August 2007

Bunratty Folk Park & Castle

This was our first night in Ireland and we did the Traditional Irish Night in the Corn Barn... lots of great food, mead, Irish dancing and singing. What a great introduction to Ireland! Before the Irish Night, we had lunch at Durty Nellies (a bit of a culture shock as we learned that there are no hostesses in Irish restaurants... you've got to seat yourselves and grab your own menues and it's a bit chaotic... but we learned our lessons and enjoyed some terrific food). We just squeaked in before the doors closed at the folk park and were able to tour the Bunratty Castle (our first of many Irish castles) and the entire folk park. We enjoyed it very much!

The Bunratty Castle, built in 1425, was a stronghold of the O'Brien clan for centuries. Each tower has six stories connected by steep spiral staircases carved out of stone.

The Folk Park is a living reconstruction of an Irish village. The park consists of several different sections representing different time periods. This is the Golden Vale Farmhouse, the home of a rich farmer.

Bicycles outside the schoolhouse.

Looking up the street in the Folk Park village.

The trade of pawn has been around for a long long time...

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