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    Ardcroney Church

    by grandmaR Written Jun 23, 2007

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    This little church is an original Church of Ireland building, which was moved stone by stone from where it had been originally built in 1824 in Ardcroney, Co. Tipperary, and rebuilt in the Folk Park. It was opened to the public in 1998.

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    Bunratty Castle and Folk park

    by Christine84 Written Feb 20, 2007

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    Great for families and anyone with an interest in the history of how irish used to live centries ago. This is the only main attraction in Bunratty.
    The folk park is designed like an old irish village with thatched houses, mills, etc and people dressed in clothing from that century. They also have animals which the kids enjoy.
    You can walk around the castle also. I advise you wear comfortable shoes also as you will be walking up narrow steep staircases. The castle is furnished to how it was in medieval times so interesting to look at how they lived in it.

    If you have a spare evening I suggest going to the medieval banquet in the castle for dinner. You actually eat in the dining hall of the castle and you are met by castle servants etc (They try to keep it medieval for you). They have harpists who play for you and also the servants sing old traditional irish songs during dinner. Its quite entertaining. Although there was no irish dancing which was a downside. The food was exceptional. Plenty to go around the table and you have unlimited wine and water. I think it cost around 50euro pp so its not cheap but its a great night out and something different. There is also an 'Irish night' which you can choose also but thats held in a barn with traditional irish entertainment. Alot of people actually prefer this to the banquet. And theres irish dancing at this.

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    dont use utensils

    by stephaniejune27 Written Aug 15, 2006

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    definitely recommend going to Bunratty Castle for a medieval dinner. what is more fun that drinking wine from a jug and also drinking your soup from your bowl. the only utensil you get is a "dagger".

    this is fun for all ages!

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    Bunratty Folk Park

    by illumina Written May 18, 2006

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    Bunratty Folk Park recreates rural and urban life in 19th century Victorian Ireland. There is an extensive array of vernacular buildings; visitors can for example view farmhouses of various economic backgrounds, a watermill, church and village street. Traditional jobs and crafts are also represented, milling, the forge, pottery, printing, baking, farming etc.

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    Bunratty Castle

    by illumina Written May 18, 2006

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    The site on which the castle stands began as a Viking trading camp, around 970 AD. The first defensive fortress (an earthen mound with a strong wooden tower on top) was built by Robert De Muscegros, a Norman, in 1250 - his lands were later granted to Thomas De Clare who built the first stone castle on the site. His son, however was killed in a battle between the Irish and the Normans, and the castle and town were completely destroyed.

    The castle was restored for the King of England but was laid waste in 1332 by the Irish Chieftains of Thomond under the O'Briens and MacNamaras. It lay in ruins for 21 years until it was rebuilt by Sir Thomas Rokeby but was once again attacked by the Irish and the castle remained in Irish hands thereafter. The powerful MacNamara family built the present structure around 1425 but by 1475 it had became the stronghold of the O'Briens, the largest clan in North Munster. The castle at this time was surrounded by beautiful gardens and was reputed to have a herd of 3,000 deer. he reign of the O'Briens came to an end with the arrival of the Cromwellian troops and the castle and its grounds were surrendered. It was then granted to various families, until the last left the castle in 1804 to live in a more modern house. The castle was purchased in 1954, restored and then opened to the public as a National Monument in 1960.

    The Castle is furnished with mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, and Medieval Banquets are held in the Castle year round.

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    The castle of course!

    by oceania26 Written Apr 18, 2006

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    The castle was great, not that much description though. You're forced to buy the enterance to the Folklore Park which is ok if you have the time. I didn't do the banquet but I definitely think the castle is worth seeing.

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    Bunratty Castle

    by Ash59 Updated Aug 5, 2003

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    Bunratty Castle, County Clare, Ireland

    Bunratty Castle was built in the 15th century and stands today, every much as it was back then, except for the fact that it is now one of Irelands top tourist attractions. Allow about 5/6 hours free time to take in the full flavour of this place or you really will miss something of this very interesting place.

    Open all Year Round (last admission 16.00)

    Closed Good Friday and December 24 - 26

    Prices:-

    Adults €10.00; Child €5.60; Student/OAPs €7.90 Special Group Rates and Family Ticket Available.

    Medieval banquets nightly at 17.30 and 20.45 (subject to demand) approx €45.00

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    Bunratty Castle Folk Park

    by Ash59 Written Jul 15, 2003

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    Bunratty castle folk park school

    Set in the village, there is a school, which I found interesting.

    Written onto the chalkboard was an interesting description of what was known as “hedge schools”. Evidently, the penal laws of 1700 forbade Catholics from going to school. This led to “hedge schools” which was, basically, a shed or shelter from the weather constructed inside a hedge or ditch, at which Catholic children would get some schooling from a hedge schoolmaster. Parents would have to pay the hedge schoolmaster for his time.

    The national School system was established in 1831, allowing everyone an education, and Ireland was, probably, the first country in Europe to have such a system introduced at primary level.

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    Bunratty Castle

    by Ash59 Updated Jul 11, 2003

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    Bunratty Castle stairs

    Please note that there is no easy access to this attraction. Built on 5 levels, plus access to the roof, almost every step you take is up, or down, a set of stairs. The building also contains uneven floors and low headroom, so watch were you walk.

    The stairs to all the towrs are very narrow and steep which can be annoying when you meet others going in the other direction, but the photo gives you a good indication of what the servants had to put up with, when running errands for their masters & mistresses.

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    Bunratty Castle Folk Park

    by Ash59 Written Jul 11, 2003

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    Warm in here, isn't it!!!!

    Almost all of the individual houses have a peat fire going. If you are asthmatic, beware! Be warned that not all of the smoke from these fires always goes up the chimney. There was more smoke coming out of the front door than the chimney in one house that we went into!

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    Bunratty Castle Folk Park

    by Ash59 Written Jul 11, 2003

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    Bunratty Castle cottage

    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.

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    Bunratty Castle

    by Ash59 Written Jul 11, 2003

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    Bunratty Castle

    This picture shows one of the towers of the Castle that overlooks the north of the surrounding area of Bunratty. I took the picture because of the strange “v” shape along the side of the tower. These are actually steps, recessed into the side of the tower! It would appear that, originally, the tops of the towers were not accessed via stairways inside but via the battlements. I certainly would not have like to climb those open stairs when it was winding and wet!

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    Bunratty Castle

    by Ash59 Written Jul 11, 2003

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    Bunratty Castle view

    Bunratty Castle stands on what was originally an island and sits next to the River Ratty and the River Shannon. The Vikings were the first to fortify the site and their original moat is still in place.

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    Bunratty Castle

    by Ash59 Written Jul 11, 2003

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    Bunratty Castle leuchterweilben

    In the South Solar and in the Great Hall, look up. You will see a leuchterweilben, flamboyant female characters and deer antlers, used as chandeliers with a difference. As the name suggests, they are of German origin.

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    Bunratty Castle

    by Ash59 Written Jul 11, 2003

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    Bunratty Castle south solar

    The best room in the Castle (I think) is the South Solar and is a guest apartment. The ceiling is partially a replica, in Tudor style. At the end of the room, you can see a painting. This is an original from 1661 and is signed “Jacobus White, Londoni” (Not a mis-spelling!)

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