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Clare – A history that dates back to 3800 BC
There is evidence that people from prehistoric times lived in the Clare area, who left behind ancient dolmen (a type of single-chamber megalithic tomb). Such tombs were popular in ancient times and many date back as far as 7000 BC (in other countries). Clare has more of these than any other area in Ireland (especially in The Burren area). The remains of people excavated from these sites have been dated to 3800 BC.
Clare is situated on the west coast of Ireland and northwest of the River Shannon.
Reasons to visit Clare
The county of Clare is well known for its association with Traditional music and has a number of festivals that promote it. Clare has a successful hurling team and has also taken an interest in Australian Rules Football.
Places of interest (apart from the beautiful scenery) include the small fishing village of Kilbaha (near the tip of the Loop Head peninsula), which received an award in 2010 for Aquatic Tourism. The Cliffs of Moher attract many visitors for the breath taking views. The heights of the cliffs vary between 120-214 meters.
For those who wish to hear traditional Irish music played in the local pubs nightly, Doolin is the place to go. This coastal village also offers numerous archaeological sites and a couple of castles nearby.
The Burren (mentioned earlier) is one of the largest karst landscapes in Europe and the location for many ancient tombs.
Entertainment and Dining in Clare
There are plenty of places where you can hear traditional music played, cinemas, theatres, night clubs and festivals. Eating places cater for many different tastes and budgets, but many of the restaurants are found in hotels like the Temple Gate in Ennis, the Oakwood Arms hotel in Shannon and others.
Accommodation in Clare
Accommodation can be found in Guest Houses, B&Bs and Inns. Hotels include the Shannon Court Hotel, Auburn Lodge Hotel & Leisure Centre (Ennis), Woodstock Hotel Golf and Spa Resort and the Park Inn by Radisson Shannon Airport.