Living History: Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

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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.

IMG_1371Bunratty 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.

IMG_1334 Ann McIneryney

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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Gail Ingis a tough blonde from Brooklyn, writes history and romance. Gail’s early days began and ended with writing, drawing and music. After graduating from the New York School of Interior Design with a BFA in Interior Architecture and Design and Master’s studies in Architecture and Design Criticism at The New School (Parsons), she worked in interior design and architecture, and founded a school of Interior Design. She resides in Connecticut with her scientist-writer husband. Currently, she sits on Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum Board of Trustees, and serves as the curator of art exhibitions. Prior to her debut as an author, she illustrated a book for Deborah Galiley, "Seeking Paradise" that can be found on Amazon. Also a professional artist, her varied paintings are an extension of her illustration work in design. Gail spent long days and nights dallying in Coney Island, the inspiration for her project of beach and boardwalk scenes. She is a member of the Connecticut Chapter of Romance Writer’s of America and a member of American Society of Interior Designers.
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