Claremorris (from the Irish, Clar Clainne Mhuiris, meaning 'the plain of the family of Maurice'), is named for Maurice de Prendergast, who came here in the 12th century. The area is a thriving commercial and marketing centre. It is also a cultural town, home to many writers and painters including the world famous artist and sculptor, Edward Delaney. A George Moore Extravaganza is held here every year to honour the famous novelist. The area around the town features scenic forest walks and lakes with largestocks of coarse fish.