Liscannor is located just north of Lahinch and south of the Cliffs of Moher. This pretty coastal village derives its name from Lios Ceannuir, or O'Connor's Fort.
Another O'Connor stronghold in the area was the ruined castle, located near the village.
Just north of the village is O'Brien's Monument, erected in 1852 near the St Brigid's Well, which still attracts pilgrims for its perceived curative powers. The locality is known for its Liscannor stone. While this flagstone was quarried in larger quantities in the early 1900s, nowadays it is still quarried albeit in small amounts. The stone is used in houses, walls and flooring and can be seen along the roadside. Those interested in finding out more about the quarry methods used as well as the history of the area, should visit the Liscannor Rock Shop.
Liscannor was the birthplace of the inventor of the submarine, John Philip Holland. In 1873, he moved to America and his perfected submarine design was used in World War I - days after he died in August 1914. A headstone was presented to the town by the US Navy in 1977 to commemorate his career.
Liscannor is mostly a one street village with a few small bars that also serve food. Vaughan's is famous for its deserts and next door is Joseph McHugh's pub, made famous in song by Dermot Kelly.
"So there you have it, a song I declare
About a small pub in the sweet County Clare,
where time has stood still and old ways remain
and they laugh at computers and mad college brains.
So if you're in trouble - find yourself in a jam
Want a wife or a greyhound or a half pound of ham,
You can do a lot worse the truth I tell you
Than call on Liscannor and Joseph McHugh's"
Joe has long passed away but the pub still holds the old charm and is worth a visit.
There are excellent restaurants and hotels in Liscannor and you can also go fishing from the pier or hire a boat with a skipper to fish at sea. You can also get a private hire to take you across to the Aran Islands or go to the foot of the Cliffs of Moher.
Oh! And a visit to Liscannor is never complete without a dive off the rocks in Clohanes, make sure the tide is in!