County Clare is situated in the mid-west of Ireland in the province of Munster. It is bounded to the west by the Atlantic ocean and Lough Derg and the River Shannon to the east. The county has a population of 117,196 people (Census 2011). In recent years it has an increased immigrant community mainly from eastern Europe and Africa.

The Cliffs of Moher are one of the most visited attractions and bring up to one million visitors to the county each year.

The karst region of the Burren in north Clare is located within the Burren National Park and contains major natural habitats. The Loop Head Peninsula is a European District of Excellence in aquatic tourism. Lough Derg in the east is the second largest of Ireland's lakes and is renowned for sailing, fishing and most recently for a breeding pair of White Tailed Eagles.
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Common Clare Surnames

McMahon, McNamara, O'Brien, Moloney, Ryan, Kelly, McInerney, O'Connor, Keane, O'Halloran, Hogan, Burke, Murphy, Lynch and Walsh

Common Clare Place Names

Ennis, Kilrush, Kilkee, Miltown-Malbay, Ennistymon, Ballyvaughan, Corofin, Sixmilebridge, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Killaloe, Tulla, Scariff, Feakle, Quin, Kilfenora, Lisdoonvarna, Liscannor, Broadford, Kildysart, Mullagh & Quilty

Famous People with Clare Connections

Brian Boru, High King of Ireland
Former President of Ireland, Dr. Patrick J. Hillery
US Senator, Chris Dodd
Frederic William Burton, former Director of the British National Gallery
John Holland, inventor of the modern submarine
Michael Cusack, Founder of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA)
Paddy Hannon, who discovered the Golden Mile in Australia
Daniel O'Connell, the Liberator
Eamon de Valera, former President of Ireland
Archbishop Clancy of Melbourne, Australia
The Durack Family, Australia
Edna O'Brien, Author
Muhammad Ali (Professional Boxer)
Governor Andrew Curtin, Pennsylvania
Máire Rua O’Brien, Leamaneh Castle

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