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I have just returned from a wonderful trip to Ireland with the Texas Master Chorale. We sang in lovely venues and visited many beautiful natural and manmade sites. Though the series on living history museums has ended, I discovered a charming folk park near Shannon worth a look.
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park traces Irish cultural and social history from Medieval times through the 19th century. Although all but the castle are reconstructions, the buildings appear very authentic based on my visits to other sites with original constructions. The great thing about Bunratty is that it represents Irish life from the poorest one-room cottage dweller up to the lord of the manor. The actors and the staff are friendly, gracious, and generous with their time.
I had a wonderful and enlightening conversation with Ann McInerney, a fifteen year veteran with the park. She kindly spent her tea break…
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