Ennis is the capital of Co. Clare - a picturesque and historic market town. The town dates back to the 11th Century and was formed between two streams on the river Fergus when the O`Briens, Kings of Thomond, invited the Franciscans to establish a settlement within their domain in 1240. There was also a castle, and a town grew up around them. This town was of wood, and was completely destroyed by a Great Fire. A more permanent medieval town grew up to replace it, and the present narrow streets and alleys of the town center still reflect the medieval town plan. Like all medieval towns it centered on a market square with the principal streets (Abbey St., O`Connell St., High St/Parnell St.) radiating off it. The market moved at some stage to the present `market`, behind Parnell St., and is held on Saturday mornings. Culture wise, Ennis has in the shape of Glõr, developed a venue frequented by both international and local musicians, artists and very popular with gig-goers and culture-seekers.