Liscannor is a magnificent coastal village on the west coast of County Clare, situated at the end of Liscannor Bay – and it’s a place that really comes into its own during the summer season. The village is full of quality accommodation options while there are also plenty of pubs, restaurants and shops.
Origin of Name: Liscannor takes its name from the old castle beside the local National School; ‘Lis’ meaning a ‘fort’ and ‘Cannor’ a corruption of the name ‘Connor’ in Irish.
There’s plenty to keep you busy in and around Liscannor. The Cliffs of Mother are just 4km/2.5 miles from the village – while angling is a very popular activity both at the pier and at the beach. Little people will also love a trip to the Moher Hill Open Farm – to meet some favourite animals and learn while having fun.
One of the most renowned aspects of Liscannor is its beautiful and distinctive flagstone, which is called Liscannor Stone. The stone is a popular choice for houses, walls, flooring, paving and roofs. An audio visual room at Liscannor Rock Shop showcases the quarry methods used to extract the stone along with quarrying tools and photographs of Liscannor in the 1800’s; it makes for an interesting visit.
If you head out to the Cliffs of Moher, be sure to stop about 3km/2 miles north-west of Liscannor where you’ll find the O’Brien Monument, very close to the Holy Well of Saint Brigid, the waters of which are believed to have curing properties.
In 1853 Cornelius O’Brien MP and owner of Birchfield House was cured of an ailment with water from the Holy Well. He erected the high pillar to show his gratitude. On the last Sunday in July each year, pilgrims travel from far and wide to visit the Well for the Lughnasa festivities.