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County Clare Situated in the mid-west region of Ireland, County Clare boasts truly breathtaking scenery and a wonderfully warm, charming and welcoming people. Clare is a magical county, full of surprise and contrast.

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Wild Honey Inn 4 stars

In the heart of the Burren region, Wild Honey is a local inn with stylish rooms, free Wi-Fi and free parking. The Cliffs of Moher are within easy reach of the inn. More

Wild Honey Inn has countryside views from its bedrooms and the ground-floor bedrooms have garden access.

The restaurant serves a bistro-style menu, and has a garden for al fresco dining. Wild Honey Inn has open log fires and a cosy atmosphere.

Wild Honey Inn is on the edge of Lisdoonvarna and is well-located for Doolin.

We speak your language! Hotel Rooms: 14

Cullinan's Seafood Restaurant & Guesthouse 3 stars

This charming guesthouse is located in the centre of Doolin overlooking the Allie River. It offers spacious and attractive en suite accommodation and an award-winning seafood restaurant. More

Elegant rooms at Cullinan's Seafood Restaurant & Guesthouse feature a plasma TV, tea and coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi. En suite bathrooms include a power shower and hairdryer.

A varied breakfast menu is offered, featuring pancakes, omelettes, eggs benedict and traditional Irish breakfasts. Cullinan's Seafood Restaurant offers modern Irish cuisine with fresh, locally sourced produce. Prior reservation is recommended.

There is a cosy TV lounge and various local pubs with traditional Irish music are a short stroll away. The Aran Island’s ferry is 1 km away and the Cliffs of Moher are 8 km away by car.

Cullinan's has free parking and is 30 minutes’ drive from The Burren and 64 km from Shannon Airport.

We speak your language! Hotel Rooms: 10

Queens Hotel & Nightclub 3-star hotel This property has agreed to be part of our Preferred Property programme which groups together properties that stand out thanks to their excellent service and quality/price ratio with competitive prices. Participation in the programme requires meeting a specific set of criteria and takes into account feedback from previous guests.

With a superb location, right in the heart of the town centre of Ennis, the hotel is a great base from which to explore all that this vibrant and exciting town has to offer. More

The Queens Hotel and Night Club is situated next to the ruins of the Franciscan friary in the heart of Ennis. The charming shops, traditional pubs and good restaurants of the town are all within easy reach. With the hotel as a comfortable and relaxing base, you can explore the town’s narrow winding streets and the beautiful green countryside surrounding the town. Shannon International Airport is just 15 km away.

The hotel is proud of its reputation as a warm and friendly gathering place.

Admission into the on-site nightclub is available at an additional cost to all residents.

Special discounted rates are available for those staying for 2 or 3 nights.

We speak your language! Hotel Rooms: 45

Auburn Lodge Hotel & Leisure Centre

Budget / backpacker hotel located in Ennis

3-star hotel This property has agreed to be part of our Preferred Property programme which groups together properties that stand out thanks to their excellent service and quality/price ratio with competitive prices. Participation in the programme requires meeting a specific set of criteria and takes into account feedback from previous guests.

Offering an indoor swimming pool, a relaxing hot tub, and a modern gym, bar and restaurant, Auburn Lodge is 5 minutes’ drive from the centre of Ennis. Shannon Airport is 15 km away. More

Rooms at Auburn Lodge Hotel & Leisure Centre each offer a TV and free tea and coffee. There is a private bathroom in each room, along with a hairdryer. Free WiFi is available throughout the entire hotel.

The gym features state-of-the-art equipment with LCD screens, and guests can relax after a workout in the steam room and sauna. There is also a children’s pool, along with spacious changing areas. There are also four treatment rooms where guests can enjoy massages, facial treatments and pedicure.

The Oyster Restaurant is open in the high season and serves both traditional and continental dishes prepared with fresh, local ingredients. The Ennis Restaurant provides informal dining in a wood and brick setting, while Taylor Quigley’s Pub features seasonal live music, and an all-day snacks, carvery and bar food.

Free parking is available, and the 13th-century Ennis Friary is located just 1.6 km away. Bunratty Castle and Folk Park is 10 km away, and the famous Burren & Cliffs of Moher are 30 km from the hotel.

We speak your language! Hotel Rooms: 110



County Clare,(The Banner County), Ireland.

 

North County Clare, The Burren etc.
How did County Clare get its name?


It is often said that County Clare is named after the de Clares. However this is not the origin, rather, the name comes from the Irish word 'Clár', meaning a board or plank. A board was placed across the river Fergus outside Ennis, at a place which was to become known as Clare, (now Clarecastle town). This Clare was a place of some importance as early as the 12th Century - thus predating the arrival of the de Clare family to County Clare.

Why is County Clare often called 'The Banner County'?

The custom of carrying banners goes back a long way in County Clare. There is little doubt but that the Dal gCais carried banners at the battle of Clontarf in 1014 or that the Clare Dragoons carried banners at Fontenoy in 1745 and in the many battles fought by the Clare Regiments on the continent during the eighteenth century. However, the name 'the banner county' would appear to be of far more recent origin. In the last century as population of the county became more politicized the custom of carrying banners to political meetings became widespread. Thus many banners welcomed Daniel O'Connell at the Clare election of 1828 and the freeholders of the county marched behind banners to the Ennis courthouse to cast their votes for O'Connell on that occasion.

In Ennis most trade guilds had their own banners: bakers, butchers, brogue makers, coopers, nailers, dyers, masons, harness makers, cartwrights, stone cutters etc. all competed to produce the most handsome of banners. At the inaugeration of the O'Connell monument in Ennis in 1865 thirteen different guilds carried banners, each representing the attributes of their particular trade. That this represented a long tradition in the town is not in doubt since, on that occasion, the brogue makers' guild carried a flag that had first been unfurled in 1726.

My own great grandfather, Brian Daly, was the custodian of the Ennis coopers' banner and parts of the banner are still retained by the family. The coopers' banner was not of the two pole variety that one usually sees today but was carried on a long single pole, topped by a small barrel; the banner itself hung down like a picture from a horizontal staff stretched across the top of the pole. I can recall as a child seeing the banner which was then much injured by time; it was a rusted red colour and carried the inscription 'Hearts of Oak'. This banner along with many others were carried along the streets to greet the various dignitaries that visited the town in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Politicians like Parnell and de Valera were greeted by hosts of banners. It is easy to see then in the political excitement of the times how the county acquired the name 'the banner county'. The reason the name stuck with Clare, I would suggest, was that custom of greeting politicians with banners, particularly at election time, survived longer in Clare than in other counties. The Parnellite and de Valera eras coincided with the rise of the GAA and the name soon transferred to the county's hurling and football teams.

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Situated in the mid-west region of Ireland, County Clare boasts truly breathtaking scenery and a wonderfully warm, charming and welcoming people. Clare is a magical county, full of surprise and contrast.

Clare is Ireland's most easily accessed county with an International Airport at Shannon, and onward links available to Dublin. Car hire is never a problem and a year round Car Ferry service is available in Killimer in the west of the county to take you across the mighty Shannon Estuary to County Kerry.

Visitor's never cease to wonder at the ever-changing sights that surprise and delight in County Clare, from the majestic Cliffs of Moher, through the lunar landscape of the Burren and on by Ireland's largest pleasure lake, Lough Derg and then back to the wonderful seascape of West Clare.

So if it's walking, cruising, golfing, eating out, fishing, horse riding, flying, surfing, dolphin watching or just enjoying the music in the local village pub - County Clare has it all.

Landscape and rivers

The Cliffs of Moher.

The Cliffs of Moher.

Bodies of water define much of the physical boundaries of Clare. To the southeast is the River Shannon which is Ireland's longest river, the border to the northeast is defined by Lough Derg which is the third largest lake on Ireland and to the west is the Atlantic Ocean. The only county which is physically connected to Clare by land is County Galway to the north, however there are several across-water bridges which connects it to eastwards County Tipperary and southwards County Limerick. Along with County Cork, County Kerry, County Waterford, County Limerick and County Tipperary, County Clare is part of Munster which is one of the four traditional provinces of Ireland.

County Clare contains The Burren, a unique karst region, which contains rare flowers and fauna. At the western edge of The Burren, facing the Atlantic Ocean, are the Cliffs of Moher. The highest point in County Clare is Moylussa, 532m, in the Slieve Bearnagh range in the east of the county. The county's Southern border is the River Shannon, the longest river in Ireland. Along this estuary is the town of Shannon and the location of Shannon International Airport. This airport was the first airport to have a duty-free zone.

Climate

Weather data for County Clare
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 8.1
(47)
8.5
(47)
10.4
(51)
12.7
(55)
15.3
(60)
17.8
(64)
19.3
(67)
19.1
(66)
17.1
(63)
14.1
(57)
10.4
(51)
8.9
(48)
13.5
(56)
Average low °C (°F) 2.6
(37)
2.7
(37)
3.6
(38)
4.8
(41)
7.3
(45)
10
(50)
12
(54)
11.7
(53)
10.1
(50)
7.9
(46)
4.5
(40)
3.6
(38)
6.7
(44)
Precipitation mm (inches) 99.1
(3.9)
73.7
(2.9)
68.6
(2.7)
58.4
(2.3)
61
(2.4)
66
(2.6)
73.7
(2.9)
88.9
(3.5)
83.8
(3.3)
96.5
(3.8)
96.5
(3.8)
106.7
(4.2)
985.5
(38.8)
Source: Clare Tour[8] 25 December 2008

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