Sunday, 27 July 2008

Bunratty Castle

Postmarked Baile Atha Cliath (Dublin), dated 1981.

Bunratty Castle, Co Clare: Situated between Shannon Airport and Limerick, 10 miles from the latter, Bunratty Castle is the largest and finest example of the medieval towered fortresses of Ireland. Built in the 15th century by the O'Briens of Thomond, descendents of the great king. Brian Boru, the castle has now been completely resored and furnished in the style of its period. The unique apartments of the castle, with their fine collection of medieval furniture, paintings, tapestries etc. are now open to the public.
Cardall 296

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  1. I wonder is that a John Hinde postcard (Irish postcards in which the sky was often a suspiciously cyan shade of blue).

    I've linked to this postcard from my travel blog, describing the overland route from Kerry to Galway which passes right by Bunratty Castle.

  2. Are you saying the sky isn't that colour all the time? :) In fact it says it's published by Cardall. Thanks for the link!

  3. This is a Cardall card, a rival to John Hinde and is no longer in business. The castle also houses a traditional Irish Folk park which incorporates a large village with street, church, school and many thatched houses that were removed from all over Ireland and recreated here. Its well worth a visit as it is all period 19th century.


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