Clare’s main town, Ennis, has a medieval layout that follows the River Fergus with a network of narrow lanes and a one-way road system. Offload the car at the first opportunity and explore on foot. The brightly painted facades of its shop fronts are vibrant, even on the dullest day. That liveliness is echoed later in the evening with a guaranteed trad-music session in one the town’s myriads of pubs. A sculpture trail adds a novel way to navigate the lanes and alleys with anything from braying cattle in the marketplace to giant outstretched hands outside Ennis Cathedral.


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