Spanish Point, County Clare
Rinn na Spáinneach
Spanish Point, 2007. Armada Hotel and the ruins of Atlantic Hotel.
|Elevation||20 m (70 ft)|
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Spanish Point (Irish: Rinn na Spáinneach) is a village in the parish of Milltown Malbay in County Clare on the west coast of Ireland. It has many holiday homes, and in winter a significantly smaller population. It is also one of the better surf breaks in County Clare. The name refers to the wrecking of some ships of the Spanish Armada off the coast.
On the coast, 2.5 km from Milltown Malbay, Spanish Point was named after the Spanish who died here in 1588, when many ships of the Spanish Armada were wrecked during stormy weather. Those who escaped from their sinking ships and made it safely to land were later executed by Sir Turlough O'Brien of Liscannor and Boethius Clancy, High Sheriff of Clare.
The village is also the birthplace of the sixth President of Ireland, Patrick Hillery.
The village has a fine beach which is popular for swimmers and water enthusiasts.
Nearby is also the privately owned Spanish Point Airfield.
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