A rainy day in Ireland …

A rainy day in Ireland …

.. of which we only had two … but that didn’t dampen our exploration of this beautiful country of green fields, castles and much more … no time to waste … we spent a couple of hours at Bunratty Castle, one of Ireland’s major tourist attractions …

… but before we walked through the castle gate set in the thick outer walls …

… and were confronted with large cannons ..

.. and walked along the drawbridge to an unusual first floor entrance (designed to deter invaders) …

.. we wandered about in the castle grounds … in the rain … getting soaked … where there are farmers and fisherman’s cottages from ‘way back when’ reconstructed … (this one’s thatch is roped down to protect it against the Atlantic gales) ..


… furnished as they were in those early days … cute and cosy bed .. no wonder there’s a baby’s crib nearby .. which I’m sure was never empty !!!!!

Humans have got a bigger as generations passed. This is a salmon fisherman’s home with a rammed clay floor …

Every village had to have a blacksmith’s forge …
A poorer farmer’s house typically found in Limerick and Kerry ….

.. which has a wooden outbuilding next door to house the loom of the weaver ….

.. it now houses a dinky woollen shop … heaped with yarns of wool and woollen jerseys, scarfs etc … all so beautifully made .. soft and warm … but rather costly for our Rand exchange rate … and the proprietor of the shop had a fascinating theory that if it stopped raining by midday then the next day would be perfect … she was right !

Here is it .. Bunratty Castle .. in the rain … !!

Will do two further posts – so watch this space .. the Castle interior – which was difficult to photograph as no flashes were allowed except in the Main Guard, which is now used for medieval-style banquets … and the Bunratty Folk Park .. a fascinating walk … in the rain …. but clearing … through a time and age when life was simple.

And the lady in the weaver’s shop was right … we had perfect weather after this day !!

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