Cill Ruis (Peninsula Church). Population 2,740 (urban district).

Tourist information office (seasonal): Tel. (065) 51577.

Kilrush, chief marketing centre of south-west Clare, is the third largest town in the county. Its fine harbour has been developed into Ireland’s first west coast marina and has berthage for a large number of yachts.

Recreational facilities include golf (9) and tennis as well as some pleasant woodland walks on the east side of the town. A local heritage centre interprets the history of the area, including that of Scattery Island (see below).

Around Kilrush

Cappagh Pier, a mile (2 km) to the south, is the berthing place of the vessels that ply between Kilrush and Limerick. From the pier a fine coast road curves south-eastwards by the water’s edge for 21/2 miles (4 km), providing good views of Scattery Island and across the Shannon estuary. Scattery Island, 2 miles (3 km) out from Kilrush, is the site of a sixth-century monastery founded by St Senan. The principal remains are five churches and a well-preserved, ll5 feet high round tower.

From Killimer there is a car ferry to the north Kerry shore at Tarbert, helpful to motorists as the first bridge across the Shannon is at Limerick city. Departures from Killimer are hourly on the hour, and from Tarbert hourly on the half-hour. In the graveyard at the ruined Killimer church can be seen the grave of Ellen Hanly, whose tragic death inspired Gerald Griffin’s novel, The Collegians. (See Limerick city).

 Activities in Kilrush

Bike Rental
Bicycle Hire Gleesons Cycles

Equestrian Centres
West Clare Equestrian Centre

Game Fishing
Knockerra Lough
Lough Achryane

Golf Courses
Kilrush Golf Club

Pitch And Put
Carraig Donn Pitch And Putt

Sea Fishing
Sea Fishing Martin Brennan


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