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Top Choice Books in Ennis

Scéal Eile Books

A delight to explore, this emerald-green-painted bookshop overflows with new and secondhand literature including rare titles across all genres from poetry to sci-fi and travel. A stove at the rear, ensconced between…
Top Choice Pub in Ennis

Nora Culligans

Magnificently restored, cavernous pub Nora Culligans retains original features including the front bar's ornate two-storey-high whiskey cabinets and timber panelling in the back bar. It's an atmospheric venue for li…
Top Choice Church in Ennis

Ennis Friary

North of the Square, Ennis Friary was founded by Donnchadh Cairbreach O'Brien, a king of Thomond, between 1240 and 1249. A mix of structures dating between the 13th and 19th centuries, the friary has a graceful five…
Traditional Music in Ennis

Cois na hAbhna

Traditional Irish music, dancing, singing and Irish language are promoted at this important regional resource centre for Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCÉ; Society of the Musicians of Ireland), 1.5km north of town. C…
Museum in Ennis

Clare Museum

At this diverting little museum, the 'Riches of Clare' exhibition tells the story of Clare from 8000 years ago to the present day using authentic artefacts grouped into five themes: earth (geology, seasons and agric…
Irish in Ennis

Town Hall Cafe

Adjacent to, and affiliated with, the Old Ground Hotel, this smart bistro is in the stylishly resurrected old town hall. Local ingredients take centre stage on the menu: Clare lamb, Fergus Bay crab, Sixmilebridge fr…
Pub in Ennis

Poet's Corner Bar

Trad sessions Thursday to Sunday year-round and every night from June to August make this timber-panelled, coffered-ceilinged bar in the Old Ground Hotel a favourite with locals and visitors.
Cafe in Ennis

Food Heaven

This small cafe-deli does a good job of living up to its ambitious name with creative and fresh fare. Omelettes such as goat's cheese and cherry tomato or mushroom and thyme are a highlight at breakfast. Be ready to…
Mediterranean in Ennis

Rowan Tree Cafe Bar

A one-time ballroom, the gorgeous main dining room of this cafe-bar in the Rowan Tree Hostel has high ceilings, fairy lights and the original 18th-century wooden floor, while tables outside have river views. Mediter…
Pub in Ennis

Brogan's

On the corner of Cooke's Lane, Brogan's rambles from one room to the next, with musicians playing traditional instruments such as tin whistles, fiddles, accordions and more most nights.