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Feakle Town

Feakle is a sleepy village in County Clare,  nestled within a diverse landscape made up of lakes, moors, the Sliabh Aughty Mountains and their valleys, which comes alive each year for its traditional music festival. The area is renowned for its association with the indigenous sport of hurling.

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Scattery Island

Scattery Island is located in southwest County Clare, at the mouth of the River Shannon. Historical records indicate that the islands original inhabitants were members of a monastery, founded by St. Senan in the 6th century. Legend says he first banished a sea serpent from the island, and that he forbade the presence of women on the island. One of his famous pupils was St. Ciaran of Clonmacnoise.

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Ennis is the most important town in County Clare, and medieval in its origins and appearance. It is historically a market town, bisected by the River Fergus.

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Lahinch seaside village is a well-known golfing location that has recently become popular as a surfing resort. Leath Inis in Gaelic, the name of this pristine beach and resort translates as "half island". The area is known for its abundant seaside leisure activities and exceptional golf course.

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Craggaunowen Project

Craggaunowen Project is a unique, open-air museum, and a historical experience unlike most others. Set in 50 acres of lakeside woodland near the town of Quin, the project reconstructs several examples of early historic dwelling places. The complex is located near the town of Quin, and provides visitors with a trip back in time by realistically displaying the Celtic way of life in all its glory and struggle. Note: the Craggaunowen Living Past Experience Project is generally only open between the months of May and August. Check the Shannon Heritage website for details.

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This designated heritage town, located near the mouth of the river Shannon, began as an estate town in the 18th century. The Vandeleur family established the original estate nearby in the 1630’s. They are known in local history for their participation in massive tenant evictions in the 1800s. Today, Kilrush features a beautiful new marina. The town has great vistas of the Atlantic.

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Lisdoonvarna, or Lis Duin Bhearna, is a popular village on the west coast of Ireland, in the Burren region of County Clare. This picturesque little town is one of the main stopping points for tourists exploring the dramatic scenery of the Burren region, or those visiting the nearby Cliffs of Moher. Lisdoonvarna is still sometimes referred to as a "spa town" -- a reference to time in the past when the village was known for the healing properties of its spring water. These days, many visitors stop off in Lisdoonvaran for a bite to eat, or stay longer to sample some music and dancing, and to explore the area. The town also features a visitor information centre, named Lisdoonvarna Failte, (Fall-Cha) meaning "Lisdoonvarna welcome".

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Leamaneh Castle

Leamaneh Castle is the imposing ruin of a mansion house located between Corofin and Kilfenora in the region known as The Burren in County Clare. Built around 1480, and alternatively spelled as "Leamanagh" Castle, it was originally a five-story tower house. These fortified homes, with castellated features, were popular with Norman gentry in the western regions of Ireland during the middle ages. The castle stands on the corner of a three-way intersection on the southern end of the Burren, where limestone is plentiful. The tower has a spiral staircase, small chambers, and narrow windows that are little more than slits. In 1902, the gates were removed from Leamaneh and taken to Dromoland Castle, as the manor home had fallen into disrepair.

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Dysert O'Dea Castle and Archaeology Centre

This medieval tower house, built in 1480 by the Gaelic nobleman Diarmud O'Dea, today houses the Clare Archaeology Centre. Beautifully restored, the castle serves not only as a museum, but as an attraction in its own right, and as the centre of a walking trail that features many other sites of historical interest.

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Knappogue Castle

Situated near Quin, County Clare, Knappogue Castle, or Caislean na Cnapoige, means "the castle of the place abounding in little hills". It is one of Ireland’s most beautifully restored and maintained 15th century castles. A short distance to the northwest of the castle is a pretty Victorian walled garden.

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