Rain, Rain, Rain...& Bunratty Castle

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Bunratty
We woke up quite late but took our time having breakfast all the same. Angelo looks surprised when I put a box of Weetos cereal on the table....he had read about "The Full Irish" breakfast and thought we ate fried eggs, sausages, bacon, pudding ect everyday. I had to break it to him that he'd been mislead and that also, as I'm a vegetarian, he wouldn't be getting the The Full Irish or even a a half Irish from my kitchen. He disheartedly settled for the weetos and apple juice.

It was midday by the time we were sorted and left for the bus station in Limerick City. We took the 12:30 Shannon Airport bus to Bunratty and after 20 minutes arrived at our destination.
The Italian on the stairs
It was raining much heavier at this point than it had been all morning. Neither of us had thought to bring raincoats...??!!....but Angelo did come armed with a bright green umbrella. I might add here that even though I live extremely close to the Castle I'd actually only visited it once before and that was when I was 6 years old. So, when we got off the bus and discovered that the castle could not be seen from where we were, there was a moment of "left or right?!!".

We chose 'right' and were right. €15.75-ish each bought us entry to the castle, folk park and the kind of rain that arizona farmers dream of. As we exited the ticket office to the left we came across a few old cottages sitting in the shaddow of the towering castle.
The Italian pets a sheep
We made our way up  the wooden steps and entered through the drawbridge-style door. We immediately found ourselves climbing narrow spiral staircases that led to musty smelling, refurbished rooms nestled up and down each of the four corner turrets. The Grand Hall is the heart of Bunratty. This is where the banquet dinners are held for visitors that have paid for the pleasure of being transported back to medival Ireland - when dinner and entertainment ran side by side. We didn't opt for staying to eat as it is quite expensive.

After we had seen all the castle had to share, got lost and refound ourselves again, we set out (umbrellas at the ready) to explore the folk park. I had been told by my 9 year old triplet neighbours that the best thing about Bunratty are all the animals living in the park. I had no idea we would actually find sheep, donkeys, pigs and hens roaming around the park's fields.
Dirty Nelly's Pub
The Italian loved it as farm animals aren't usually seen much in Italy (note the photo where Angelo is 'petting the sheep - Who 'pets' sheep?!!).

We had lunch of soup & a scone in a tea-room and then wandered around in the rain for an hour or so. It wasn't the full Bunratty experience - during the summer months there are people dressed in costume walking about, baking in the cottage kitchens, taking care of the animals, there is a working blacksmith and a fully operational post-office in the village. We were able to enter all the village shops all the same which was still fun.

Closing time is about 5-5:30, and again we had difficulty finding our way out. When we did locate the exit, we decided it would be wise to warm ourselves with an Irish coffee in Dirty Nelly's pub before catching the bus back to Limerick city.
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Bunratty
Bunratty
The Italian on the stairs
The Italian on the stairs
The Italian pets a sheep
The Italian pets a sheep
Dirty Nellys Pub
Dirty Nelly's Pub
Staircase
Staircase
More stairs!!!
More stairs!!!
The Italian on the balcony above T…
The Italian on the balcony above …
The Captain Quarters door
The Captain Quarters door
The Captains Quarters
The Captain's Quarters
Antlers in The Grand Hall
Antlers in The Grand Hall
Tapestry in The Grand Hall
Tapestry in The Grand Hall
Banquet table
Banquet table
Banquet table
Banquet table
The Italian in The Grand Hall
The Italian in The Grand Hall
The Robing-Room door
The Robing-Room door
The Robing-room
The Robing-room
Chandelier in The Robing-room
Chandelier in The Robing-room
Model sail-boat in the Robing-room
Model sail-boat in the Robing-room
The Earls kitchen door
The Earl's kitchen door
The Earls kitchen
The Earl's kitchen
The Earls kitchen
The Earl's kitchen
The Earls kitchen
The Earl's kitchen
The Earls kitchen
The Earl's kitchen
Statue in The Grand Hall
Statue in The Grand Hall
The Grand Hall door
The Grand Hall door
Door to The North Solar
Door to The North Solar
Childrens escape staircase
Children's escape staircase
Main Bedroom
Main Bedroom
Cradle in Main Bedroom
Cradle in Main Bedroom
Treasure chest?!
Treasure chest?!
Earls Pantry
Earl's Pantry
Barrel in The earls pantry
Barrel in The earl's pantry
Deer antlers
Deer antlers
The Earls Pantry door
The Earl's Pantry door
From the top of the castle
From the top of the castle
From the top of the castle
From the top of the castle
From the top of the castle
From the top of the castle
From the top of the castle
From the top of the castle
The Italian on the top of the cast…
The Italian on the top of the cas…
The Italian again
The Italian again
From the top of the castle
From the top of the castle
The Italian in the chiefs chair
The Italian in the chief's chair
Entrance
Entrance
The Grand Hall
The Grand Hall
Castle wall
Castle wall
Bunratty castle
Bunratty castle
The Italian in the folk park
The Italian in the folk park
Cottage in the folk park
Cottage in the folk park
Tiny Connemara Pony
Tiny Connemara Pony
Cottage Kitchen
Cottage Kitchen
Cockrel Convention
Cockrel Convention
The Italian in the tea-room
The Italian in the tea-room
The Italian goes irish in the gift…
The Italian goes irish in the gif…
Irish wolf hounds not lookin too …
Irish wolf hounds not lookin' too…
irish wolf hound
irish wolf hound
Irish wolf hounds
Irish wolf hounds
Village school-house
Village school-house
The village
The village
The Italian in the village
The Italian in the village
The village pottery store
The village pottery store
The Italian posts a postcard in th…
The Italian posts a postcard in t…
I spy.........The Italian
I spy.........The Italian
The Italian in the village pub
The Italian in the village pub
The Italian takes a stroll in the …
The Italian takes a stroll in the…
The Italian in a puddle
The Italian in a puddle
Old ice-cream bike
Old ice-cream bike
Sheep
Sheep
Another Sheep
Another Sheep
Even more sheep
Even more sheep
The Italian with an very Irish umb…
The Italian with an very Irish um…
The Italian Irish coffee & my Bai…
The Italian' Irish coffee & my Ba…
The Italian goes for it!
The Italian goes for it!
The Italian leaves Bunratty
The Italian leaves Bunratty
719 km (447 miles) traveled
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