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Historical Background

Fanore, Fan Oir, the golden slope, is a sandy beach nestled into the water’s edge and overlooked by the sandhills and the rocky Burren hills to the east. It is a beautiful place in which to relax and has become one of North Clare’s most popular tourist locations. Swimming, fishing and surfing are enjoyed here but pot-holers have to be more careful. The caravan dwellers at Fanore are not the first people to live among the sandhills; Stone Age men were here first and their house sites and kitchen middens can still be found in the immediate area. Shifting sand revealed one such stone house on the northern bank of the river. During the “Emergency”, folklore, modern enough to be classed as gossip, mentions how the crews of German U-Boats rowed ashore, but their presence and activities here during this period of World War 2 are strenuously denied by locals.