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Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

Traveling Back In Time: Bunratty Castle

On Day 2 of our Ireland Adventure, Mom and I both woke with unsettled stomachs and major jet-lag.  So, we adjusted our plans and spent the morning and early afternoon resting at Cahergal Farmhouse.

Around 3:30, we arrived at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.  Bunratty Castle is a large 15th-century tower house situated in the middle of the village of Bunratty.  It is considered to be the best example of an authentically restored castle in Ireland.

It was truly fascinating!  I was struck by the sheer size of the castle, often losing my sense of direction and where I was within the castle.  I was also very surprised at just how damp it was inside.  Moisture hung very heavy in the air.

After making our way through the maze of narrow, steep, winding stair cases, we meandered through part of the folk park enjoying the examples of various traditional homes, shops, and buildings.  We also met two very gentle Irish Wolfhounds.

Then we made our way back to the castle for the medieval banquet.  What an entertaining evening it was!  We sampled Bunratty Mead which is a honey-wine that would have been served during that time period.  Our first course was a bowl of soup made from potatoes and other root vegetables in a chicken broth which we drank from our soup bowl as the only “silverware” in that time was a knife.  The soup was followed by spare ribs, then chicken breast, new potatoes, carrots, parsnips, and a lime tart.  Each course had to be approved by the “Earl of Bunratty” (chosen from among the dinner guests for that evening) before being served to those in attendance.

We were entertained after the meal by singers (who were also our servers for the evening), as well as a harp and fiddle player.  We also got to observe as a guest was thrown in the dungeon for “questionable behavior towards the ladies of the castle”.  In order to be released, the prisoner was required to sing for those gathered.  Since many of the dinner guests were from the U.S.A., this prisoner chose to sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” with many of the other dinner guests joining in.

As we left, we were pleasantly surprised by a bagpiper.  A few tears came to my eyes as we stood outside this massive castle in Ireland, listening to the bagpipe, and chatting with our kind servers/performers.  I think it was starting to “sink in” that we’d actually made it to Ireland after so many years of dreaming.

Here’s a slideshow of photos from our time at Bunratty.

Here’s a little video tour of the South Solar of Bunratty Castle.

Check back for Day 3 where we head north to County Galway, Connemara, and the old stomping grounds of Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley!

God’s Blessings & Joy Be To You,

PS – Please feel free to leave your comments or questions below.  I’d love to hear your thoughts and answer any questions you might have about our trip!

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