Cree derives its name from the Irish word Críoch meaning ‘the end’ because of the village’s location on the border between the baronies of Ibrickane and Corca Bhaiscin.
A humpback bridge over the Cree River serves as a picturesque gateway to the village for those travelling north. The riverbanks either side of the bridge also are popular fishing spots for anglers.
The annual Rose of Clare Festival is jointly hosted by Cree and neighbouring Cooraclare each August. Clare’s take on the Rose of Tralee also features a weekend of family fun activities.
There are several services in the village including a school, community hall, public houses, a church, post office, beauty salon, shop, and a restaurant.
Cree is a short drive from Doonbeg, home to White Strand, Doughmore Beach, the five-star Trump International Golf Links and Hotel, the cliffs of Baltard and the annual West Clare Drama Festival.
The village is 15-minutes’ drive from the large West Clare towns of Kilrush and Kilkee, home to popular visitor attractions such as the West Coast Aqua Park, a Blue Flag beach, Vandeleur Walled Gardens Experience, Cappa Blue-Flag Beach, and Kilrush Marina with its daily boat trips to Scattery Island. Other nearby villages and small towns include Cooraclare, Doonbeg, Mullagh, Quilty, Kilmihil, Spanish Point and Miltown Malbay.
There are several guest houses and bed & breakfast options located in Cree and surrounding areas.