Bunratty is a lovely village in County Clare, on the N18 between Limerick City and Ennis and only 8km from Shannon Airport.
Probably one of the best known attractions in the area is the famous Bunratty Castle, built in 1425 by the MacNamaras, and the adjoining Bunratty Folk Park. The Folk Park is reconstructions of historical cottages and buildings (school, pub, church, shops etc), recreating the general feel of the 19th century.
Visitors to Bunratty can watch various traditional craft demonstrations such as traditional bread baking and butter making. Each year on Traditional Harvest Day, farmers demonstrate the art of threshing as it was done over 100 years ago. Age old skills such as these are of major interest to visitors who are eager to catch a glimpse of the Ireland of long ago.
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