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Ennis Sculpture Trail

Why not have a gentle stroll and follow the Ennis Sculpture Trail along the riverside and through the town. The Sculpture Trail takes many forms, depicting cultural, historical and sporting events, as well as more abstract pieces. A member of our reception team will provide map of the town to assist you with this.

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"A Fish Tail" by Carmel Doherty.  

This limestone sculpture suggests a fish leaping out of the water.  Its position inside the fountain at the Maid of Erin roundabout in Ennis highlights this.

"Memory of Meaning" by Colin Grehan & Barry Wrafter

This piece celebrates Clare's win in the All Ireland Hurling final of 1995.  It consists of 3 over lifesize stones.

"Four Minds" by Diarmuid O'Twohighk

Four minds combine Christian and early Greek philosophies, with each head representing a different idea.  Head 1 shows Care, Head 2 tranquility and harmony, Head 3 anxiety or angst, Head 4 sensuality and totality of being.

"Dreamboat" by Fiona Dwyer

This piece is carved from Kilkenny limestone and consists of a boat with a cross above it.  There are little drawings carved into the stone - a star map, a dress, a heart - and everyone can interpret the symbols in their own way.

"Embrace Nature" by Shane Gilmore

This limestone sculpture shows the relationship between mankind and nature.  It was Shane's first attempt at stone carving.  See if you can spot a frog, a fish, an otter and a bird

"Sleepy Head - Helping Hands" by Shane Gilmore

These two limestone pieces in Parnell St. Car Park were created in 1998 by Shane Gilmore and his assistant David McNamara.  He believes that they symbolize the laid back and friendly side of life in Ennis

"Clara" by Carmel Doherty

On the corner of Bindon street, we find "Clara" a limestone lady reclining gracefully and resting on her elbows.  As with a "Fish Tale", Carmel has worked hard with diamond-tipped tools to achieve a smooth, glossy finish on this sculpture.

"Trinity" by Diarmuid O'Twohignk & Marcel Twogighk.

Trinity, a triangular piece is situated beside the Club Bridge in Ennis.  Each of the three corners is formed into a human figure, but each head features some animal elements.  The sculptors seek to express the bond between nature and man.

"Contentment is Wealth" by Fiona O'Dwyer

Given this title by Fiona due to her pieces in O'Connell Square in Ennis.  It is the name of a traditional Irish tune.  One of the sculptures is a fiddler playing his fiddle, while the other is a chair, where one can relax and listen to the imaginary music.

"Wooden Sculpture" by Rory McNamara

Celtic Rest, date of completion 2004.  Contemporary shaped chair construction of oak and limestone

"Weathered Woman" by Jose Croft

This limestone lady in Barrack Street, Ennis represents all of us 'weathered' by life.  She is the final stop on the seated sculpture trail and provides a spot where one can sit, read or just relax.  Jose Croft was educated in Australia.  She finds great inspiration in Ireland's rich heritage of ancient stonework.

"Hands" by Shane Gilmore

Date of completion 2008.  Hands giving praise outside the cathedral.