About Ennis

About Ennis

As the capital of Co. Clare, a picturesque and historic market town taking it’s name from “Inis” which is the Irish name for island.

The town dates back to the 11th Century and was formed between two streams on the river Fergus when the O’Briens, Kings of Thomond, invited the Franciscans to establish a settlement within their domain in 1240.

Musicians

Trad Musicians

Ennis and County Clare are world famous as the home of Traditional Irish Music with year round music festivals and trad sessions throughout the town and county.

The town’s history along with modern influences represents a pleasant blend of the historic past and active present. It’s narrow bustling streets and lanes give character and ambiance to the town confirming that it is indeed somewhere very special.

It has a rich heritage tradition with some of the finest monuments, buildings and waterways. The town has held a strong presence every year in the All Ireland Tidiest Town Awards and won Ireland’s Tidiest Large Urban Centre 2012.

Visitors to Ennis can expect to experience unique and diverse boutiques, shops, cafes, and restaurant’s, it is a tourist centre of major importance and the ideal location for County Clare’s many other attractions.

“As the capital of a renowned music county, Ennis is bursting at the seams with pubs featuring live sessions almost every night of the week. In fact “it’s one of the best reasons to stay here”

Lonely Planet (10th Edition 2012)