(Inis – an islet or river meadow)
Ennis, on the banks of the River Fergus, is the county town of Clare, with quaint narrow streets and broad visitor appeal. It is also the cathedral town of the Catholic diocese of Killaloe.
The town developed round a 13th century castle built by a chief of the powerful O’Brien family, which established its headquarters at nearby Clonroad. It became a borough in 1612.
Visitors particularly enjoy the range of shopping – including craft shopping and superb dining options – to suit all tastes.
Ennis is a the Traditional music Capital of Ireland and music resounds from many centres, particularly from within its famous character pubs and the newly opened Glor, International Folk Music Centre.