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  • Bunratty Walled Garden | Bunratty Castle & Folk Park | Daytime Attractions - Shannon Heritage
    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 to the south wall near the house which would have been used by the family and a cart entrance near the south east corner with original Iron Gates Views from the garden to the east overlook the reclaimed salt marshes of the Owengarney River Valley and to the south toward the River Shannon Estuary The gardens at Bunratty Folk Park have been restored with the assistance of an ERDF grant through the Great Gardens of Ireland Restoration programme The project includes the environs of the Folk Park as well as the formal walled Regency Garden adjacent to Bunratty House Each of the garden plots of the vernacular dwellings in the Folk Park have also been restored with special attention to the planting and land use of the period The concept creates a product which is unique in Ireland and the rest of Europe Its uniqueness is in the fact that the gardens and environs form part of the history of the everyday lives of the inhabitants of the houses as

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  • Bunratty Collection | Bunratty Castle & Folk Park | Daytime Attractions - Shannon Heritage
    of Ireland Colonel Vereker on being created the first Viscount Gort in 1816 had taken the name of his title from the town of Gort on the Galway Clare border The family seat was located just outside Gort at Lough Cutra Castle until the ravages of the famine had forced the sale of the estate in 1849 Several of the Verekers were prominent in the life of Limerick particularly in the mid nineteenth century with no less than six of the family serving a total of ten terms as Mayors of Limerick City With guidance and advice from the internationally renowned experts on medieval art John and Putzel Hunt Gort re acquired the family estate at Lough Cutra in 1952 and shortly afterwards purchased Bunratty Castle In conjunction with the Office of Public Works and Bord Failte and again working closely with John Hunt as his main advisor Lord Gort set about restoring the National Monument that was Bunratty Castle as a place where the public could enjoy a sense of life in the castle as it was in medieval times In parallel with the work of restoring the castle Gort and Hunt also set about filling its rooms with the furniture artworks and everyday objects of the era when the castle was the home of the McNamara and O Brien chieftains In the setting at Bunratty Castle this extensive collection sourced mainly from continental Europe now constitutes the most extensive showcase anywhere in Ireland of the late medieval and early renaissance period Bunratty Folk Park Farmhouses Loop Head Farmhouse The house of small fisher farming folk The thatch is roped down to protect it against the Atlantic Gales Here you will observe the Bean a Ti woman of the House baking bread in the traditional way A traditional sweetbread known as spotted dick is baked here and is very popular Milk separating and butter making take place in the high season Cashen Fisherman s House A simple two roomed home of a North Kerry Salmon Fisherman Much of the timber used in this house would have been salvaged from the sea The floor is of rammed clay Mountain Farmhouse A poor farmers house of a type found on the borders of Limerick and Kerry It has a loft for extra sleeping space Shannon Farmhouse The first farmhouse to be reconstructed on the site and which marked the beginning of the development of Bunratty Folk Park The house was removed from where it originally stood on the site of a runway at Shannon Airport Bothan Scóir Farmhouse A one roomed dwelling of a poor landless labourer Many of these fell into disrepair or were destroyed during the time of the great famine 1845 1847 Golden Vale Farmhouse A prosperous farmers home from the rich lands in the Golden Vale of counties Limerick and Tipperary It has stables byres and a corn barn Here Bean a Ti s bake brown bread porter cake apple tart and griddle bread all year round

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  • King John’s Castle Visitor Experience | King John’s Castle | Daytime Attractions - Shannon Heritage
    Interesting facts about King John s Castle King John was the brother of Richard the Lionheart associated with legends such as Robin Hood and the Knights of the Round Table John Lord of Ireland though not as popular as his brother was a formidable force in battle and when he set about claiming territory in Ireland he certainly made his mark in Limerick Not only was the site used for defensive purposes King John as Lord of Ireland minted his own coins and the Royal moneyer would have struck the coins in the Castle mint Before 1200 there were large earthen defences erected on high ground to defend the river crossing Between 1200 and 1212 King John s Castle was planned and built In the following centuries it was repaired and extended many times In 1642 the Great Siege devastated Limerick and the castle Siege mines weakened the front wall East curtain wall of the castle and counter siege mines carried out during the later and subsequent sieges To date over 1 000 objects were excavated including skeletal remains of the siege period You can view the remains of a medieval garrison and soldiers quarters recently discovered close to the sallyport area of the castle A number of houses believed to be Viking in origin were unearthed during earlier restoration of the castle are also worth seeing Between 1690 and 1691 the Williamite sieges led to the signing of the Treaty of Limerick You can clearly view the Treaty Stone said to be the site of the signing of the document on the far shore of the river from the battlements of the castle The Pre Norman features discovered are both defensive and settlement Extensive evidence of an early defense system and of a strong earthen rampart held together with

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    Daytime Attractions King John Castle Birthday Parties Birthday Parties at King John s Castle We would be delighted to host your Birthday Party or any special occasion here at King John s Castle You can book your resident costumed guide to entertain your guests and give you a personal tour of King John s Castle Your guide will reveal the secrets and scandals of castle life as you go through the tour We can offer the use of King John s Suite after the tour to do an activity or to have refreshments We do have catering facilities on site and can organise this on request So why not come and celebrate your special day exploring King John s Castle enjoy the magnificent views and imagine a Norman Soldier s life in this medieval fortress Cost 10 per child for Guided Tour minimum of 10 15 per child for Guided Tour Activity minimum of 10 To book please contact Linda Hall Education Co ordinator King John s Castle Limerick 061 370500 halll shannonheritage com Download the booking form for Birthday Parties at King John s Castle PDF NEWS SPECIAL OFFERS Memmingen to West Coast of Ireland Fly from Memmingen to

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    King John Castle Corporate Teambuilding Corporate Teambuilding From Murder Mysteries in the Towers to BBQ s in the Courtyard enjoying the wonderful views over the city of Limerick King John s Castle is the perfect place to host your Corporate or Team Building event Our resident Re enactors will ensure that you experience a productive interactive full filled day or evening event tailored to your specific requirements Our award winning caterers Brook Catering can provide a full catering service from simple BBQs to Gala Dinners at the Castle Sample Teambuilding Day at King John s Castle Arrival Tea coffee refreshments Briefing and objective setting for the event in our state of the art Corporate Suite Daytime Activities can include Facilitated Brainstorming Archery in the Courtyard Murder Mystery Activities Costumed Guided Tour of King John s Castle Medieval Quiz Medieval Parchment Making Juggle with the Jester Dare you Fight Sir Knight Stilt Walking Tossing the Horseshoe Evening Activities can include Fire Blowing Juggling BBQ in the Courtyard with music and entertainment Gala Dinners with music and entertainment For corporate and group enquiries contact 061 370500 or halll shannonheritage com NEWS SPECIAL OFFERS Memmingen to West Coast of Ireland Fly from Memmingen

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  • The Living Past Experience | Craggaunowen | Daytime Attractions - Shannon Heritage
    the Navigator reputed to have discovered America centuries before Columbus St Brendan the Navigator who died c 583 AD was according to a 9th century manuscript The Navigacio the first man to discover the Promised Land across the Atlantic This place he called High Basil and it first came to him a dream In 1976 Tim Severin a modern day explorer built a leather hulled boat based on the vessel described in the manuscript and on the Currach still used on Ireland s West Coast He and his crew then made the voyage with stops on the Aran Islands in Donegal the Hebrides and in the Faroes over wintering in Iceland and proved it was possible for St Brendan to have made the voyage to America in such a craft The actual boat used in this endeavor is on display in a specially constructed glass boathouse reminiscent of a glacier You ll wonder how St Brendan survived that arduous journey all those years ago Ring Fort Craggaunowen includes a Ring Fort a true reproduction of a farmer s house dating from the 4th or 5th century Ring forts of which there are about 40 000 examples throughout Ireland were the standard type of farmstead during the early Christian Period 5th 12th centuries AD The contemporaries of the people living in Ring forts produced the magnificent artefacts of the Golden Age the Ardagh Chalice the Tara Brooch the Book of Kells the Derrynaflan Hoard and many other masterpieces The Souterrain Souterrain below ground or underground passages designed primarily as food storage areas were ventilated but draft free They maintain a constant temperature of around 4 degrees no matter how hot it gets on the surface They could also be used as places of refuge during attacks on the Ring Fort many souterrain have secondary or tertiary chambers which are difficult to enter thereby affording their occupants a measure of security Kids big and small just love them Fulacht Fia This reconstructed cooking site was common throughout the country Hunting parties used them over a long period of time from the early Bronze Age to the Elizabethan period A rectangular hole was dug in low lying land where it was sure to fill with water This was clad on the four sides with wooden sections Stones heated on the campfire were then used to boil the water in the wooden trough A joint of venison was then wrapped in straw and put into the boiling water and cooked for a set period Craggaunowen Castle Craggaunowen Castle was built by John MacSioda MacNamara in 1550 a descendant of Sioda MacNamara who built Knappogue Castle in 1467 It is a typical example of a fortified Tower House which was the ordinary residence of the gentry at the time After the collapse of the Gaelic Order in the 17th century the castle was left roofless and uninhabitable The restoration work was completed in 1965 by John Hunt who added the extension to the ground floor

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  • Knappogue Castle State Room Accommodation | Knappogue Castle & Walled Garden | Daytime Attractions - Shannon Heritage
    Castle in Ireland You will be both relaxed and spoiled in this hidden gem of Clare countryside The accommodation is beautifully appointed with antique furniture and paintings with views to the Rose garden It includes one double bedroom with en suite bathroom two twin bedrooms with one being en suite The apartment also includes a large garden drawing room with grand piano and a large dining room Continental breakfast and daily cleaning are included The recently restored Walled Garden invites you to relax in its wonderfully serene surroundings Medieval Banquets are held in a separate part of the castle from April to October Read about the Knappogue Castle Banquet Please note Knappogue Castle does not open for day time visits Accomodation 1 x Double Bedrooms with en suite bathrooms 1 x Twin Bedrooms with en suite bathroom 1 x Twin bedroom without en suite bathroom Each with electric blankets telephone radio alarms hair dryers 1 x Large Drawing Room 1 x Large Dining Family Room Fully equipped Kitchen with Cooker washing machine drier dishwasher fridge freezer ice machine toaster etc Additional facilities Baby grand piano Flat screen TV and DVD facilities Telephone line Housekeeper Will prepare Full Irish breakfast Daily cleaning linen towel changes included in cost of apartment Rental fee 900 per night 2100 for 3 nights 5000 for 7 nights Amenities in the area You can easily access wonderful amenities and attractions in the area Knappogue Castle is situated 19 km from Shannon International Airport Places of interest nearby include Bunratty Castle Folk Park and Craggaunowen the Living Past Experience and Quin Abbey The apartment is situated 3 km from the village of Quin 24 km from Limerick City 13 km from the town of Ennis and is within easy driving distance of Killarney Cork and Galway Some

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  • Knappogue Walled Garden | Knappogue Castle & Walled Garden | Daytime Attractions - Shannon Heritage
    metres high completely built of stone with no inner brick lining they are now adorned with climbing roses grapevines and fig trees The north west north east and south east corners of the wall are gently rounded to facilitate the growing of fruit which was a common feature of walled gardens of the late 18th and 19th century The Walled Garden today has been tenderly restored in the Victorian style This is evidenced by the rectangular plots and system of paths typical of the Victorian appreciation of order and symmetry Originally this would have been a productive garden providing fruit vegetables and flowers for the house typical of demesnes of this kind A large walled garden was an essential requirement for such an establishment not alone to supply the residence with produce but to enjoy also as pleasure grounds Early maps indicate that the garden was surrounded by extensive open parkland ornamental ponds and a large orchard which unfortunately have not survived the passage of time The doorway on the west wall once led to an orchard and a doorway on the south wall led to the shrubbery and pleasure grounds The garden s centrepiece a statue of Bacchus the Greek God of wine reflects the former epicurean philosophy lifestyle of the medieval castle The garden s main features include the pergola the tranquil gazebo the rockery with fernery shrubberies and pathways lined with herbaceous borders The garden supplies the Castle with fresh herbs for daily use in the preparation of the medieval banquet Maps dated 1840 and 1920 show a small rectangular building at the South West Corner of the garden Remains of the brick fireplace with a stone flue are still visible to this very day This provides evidence that it was a small Bothy which would have

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