Traditional Harvest Day and American Wake

Harvest Day will take place on Sunday September 25th 2016. The annual gathering of the Harvest will be celebrated in style at Bunratty Folk Park, Co. Clare with a traditional 19th century Harvest day. 

Why don't you join us to celebrate the gathering of the harvest at Bunratty Folk Park, and see the traditions of a typical 19th century harvest day. 

Owners of vintage tractors and machinery will come from far and wide to proudly display their wares for what promises to be a great family day out. There will be old style threshing demonstrations, sheaf throwing and tug of war, sugan rope making, storytelling with local seanachaí, traditional butter making and bread baking demonstrations along with music, song and dance with the traditional Straw Boys.

In olden days threshing was backbreaking work, which started early in the mornings and continued until the end of the day with neighbours and friends, all gathering to help out. The machine, and all the activity about it, had a special attraction for children. Its moving belts, the noise from inside and the way it put out straw and oats, was as intriguing back then as the latest computer game is today.

New to this year’s event is the addition of an ‘American Wake’ – a short dramatization of a common feature of 19th century life when members of the community bid a sad farewell to a neighbour or loved one in the realization they may never see them again on these shores. Reasons for this were usually economic and often featured confrontations with zealous landlords….come along to find out more !


A full listing of events and the times for each will be on view at the reception to Bunratty Folk Park Normal Admission rates apply. Special family tickets will be available. No reservations necessary.

Read more about Harvest Day traditions or visit our Online Booking System to purchase a ticket for this event.