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County Clare Coat of Arms

Coat of arms for County Clare

Quiet and unassuming, Clare secretly holds many Irish treasures. Home to not only the dramatic and beloved Cliffs of Moher - one of the most popular natural attractions in the world - Clare also lays claim to the rocky karst landscape of The Burren and is bounded to the east and south by the River Shannon.

The Shannon Estuary flows along the south coast of Clare and offers an endless number of recreational activities, including golf (at Dromoland Castle or at world class links courses in Doonbeg and Lahinch), water sports (try Windsurfing, Sailing, Kayaking, Canoeing, Surfing and Scuba Diving at Kilkee – its magnificent horse-shoe bay, nearly one mile in length, has long been recognised as the best and safest bathing place on the western coast of Ireland) and dolphin watching (with daily dolphin watch tours from the modern marina in the West Clare market down of Kilrush).

The town of Shannon houses the Republic of Ireland's second largest airport, Shannon Airport, and built next door is the Shannon Free Zone, a 2-square-kilometre business park that has drawn numerous multinational corporations with its promise of attractive tax packages. This has led to an inordinate number of international expats, especially North Americans, being settled in what would otherwise be a tiny, non-descript village.

Ennis is Clare's county town, known as a centre of nightlife in the county, while north, the village of Doolin draws huge crowds of international visitors with its renowned traditional Irish music scene, though be prepared to battle hordes of drunken American college students if you decide to attend a gig here. Likewise, the quaint village of Lisdoonvarna, noted for its annual matchmaking festival, was immortalised in song by Irish folkster, Christy Moore. And Ireland's most famous sitcom, Father Ted, was largely shot at Glenquin in Co. Clare.

The village of Bunratty is home to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, and while the costumed performances here err on the side of twee, the castle itself is indisputably one of the most well preserved medieval fortresses on the island. Co. Clare is also home to a number of historic religious sites and ancient tombs, many of them situated within the stark, lunar landscape of The Burren.

Many of Clare's most famous people are its musicians, including several noted trad performers, such as the Kilfenora Céilí Band, Maura O'Connell and Sharon Shannon. Other famous Clare people include G.A.A. founder, Michael Cusack, former President of Ireland, Patrick Hillery and John Philip Holland, who invented the submarine.

The Burren, Co. Clare

The Burren is a karst-landscape region in northwest Co Clare. It is one of the largest karst landscapes in Europe. The region measures approximately 250 square kilometres.

The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher

Poulnabrone Dolmen in Co Clare's Burren

Poulnabrone Dolmen in Co Clare's Burren dating back to Neolithic Period

Co. Clare Dolmen

A dolmen in County Clare

The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher

Bunratty Castle, Co. Clare

Bunratty Castle, Co. Clare

Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare

Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare

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Our list of '101-Must-Visit' Locations

Our team of researchers and genealogists at has put together the following '101-Must-Visit' locations and trips for you for Clare. We only pick the best locations to visit, dine in or stay at, and the best ancestral research resources we can find in that area. Enjoy!


#6 Stephen Treacy

...millions of people visit the Cliffs of Moher every year and it is easy to see why. It is absolutely breathtaking.

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