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County Clare, the Heart of Ireland!

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A November 2005 trip to County Clare by ladyanne47

County Clare Road Signs. Photo, County Clare, Ireland More Photos
Quote: If one is flying into Ireland's Shannon Airport, they will be in the heart of Ireland—the enchanting County Clare!

County Clare, the Heart of Ireland!

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County Clare Road Signs. Photo, County Clare, Ireland
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County Clare is the heart of Ireland. If you fly into Ireland to Shannon Airport, get off the plane, and step on the ground, you will be in County Clare. It will be the beginning of a love affair with Ireland, I can promise you that. It has so much to offer in its small scale of land, from great cliffs over the sea to the match-making village festival of Lisdoonvarna to the moon-like surface of the Burren and the wonderful Bunratty Castle and its Medieval Banquets to the many beautiful pastoral farms that spread over the countryside. I fell in love with Ireland instantly as soon as I stepped off the plane, so County Clare is a special place for me. How can one experience Ireland for the fi...Read More

Vaughan's Pub

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Vaughan's Pub Photo, County Clare, Ireland
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On our first day of traveling in Ireland, fresh off the plane in Shannon, we meandered over to see the Cliffs of Moher and then up the coast of County Clare through Lisdoonvarna, and then found ourselves in a wonderful little village called Kilfenora. It was here that we realized we were famished and needed some food and drink quick.Somehow, by fate we happened to turn into a country lane to turn around and run smack into VAUGHAN'S PUB. Well, it must have been the luck of the Irish that brought us there, because it was one of our best experiences in Ireland on our whole trip. My traveling friend is a real gourmet cook and eater, and when she saw the Regina Campbell's Tour Guide sign outsid...Read More

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Vaughan's Pub
Kilfenora
County Clare, Ireland
+353 65 7088004

Kilfenora Church & Ancient Ruin

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Attraction | "Kilfenora Church & Ancient Ruin"

Kilfenora Church & Ancient Ruin Photo, County Clare, Ireland
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As we were leaving Vaughn's Pub after lunch in the lovely little village of Kilfenora in County Clare, we noticed an amazing facade of a church looming high over the village, it caught our attention and so we found the entrance to this incredible old church still an active parish with part of its protected ruin on display for visitors.The village went to extreme methods of preserving this old church with a large plastic type clear roof artistically placed over the ruin next to the present church. The clear roof blends into the surroundings. In the vestibule of the church lies two fabulous very early gravestone covers one being of a bishop of the early church. There is a special name for these ...Read More

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Kilfenora Church & Ancient Ruin
Kilfenora, County Clare
County Clare, Ireland

The Burren

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Attraction | "The Moon-Like Surface of the Burren!"

The Burren Photo, County Clare, Ireland
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The Burren is a section of County Clare that makes up a good quarter of its landscape. What makes it so outstanding is that it is covered mostly with rock that is laid with deep crevices of some soil in between. This small amount of soil allows some of the rarest and most unusual flora to grow, and the Burren is the destination of many who love and study plants in wild environments. I just love the barrenness of it all. And yes indeed it is barren. Very windswept, it gives one an almost moon-like feeling as you walk along the rock edges and look out at hill after hill of bare rock that just goes on and on and seems to drop off into the sea. There is no real way to describe how it looks. I do know, how...Read More

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The Burren
Bounded by the Atlantic and Galway Bay
Northwest County Clare

Cliffs of Moher

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Attraction | "The Infamous Cliffs of Moher!"

Cliffs of Moher Photo, County Clare, Ireland
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It seems that two very popular points of interest for tourists visiting Ireland are Killarney's Ring of Kerry and the Cliffs of Moher, in County Clare. These are most likely always included in an organized tour of Ireland. However, each time I do see the Cliffs I am a bit disappointed with the overall area. Especially on my last visit, most of it was under construction and it seemed lacking, as the first exposure of sight-seeing trip. I have been told, and I wish I knew then, that many people recommend doing the "Loop" Drive instead, much more inclusive of the Irish countryside and seascape and wonderful cliffs along the coastline drive. It would be from Ennis take Route N68 to Kilrush, then N...Read More

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Cliffs of Moher
Southwestern Edge of the Burren Region
County Clare, Ireland

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

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Attraction | "Bunratty Folk Park, Part 1"

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park Photo, County Clare, Ireland
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The Bunratty Folk Heritage Village is part of the Bunratty Castle complex, which is located quite close to the Shannon Airport, and many tourists visit either right after they arrive in Ireland or save it for their last day before they fly back home.I really had no intention of going to the Bunratty Folk Heritage Museum, but since we were staying in Newmarket on Fergus the night before we were headed home, we thought, "Oh, why not try the ultimate tourist thing and do the Medieval Banquet and Folk Park at Bunratty Castle."Well, I loved the village, and it was well done, with very authentic antiques and consideration to the many different kinds of cottages in the class distinctions ...Read More

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Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
Bunratty Village
County Clare, Ireland

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

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Attraction | "Bunratty Folk Park, Part Two"

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park Photo, County Clare, Ireland
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As I explained in "Bunratty Folk Park, Part One," it was a last-minute choice to go to the Bunratty Folk Park and Castle, being that it was such a tourist trap, but I have to say I did enjoy exploring through the different typical Irish cottages of the Irish people, the more prosperous farmhouse, the average farmer's cottage, and the tenant farmer's cottage, all similar in some ways, but very different in the furnishings. I have always been intrigued by the peasant life of the rural Irish people, and this gave me a very good chance to experience it firsthand. I loved the antique pottery and cupboards, or dressers as they call them. Being an antique dealer myself made it very enjoyable for me...Read More

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Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
Bunratty Village
County Clare, Ireland

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

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Attraction | "Wine Music and Humour at Bunratty Medieval Banquet"

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park Photo, County Clare, Ireland
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This is an experience you will never forget. The Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet is the ultimate tourist attraction, and I have to admit that it was fun and different. This was my third trip to Ireland, and I always skipped this occasion, but this time I said, "What the heck. Why not try it?" What I really enjoyed the most was perusing through the Heritage Folk Park first, which leads you to the castle grounds. We waited outside for awhile before we were guided to the very large reception hall. Here we were given a wonderful honey wine called Mead. Actually, the word "honeymoon" comes from this traditional wine. We sat on very old Tudor benches that flanked the side of the walls. In the cen...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 25, 2006

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
Bunratty Village
County Clare, Ireland

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

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Attraction | "Bunratty Castle—Still Fit for a King!!"

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park Photo, County Clare, Ireland
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Bunratty Castle commands attention as you see it from Route N18, and you can understand as you visit it and its grand stature why it was steeped in the history that it has to offer. Now, in our time, it is a place of ceremony, where tourists gather in its halls in the evenings and participate in the Medieval Banquets, decked in the period style of its time.I loved this castle, despite of the fact that it is the number-one tourist trap. The statues, tapestries, chandeliers, and Tudor furniture all represent a unique quality of age and historical merit. I am an antiques dealer, so I love to visit museums and collections of old and ancient places and things. I really did enjoy Bunratty Castle. ...Read More

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Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
Bunratty Village
County Clare, Ireland