Ennis Historic Town Walk

Ennis Tourist Information Office Arthur\'s Row Ennis Clare Republic of Ireland

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Ennis has four heritage trails, each a treasure hunt winding through some of the most atmospheric medieval streets in Ireland. The town grew up around its 13th-century friary and even today, with its busy streets and flair for boutique shopping, it retains a close-knit feel.The “Ennis Walking Trails” AppA smartphone application that uses GPS technology and Google Maps to guide tourists around the Heritage Trails of Ennis is now available. The “Ennis Walking Trails” app provides detailed information and photographs for 56 points of interest along 5 walking routes around the Clare County Capital town. Amongst the well known heritage attractions profiled in the app are Ennis Friary, Chapel Lane, Poor Clares Monastery, Ennis Courthouse, Bindon Street, O’Connell Monument, Steeles Rock, and the Cathedral of St’s Peter and Paul. iTunes (Apple Devices) https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ennis-walking-trails/id600777389?mt=8 Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.actonbv.EnnisWTEnnis friary was founded in 1240, when Franciscans were befriended by the O’Brien King of Thomond. Its church and limestone cloisters are crawling with medieval carvings (don’t miss the image of St. Francis with stigmata on the nave) and the east window is a real show-stopper. Sliced by five tall and narrow lancets, it pours light into a chancel riddled with the tombs of bygone aristocrats. Ennis derives from the Irish word ‘Inis’ (‘island’), and was first founded on an island between two courses of the River Fergus. Throughout the town, you’ll find oddities like a Jacobean chimney stack above a modern business on Abbey Street and several jostle stones designed to protect carriage wheels and corners - like those at the intersection of Kilrush Road and Carmody Street. A full history of Ennis and indeed County Clare, can be gained at Clare Museum on Arthur’s Row. Original artefacts here tell the tale of Clare over the millennia, with recent displays ranging from a 19th-century well, to Daniel O’Connell and Eamon De Valera – local parliamentarians both.O’Connell, the 19th-century patriot and great Catholic Emancipator, also keeps vigil over the town from his Doric column on O’Connell Square. From here, you can explore in several directions, along narrow streets, a lively market square and bridges crossing the fleetly-flowing Fergus. The Gothic-Revival Cathedral of SS Peter and Paul, with its imposing belfry, is another landmark.Ennis, of course, also lies at the heart of any visit to Clare. From here, attractions like the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher, Spanish Point and Bunratty Castle are all within easy reach.

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Ennis Tourist Information Office Arthur\'s Row Ennis Clare Republic of Ireland
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