Clonlara Equestrian centre itself is situated in the townsland of Oakfield a part of the bigger kiltannenlea area in Clare. The house you see when you arrive is over 200 years old and is Oakfield house. It was once the local school and parish priest house and has been in my husbands family now for over 50 years. The parish of clonlara which in Irish is cluain lara which means the meadow of the mare is steep in history and is full of old castles and old townslalnd houses like our own. It has the beautiful falls of doonass and the footbridge to castleconnell
Clonlara is perfectly situated just 10minutes from Limerick city , five minutes from O’ Briensbridge and 15minutes from the marina town of Killaloe.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
O’Briensbridge (Irish: Droichead Uí Bhriain, meaning “The bridge of O’Brien”) is a village in east County Clare, Ireland, on the west bank of the River Shannon. The first bridge across the river here was built in 1506 by Turlough O’Brien, First Earl of Thomond and his brother, the Bishop of Killaloe. At the eastern end of today’s 14-arch bridge lies the village of Montpelier in County Limerick.
This 16th-century bridge was in turn replaced or rebuilt c. 1750. The five arches on the west side of the bridge date from this period. The six arches on the east side were replaced by the Shannon Commissioners in 1842. The first arch on the west side was replaced by the present navigation arch when the Shannon Scheme was built downstream in 1925–29.
The ancient river-crossing here is believed to be identical with Áth Caille (meaning “Ford of the Wood”): one of the three fords mentioned in the Triads of Ireland, the others beingÁth Clíath (Dublin) and Áth Lúain (Athlone).
O’Brien’s Bridge’s local soccer club is Bridge Celtic A.F.C formed in 1963 and currently playing in the Clare Soccer League. The club won the Clare Premier title 2006/07, first time in 28 years.
Limerick (/ˈlɪmrɪk/; Irish: Luimneach is a city in Ireland. It is located in the Mid-West Region and is also part of the province of Munster. Limerick City Council is the local authority for the city. The city lies on the River Shannon, with the historic core of the city located on King’s Island, which is bounded by the Shannon and the Abbey River. Limerick is also located at the head of the Shannon Estuary where the river widens before it flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Limerick is the third most populous city in the state, and the fifth most populous city on the island of Ireland. In 2014, Limerick is to be designated Ireland’s City of Culture, with a number of events due to take place in the city over the year.
Killaloe (Irish: Cill Dalua meaning Lua’s church) is a large village in east County Clare, Ireland. The village lies on the River Shannon on the western bank of Lough Derg with the “twin town” of Ballina on the eastern bank of the lake. The surrounding area is popular for hill-walking.
The Killaloe Electoral Area is one of six such areas in County Clare and returns four members to Clare County Council.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Killaloe is the second largest diocese in Ireland.
The University of Limerick has its outdoor pursuits centre near Killaloe on the shore of the lake.