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County Clare is situated in the West of Ireland and is renowned and known the world over for its legacy in Traditional Irish Music and is home to an abundance of visual riches and spectacular scenery.

East Clare, while only a 40 minute drive from Shannon Airport, is a beautiful, unspoilt and hidden corner of the county with a landscape of rugged hills and picturesque valleys intertwined with rivers, lakes, woodland and boglands.

We are surrounded by the magnificent Slieve Bearnagh, Maghera, Turkenagh and Slieve Aughty Mountains on one side and the majestic River Shannon and Lough Derg on the other and you will enjoy panoramic views and wonderful scenery from all of our walking routes.

The region has a rich heritage of walking routes, historic sites, folklore, music, song and dance with regular events and festivals throughout the year and advice is freely available on all activities for visitors in the East Clare area.

One of the most memorable aspects of visiting this area is the opportunity to experience the unique atmosphere of the local communities and you'll be given a great welcome wherever you go.

 

There's no better place in Ireland to experience Irish Music and culture at it's very best and you will be mesmerized by the wonderful atmosphere at music, song and dance sessions in homely pubs all over this region.

No better way to experience the charm and friendliness of the local people at first hand, after a good day's walking!

 

East Clare is and was home to many distinguished people....

Brian Boru, High King of Ireland

Brian Merriman, Poet and Hedge-Schoolmaster

Edna O'Brien, Celebrated Novelist

Biddy Early, "The Magical Lady of Clare"

Dr. Edward McLysaght, Noted Genealologist

Dr. Bill Loughnane, Famed Politician and Musician

Martin Hayes, Renowned Irish Traditional Fiddle Player

We are also home to many sporting legends

Handball: The Kirby Brothers, Pat, Dan, and John ( Tuamgraney )

Hurling: Ger Loughnane ( Feakle ), Liam Doyle ( Bodyke ), Dr Tommy Daly ( Tulla)

Athlete (and Politician): Tim Smythe ( Feakle and O'Callaghan's Mills)

Rugby :.... Keith Wood (Killaloe)...Munster, Ireland and British & Irish Lions. Anthony Foley (Killaloe)Irish International and Munster Heineken Cup Winning Captain

Dr. Hugh W.L. Weir (writer and publisher) once wrote.......... "Emeralds are often accompanied by pearls and one such pearl is Ireland's East Clare region.

With the 400km long river Shannon to its right and the majestic western Atlantic coast to its left, East Clare is a haven of unspoilt peace and tranquillity for those who love solitude.

East Clare is a place of secrets too. A rich tapestry of folklore, heritage and historic monuments are everywhere. The contributions of Milesians and Basques from Spain, Normans from France and Britain, Palatines, Huguenots, Hungarians, and those who have adopted an altermative lifestyle, make for an interesting, cosmopolitan communtiy ready to welcome and share with visitors.

After one visit you will want to return again and again to re-live the unique experience that is East Clare.

A wild, wonderful, rugged beauty."

 

 

East Clare Tourism

 

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