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IT’S hard to believe Ennis has changed so much in just 70 years. is an archive centered on the folklore collection work of Michael Fortune and features living superstitions, beliefs and customs from Ireland.

Michael posted some footage of Ennis, originally filmed by British Pathé in 1949.

Thatched cottages without running water were still a common feature in the town, but the dawn of Shannon Airport would soon change all that.

“The talk of the town is about the cars which disturb the peace and quiet of the country lanes. A few years ago, people could remember a time when a car was a sight to see,” the narrator states.

Car models which “even Dublin was yet to see” brought passengers and crew from Shannon Airport to stay in Ennis, building a novel tourist trade in the town.

Watch the full video below:

Ennis, Co. Clare (Circa 1949)

Was reminded of this earlier when chatting to some people over in Co. Clare. It is a…

Posted by on Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Elaine has been a member of staff with The Clare Echo since its foundation in October 2017. The paper's first Chief Reporter, the Kilrush woman is now working as a sub-editor in our busy newsroom. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Limerick with a Masters in Journalism. Elaine briefly worked with the RTE Investigations Unit on the Standards in Public Office investigation before returning to Clare to continue her career as a reporter with the Clare People where she spent nine months as the West Clare correspondent and also covered the 2016 General Election and 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

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