Wednesday, 20 March 2013


The Families of Bunratty Castle
The O'Brien's and MacNamara's
Martin Breen will talk about the families of Bunratty Castle and The chequered history of its inhabitants, it is filled with stories of sieges and conquests, executions and murders, even an occasional spirit, of ambitious men, and their wives, seeking to be overlord; of Norman, Irish and English, all inextricably linked to mould the story of Bunratty, spanning a period of almost 800 years. Martin takes you on a journey through the history of this most renowned of Irish castles and its families
The Talk will take place at 8pm on Thursday 21st March 2013 in the Civic Rooms, Drumbiggle. There is a cover charge of €5 for non-members

 see below for more info on Bunratty Castle

CLARE GENEALOGY CONFERENCE REMINDER     Clara Hoyne, Clare Roots Secretary

Conference bookings will be taken this Thursday evening during our monthly talk with Martin Breen. Conference day is €30 with events leading up to it free to all paid up CRS members. Last chance to be in with  an opportunity to have a  half an hour private consultation with a Professional genealogist from CRS committee.

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 FURTHER INFORMATION ON BUNRATTY CASTLE, just a little of what is available at

Image courtesy of Clare Library

A Great article by Lenore Frost...

Caption as follows, with credit, for the image below...

Bunratty Castle is a large tower house in the centre of Bunratty village, near Shannon Town and its airport.

From the top of the tower one can see Ratty river, which runs alongside the castle, and Shannon airport.

There is an extensive folk park near the castle, with reconstructions of historical cottages and buildings, recreating the general feel of the 19th century, with a period style village main street.

SOURCE: Holger Leue 2003, courtesy of Tourism Ireland


  1. My girl and I visited Bunratty Castle in 1994. Amazing!!! ... I could have stayed forever exploring the Folk Park.
    It was was here that I first heard the angelic voice of Geraldine Sexton, purchased her Audio Tape and have enjoyed it ever since.
    Certainly is well worth visiting :-) ...

  2. I've heard so much about the Folk Park, all good... so many places, so few lifetimes!


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