Friday, October 28, 2011

Photo Friday // Ireland Day Seven - Bunratty Castle and Adare Village

Today was our last day in West Ireland. On our way back across country to Dublin, we stopped in two towns rich in history and heritage.

First was Bunratty Castle and folk park, an extensive park full of Irish history from various time periods. We got to tour the entire Bunratty Castle which was renovated and decorated in period furniture. The rest of the park was set up like a village, featuring farmhouses, a fisherman’s home, blacksmiths workshop, a tea room (with ladies baking fresh scones), a school house, shops and more. It was fun to see how people lived.

I’ll let the photos to do some talking….

Above L: Bunratty Castle / Above R: Dining Hall / Center: Kitchen

Fisherman's House

House getting a new thatched roof.

Schoolhouse room

Shops and a wheelbarrow of peat.

The last stop before Dublin was the village of Adare. It was cute and charming, but bustling with activity! We arrived on a day the town was hosting a wedding and I think there was some golf event going on too.  Even though we had to navigate through crowds, I enjoyed seeing the little thatch-roofed homes.  Irish houses are so cute; always brightly painted, surrounded with richly colored flowers.

Next up I’ll show you a whole other world within Ireland…Dublin City. See you there!