Bunratty


This formidable castle, built in the 15th century, is one of Ireland's major tourist attractions. Its most important residents were the O'Briens, Earls of Thomond, who lived here from around 1500 until the 1640s. The present interior looks much like it did under the so-called "Great Earl", who died in 1624. Abandoned last century, the castle was derelict when Lord Gort bought it in the 1950s, but it has been beautifully restored to its original state.
excerpt from
Eyewitness Travel Guides Ireland

18 May 2002
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kitchen

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Great Hall

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North Front

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Sue, after dinner
in Kathleen's Irish Pub

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Maura & Eugene

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Maura, and "Spoons"
coaxing everyone's partitipation

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