Ennis – Old Ground Hotel

Thursday, May 23: Today you’ll explore the varied coastal scenery of West County Clare. You’ll visit St Brigid’s Holy Well near Liscannor where Mick will talk about the blending of Celtic and Christian traditions at a site that is still part of the living belief system of people in the area. You’ll pay a visit to the majestic Cliffs of Moher and then have lunch in the picturesque fishing village of Doolin known all over Europe for its extraordinary traditional music. After lunch you will travel through the Burren, one of the most ecologically fascinating landscapes in the world. You’ll visit the magnificent high crosses in Kilfenora and the famed Poulnabroune dolmen where Mick will talk about the history and the culture that produced such extraordinary Stone Age monuments. Then you will visit the home of Oliver O’Connell, one of the most charismatic characters in the Burren and enjoy a special concert with him and some of his equally colorful friends. Brenda and I will also chip in. After dinner on your own in Ennis you have the chance to enjoy the sessions taking place all over the town in the big Fleadh Nua music festival. Old Ground Hotel

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