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County Clare often referred to simply as Clare, is one of the original 26 counties within the Republic of Ireland and is also part of the Province of Munster. The county system has existed since the 16th century and counties form a significant part of local identity and culture in Ireland. Located on the mid-west coast of Ireland, Clare lies north of the River Shannon and covers a total area of 1,215 square miles (3,150 km˛). The biggest town and county seat is Ennis.
During the Early Middle Ages this area was part of the Kingdom of Connacht ruled by the Uí Fiachrach Aidhne, until it was annexed to the Kingdom of Munster to be settled by the Dalcassians in the mid-900s. It was renamed Thomond, meaning North Munster and produced Brian Boru during this period, one of the most noted High Kings of Ireland. From 1118 onwards the Kingdom of Thomond existed as its own petty kingdom, ruled by the O'Brien Clan.
There was some Norman influence during the 14th century due to battles with the de Clare's for control. Sovereignty of Thomond was handed over to the Tudors in 1543 and the area joined the Kingdom of Ireland as a county.
Clare's nickname is the Banner County, which may refer to a former local tradition of carrying banners at political meetings and public occasions. Reference: Wikipedia

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Kilkee Marine Rescue Alpacas (Vicugna pacos) Doing a deal
Killaloe Twilight Islandavanna 3 Burren Bush
Atlantic Fury Autumn Storm Flooded Blackthorn
Alpaca (Vicugna pacos) Student Village A lot of Bull!
Horse-Fair, Spancil-Hill Corofin Donkeys Spancilhill Fair
Doughmore Beach Greylags on the wing Tetrahedral Rocks
Ennis Abbey Common Blue Upside-down Waterfall
Quin-Abbey mid-summer Pony Champion Atlantic Spray 2
Coastguard Fly-by Stormy Water Atlantic Coast 2
Wave Warning Cygnus cygnus Cloud Curtains
Air-Sea Rescue Family Group 7 Wild Burren Goat
Doonbeg Waves Brimstone Butterfly Doughmore Beach
Sea Cliffs Horse Judging Competition Magic Light
Beach Buddies Sea-Stack, Cliffs of Moher Bumble Bee
Reality Check Aran Islands Sunset Donkeys
Doughmore Beach Vaughan's, Kilfenora Long Drop
Rusty Shed Cooley's House 9 Evening Silhouette
Leamanagh Castle Foggy Cliffs 3 Bloody Cranesbill (Geranium sanguineum)
Bunratty Castle The Old Mill Bar Mallard Quintet + Mom
Gimmie Shelter Black & White Crows on Hay
Tawnagh West Connemara Pony Hidden Depths
Atlantic Sunset Two Horses Burnet Moths
Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria) High Tide Reflections Foggy Cliffs 2
Last Rays Tubridy's Bar Doughmore Sunset
Kite-Surfers White Horses Ayatollah
Atlantic Waves Sand Patterns Atlantic Coast
Islandavanna Sunset Common Blue Butterfly (Polyommatus icarus) High Tide
Doughmore Beach Pyramidal orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis) Linnane's, Kilfenora
Galloping through the Foam Winning Team You can take a horse to water ...
Currach Race Team Ripples Atlantic Wave
Kilbaha Point Atlantic Coast Burren Sheep
Spring Gentian Windswept Tree Cool Tin Roof
Currach Race Pony Rides Doughmore Beach
Atlantic Coast Mackerel Sky Moher Waves
Lahinch Sunset Blarney Woolen Mills Red Navaho Sunset
Burren Landscape 2 Orange Tip Butterfly Man from Pretoria
River Wall Clints & Grykes Kilbaha Harbour
Poseidon Doonbeg Beach Atlantic Waves
Water-Polo - Clare-Team Atlantic Coast Connemara Pony
Purple Orchid Atlantic Coast 6 Flying Jetski
Meet the Champion Atlantic Coast Reflections
What's up Doc? Frozen Lake Sloblands
Atlantic Coast Doughmore Beach Lahinch Reflections 2
Burren Landscape Time to go Home? Cathedral AD 1200
Making Waves Too Stormy Sky Close Scrutiny
Atlantic Wave Solitude Doughmore Beach
Atlantic Coast 2 Enjoying the Right of Way Doughmore Beach
Burren Reflections Blackthorn Bush Harness Auction
Atlantic Spray Suspended Loop-Head Lighthouse
Like Father, like Son Burren Reflections Lahinch Reflections
Foggy Cliffs 5 Looking into the Abyss Minnie Mouse on her Motorbike
Cool Blue Liquid Gold Foggy Morning
Atlantic Waves O'Brien's Castle Burren Stone Wall
Mucky Grey Chip off the old block Sunset Fishing
Islandavanna Evening Burren Reflections Loop-Head Cliffs
Burren Landscape Atlantic Swell 4 Musical Trio
From the Deep 29-Jan-09 ... What's for supper? Crossroads Bar
Rush Hour Facing West Kite Surfer
Burren Landscape Mullaghmore Stormy Sky 2
Burren Reflection Charity Run Geology Expedition
Atlantic Waves Burren Reflections Shepherd's Delight 2
Shannon River Dilapidated Kissing Gate Last Rays
Shepherd's Delight Wave Dancing Loop-Head Lighthouse 2
Jaunting Car 3 Ready, Steady, Blackthorn
Clare Abbey Beach Exercise Hydro-Therapy
8-Jan-09 ... Lahinch Seafront Canal Reflection Atlantic Storm
Burren Rocks Aughinish Kite Surfer
Summer Evening Precarious Perch Foggy Cliffs 4
Castle Window A Murder of Crows Mutton Island
Spring Gentian It's a dog's life Sunset Rider
Foggy Cliffs 1 Old House Dolphins
Green Water 2 Burren Limestone Doughmore Beach
Atlantic Sunset Wall of Water Galway Bay
Sea-Stack Doolin Harbour High Tide
Blue Moon Martello Tower 3 November Floods
Doughmore Dusk Flower Kettle Doughmore Dusk 3
Doolin Pier Aughinish Martello Atlantic Rain Storm
Doolin Harbour On the edge Green Water
Stormy Sky 3 Moonlight Flood Black Head Lighthouse
Rising Tide lifts all Boats Kettle Power Celtic T-shirts
Rock Formation Sands of Time Lahinch Sunset
Mutton Island Jaunting Car Doonmore
Doughmore Dusk 5 Evening Light Fly by
Golden Wave Atlantic Coast Martello Tower
Winter Lake Burren Bush Four in a Row
Doughmore Dusk 4 Summer Lake Burren Bush
Atlantic Coast 4 The Sweater Shop Ripples 2
Sunset Watchers Small Brown Job? Ice Triangles
Atlantic Coast You can lead a horse to water ... Waves & Spray
Mutton Island Doughmore Beach Kite Surfer 3
Flooded Road Jaunting Car 2 What's the rush?
Doughmore Dusk 2 Dolphin Patrol Atlantic Coast
Coastline Action Loop Head Cliffs Creative Shop
Coastal Erosion Atlantic Coast 5 Galway Bay
Doolin Pier Blondie Doolin Sunset
Twins Cabbage-Patch Kid Flooded Fields
Doolin Harbour White Horses on Green Water Cliffs of Moher
Green Water 3 Flotsam or Jetsam? Burren Landscape
Atlantic Storm 2 Shannon Reflections Boarded Up
Charity Run Mutton Island Burren Reflections
Mudflat Rivulets 2 Out of the Deep Doughmore Beach
Winter Shadows Doughmore Beach Burren Flower
Faithful Friend Winking Goat Galway Bay
Doolin Pier Trick of the Light Doonbeg Castle (16th c.)
Doughmore Beach Doughmore Beach - after Sunset Atlantic Wave
Beach Exercises Doughmore Beach Sea-Stack
Sixmilebridge Cattle Market Window of Opportunity? Sunset Exercises
Atlantic Waves Atlantic Waves Submerged Tree Root
Winter Light Follow the Leader Dusty the Doolin Dolphin
Atlantic Waves Three Horsemen Vandeleur Walled Gardens
Beach Party Ringed Plover on the Wing Wall of Water
Sea Foam Turbulent Seas Rock Games
Ringed Plover in Silhouette 2 Atlantic Coast Welcome to Fanny O'Dea's Pub
Doughmore Beach Doughmore Beach Rain Storm
Mudflat Rivulets 3 Horse Laugh Dances with Waves
Complex Sunset Evening Walk Storm Break
Atlantic Storm Fun & Frolics Atlantic Wave
Ringed Plover in Silhouette Atlantic Waves Atlantic Coast 8
Burren Reflections Winter Evening Evening Stroll
Atlantic Coast 6 Burren Reflections 2 Cob Stallion for Sale
Approaching Front Tranquillity Sea-Stack
Eventide at the Cornerstone Bar Queen of Aran Doughmore Beach - Sunset
Atlantic Wave Rush Hour ... Milking time Atlantic Coast 7
Sunday Ride-out Loop Head Spanish Point
Mackerel Sky Beach Action Pups for Sale
Gathering Seaweed Evening Light Doughmore Beach
Farrihy Bay Where's the Ball? Atlantic Coast
RNLI Member Doughmore Beach Atlantic Coast 5
Burren Reflections 3 Dangerous Photography Atlantic Waves
Wintery Evening Spring Tide Beach Exercises
Atlantic Coast Matchmaker Bar Mutton Island
Ringed Plover Flock Horseman, pass by! Mad Cow
Atlantic Coast 4 Atlantic Coast 3 Five Sanderling
Storm Approaching from the West Doughmore Beach - Sunset Dusty the Doolin Dolphin 2
So much grass! ... So little time! Atlantic Storm Busy Winter Afternoon
Spanish Point Doughmore Beach Atlantic Coast 2
Doughmore Beach Doolin Harbour Ringed Plover
Doughmore Beach King Canute Estuary
Fruit & Veg. Bucolic Scene One Pig Happy Family
Something Interesting? Quin Abbey Beady Eye
Mutton Island Sleeping Giant Friendly Donkey
Surfers Shipping Lane Atlantic Swell
Low Tide Atlantic Storm Doughmore Beach
Atlantic Storm Walkies Atlantic Evening
Ripples Mutton Island Heather Berry
Dusty the Doolin Dolphin 3 Restless Ocean Airborne
Red Sky at Night - Shepherd's Delight Ocean Spray Riders on the Storm
Dancing at Lughnasa Sunset Dip Sea Stack
Creegh River meets the Sea Marine Rescue Sea Spray
The Sweater Shop Golden Coastline Atlantic Storm
Wintery Sunset Green Wave Atlantic Storm
Murmuration Atlantic Storm Young Wild Boar
Cliff-Top View Atlantic Coast Green Wave 2
Horizontal Rain Struggle: Clouds vs. Sun Three + Three
Atlantic Waves Doughmore Beach Going for a Swim
Milking Time Atlantic Coast Lough Derg
Atlantic Storm Last Rays Admiring the View
Dolphin Breaching Atlantic Dunes Last Light
Atlantic Coast Snow Clouds over Crab Island Atlantic Ocean meets Cliffs of Moher
Limestone Coast Cliffs of Moher Restless Ocean
Shining Through Horse Fair Crab Island Sunset
Cliffs of Moher Cliffs of Moher - Golden Hour Enjoying the Horse Fair
Three Boats Atlantic Storm Blue Hour Dreaming
Rising Wave Doolin Harbour 2 The End of the Day
Lone Surfer Old Friends Golden Hour
Winter Sky Cliffs of Moher Sloblands Sunset
Atlantic Wave Atlantic Coast Atlantic Storm
Taking the Curragh for a Walk Atlantic Waves Crab Island in Ocean Swell
Ocean Spray Mutton Island Sea Stack 2
Tetrahedral Cliffs of Moher Sea Spray
Doolin Harbour Bowing to the Inevitable? I'm late, I'm late!
Doughmore Beach Atlantic Coast Atlantic Storm
Tailgate Party Atlantic Coast Mutton Island
Galway Bay Mutton Island 2 Avenging Angel
Summer Time Sunset Frolics Christmas Eve
Last Rays Curiosity Summer Evening
Peaceful Atlantic mid-Summer Ritual Dreamtime
Atlantic Sunset Waves Sunset Surfing Doughmore Beach
Sunset Surf Dreamtime 2 Dangerous Photography
Haunted Meadow Summer Evening Crab Island at Dusk
Riddle of the Sands? Lion's Tooth Red Sky at Night
Atlantic Coast Reflections Winter Sunset
Trotter Training Little & Large Atlantic Storm
The Power of the Sea Winter Sunset Stormy Sea
Atlantic Storm Salad Days Storm Christine in Action
Crab Island under Siege Rocky Car-park Hokusai Wave
Power of the Sea Stormy Seas Shelter from the Storm
Stormy Seas Sunset Gallop Flooded Fields
Flooded Burren Bush Flooded Fields Storm Christine
White Horses Reflections Storm Christine
A Road Runs Through it Crab Island Sunset Flooded Fields
Mother & Son Donkey Foal Flooded Fields
Atlantic Wave Submerged Rock Flooded Fields
Flehmen Response - Aberdeen Angus Bull Flooded Fields Atlantic Shore
Power of the Sea Atlantic Coast –  Setting Sun Atlantic Coast
Marry the Mountain? Aran Islands Sunset Surfing the Dream
Common Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Atlantic Waves Atlantic Sunset
Power of the Sea 1 Power of the Sea 2 Power of the Sea 3
Power of the Sea 4 Sunlit Waves Winter Sunset on Mudflats
Atlantic Coast Power of the Sea Power of the Sea
Clifftop Stroll Lapwing Flock Lapwing Flock 2
Power of the Sea Power of the Sea Cliffside Walk
Reflections Burren Bush Winter Sun
Blue Reflections White Horses Cliffside Stroll
Burren Reflections Sunset Takeoff Low Flying
Atlantic Coast Crab Island Sunset Wet Rocks
Evening Sky Flotsam or Jetsam Atlantic Wave
Stormy Coast Rocky Shore Rolling Wave
Atlantic Coast Atlantic Coast Atlantic Coast
Red Sky at Night Winter Sun Mudflat Sunset
Low Tide Winter Sunset Burren Reflections Atlantic Coast
Cliffs of Moher Atlantic Waves Golden Hour
Fun at the Beach Water Colour Water Colour 2
Rocky Shore at Sunset Atlantic Coast Low Tide
Atlantic Waves Flying Jetski Backlit Briar-Leaf
Uphill Battle Kayak Surfer Pebble Beach
Kayak Surfer Uphill Battle 2 Facing the Wave
Kayak Surfer Contre Jour Tip-Toe through the Surf
Summer Evening by the Sea Atlantic Waves at Dusk Lenticular Clouds (Altocumulus lenticularis)
Horizon on Fire Harvest Moon A face that only a mother could love!
Heading for a Fall Sunset Surfer Spanish Point Sunset
Doonbeg Sunset Surfer Spanish Point Sunset 2 Crab Island Sunset
Floating Golden Rocks Crab Island Sunset Harvest Moon
Shannon River Sunset Mutton Island Sunset Mutton Island Sunset 2
Crab Island Sunset Waiting for Waves Blackhead Sunset
Crab Island Sunset Crab Island Sunset Crab Island Sunset
Crab Island Sunset Sea Shore Patterns Sunset Surfer
Atlantic Waves at Dusk Cliff-side Fly-by Cliff-face Cormorant
Cliff Face Sunset Atlantic Waves at Dusk Atlantic Waves at Dusk
Wild Atlantic Coast Crab Island Sunset Cliffs of Moher at Dusk
Atlantic Coast Atlantic Coast Sunset Cliff-edge Flyby
Bucolic Gold Green Atlantic Waves Atlantic Coast at Sunset
Cliff Face Wave Ocean Spray Seven Seagulls
Atlantic Waves Galway Bay Sunset Mist Shrouded Cliffs
Winter Solstice Sunset Atlantic Winter Sunset Winter Sunset
Bird Flock - Winter Sunset Misty Cliffs Storm Frank
Happy New Year - Last PAD photo of 2015 Blue Hour Weak Winter Sun
Power of the Sea Mist Shrouded Cliffs Mountainous Sea
Wave Conductor Sunset Explorers - Ruined Coast-Guard Station Cliff-face Cormorant
The North wind doth blow Follow the Leader Approaching Storm
Winter Dusk Green Atlantic Wave Wall of Water
Dancing Water Wall of Water 2 Wild Atlantic - Winter Sunset
Storm Imogen hits Lahinch Seafront Storm Imogen meets Liscannor Harbour Storm Imogen hits Doolin Pier
Storm Imogen hits Lahinch Seafront Sea-Foam Blizzard Galway Bay Winter Day
Atlantic Ocean meets the Cliffs of Moher White Horses Atlantic Waves
Atlantic Wave Storm Imogen hits Doolin Pier Red Sky at Night
Atlantic Storm Approaching Crab Island Clean-up after the Storm No Parking in the Yellow Box
Winter Solstice Sunset Cliffs under Siege Abandoned House
O'Brien's Tower Storm Imogen hits Doolin Pier Stormy Seas
Seaside Photo Party Cliffside Walk Rugged Clare Coastline
Misty Cliffs of Moher Storm Imogen hits Liscannor Harbour That's what sea-walls are for!
Don't Count the Days White Horses Mutton Island Signal Tower
Wild Atlantic Coast Wild Atlantic Waves Les Miserables
Les Miserables Atlantic Wave at Dusk Mutton Island Signal Tower Sunset
Les Miserables Les Miserables Les Miserables
Les Miserables Les Miserables Les Miserables
Les Miserables Les Miserables Les Miserables
Les Miserables Clouds Crab Island Sunset
Atlantic Sunset Crab Island Sunset Trump Tower
Crab-Island Cliff-face Cormorant Atlantic Waves at Dusk
Atlantic Wave at Dusk Cliff-top Horses Atlantic Ocean meets the Cliffs of Moher
Atlantic Ocean meets the Cliffs of Moher Atlantic Ocean meets the Cliffs of Moher Rugged Clare Coastline
Wild Atlantic - Winter Weather Wave Skimming Cormorant Bareback Rider
Good Friends Horse Whisper