Ennistymon Historic Town Walk
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A timeless town lying 4km from the Atlantic at Lahinch, Ennistymon is within striking distance of several of Ireland’s greatest tourist destinations – including the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. As well as being a base to explore the region, however, the town seriously rewards some exploration itself.
Throughout its history, Ennistymon has radiated outwards from the bridge over the River Cullenagh.
There have been settlements here since medieval times but, as a 5km heritage trail reveals, it wasn’t until it developed into a market town in the early 1800s that the population thrived.
In 1564, the O’Brien’s of Thomond acquired a castle by the Cullenagh – this was demolished and rebuilt as Ennistymon House in the 1760s. The house today forms the core of the Falls Hotel, placing over four centuries of history within the walls of one of the west’s finest 4-star hotels.
Other historic buildings in the town have interesting modern-day uses. They include St. Andrew’s Church (now a cultural centre), the Court House (a studio for local artists) and the Market House, originally built as a storehouse for firkins of butter and today serving as an antique furniture store. These buildings, along with the colourful shop fronts lining Main Street, give the old market town huge character.
Ennistymon is also home to a famine memorial - ‘An Gorta Mór’ - erected in 1995, on the 150th anniversary of a tragedy that affected the locality so deeply. It is located near Ennistymon Hospital, itself the site of a workhouse during the period.
One of Ennistymon’s most popular features are the cascades, found where the river runs over a ridge of rocks below the bridge. The cascades are best viewed from the bridge or riverside walk, but be careful - on wet and windy days, the mist can give bystanders a good soaking!