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Ennis - Clare - Manchester Monument


Ennis - Clare - Manchester Monument

Ennis has become an important centre of Irish traditional music over the last fifteen years, and, late in May each year, hosts the Fleadh Nua, the second largest traditional music festival in Ireland.



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Photo Details

  • County:Clare
  • Town: Ennis
  • Scene: Manchester Monument
  • Date: circa 1910


  • Digitally remastered
  • 10' x 8' printed on quality photo paper, larger sizes available
  • Also available mounted & framed, ask for details
  • Colour images can be printed in black& white if preferred.
  • Read about Ennis below


Ennis (Irish: Inis) is the county town of Clare in Ireland. Situated on the River Fergus, it lies north of Limerick and south of Galway on the main N18 road connecting these two cities. Its name is a shortening of the original Inis Cluain Ramh Fhada ('Long Rowing Meadow Island').

Provisional 2006 census data indicate that Ennis and its environs had a population of 34,204.


Ennis grew up around the Franciscan friary. The large building was an important seat of learning in its peak. It was built by the O'Brien family in approximately 1242 and was a religious centre until the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

Ennis was an important market town historically. The market square today is still home to market stalls. The latter practice has steadily decreased through the years. The foot and mouth disease crisis of 2001 in Ireland had a severe impact on such markets around the country. Thanks to stringent restrictions on movement of animals and such markets, the country avoided a major outbreak, but markets such as that at Ennis struggled to recover.

Ennis town centre consists of often narrow streets and many old buildings. One thoroughfare, Parnell Street, has been pedestrianised, while other main streets such as O`Connell Street and Abbey Street are one way. On busy days cars and people jostle for space. Many small shops, both old and new, make Ennis an interesting place in which to shop. The Pro-Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul can also be found in the town.

Ennis has become an important centre of Irish traditional music over the last fifteen years, and, late in May each year, hosts the Fleadh Nua, the second largest traditional music festival in Ireland.

Railway Links

Ennis was the starting point of the West Clare Railway, a narrow gauge railway which ran from Ennis to Ennistymon and onwards to the towns and villages along the West Clare coastline. Trains ran from the same railway station as used by mainline Irish railway services. This station still forms part of the Irish railway network today, with mainline commuter services to Limerick. The mainline north to Athenry is not used at present but plans are underway to have this section of railway reopened by 2008, see Western Railway Corridor.


Ennis is a stronghold of music of all types from Rock to Traditional with many musicians living, and regularly playing, locally. The town is host each May to the annual Fleadh Nua, a traditional music festival and is home to the Glór Irish Music Centre, which hosts music concerts and plays. Ennis also has a strong Youth Rock music scene

Sister cities

A sister city of Ennis is Phoenix, Arizona. Each summer an average of 4 4th/5th year students partake in the Phoenix Youth Ambassador Program, which is facilitated by the city of Phoenix twinning committee and the Ennis Chamber Of Commerce.


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