Craggaunowen The Living Past
Near Quin, Co. Clare
Craggaunowen, the Living Past Experience, is situated on 50 acres of wooded grounds and the park interprets Irelands pre-historic and early Christian eras. It features a stunning recreation of some of the homesteads, animals and artefacts which existed in Ireland during those time periods.
Explore the Crannog (lake dwelling), the Ring Fort, Iron Age Roadway and an outdoor cooking site. Craggaunowen is home to the Brendan Boat, a hide boat in which adventurer Tim Severin sailed from Ireland to Newfoundland, re-enacting the voyage of St. Brendan the Navigator, reputed to have discovered America centuries before Columbus.
Living history specialists to bring 'Lughnasa' Festival to life
Re-enactors dressed in costume spanning the Iron Age and early Medieval period to the 16th century will take part in a special 'Lughnasa' celebration being organised by Shannon Heritage at their Craggaunowen visitor attraction near Quin in Co. Clare over the August bank holiday weekend.
Speaking about the upcoming event, John Ruddle, Chief Executive Shannon Heritage said: 'The ancient pagan festival of 'Lughnasa' marks the first day of autumn and the start of the harvest season. Shannon Heritage are delighted to offer visitors to Craggaunowen the opportunity to celebrate 'Lughnasa' in style on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th of August from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm each day. The event will be staged by ClaÃomh Living History Group whose members have many years of experience as historical interpreters and living history specialists.'
Mr. Ruddle continued: 'ClaÃomh Living History Group will give visitors a unique glimpse of what living conditions were like for Hiberno-Norse families living in a CrannÃ³g. On display will be a range of replica Viking Age clothing, artefacts, weapons and silverwork.'
A number of showcase events from different time periods are planned over the weekend including a display of 13th century Anglo-Norman drill and a hand-to-hand combat demonstration.
Described as Ireland's Golden Age, the Early Christian period will also be brought to life for visitors. The action will be based around the Ring Fort at Craggaunowen where a range of aspects of life from 2nd to 8th century Ireland will be demonstrated, including cookery. A legendary Irish chariot, which is a reconstruction based on High Cross carvings and literary references, will also be on display for visitors to view at the Ring Fort.
The Medieval period will be recreated at 16th century Craggaunowen Castle and on the green in front of the Castle. Visitors will be able to see demonstrations of 16th century clothing and also gain an insight into 15th and 16th century military life with a display of clothing, arms and armour. A full programme of events for the day will be available at the Craggaunowen admissions building.
With an emphasis on value for money, Shannon Heritage is offering a special family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children for â‚¬21.50 and 2 adults and 6 children for â‚¬24.50. For further information about the 'Lughnasa' Festival at Craggaunowen visit www.shannonheritage.com or telephone Shannon Heritage at 061360788. Tickets are available on the day and they can also be bought online.
Visit Craggaunowen Castle built in 1550 standing defiantly on a crag overlooking the lake. See rare animal breeds from the pre-historic era including Soay Sheep and wild boar!
Open daily Early April to end of August 10.00 to 18.00.
Last admission 17.00
Opening times may be subject to change
Adults €9.00, Children: €5.50, Students/Seniors €6.85
Family Ticket: 2 adults and 2 children: €21.50
2 adults & up to 6 children: €24.50
Contact Craggaunowen The Living PastTelephone:(061) 360788 Please mention FunDays.ie
International: +353 61 360788
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