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Ireland Unlocks: 10 great things to do in Clare this summer

In our new staycation series, Pól Ó Conghaile makes a break for the Banner County

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Cover star: the Cliffs of Moher

Cover star: the Cliffs of Moher

Lakeside Holiday Park

Lakeside Holiday Park

Glamping at the Armada Hotel

Glamping at the Armada Hotel

The Burren Farm Experience

The Burren Farm Experience

Trad music at Bunratty

Trad music at Bunratty

The Burren Basket

The Burren Basket

West Coast Aqua Park in Kilrush, Co Clare

West Coast Aqua Park in Kilrush, Co Clare

The deck of Seaview Guesthouse

The deck of Seaview Guesthouse

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Cover star: the Cliffs of Moher

Its cliffs are Ireland’s cover star. The hero image that, no matter how ubiquitous, still leaves you reeling — from the raw power of nature to the surprising emotional connection. Like all cover stars, however, their brightness can blind you to the surrounding beauty.

And boy, is Clare beautiful. Think of that Atlantic coast, of the slow-mo ocean licking up against Spanish Point or Black Head, of ferries passing between Doolin and the Aran Islands offshore. Picture driving out along the craggy finger of Loop Head, or hiking in the hypnotic, rocky moonscape of the Burren National Park.

“This is really hard for a Cavan woman to say,” Bronagh O’Rourke, who married a fifth-generation farmer here, tells me. “But it’s just breathtaking — the people and the place. The Burren changes with the light, the time of day. No two days are the same.”


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