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    Ennis Friary.

    by pfsmalo Written Nov 2, 2012

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    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

    Address: Abbey street, Ennis.

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    The Cathedral

    by sourbugger Written Feb 21, 2013

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    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.

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    Clare museum

    by sourbugger Written Feb 21, 2013

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    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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    MONUMENTAL !

    by sourbugger Written Feb 20, 2013

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    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.

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    Ennis friary

    by mvtouring Updated Nov 16, 2010

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    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
    guided tours

    Address: Abbey Street, Ennis

    Phone: +353 (065) 6829100

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    Exploring

    by mvtouring Written Nov 16, 2010

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    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.

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    Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul

    by mvtouring Written Nov 16, 2010

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    Nice to see that these old cathedrals are still being used. There must have been a wedding the day before our visit, as the flowers were still very fresh. It really gave a lovely look to the entrance of the cathedral as well as the inside.

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