10 day self-drive tour of Ireland : October 2009
It was raining on and off, and rather chilly, on the day hubby and I explored Bunratty Castle and strolled through the Folk Park, umbrella in one hand and camera in the other.
Bunratty Castle was built in the 15th century. Its most important residents were the O’Briens, Earls of Thomond, who lived here from around 1500 until the 1640’s. The interior looks much the same as it did under the “Great Earl” who died in 1624. It was abandoned in the 19th century and later restored to its original state in the 1950’s
Main Guard .. medieval-style banquets are held in the Main Guard .. a room where soldiers ate, slept and relaxed. Music was played to them from the Minstrels’ Gallery (where I was standing to take this pic)
Large brass bell in the Main Guard..
Just off the Main Guard is a gate that leads to the dungeons ..
Great Hall .. once a banqueting hall and audience chamber …
I was then told not use a flash .. so my little camera didn’t do too well in the dimly lit rooms 😦
Pagan symbol for fertility ..