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County Clare commonly referred to as simply Clare, is a county of Ireland and part of the wider province of Munster. Clare is one of the 26 counties within the Republic of Ireland and it provides a basis for local government, in the form of its own constituency within the Dáil Éireann. 

The county system has existed since the 16th century; as well as its governmental usage, the counties form a significant part of local identity and culture within the country. Located on the west coast of Ireland, Clare is northwest of the River Shannon covering a total area of 1,215 square miles (3,147 km²). The most populated town and county seat is Ennis.

During the Early Middle Ages the area was part of the Kingdom of Connacht ruled by the Uí Fiachrach Aidhne, until it was annexed to the Kingdom of Munster to be settled by the Dalcassians in the mid-900s.

It was renamed Thomond, meaning North Munster and spawned Brian Boru during this period, perhaps the most noted High King of Ireland. From 1118 onwards the Kingdom of Thomond was in place as its own petty kingdom, ruled by the O'Brien Clan.  There was some Norman influence during the 14th century due to battles with the de Clare's for control. Sovereignty of Thomond was handed over to the Tudors in 1543 and the area joined the Kingdom of Ireland as a county. After the kingdom was merged into the United Kingdom, there were wars in the 20th century which resulted in secession of the Irish Free State. The conclusion of the pro-treaty, anti-treaty Irish Civil War confirmed its status - the state became the present republic Ireland in 1937.

County Clare succeeded the district of Thomond (which was part of Connacht), and when first created it was sometimes called County Thomond. Its nickname is the Banner County, which may refer to a former local tradition of carrying banners at political meetings and public occasions.

Luxury Thatch Cottage (Ref: 66544)  Self catering cottage in Clare, Ireland
Creag Torthúil is Irish for Fertile Rock: this stunning cottage located in the heart of the Burren has beautiful views of the Aran Islands and the Atlantic ocean across the family alpaca farm. It offers all the comforts of home in an ideal holiday location. Located along the coast road in the townland of Murrough, Creag Torthúil is ideally situated for a relaxing break, or an adventurous change with some Ďalternative stressí. In the heart of the Burren this beautiful arts and crafts cottage has been updated to include all modern comfort and convenience without compromising on the traditional beauty of the building. It was our family home for four generations, and now provides our guests with a home-from-home luxury and comfort. The cottage sleeps 8 in four double en suite rooms . There are 2 living rooms, a separate dining room and a large personally designed kitchen complete with electric Aga for cooking and year round warmth. Set in its own gardens with outside dining area it adjoins our farm   Sleeps 8.
Mount Cashel - The Stables (Ref: 11936) Self catering cottage in Sixmilebridge, Ireland
Enjoy luxury self-catering accommodation in this beautifully restored 18th Century lakeside cottage, with 4 bedrooms, all en-suite, sleeps up to 9 people. Set in a 38 acre private landscaped estate with private lake, a Victorian cottage garden and orchard to explore. Lake boating and fishing are available on site and complete this idyllic retreat. This self-catering cottage sleeps up to 9 people and enjoys an excellent location from which to tour the dramatic west coast of Ireland and visit attractions such as Bunratty Castle, Cragganowen, Ennis, Limerick and the Burren. The cottage is self-catering and has been inspected and awarded a 4 Star rating by Failte Ireland. The cottage has 4 bedrooms all en-suite. Two doubles, one double and single and 2 single bunk beds. Kitchen, Lounge and dining areas are fully equiped, including free broadband internet access. The Stables has its own private courtyard and views and direct access to Castle Lake. Sleeps 9.
Mount Cashel Lodge 2 (Ref: 22004) Self catering cottage in Sixmilebridge, Ireland
landscaped estate with Riverside walk, a Victorian cottage garden and orchard to explore. Lake boating and fishing are available on site and complete this idyllic retreat.  Each self-catering lodge sleeps 5 people and enjoys an excellent location from which to tour the dramatic west coast of Ireland and visit attractions such as Bunratty Castle, Cragganowen, Ennis, Limerick and the Burren. Mount Cashel Lodges were recently renovated from the original coach house on the Mount Cashel estate which was built initially in 1850. The lodges are self-catering and have been inspected and awarded a 4 Star rating by Failte Ireland, Ireland's Tourist Board. Both lodges are similar in layout, refurbishment and accommodation.The lodge is approached via a private courtyard. Sleeps 5.
Pairc Na Láir House (Ref: 50832) Self catering house in Miltown Malbay, Ireland
Pairc Na Láir house is situated 1½ miles from Miltown Malbay on the Lachinch road. At the end of a private road it boasts 180degree sea views in a secluded location. It is a short drive to the nearby blue flag White Strand beach and 10 minutes from the renowned seaside resort of Lahinch. Lahinch which has long been known for its famous links golf course is also the premier location for surfing in the west of Ireland. For the golfers the Greg Norman designed course at Doonbeg is less than ½ hour drive. White Strand beach is a favourite amongst locals and a fantastic beach for children. Other beaches in the area include the well known Spanish Point beach. Take a drive to see the famous Cliffs of Moher or for an alternative day out catch a boat from Doolin and view the cliffs from the sea or visit the Aran Islands. There are many other attractions in the area why not have a look at these websites for some ideas. Pairc Na Lair house is a modern house with three bedrooms all Ensuite, a large open plan living area...  Sleeps 6.

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