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Killanena, East Clare


The small village of Killanena is situated in the Slieve Aughty uplands and boasts commanding views of the rolling East Clare countryside.

The village is situated a short distance from Clare’s county boundary with Galway and is popular with outdoor enthusiasts due to its proximity to a variety of walking trails and activities.

Killanena is on the East Clare Way, a circular route that takes hikers on a 180-kilometre journey through the Slieve Aughty Mountains, the hills and valleys of East Clare, and along the banks of the River Shannon and Lough Derg. Taking eight days to complete, the loop connects with the Mid Clare Way.

At 500ft above sea level, Killanena is one of Clare’s highest villages. It also is one of three villages that surround Lough Graney which was made famous by local poet Brian Merriman in ‘Cuirt an Mhean Oiche’ (The Midnight Court), written in 1780.

Referred to as the ‘Killarney’ of County Clare, the lake features a small pier popular with fisherman who travel to East Clare from all over Ireland and abroad. The lake is well known for its coarse fishery, with pike, perch, bream, rudd and eel.  Birdwatching enthusiasts can view a variety of bird species around the lake, including whooper swan, great crested grebe, grey heron, and greater white-fronted geese.

Killanena village is served by a garage/shop, a local pub and a church. The local GAA Club is a hive of activity, particularly during the summer months, and always affords a warm welcome to visitors looking to enjoy the spectacle of Ireland’s most ancient game being played.