Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Visiting Bunratty Castle

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.
The banquet room above was originally used as the main living room
 of the common soldiers.  A small gate leads to the dungeon.
 Below: Glenn sitting in the Earl's chair.
The Earl gave "judgements" while sitting in his chair of the Estate.
 The original banquet hall, The Great Hall, has French, Belgian
and Flemish tapestries hung.on the walls.
I love Austin's photo of the steps.

 Back in the Great Hall below.
 The Earl's bedroom is in one of the towers.  The dress on the
bed belonged to her ladyship.  It is elaborated beaded (and very old),
 Austin and Glenn explored the castle from bottom to top
and including the four towers of six stories each.
and included guest bedrooms.
 The castle is entered by a drawbridge.

 Of course Austin checked out the dungeon.

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.


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