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Mountshannon is a village and parish in east Clare. The village is on the western shore of Lough Derg, close to the Galway border and 25km north of Killaloe. Mountshannon has four pubs, one of which is a hotel, a corner shop/cafe, a restaurant, a garage/shop and a pizzeria. It is a starting point for visiting the nearby Inis Cealtra, or Holy Island. Now uninhabited, it was once a monastic settlement. It has a fine round tower, and the ruins of several small churches, as well as part of 4 high crosses and a holy well. The cemetery on this island is still in use, the coffins being transported from the Clare side in small boats. There is a stone with a hole in it, through which lovers held hands and promised to be true. Boat trips can be taken from the harbour to the island. Mountshannon is also on the route of the East Clare Way, walking trail. A recent addition to Mountshannon is the maze built in the centre of town in a small park with views of Lough Derg. The maze features information about the development of the Irish spiritual tradition. Alongside is a picnic area made out of wood carved by local artists, encircled by willow hedging. In the entrance is a stone with a hole facing toward Holy Island. The island can only be viewed by the most penitent by kneeling on a stone in order to view the through the hole. To the rear of the maze is a fine labyrinth consisting of the lawn being cut at different heights, flower beds and hornbeam hedging. It is modelled on the pavement labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France. Mountshannon Harbour, is a sheltered south facing harbour, very popular in the summer months with cruisers, who pull up for the night and head into the village for a couple of pints and some traditional music. A separate bathing area is very popular with local families. A slipway is available for launching small craft.

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