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  • - Shannon Heritage
    Social Responsibility programme Shannon Heritage enlisted archaeologists from the Irish School of Archaeology in Dublin www isa ie to give the children a chance to experience what it is like to be an archaeologist by learning how to excavate the remains of a Viking House During their dig for treasures and artefacts dating back over 1000 years they learned about the living history and lifestyles of their Viking ancestors through the eyes of real archaeologists A number of archaeological excavations have been undertaken at King John s Castle in the past unearthing over 1 000 artefacts and some of these are on display here at King John s Castle including a pistol used in the 17th century siege of the castle We are delighted to be able to offer the children an opportunity to experience the excitement of uncovering ancient treasures for themselves says John Ruddle Chief Executive Shannon Heritage Also on the day the winners of the recent King John s Castle Warhorse Schools Competition were announced Students were invited to come up with a design concept for decorating the live size warhorse a piece of art which has been drawing much attention from visitors to the Castle The winners were Conor Hourigan from JKF Memorial School and Sally Ann Kirby of Laurel Hill Colaiste We undertook the competition as part of the launch of our new Education Suite and Programme designed to enhance school tour visits to the Castle and we are very excited with the positive feedback to our new facility says Linda Hall Shannon Heritage Education Co ordinator at King John s Castle The castle s new education suite and associated programmes facilitate educational assess at all levels in a practical and fun environment The programme now enables teachers and groups leaders to access the new

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  • - Shannon Heritage
    who s always in good cheer Mind your manners on the village street as the village policeman might give you a ticket The village school teacher is holding class in the Belvoir School he might ask you to bring a sod of turf for the fire If you re not feeling too well pop into the local Doctor s surgery he might have a 19th century cure for your ailments Practising traditional Irish skills in the setting in which they were nurtured is an important part of the Bunratty Folk Park experience Butter making in a dash churn soda bread baking in a pot oven over an open turf fire or thatching are some of the activities which can sometime be observed New at Bunratty Folk Park is a fantastic natural adventure playground A timber structure housing 4 towers constructed from robinia wood with rope walks and belt bridges creates a fortified castellated fun filled tower that gives vantage views to the surrounding country landscape Further features include a play ship theme a 25m zipline and a variety of swings Kids are loving it and so are their happy parents An array of farm animals live at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park donkeys sheep deer goats ducks peacocks among them Don t tell the other animals but our two wolfhounds Fionn and Grainne are such a huge hit with everyone Our Falabella horse called Winkle the world s smallest breed of horse and our Shetland ponies called Jess and Perry The tamworth piglets are the cutest you ll ever see and there are cute kids and lambs too This is one place where time really does stand still and since it opened in 1964 the Park has given millions of people a glimpse of rural Irish life Bunratty Folk Park

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  • News & Special Offers | Useful Information - Shannon Heritage
    the evening of Thursday 14th May in King Johns Castle Shannon Group Annual Report Shannon Group makes positive start as first annual report shows all units of business achieving progress Shannon Heritage wins contract for 7m GPO Centre Shannon Heritage is delighted to announce it has been awarded the contract to operate and manage the new GPO Witness History Centre Shannon Heritage Picks up Awards Shannon Heritage scoop honours at CIE Tours International Awards for King John s Castle and Malahide Castle Garden Santa at Bunratty Castle Folk Park 2015 Reservations Now Open For Santa at Bunratty Castle Folk Park 2015 Shannon Heritage Launches New Corporate Membership Card Shannon Heritage Launches New Corporate Membership Card Halloween at Bunratty Castle Folk Park Enjoy Halloween Fun Games at Bunratty Castle Folk Park Bank Holiday Monday October 27th 12 pm 6pm Banjo Pickers Festival Harvest Day at Bunratty Castle Folk Park Sunday September 28th 1 5 pm Don t miss the Banjo Pickers Festival Harvest Day at Bunratty Castle Folk Park Sunday September 28th 1 5 pm Lughnasa Festival at Craggaunowen near Quin Co Clare Sunday August 3rd Monday August 4th Come and Experience Ireland s History and Heritage from Iron Age to

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  • News & Special Offers | Useful Information - Shannon Heritage
    day at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park Bank Holiday Monday October 28 th 2013 Spooky Tales at King John s Castle Limerick Sat Oct 26th Sun Oct 27th Bring the kids to King John Castle this Saturday Sunday Oct 26th 27th for a great day out normal admission rates apply and reservations are necessary Enjoy spooky tales every half hour from 1 pm with the last tale at 3 30 pm Visitors can also enjoy the brand new visitor exerience at King John s Castle which re opened last Summer after a 5 7 million redevelopment featuring touch screen technology and a dazzling array of computer generated imagery Relax afterwards in our panoramic cafe The castle is open this weekend from 9 30 am to 5 30 pm last admission 4 pm and from Tuesday Oct 29th the Winter opening times will be 9 30 am 4 30 pm last admission 3 15 pm Recalling the Visit of JFK to Shannon Not only did 1963 mark the beginning of medieval banquets at Bunratty Castle it also marked the year one of the world s most icon figures visited our shores King John s Castle re opens today Friday June 28th Hear ye Hear ye King John s Castle re opens today Friday June 28th by order of his Majesty King John King John s Castle ready for Limerick City of Culture 2014 Shannon Heritage was delighted to participate in the exciting That s Limerick event held in association with Failte Ireland and Shannon Region conference and Sports Bureau Bunratty Singer performance for President Kennedy Irish Times article describing Bunratty Singer Joy O Kane s performance for President Kennedy Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet featured on primetime national radio Listen to this wonderful segment from RTE s Morning Ireland Show on the

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  • News & Special Offers | Useful Information - Shannon Heritage
    Bunratty Castle celebrates 50 years of Banqueting Bunratty Castle Medieval banquet Ireland s longest running dinner entertainment celebrates its 50th anniversary this year Shannon Heritage Blooms in 2013 Bloom is gaining in popularity year on year and Shannon Heritage is delighted to be part of the tourism focus for County Clare featured on the Clare Tourism Forum Stand at the Grand Pavillion at Bloom Spooky Tales at King John s Castle Sat Sun Oct 26th 27th cx Christmas Evenings at Bunratty Castle with Crooning at Christmas new for 2014 Crooning at Christmas joins Christmas at the Castle Evenings in Bunratty on selected dates Shannon Heritage is delighted to unveil Christmas Evenings at Bunratty Castle on various nights from December 2nd 23rd 40 00pp Bunratty Castle Folk Park presents The Shannonside Winter Music Festival Saturday January 17th 2015 12 noon 5pm Enjoy a wide range of musical genres from bluegrass and Oldtimey to traditional Irish and classical at Bunratty Castle Folk Park Harvest Day at Bunratty Folk Park 2015 Traditional Harvest to be re enacted at Bunratty Folk Park 1pm 5pm Sunday 27th of September 1 2 3 4 NEWS SPECIAL OFFERS Memmingen to West Coast of Ireland Fly from Memmingen

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  • Irish Evening at the Corn Barn | Evening Entertainment - Shannon Heritage
    AT THE TRADITIONAL IRISH NIGHT BOOK NOW TRADITIONAL IRISH NIGHT You will experience the magic of Irish traditional music song and dance at the Traditional Irish Night in the Corn Barn at Bunratty Folk Park Listen to music that will have your feet tapping and your hands clapping a great night for all to enjoy a fun packed lively experience and a celebration of the best in Irish music song and dance BOOK NOW EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC SONG AND DANCE AT THE TRADITIONAL IRISH NIGHT BOOK NOW TRADITIONAL IRISH NIGHT You will experience the magic of Irish traditional music song and dance at the Traditional Irish Night in the Corn Barn at Bunratty Folk Park Listen to music that will have your feet tapping and your hands clapping a great night for all to enjoy a fun packed lively experience and a celebration of the best in Irish music song and dance BOOK NOW EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC SONG AND DANCE AT THE TRADITIONAL IRISH NIGHT BOOK NOW TRADITIONAL IRISH NIGHT You will experience the magic of Irish traditional music song and dance at the Traditional Irish Night in the Corn Barn at Bunratty Folk Park Listen to music that will have your feet tapping and your hands clapping a great night for all to enjoy a fun packed lively experience and a celebration of the best in Irish music song and dance BOOK NOW EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC SONG AND DANCE AT THE TRADITIONAL IRISH NIGHT BOOK NOW TRADITIONAL IRISH NIGHT You will experience the magic of Irish traditional music song and dance at the Traditional Irish Night in the Corn Barn at Bunratty Folk Park Listen to music that will have your feet tapping and your hands clapping a great night for all to enjoy a fun packed lively experience and a celebration of the best in Irish music song and dance BOOK NOW EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC SONG AND DANCE AT THE TRADITIONAL IRISH NIGHT BOOK NOW 1 2 PAGES IN THIS SECTION Evening Entertainments Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet Dunguaire Castle Banquet Irish Evening at the Corn Barn Knappogue Castle Banquet You are here Home Evening Entertainments Irish Evening at the Corn Barn Irish Evening at the Corn Barn Experience the magic of Irish traditional music song and dance at the Irish Evening in the Corn Barn Enjoy the company of the finest local singers dancers and musicians while dining on wholesome food produced locally On arrival you are welcomed by the Fear an Ti who offers a drink of Irish Cream Liqueur or a glass of mead He introduces an evening of entertainment which celebrates all the best traditions of Ireland amid the ambience and aspects of 19th century Ireland The delicious and wholesome four course dinner is a pleasant balance of Irish traditional dishes with musical accompaniment Following dinner the 40 minute show includes storytelling dancing and music with instrumental pieces and

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  • Bunratty Castle | Bunratty Castle & Folk Park | Daytime Attractions - Shannon Heritage
    inhabitants In 1318 Richard De Clare son of Thomas was killed in a battle between the Irish and the Normans His followers were routed and the castle and town were completely destroyed The castle was restored for the King of England but was laid waste in 1332 by the Irish Chieftains of Thomond under the O Briens and MacNamaras It lay in ruins for 21 years until it was rebuilt by Sir Thomas Rokeby but was once again attacked by the Irish and the castle remained in Irish hands thereafter MacNamaras and O Briens The powerful MacNamara family built the present structure around 1425 but by 1475 it had became the stronghold of the O Briens the largest clan in North Munster They ruled the territory of North Munster and lived in great splendor The castle was surrounded by beautiful gardens and it was reputed to have a herd of 3 000 deer Under Henry VIII s surrender and re grant scheme the O Brien s were granted the title Earls of Thomond and they agreed to profess loyalty to the King of England The reign of the O Briens came to an end with the arrival of the Cromwellian troops and the castle and its grounds were surrendered The O Briens never returned to Bunratty but later they built a beautiful residence at Dromoland Castle now a luxury 5 star hotel Plantation Families Bunratty Castle and its lands were granted to various Plantation families the last of whom was the Studdart family They left the castle in 1804 allowing it to fall into disrepair to reside in the more comfortable and modern Bunratty House which is open to the public in the grounds of the Folk Park Bunratty returned to its former splendor when Viscount Lord Gort purchased it

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  • Bunratty Folk Park | Bunratty Castle & Folk Park | Daytime Attractions - Shannon Heritage
    such as sugar salt and tea Fairs and markets at the Village gave the farmers and the rural craftsmen an opportunity of selling their products for cash while shops provided for the rural dwellers needs MacNamara and Sons at the top of the village street is a fully licensed working pub in the style of an old fashioned hotel bar and provides modern catering facilities Be sure and drop into Mac s for a pint The pub is furnished to reflect the lifestyle of the time and the fact that the publican not only sold drink in former times but also traded in groceries and hardware Costumed characters recreate the traditions and lifestyle of a bygone age and animate the Folk Park Among these well known and loved characters are the Bean a Ti woman of the house RIC Royal Irish Constabulary policeman Schoolteacher Traditional jobs and crafts are also represented milling the forge pottery printing baking farming etc Bunratty Walled Garden Don t miss the beautiful walled garden at Bunratty House It is a surviving part of the demesne which was originally formed around Bunratty Castle The garden was built for the house c 1804 As walled gardens go it is small just less than half an acre this was due to the fact that a large garden would have existed within the demesne located north of the castle This large garden would have functioned as a kitchen garden for Bunratty House and therefore it was unnecessary to have another large production garden The garden was built on the east side of the house and beyond the stables protected from the prevailing westerly winds It is enclosed by four original stone walls forming an irregular space Apart from the walls no original features remain except for a disused entrance

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