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.