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Video of Kilrush, County Clare, Republic of Ireland

Kilrush (Irish: Cill Rois, meaning "Church of the Woods") is a coastal town in County Clare, Ireland. It is located near the mouth of the River Shannon in the south-west of the county. Kilrush is a town of great historical significance, being one of the listed Heritage Towns of Ireland. Kilrush has existed since the 16th century but it was not until the 18th century that it underwent major development. This development coincided with the succession of John Ormsby Vandeleur as the wealthiest landlord in the district. Of Dutch origin, the Vandeleur family was the most prominent landlord family in West Clare. They designed the layout of the town and many of the present day street names derive from Vandeleur family names

Kilrush hosts a traditional Irish music festival in August of each year, the Éigse Mrs. Crotty festival, so named after a famed concertina player from the town.

From 1951 through to 1966, Kilrush supported an Operatic Society of renown, with productions of "The Student Prince" 1951 to "Faust", "Tosca", "Lucia" to name a few. The principal artistes hailed from all over Europe while the operas were produced by: Powell Lloyd of Covent Garden. The society has been re-born under the banner of the "Kilrush Choral Society" and has five highly successful seasons under its belt. Their first show "My Fair Lady" (2005) was followed by "The Sound of Music" (2006) followed by "Oliver" (2007) and "Showboat" (2008) while their most recent 2009 production was of "Sunrise Sunset", a variety of five different musicals. The aim of the present society is to eventually branch into Grand Opera.

Scattery Island is a small island in the Shannon estuary about 15 minutes from Kilrush by boat. It was once a monastic settlement founded by St. Senan. It features one of the oldest and tallest round towers in Ireland.

Offshore resides a large pod of Bottlenose dolphins who are resident year-round in the estuary. Ferries to the island and dolphin tours are available year-round, weather permitting. 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from Kilrush is the seaside resort of Kilkee, a sandy horseshoe bay on the Atlantic coast.

The town has an 18 hole golf course on the Ennis Road.

Sailing is also very popular. Classes and instructions on boating are available at the town marina. The Western Yacht Club has in the last decade been rejuvenated, being one of the oldest yacht clubs in the world.


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