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Clare Places: Towns & Villages
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Places of Interest

  • LISDOONVARNA CASTLE: It was situated beside the old bawn or terraced garden wall of a later residence. A corner-stone of a nearby house tells that the castle was built by Denis Cloghessy in 1619 for Finin Fitzpatrick. The estate passed to the Earl of Inchiquin in 1732. The castle next belonged to the O' Davorens who were traditionally remembered as "very haughty, aristocratical and tyrannical." The site of the famous 16th century Brehon Law School, in the locality, had been established by a branch of the same O' Davoren family. Nothing now remains of the O' Loghlen castle of Caheraclogan. Not too far away is the site of Judge Comyn's house, once considered the finest in the Burren.
  • THE SPECTACLE BRIDGE: km. to the south-west of the town, it spans a deep narrow gorge through which the Aille River flows. As it had to support the road at the top, a double arch forming a circular opening was built above the lower arch, giving the bridge its unusual and unique "spectacle" appearance.