Ennis, Ireland has a lot going for it: a quaint old town, a traditional music scene, and a central location for exploring much of County Clare. It’s also only 20 minutes from the Shannon Airport, which is really handy for people who don’t want to drive all the way to or from Dublin. We stayed in Ennis for all these reasons and enjoyed our time there walking the streets along the River Fergus. Here’s a collection of our memories in this Ennis Ireland Photo Essay.
Ennis Abbey Ireland
The grounds are freely accessible and include a meditation labyrinth beyond the wall that encloses the graveyard.
Church of the Immaculate Conception
The community of Franciscan friars moved long ago to the nearby Gothic Revival Church of the Immaculate Conception.
Knox's Pub Ennis Ireland
Knox Pub is one of many keeping Irish music alive in Ennis. Every May, the town hosts the second largest traditional music festival in the country.
Irish musicians in Ennis
An ever-changing lineup of musicians entertains the pub crowds. Sometimes it's a fiddle and accordion; other times a wooden flute and a bouzouki. (It's a thing. Look it up.)
Irish Dancer in Ennis
If you're really lucky, you'll be treated to an Irish dancer along with your Guinness.
Rowan Tree Hostel and River Fergus
The hostel sits right along the water and houses an on-site restaurant. It's within walking distance of the old town, and is a clean, friendly, affordable place to stay.
Dan O'Connell's Ennis Ireland
Daniel O'Connell is a popular guy around here. The 19th century politician is celebrated for winning Catholic emancipation.
O'Connell Street Ennis Ireland
As a result of his landslide election at a polling location in Ennis, Daniel O'Connell has his own street with a statue at one end.
Subway in Ennis
While his parents refused to eat in an American chain restaurant in Ireland, our teenage son was delighted to discover that Subway's menu is, apparently, the same no matter where you go.
Ennis is centrally located for day trips to many places in County Clare. We also saw
Bunratty Castle, Loop Head Peninsula, the Rock of Cashel, and the Burren and Cliffs of Moher.
our entire Ireland Itinerary here, and all the places we visited in southwest Ireland here.