County Clare

Chláir means board or plank. A board was placed across the river Fergus outside Ennis, at a place which was to become known as Clare. It hosts the oldest known evidence of human activity in Ireland to the butchering of a bear and has been dated to circa 10,500 b.c
Motto: Dílis d’ar nOidreacht ‘True to our heritage’.

These are some of the most significant landmarks, buildings and monuments in County Clare

The first, largest and one of the most important Augustinian houses in Ireland

This NATIONAL MONUMENT is Clare Abbey founded in 1195. it is situated on an elevated site beside the Fergus River and was the first, largest and most important Augustinian house in County Clare. It was founded [...]

The O’Briens, The rich and famous and The Hill of Litigation

Dromoland Castle is located in Dromoland in co. Clare. This is one of the most beautiful and desirable 5* hotels in Ireland. It is believed that this location was the ancestral home of the O’Briens [...]

Ireland’s most iconic dolmen & the hole of sorrows

The Poulnabrone Dolmen, Caherconnell. County Clare       c. 3600 b. c. The Poulnabrone Dolmen is a national monument and dates from c. 3600 b. c. Its timeless simplicity has made it one of the most photographed [...]

A former Norman Castle, The MacNamara’s, Cromwell and significant architectural features

Quin Abbey is located in the village of Quin in co.Clare. It dates from 1433 and was built on the site of an earlier monastery (which burned down in 1278) and soon after a Norman [...]

Eamon de Valera & a Russian cannon

This listed building is Ennis Courthouse. It was built in 1850 in a neoclassical style to the designs of Joseph B Keane and Henry Whitestone. The first attempt to hold a court in County Clare [...]

The Vikings, The O’Briens, dungeons and a no.1 tourist attraction

Bunratty Castle is located in the village of Bunratty in co.Clare. This is one of the most impressive castles and one of the top tourist attractions in Ireland. This was the location of a former [...]

One of the finest examples of a medieval tower house in Ireland

Knappogue Castle is located near the village of Quin in co.Clare. It was was built in 1467 by Sean MacNamara and is a magnificent example of a medieval tower house. It has a long and [...]

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