Traditional Irish band playing instruments

Clare
Culture and Creativity Plan 2017

A hive of Irish culture and history, Clare has long attracted visitors with the perfect combination of renowned cultural events and inspiring surrounds. Home to incredible natural heritage sites such as the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, along with more than 150 festivals each year, Clare positively brims with the arts.

Clare is known as the spiritual home of Irish traditional music, enjoying a lengthy and celebrated association with the genre. Sensational singer/songwriter and musician Sharon Shannon claims Clare origins, as does cutting-edge fiddler Martin Hayes and legendary tin whistler Micho Russell. The county has even produced a Grammy nominee; singer Maura O’Connell was born in the beautiful coastal enclave of Ennis.

Clare is known as the spiritual home of Irish traditional music, enjoying a lengthy and celebrated association with the genre.

The outstanding creative and cultural attributes of County Clare will inform and shape its unique Creative Ireland county plan, and funded initiatives such as the Sparks Film Festival at Scariff Library and the student-led creation of a community mural on the wall of Tulla Old Boys School are just some of the highlights of an ongoing plan that puts Clare’s libraries, museums, archives, heritage sites, arts and enterprises at the heart of its future growth.