Clare's county nickname is the Banner County, for which various origins have been suggested: the banners captured by Clare's Dragoons at the Battle of Ramillies; or the banner of "Catholic emancipation" raised by Daniel O'Connell's victory in an 1828 by-election for County Clare that led to the Roman Catholic Relief Act 1829.
Scattery Island, in the Mouth of the Shannon off the Clare coast, was transferred to Limerick Corporation and the county of the city of Limerick after the dissolution of the monasteries, and assigned to County Clare after the Municipal Corporations (Ireland) Act 1840.
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Bodies of water define much of the physical boundaries of Clare.
To the southeast is the River Shannon, Ireland's longest river, and to the south is the Shannon Estuary.
About 1600, Clare was removed from the presidency of Connaught and made a presidency in its own right under the Earl of Thomond.
When Henry O'Brien, 5th Earl of Thomond died in 1639, Lord Deputy Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford decreed Clare should return to the presidency of Munster, but the Wars of the Three Kingdoms delayed this until the Restoration of 1660.
The highest point in County Clare is Moylussa, 532 m, in the Slieve Bernagh There was a Neolithic civilisation in the Clare area — the name of the peoples is unknown, but the Prehistoric peoples left evidence behind in the form of ancient dolmen: single-chamber megalithic tombs, usually consisting of three or more upright stones.
Clare is one of the richest places for these tombs in Ireland.
Under the Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898, part of the judicial county of Galway (Drummaan, Inishcaltra North and Mountshannon electoral divisions) was transferred to county Clare.
This area contains the village of Mountshannon on the north-western shore of Lough Derg.
The county seat is at Ennis, which also serves as a major regional hub for County Clare.