Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Bunratty Castle Folk Park

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park included reconstructed 
homes of Ireland from over a century ago.  The park included
rural farmhouses and  a village street with shops.
One of my favorites was the Golden Vale Farmhouse with its stables and 
a corn barn.  The woman of the house left freshly baked bread samples in the kitchen. 
 These photos are dark because the only light in the cottage was from the windows. 
 This farmhouse was more elaborately decorated and furnished
than the poor farmer's and landless laborers one room dwellings. 

 The table was set for tea. 

Above: an example of one of many dry stone fences /dry stone walls we saw in Ireland. 
If you have ever driven along the rural roads of the Blugrass region of  Kentucky,
where I live,  you will see dry stone fences built by Irish immigrants, aka rock walls. 
A dry stone wall/fence is constructed without mortar. Originally, they were 
built from stones cleared from fields during preparation for agriculture.  
Sadly, here in Kentucky, it is a lost art and only a few craftsmen are trained 
to build and repair the stone fences.  


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