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Top Choice Church in Ennis

Ennis Friary

North of the Square this 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-s…
Top Choice Cafe in Ennis

Food Heaven

This small cafe-deli lives up to its ambitious name with creative and fresh fare. Sandwiches arrive on renowned brown bread, while soups and salads change daily. Hot specials are just that. Be ready to queue at lunc…
Historic Site in Ennis

Knappogue Castle & Walled Garden

About 3km southeast of Quin is stately Knappogue Castle & Walled Garden, built in 1467 by the MacNamaras, who held sway over a large part of Clare from the 5th to mid-15th centuries and, like early fast-food fra…
Castle in Ennis

Craggaunowen

In woodland around 6km southeast of Quin, peaceful Craggaunowen includes recreated ancient Celtic farms, dwellings such as a crannóg (artificial island), a 5th-century ring fort, plus real artefacts including a 2000…
Traditional Music in Ennis

Cois na hAbhna

With performances and classes, this important regional resource centre for Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCÉ; Society of the Musicians of Ireland) is 1.5km north of town along the N18. Traditional Irish music, dancin…
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. There's an ever-changing modern Irish menu – local ingredients, especially seafood, take centr…
Mediterranean in Ennis

Rowan Tree Cafe Bar

There's nothing low-rent about the excellent Med-accented fare served at this cafe-bar on the ground floor of the namesake hostel. The gorgeous main dining room has high ceilings and a wondrous old wooden floor from…
Books in Ennis

Scéal Eile Books

A delight to explore, this lovely two-floor bookshop bursts with new and second-hand literature across all genres from poetry to sci-fi and travel (aloft). A stove at the rear, ensconced between two armchairs, encou…
Museum in Ennis

Clare Museum

Sharing the same building as the tourist office is this diverting little museum. The Riches of Clare exhibition tells the story of Clare from 8000 years ago to the present day over two floors, using authentic artefa…
Cafe in Ennis

Souper

Super Souper is a smart, trim-looking choice for swift bowls of its eponymous broth, be it goulash, roasted vegetable or soup of the day, all served with two slices of brown bread and butter. Paninis, wraps and sand…