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Bunratty Castle

Bunratty Castle is a castle of Norman architecture in Newmarket-on-Fergus, County Clare, Ireland. It lies in the centre of Bunratty village (Irish: Bun Ráite), by the N19 road between Limerick and Ennis, near Shannon Town and its airport. The name Bunratty, Bun Raite (or possibly, Bun na Raite) in Irish, means the 'bottom' or end of the 'Ratty' river. This river, alongside the castle, flows into the nearby Shannon estuary. From the top of the castle, one can look over to the estuary and the airport. Download high resolution version (1024x768, 187 KB)Bunratty Castle in County Clare, Ireland. ... Download high resolution version (1024x768, 187 KB)Bunratty Castle in County Clare, Ireland. ... Pierrefonds Castle, France. ... The nave of Durham Cathedral demonstrates the characteristic round arched style, though use of shallow pointed arches above the nave is a forerunner of the Gothic style. ... Newmarket-on-Fergus (Irish: Cora Chaitlín) is a village in County Clare, Ireland. ... County Clare (Contae an Chláir in Irish) is in the Irish province of Munster. ... Bunratty Village The first settlement in Bunratty Village was by Vikings in 970AD. Bunratty had reached it peak in 1804AD, with a thriving economy, expanding community, and the construction of much of the buildings and infrastructure that we see today. ... The N19 road is a National Primary Route in Ireland, connecting from the N18 Limerick–Ennis–Galway road to Shannon Airport. ... This article is about the city in Ireland. ... For people named Ennis, see Ennis (surname). ... Shannon Town or Shannon (Irish: An tSionna) is located in County Clare and is the only new town in the Republic of Ireland. ... This bridge across the Danube River links Hungary with Slovakia. ... The River Shannon (Irish: Sionainn, altenatively Sionna), Irelands longest river, divides the West of Ireland (mostly the province of Connacht) from the east and south (Leinster and most of Munster). ... Rio de la Plata estuary Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Estuaries An estuary is a semi-enclosed coastal body of water with one or more rivers or streams flowing into it, and with a free connection to the open sea[1]. Estuaries are often associated with high rates of...


The castle and the adjoining folk park are run by Shannon Development. Company logo Shannon Development is an important regional development body for the Shannon Region of the Republic of Ireland and encompases counties Clare, Limerick, and parts of Kerry, Offaly and Tipperary. ...

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History

Key events in Bunratty's history include:

  • The first dwellings to occupy the site, in 970 were part of a Viking trading camp.
  • In 1270, Robert De Muscegros built the first defensive fortress, known as a motte and bailey castle.
  • These lands were later granted to Thomas de Clare, who built the first stone structure on the site. At this time Bunratty town had grown to a population of 1,000.
  • In 1318, Thomas's son Richard de Clare (new holder of the castle) was killed in the Battle of Dysert O'Dea during the Irish Bruce Wars 1315-1318. The castle and town were completely destroyed by the victorious O'Briens.
  • In 1332, soon after being restored for the King of England, the castle was once again razed by the Irish Chieftains of Thomond under the O' Briens and the MacNamaras.
  • In 1353, after lying in ruins for 21 years, it was rebuilt by Sir Thomas Rokeby, but was almost immediately attacked again by the Irish and was held by Irish hands thereafter.
  • The present structure was completed by the MacNamara family around 1425 but 50 years later was in the hands of the O'Briens, the most powerful clan in Munster.
  • In 1646, during the Irish Confederate Wars, Barnaby O'Brien, the Earl of Thomond, allowed a large English Parliamentary garrison to land in Bunratty. The castle was besieged and taken by the forces of Confederate Ireland under Donagh MacCarthy, Viscount Muskerry.

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Bunratty today

Bunratty Castle is now a very popular tourist attraction, due in a large part to the proximity of the airport. The interior has been furnished with tapestries and artifacts from various eras in the castle's history (none or few are belonging to the castle). Some of the sights include the 'great hall', dungeons and four towers with spiral stairwells. Medieval-style banquets are held twice every evening in the great hall. The castle is also a popular attraction for wedding parties from the closest main city of Limerick hoping to make their special day even better with the beautiful surroundings. A tourist attraction is a place of interest where tourists visit. ... This article is about tapestry the textile. ... A dungeon is a place where prisoners are kept. ... The Eiffel Tower Fire-observation watchtower in Kostroma, Russia. ... Spiral (double helix) stairway in the Vatican Museum Stairs, staircase, stairway, stairwell, and flight of stairs are all names for a construction designed to bridge a large vertical distance by dividing it into smaller vertical distances, called steps. ... The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times. ... State Banquet. ...


Folk Park

Alongside the castle is an extensive folk park, particularly popular with families, tourists and schools. This features reconstructions of historical cottages and buildings, recreating the general feel of the 19th century with a period style village main street. Old tools, furniture and artefacts are displayed, with the village kept alive by some inhabited shops, an old home bakery and peat fires in cottages. The castle is also a popular attraction for wedding parties from the closest main city of Limerick hoping to make their special day even better with the beautiful surroundings. The castle is also a popular attraction for wedding parties from the closest main city of Limerick hoping to make their special day even better with the beautiful surroundings. 19th century Cottages in the small hamlet of Crafton, Buckinghamshire In modern usage, a cottage is a dwelling, typically in a rural, or semi-rural location (although there are cottage-style dwellings in cities). ... Masouleh village, Gilan Province, Iran. ... Bakery foods A baker is someone who bakes and sells bread, cakes and similar foods. ... Peat in Lewis, Scotland Peat is an accumulation of partially decayed vegetation matter. ...


External links

  • Shannon Heritage — Official Webpages
  • Bunratty Castle
  • Bunratty Folk Park
  • Bunratty Mediaeval Banquet
  • Dairy Guest House accommodation near Bunratty Castle
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