Ennis is the capital of Co. Clare, a historic market town taking its 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 is world-famous as the home of Traditional Irish Music with year-round music festivals and trad sessions throughout the town and county.
In the colonial period, a number of landmark structures were constructed, including the Mill and Courthouse, while the town contains a number of old military barracks.
Many locals served in the British Army in the First World War.
A monument to Éamon de Valera, founder of the Fianna Fáil party and former President of Ireland, stands outside Ennis Courthouse.
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