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|Pigot's Directory, 1824|
Part 1: Ennis: Description
The assize and shire town of the county of Clare, in the province of Munster, is one hundred and twelve miles south-west of Dublin, twenty north-west of Limerick, and thirty-two south-by-east of Galway. It is a very considerable, but irregularly built town, situated on the river Fergus, and carrying on an extensive inland trade; the markets are excellent, and the town is well furnished with good shops for the supply of the adjacent country, as well as the inhabitants, who are very numerous and highly respectable. The river is navigable for large vessels to the village of Clare, within two miles of Ennis, and from which place corn is exported, and coals, &c. are brought from Limerick. Among the charitable institutions of this place are a county infirmary, a hospital for lunatics, and an asylum for poor and aged persons. The shire or town hall is a very handsome and convenient building. The county gaol, situated at the confines of the town in a low and unfavourable situation, is a large and respectable building, with an infirmary, a chapel, and every thing proper for an establishment of the kind; Mr. Thomas D'Arcy is the governor. Here are the remains of the finest abbey in this Island, built in the most chaste style of Gothic architecture, by Donagh Carbrac O'Brien, Prince of Thomond, in 1240, for conventual Franciscans. Immediately adjoining is the parochial church, which is a newly erected, very commodious, and handsome structure, having a lofty tower ornamented with pinnacles. The Catholic chapel, which is rather small for the population, is in an obscure though convenient part of the town. Ennis is governed by a provost, and sends one member to the imperial parliament in the person of Richd. Wellesley, esq. The county members are Sir Edward O'Brien, bart. of Dromore, and the Right Hon. Wm. Vizey Fitzgerald, of Inchicronan. The town of Ennis is under the patronage of the former gentleman, who has a most magnificent seat about seven miles distant on the road to Limerick. Here is a good market on Saturday, and fairs are held on the Saturday after Easter Saturday, the 9th of May, the 14th of August, the 3rd of September, the 14th of October, and the 3rd of December. The population is estimated at 12,000.