Infobox Irish Place
name = Ennistymon
gaeilge = Inis Diomáin

motto =

pin coords = left: 75px; top: 55px
north coord = 52.94
west coord = 9.29
irish grid = R134877
area =
elevation =
province = Munster
county = County Clare
town pop = 813
rural pop =
census yr = 2006
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Ennistymon (Irish place name|Inis Diomáin|Inis, or "island", Diamain, or "Demon" "or" Island of the Devil) is a town in County Clare, near the west coast of Ireland. A popular tourist town, it has a typical Irish main street, with many traditional pubs. The River Inagh, which has some small rapids known as "the Falls" (hence the famous Falls Hotel), runs through the town, behind the main street. A bridge across the river leads to nearby Lahinch, on the N67 road. The town is connected to Ennis by the N85 (which is actually the main street through the town).


The West Clare Railway formerly passed through the town, connecting it to Ennis and the West Clare coastal towns and villages. Ennistymon railway station opened on 2 July 1887. The railway finally closed on 1 February 1961. [cite web | title=Ennistymon station | work=Railscot - Irish Railways | url=http://www.railscot.co.uk/Ireland/Irish_railways.pdf | accessdate=2007-10-13]

Nowadays the town has a bus service to Ennis and other towns as well as the 337 which departs every morning at 0845 and goes to Ennis, Limerick and onwards to Dublin.


The 'An Gorta Mór' Memorial was erected a mile outside Ennistymon on the road to Lahinch to commemorate the memory of the victims of the great potato crop failures/famine of 1845 to 1850 known as the Great Hunger (An Gorta Mór). It was dedicated on August 20 1995 – the 150th anniversary of that tragedy. Located across from Ennistymon Hospital, itself built on the grounds of the local workhouse, it was erected by a combined effort of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) Board of Erin and Board of America and the Clare County Council. The monument was designed by an artist from Co Kerry and depicts an account found in the Minutes of the Meetings of the Boards of Guardians for Ennistymon Union held in the County Archives. [http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/history/et_minutes/ennistymon_minutes.htm] The account centered on a note that was pinned to the torn shirt of a barefoot orphan boy who was left at the workhouse door on the freezing cold morning of February 25, 1848. The note read:

"Gentlemen,"There is a little boy named Michael Rice of Lahinch aged about 4 years. He is an orphan, his father having died last year and his mother has expired on last Wednesday night, who is now about to be buried without a coffin!! Unless ye make some provision for such. The child in question is now at the Workhouse Gate expecting to be admitted, if not it will starve. -- Rob S. Constable""

One side of the memorial depicts a child standing before the workhouse door, while across from that is the head of an anguished mother and two hands clenched in frustration or anger above the sorrowful text of the pleading note. If you are fortunate enough to visit the memorial, breathe a prayer for the unnamed souls that it commemorates.

ee also

* List of towns and villages in Ireland.
* Market Houses in Ireland


External links

* [http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/places/et_history.htm Ennistymon Historical Background]
* [http://www.clare-tour.com/area/Ennistymon Ennistymon Tourist information]
* [http://www.ennistymon.net Ennistymon Town Site]

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