Clare – a great place to live

A hive for Irish culture and history, Clare has long attracted visitors with the perfect combination of cultural festivals and incredible scenery. From the world-famous Cliffs of Moher to the Burren and the coastal beauty of Kilkee and Kilrush, Clare has it all. The county offers visitors and residents alike a fantastic quality of life and a rich living environment.

Where to work?

With immediate access to Ireland’s second largest airport and its main transatlantic route, Clare and the Shannon region has been a real business success story for many years. Many major names in the technology and engineering sectors have made Clare a base for their operations and these include Intel, Lufthansa Technik.

International companies also based here include; Beckman Coulter, Roche Ireland, GE Capital, Schwarz Pharma, GECAS, Magellan Aviation, Avocent, Digital River, Element Six and Molex to name but a few. Access to excellent infrastructure and its location next to Limerick city ensures first–class graduates from local third level centres.

Well Connected?

With a busy rail station in Ennis and an international airport in Shannon it’s well served in transport terms. The M7 motorway that connects Limerick to Dublin means that Clare can be reached in just two hours from Dublin.

Great communities?

  • Ennis – the county capital is bursting with energy.  ‘As the capital of a renowned music county, Ennis is bursting at the seams with pubs featuring live sessions almost every night of the week. In fact “it’s one of the best reasons to stay here’ – Lonely Planet
  • Loop Head was named Irish Times ‘Best Place to Holiday’ in 2013 and the only Irish destination to be named in the inaugural Sustainable Destinations Global Top 100 in 2014. Take a look at the Irish Times snapshot of Loop Head  featured in this video.

Hang Out At:

  • The Farmyard in Corofin. The tea room is beautiful and scones delicious!’ – Annette Ward
  • ‘Dinner at Morrisey’s in Doonbeg’ – Karen McInnerney
  • ‘A great place to eat for something different is Oh LA LA Creperie in Ennistymon. It is owned by a French girl & she makes the most incredible Buckwheat Breton Style Crepes.  Good coffee too!’ https://www.facebook.com/ohlalacreperie/ 

Festivals & Events:

Insider Tips:

  • ‘Loop the Loop Head Peninsula with The Long Way Round Walking Company. See why the area is the best place to holiday in Ireland. Food in award winning pubs and restaurants, Fishing, Walking, Dolphins, Glamping, Spectacular scenery in Kilbaha, Carrigaholt, Kilkee, Bridges of Ross and if you’re brave enough you can stay in LoopHead Lighthouse and meet all 24 Ghosts.’Clarevirtually.ie
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  • Visit the Hanging Gardens at Loop Head Lighthouse for a picnic, named Clare Hidden Gem by Quicktours by Dublin Coach’The Long Way Round Walking Company
  • ‘A visit to St.Brigids Well in Liscannor followed by a Guinness or an Irish coffee at Considine’s Bar beside it, with the best views of County Clare and beside the Cliffs of Moher’ – Caitriona Considine
  • ‘Do the Cliff Walk in Kilkee. Truly spectacular, from magnificent views of the Atlantic to cows and sheep grazing,and a great workout to boot!’ – Susan Kirk Mangan
  • ‘Early morning walk at the White Strand Doonbeg. Trip along the Cliff Walk at Kilkee. Get out into the bosh roads by bike or horse so you can really see feel and smell the wonderful flora and spot the fauna.’ – Karen McInnerney
  • ‘Pack the sandwiches and go for the short walk up to the Top of the Twelve O’Clock hills for panoramic views of Clare, South Galway, West Tipperary, Limerick and a bit of Kerry! Ask in Kilkishen for directions.’ – Patrick Skehan
  • Mid Clare and especially the county town, Ennis is a perfect place to base yourself while touring Clare. There are many roads heading North, South, East or West which bring you to all points in the county. Ennis itself is awash with fine restaurants of all kinds. The first “Purple Flag” town in Ireland makes Ennis a recognised safe place to go out at night-time. Shannon Airport and Limerick City are 20 minutes away. Dromoland’s Five Star Luxury and famous golf course are 15 minutes away.  Try your hand at flying a plane (Virtually) at Atlantic AirVenture in Shannon. Visit the Clare Museum and then a guided walk of Ennis. Try dinner in the TownHall restaurant in the Old Ground Hotel or try Queens Niteclub.
  • The Wild Atlantic Way in County Clare is jaw droppingly beautiful from Bell Harbour to Ballyvaughan, onto Doolin via Black Head and Fanore. Liscannor, Lahinch (with its world famous golf xourse), Ennistymon, Miltown Malbay, Quilty, Spanish Point, Doonbeg, Kilkee and Loop Head. Photo opportunities around every bend will have you in sensory overload. Surfers drool when they think about the waves in Lahinch, Fanore and especially Aileens underneath the Cliffs of Moher. 
  • Take a boat trip underneath the Cliffs of Moher with Doolin2Aran Ferries or Doolin Ferry. You’ll strain your neck trying to see the top of the cliffs from the boat deck. So many bucket list things to do. Surf, Stroll, Eat, Drink and be merry. Fishing, Photographing, Cycling or walking the many beautiful places along the coast. You can even do a tour of the Father Ted filming locations or maybe a trip on the steam train in Moyasta. Spoilt for choice.
  • ‘Lough Derg is also known as the Jewel of the Shannon. This spectacular stretch of the Shannon is 38km long and 12km wide. A huge playground for people into watersports like fishing, boating, sailing, kayaking and windsurfing. Amazing views abound for drivers, cyclists, walkers or strollers from the high hills surrounding this pleasure lough. If you like to have a pint or great food you’ll be spoilt for choice too as the many pubs and restaurants that ring Lough Derg will leave your tastebuds tingling. History and heritage are a big part of Lough Derg too as Killaloe was the seat of Ireland’s greatest High King, Brian Boru, whose 1000th anniversary is being celebrated all this year. The newest & biggest attractions on the Lough are the White Tail Eagles who have taken up residence on an island just off Mountshannon in Co. Clare. They have now successfully hatched chicks two years in a row and can be seen flying over the Lough everyday.’ – Clarevirtually.ie

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Clare – at a glance

  • Population

    117,196

  • County Capital

    Ennis

  • Main Towns

    Kilkee, Killaloe, Kilrush, Shannon Town.

  • Local Airport

    Shannon

  • Local Third-level Education Institute or University

    NUIG, GMIT

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Location

If you’re thinking of setting up or expanding your business in County Clare, why not visit www.clarecoco.ie. Here you’ll find a wealth of information to suit your business needs or you can simply contact the Enterprise Section of Clare County Council.

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Tel: +353 (0) 65 682 1616
Email: business@clarecoco.ie
Website: www.clarecoco.ie

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