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Why: Ennis is the largest town in Clare there is alot on there and this blog is just a list of a few of the places I like.
What: Heritage market town.
Whats there: Irish music, good food and accomodation, heritage trail.
How: I drove from Galway by the M18 and N18
How much : Free
When I was driving down the Cannonball run was on. Its a convoy of super cars who do a road trip for charity. I did not manage to get a photo of them but there was some cool cars for sure. Lots of people gathered on the roadside with mobile phones looking to get a photo too. Nice atmosphere.
Ennis is renowned for its traditional Irish Music to help you out they even have a trad trail. So if you are looking to experience a trad session be sure to go to one of the places on the list. The town has also been awarded a purple flag as a gold standard for a night destination. In order to gain a purple flag places have to prove themselves in 30 criteria that they are well managed between 5pm and 5am. Ennis is certainly a popular nighttime spot during the weekends, especially for hen and stag nights.
I managed to delete the first draft of this! Not a happy bunny as it is a long post so lots of work went into it so here it is again. This may not be a typical tour post but I hope I have done the people of Ennis proud and shown that there is something for everyone here.
9. Clare Museum
Its full of sparkly things which I love and costume jewellery so if your on the lookout for something special then you may find it here. Ennis also has a number of boutiques so a lot of ladies come here to an outfit for an occasion.
12. Old Ground Hotel
A great hotel I have stayed and its really comfortable with friendly staff and nice food. You cat eat outside as well if the weather is good and just watch the world go by. The reception area has some comfy sofas if the weather is not up to much and you just want to chill out and read a paper. Poets Corner is very popular with locals and residents its on the trad trail and serves good food and drinks. The hotel is a converted 18th century house also.
13. Ennis Cathedral (St Peters and Pauls).
As you can see there was a wedding and such cool cars I had to show you. I love both the camper van and the white 1940's style car. Anyway to the church its really impressive and stands in the centre of the town. Its beautiful inside and out. Its right across the road from the Old Ground Hotel. The site was donated to the church in 1828 but building the church was a slow process and a labour of love as the first mass was held in the unfinished church in 1842. The Irish Famine then halted works but finally in 1874 both the church and the spire was finished.Well worth a visit if in the area.
If you head up a little lane beside church past the Russian doll pillar ( see below) it leads you to Barrack Street.
Ennis Gourmet Store
Popular spot for alfresco dining. This cafe do everything from breakfast to lunch, coffee to wines and also food hampers with local produce. A great place to go if you have foodie friends and a nice spot on a sunny day.
Round the corner to Market Place
On Lower Market Street:
22. Glitzi Bitz
I kept heading up the lane from Chapel Lane market and came out on high street I turned down Abbey Street.
25. Queens Hotel
28. Seodin Eile
Flows through the town there is I believe 5 bridges crossing it. Its a feature in itself and it renowned for trout and salmon fishing. If you are into angling check out link above.
Coming back up Abbey Street across the road from Knoxs pub. There is a little lane with this mural on it. Not sure what it is called. If you walk down here it will bring you to the new Friary.
32. Cusack Park
|The Town Hall also a good place to eat!! Part of the Old Ground Hotel|