Information Ennistymon Ireland
Ennistymon (whose Irish name translates as “River Meadow of the Middle House” or “Diamain’s River Meadow”, is a large village in County Clare, near the west coast of Ireland. Diamain may be a reference to an ecclesiastical property of some kind, according to etymologists and historians who maintain that Saint Luchtighern had a property there. The “Middle House” reference is said to be derived from the fact that the O’Brien clan had an estate between two other properties in the area. The N85 – the town’s main street – links it to Ennis, while a bridge across the River Inagh (actually a tributary of the former, called the Cullenagh) takes you into Lahinch. The Inagh or Cullenagh is located behind the main street and has small rapids that are known as the Cascades. A memorial called “An Gorta Mor” – literally the Great Hunger – was erected a mile outside the town on the way to Lahinch. The commemorative monument was dedicated in August 1995, 150 years after the failure of the first potato crop and the year that the famine began. It is located near Ennistymon Hospital, which was itself the location of a local workhouse during the period. The memorial depicts a child standing at the gates of a workhouse, awaiting admission. Ennistymon’s railway station opened in 1887, closing in 1961. Bus services to Ennis and elsewhere now serve the town. Ennistymon is famed for its music, with a dozen or more pubs in the small town to be found where live sessions are held. The Archway on the banks of the Cullenagh river is one example. The narrow street near the bridge over the Cullenagh River is the town’s oldest part. The bridge is the spot where the Cascades can be seen over a ridge of rocks. Later on the river’s journey, it flows into first the Derry river, and then the Inagh.
Attractions Ennistymon Ireland
Ailwee Cave - Ballyvaughan
Located near Ballyvaughan, with its stalactites and stalagmites, the Aillwee Cave beneath the Burren has become one of Irelands leading attractions. An essential part of a visit to the Burren, it affords the opportunity to travel through beautiful caverns, over bridged chasms and under weird formations.
Biddy Early Brewery - Inagh
Located at Inagh, just 10 mile from Ennis on the Lahinch Road. Ireland's first pub-brewery is named after a Clare woman by the name of Biddy Early, who was renowned for her magical powers in the 1800s. Since it's opening in 1995 the brewery has continued to produce a unique selection of hand crafted beers in memory of the great woman. These include Black Biddy, Red Biddy, Blonde Biddy and Real Biddy.
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park - Bunratty
One of Irelands top visitor attractions, Bunratty Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval castle in the country. Built in 1425, it was faithfully restored in 1954 and has furnishings and tapestries which capture the mood and style of the times. The Folk Park, set in 26 acres, recreates nineteenth century Ireland. The Park features include a recreated village street, eight farmhouses, a watermill, blacksmiths forge, Macs pub and restaurant and a display of nineteenth century agricultural machinery.
Cliffs of Moher - Lahinch
Located just north of Lahinch on the coast of West Clare, are the Cliffs of Moher. Natural ramparts against the might of the Atlantic, they rise in places to over 215m and stretch for almost 8km.
Corofin Heritage Museum - Corofin
This award winning Heritage Museum is housed in what was once Saint Catherine's Church, which was built in 1718 by a cousin of Queen Anne. Its main theme, 'Ireland West 1800 - 1860' portrays a traumatic period of Irish history under the headings of 'Lan d'Tenure', 'The Famine', 'Emigration', 'Education', 'Irish Language and Music' and others.