Sunday was our first full day in Ireland.
We decided to take a short drive Adare to Bunratty Castle near Shannon.
This castle was built around 1425. During the 16th and 17th centuries it was an
important stonhold for the O'Briens - kings and later earls of thromond or North Munster.
Most of the photos I'm sharing were by Austin.
Below: The Banquet Hall where the famous Bunratty Medieval Banquets,
take place on most nights. These are popular events for tourists held twice
nightly,and booked in advance. This room was the main living room of the common soldiers.
of the common soldiers. A small gate leads to the dungeon.
The Earl gave "judgements" while sitting in his chair of the Estate.
and Flemish tapestries hung.on the walls.
bed belonged to her ladyship. It is elaborated beaded (and very old),
and including the four towers of six stories each.
and included guest bedrooms.
We have toured several castles during our travels in Europe,
but this one "felt" and looked authentic compared to some of the others.
However, I admit my expectations of an "authentic castle" come
from reading historic romance novels through the years.