The village street is a recreation of what would have been seen in 19th century Ireland - you can visit the School, Doctor’s house, Pawnbrokers, Pub, Drapery, Printworks, Grocery, Hardware shop, Pottery and a Post Office.
Fairs and markets at the Village gave the farmers and the rural craftsmen an opportunity of selling their products for cash, while shops provided for the rural dwellers needs. In the early 18th century the country people provided for most of their own needs in food, clothing and supplies and bought only luxuries such as sugar, salt, tea ….The village houses and shops have been chosen from many different areas, to form a collection of typical of 19th century urban Irish buildings.
Unfortunately, we did not have time to visit anything except the school.
If you look around this room, you will find these carvings set on a wall, near the North Solar (a “Solar” was used during the middle ages to describe an upper chamber). The small carving is supposed to be of a fertility god. Be careful, they say that if you sit under this carving, you, or your partner, will become pregnant rather quickly!
Bunratty Castle Folk Park
The Castle grounds are extensive and have various houses and buildings that show a re-creation of what life was like in rural Ireland, in the past. It all started when a farmhouse was saved and transhipped here, during the building of Shannon Airport.
Now, apart from individual buildings from around Ireland, the grounds now hold a full village, showing various shops (some of which you can buy souvenirs from) and houses, as they were in the 19th century.
Bunratty Folk Park
While we stayed in Shannon we made a visit to the Bunratty Folk Park for the medievel banquet. It was a lot of fun and we went through quite a bit of food. It's a little cheesy, but it was our last night of the trip and a fun way to spend the last night.