Bank Holiday Weekends in Ireland: What to do in Ennis

Bunratty Castle © Failte Ireland


Ennis is a joy if you love abandoned castles, churches, monasteries or friaries.. Spend your may bank holiday weekend hunting down abandoned monuments in and around Ennis. Some monuments worth rediscovering include:

  • Ennis Friary
  • Dysert O’Dea Castle
  • Clare Abbey
  • Quin Abbey
  • Killone Abbey
  • Bunratty Castle


Enjoy the Fleadh Nua Festival taking place in Ennis during the June bank holiday weekend.

Fleadh Nua


Info: Fleadh Nua in Ennis promises to be an exciting and innovative festival, full to the brim with Concerts, Ceilis, Sessions, CD Launches, Recitals, Irish Dance competitions and Street Entertainment.  Since 1974 Fleadh Nua has developed from a 3 day event to a festival spanning 8 days, with more than 120 separate events, where there is a welcome for everyone.

Ennis © Failte Ireland


Enjoy the True Tributes Festival taking place in Ennis during the August bank holiday weekend 2020.

True Tributes Festival


Info: Nine of the world’s greatest performers, portrayed by nine of the world’s best tribute bands. From height of the sixties to the breath of the nineties, these bands have played to many thousands of delighted fans – and are now coming to Ennis, Ireland on August Bank Holiday, most – FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER! 

The artists include: Tina Turner, Elton John, Garth Brooks, Paul McCartney, ABBA, Shania Twain, Johnny Cash, U2, The Rolling Stones.

Ennis © Failte Ireland


Spend the October Bank Holiday weekend 2020 with your family in Ennis. Some things to do with kids in Ennis include: 

  • Craggaunowen

Follow in the footsteps of the fascinating Celts in Ireland and the many advances they brought about in Irish society at that time. Craggaunowen is Ireland’s original award winning Pre-Historic Park, offering the Living Past Experience.


  • Cois na hAbhna

Cois na hAbhna is a fabulous centre of Irish culture and music featuring an auditorium for céilí dances and concerts, a traditional-style Irish kitchen, a bar/teach cheoil where lively sessions are held and classrooms for music lessons.


  • Castlefergus Riding Stables

Castlefergus Riding Stables offer trail rides over there 100-acre sheep and horse farm, riding past a 15th-century castle, by the banks of the River Rine and in the fields up close to the farm animals. They also offer kids mini pony trekking in the woods to longer trail rides of 1 to 2 hours.

Children’s lessons and birthday parties are also provided. Castlefergus Stables has horses and ponies to suit all levels of ability. Book via e-mail:

Craggaunowen ©  Failte Ireland


Start burning the calories consumed over Christmas by hiking one of the popular hiking trails in Ennis:

  • Dromore Woods trailhead
  • 12 O’Clock Hills
  • Lower ‘12 O’Clock’
  • Lissycasey Cascades Loop
  • East Clare Way

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