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Miltown Malbay, County Clare

county clareMiltown Malbay is a village in the west of County Clare, next to Spanish Point and located 40 minutes drive from Ennis. The name Malbay is thought to come from the Irish meall-bhaigh, which means treacherous coast. The name could also stem from the legend of the Witch "mal" who was drowned in the bay by Fionn Mac Cumhaill.

Visitors to Miltown Malbay have always been attracted to the beauty and magnificence of the sites in this part of the west of Ireland. This village has several attractions of interest such as traditional music in some of the pubs, fishing and the ruins of the fifteenth-century Kilfarboy church.

Each year in Miltown Malbay there are major events like the Willie Clancy Summer School and Festival. This festival honours Willie Clancy, a famous uilleann piper who was a native of the village. During all events in July, lectures, recitals, concert and céilithe are open to the public.

Dr Patrick Hillery, President of Ireland 1976-1990, was born at Spanish Point near Miltown Malbay in 1923.


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