Ennis, with an urban population of over 25,000 people (2016 figures) is situated on the banks of the River Fergus. It is the capital of County Clare and the centre of administration and commerce in the region. Ennis is 37 kilometres from Limerick and 67 kilometres from Galway and with road improvements is a 2.5-hour drive to Dublin. Shannon International Airport is 24 kilometres south of Ennis, a simple 20-minute drive from the centre of town.
Ennis (Inis), sits on the banks of the River Fergus, which flows east, then south into the Shannon Estuary. The town’s narrow, pedestrian-friendly streets, make for an enjoyable wander whilst it is also an ideal base for exploring the county, since you can reach any part of Clare in under two hours from here.
Ennis is just 30 minutes from the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher to wind swept Loop Head Peninsula. Ennis is also a great spot from which to visit coastal Lahinch, Kilrush and Kilkee as well as historic places like Bunratty.
Ennis is a great location if you want to bring people together from different geographical location because transport links are so good. This makes it an ideal wedding location or a hen night at Queens Nightclub.
Ennis has a history going back to the Vikings in 970, followed by the building of four castles on the same land, the remains of the fourth can still be seen. The area hosted a Franciscan monastery which was built in 1240. This friary survived Henry VIII’s attempts to rid the country of all monasteries during his reign in 1540, until it eventually closed in 1690. The impact of religious orders remains in the town today with a number of religious schools, though these have recently appointed lay principals.
In more recent Ennis history, Ennis has played host to two famous parliamentarians of the nineteenth and twentieth century. In 1828, O’Connell was returned to parliament in the Clare Elections, an historic event which led to the passing of the Catholic Emancipation Act in 1829. In 1917 Éamon de Valera was selected by Sinn Féin to contest the East Clare by-election and so began his long association with the town and county before he became President of Ireland.