Travel: Irish Castles

Bunratty Castle

Bunratty Castle was very accessible – built around the 1400’s you could explore and climb the very, very narrow winding stairs and look into restored rooms, and even go out on the roof.

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The great hall had an enormous, open ceiling. The second photo was from a secret hole in the wall for soldiers to watch events, and shoot arrows if negotiations went badly.

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The castle had several bedrooms for long-term visitors and guests of honor.

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Simple quarters

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This was the most elaborate guest quarters.

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The chapel

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The privy

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The oubliette – where prisoners were left to die.

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The view from the top

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 Barryscourt Castle

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You cannot enter Barryscourt Castle (located 1/2 hour from Cork), but you are free to walk the grounds.

They have replicated original gardens, and have an orchard which dates back to the 1200’s. I smelled the most amazing vibrant roses ever – it must be because something has continuously grown in the soil for almost 1000 years.

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A guardpost that dates back to 1200

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Note the slits for arrows in the wall

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Sites from the Rail and Road

Along the Irish countryside, old Norman watch towers and castles dot the landscape, as well.

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Also, homages to the dead.

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