The Temple Gate Hotel rests on the site of a 19th century Convent of Mercy in the heart of historic Ennis town. Prior to its conversion to a convent, the original houses, Row House and Lifford House were the property of Charles O’Connell, cousin of Daniel O’Connell – one of Ireland’s most famous sons. In 1995, The Sisters of Mercy moved from the Ennis Convent to a new premises nearby, opening the door for the development of this historic site. The result is a hotel of the highest quality, which retains the gothic theme & character of the original building – an exciting and unique combination. With all the amenities of bustling Ennis literally on your doorstep, the Temple Gate Hotel is a true gem.
The generously decorated guestrooms at The Temple Gate create an atmosphere of classic opulence. All bedrooms are beautifully presented, and include the full range of modern facilities one expects from a top quality hotel. The classic approach to decor is successfully combined with the ultimate in customer service, to ensure your stay is more than pleasant.
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Legends Restaurant is a member of the Shannon Region Good Food Circle and winner of the prestigious AA Rosette for ten consecutive years – a true endorsement of the quality of food and service at the Temple Gate Hotel. The Head Chef, together with his creative team, ensure that each meal is an exceptional culinary experience using only the finest of produce from the local area. The informal, relaxed atmosphere, lends itself to fine dining or a casual supper. Sunday lunch is also a must and is a favourite amongst locals and guests alike. The hotels experienced team will ensure a warm, friendly service and promise a dining experience to remember.
The custom designed traditionally-themed Preacher’s Pub has an inviting and friendly atmosphere, which both guests and locals enjoy. Regular traditional Irish music sessions ensure its continued popularity. Painted paneled walls and ceilings, beautiful chandeliers and generous drapes provide a truly unusual décor. A variety of snugs, split-level seating and intimate corners ensure the guests have the choice of either mingling with others or having a quiet chat. An acclaimed bar food menu is served throughout the day.
On the Map: Ennis is located in County Clare in the west of Ireland, only 20 minutes from Shannon Airport. Ennis lies just off the major N18/M18 motorway that connects the cities of Limerick (to the south) & Galway (to the north).
Ennis is the county town of Clare and is always pleasantly busy. It takes its name from the Irish word “inis” (island) as it is virtually surrounded by the River Fergus on which it sits. Its streets are narrow and attractive, some of them pedestrianised. The Friary at the bottom of Abbey Street, was founded by the O’Briens in the 13th century. Many of its original features survive and it’s well worth visiting. But the main attraction in Ennis is the locals’ obvious love of traditional music. Every May the town hosts Fleadh Nua, an international celebration of Irish culture, while in November, the Ennis Trad Festival is held. But trad music of the very highest quality is on display in the pubs of Ennis throughout the year. It often seems that those in the town that can’t sing or play an instrument are very much in the minority. The person who recently labeled Ennis the Nashville of traditional Irish music wasn’t far wrong.