‘As the capital of Co. Clare, a picturesque and historic market town taking it’s name from “Inis” which is the Irish name for island. The town dates back to the 11th Century and was formed between two streams on the river Fergus when the O’Briens, Kings of Thomond, invited the Franciscans to establish a settlement within their domain in 1240.
Ennis and County Clare are world famous as the home of Traditional Irish Music with year round music festivals and traditional music sessions throughout the town and county. The town’s history along with modern influences represents a pleasant blend of the historic past and active present. It’s narrow bustling streets and lanes give character and ambiance to the town confirming that it is indeed somewhere very special.
Visitors to Ennis can enjoy perusing the many boutiques and shops, relaxing in it’s cosy cafes and pubs. “As the capital of a renowned music county, Ennis is bursting at the seams with pubs featuring live sessions almost every night of the week. In fact “it’s one of the best reasons to stay here”
Lonely Planet (10th Edition 2012).