• Plans announced for multi-million euro rejuvenation of Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

    Shannon Heritage announce plans for the eagerly awaited multi-million euro rejuvenation of Bunratty Castle and Folk Park 

    Project to deliver Ireland’s first ever 4-D 270 degree visitor experience

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  • Award winning Craggaunowen brings history to life for students through new innovative video content

    Craggaunowen School Tours Comp

    Shannon Heritage ‘Tales of Craggaunowen’ series to give primary schools insights into Irish life 1,000 years ago

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  • Red Deer Returning to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

    Red deer bunratty

    Red deer can once again be seen roaming the grounds of Bunratty Castle and Folk Parkin Co. Clare. Shannon Heritage is delighted to announce that the deer, which arrive in the park this week, include two females currently in calf and due to give birth in May. There will also be a young stag arriving at Bunratty.

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  • Easter Adventure Awaits at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and King John's Castle

    Easter 2018

    Shannon Heritage are delighted to announce an all-new eggs-travaganza at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and King John’s Castle this Easter weekend.

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  • Irish Wolfhounds at Bunratty Folk Park Named after overwhelming public response

    wolfhounds named

    The two new Irish Wolfhounds at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, whose names were left in the hands of the public, have officially been called Meabh and Saoirse.

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  • Irish Wolfhounds Make Welcome Return to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

    Irish Wolfhounds Bunratty

    Irish Wolfhounds are once again roaming the grounds of Bunratty Castle and Folk Park in Co. Clare. Shannon Heritage has acquired two new female wolfhounds and they are already creating a stir with visitors.

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  • Shannon Heritage launches new Membership Programme

    Shannon Heritage is constantly looking at ways to enhance our customer experiences with value adding products and services. We are delighted to offer our customers a brand new Annual Membership programme that offers many benefits to users. 


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  • Corporate and Team Building Events at King Johns Castle

    From clever clue trails in the castle grounds to BBQ’s in the Courtyard enjoying the wonderful views over the city of Limerick, King John’s Castle is the perfect place to host your Corporate or Team Building event. Our resident Re-enactors will ensure that you experience a productive, interactive, full filled day or evening event tailored to your specific requirements. 

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  • Love is in the air this Valentines at Bunratty Castle

    Love is in the air this Valentines at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park!

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  • Spectacular New Year’s Event planned for King John’s Castle


    On New Year’s Eve the walls of the King John’s Castle will come alive with a specially commissioned video projection to animate the facade of the Castle, turning it into a giant tapestry.

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  • Santa’s elves in tip-top shape after Bunratty boot-camp

    Elves 2017

    All is at the ready at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park for the biggest Santa experience ever in the Mid-West after the great man’s team of Elves have successfully been put through their paces with a special Elf Bootcamp. 

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  • Tourism boost expected as prestigious World Travel Bloggers visit Co. Clare

    bunratty bloggers

    Travel bloggers from around the world were in County Clare this week as part of as part of the prestigious and influential social media conference, TBEX Europe 2017 which was organised by Fáilte Ireland and supported by Shannon Group. 

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  • Former Mid-west IDA Manager takes chief role at Shannon Heritage


    Niall O’Callaghan begins in his new role as Managing Director of Shannon Heritage this week, joining Ireland’s largest operator of visitor attractions following a successful period as Regional Manager for the Mid-West at IDA Ireland.

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  • Shannon Heritage Halloween Mid-Term Activity Camp at Bunratty Folk Park

    Looking for something to keep your children assumed over the Halloween Midterm break?

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  • Special Offers with Shannon Heritage

    Shannon Heritage launch new special offers section on website.

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  • 1798 Rebellion Re-enactment & Living History Weekend, Bunratty Folk Park

    Eviction pic

     Bunratty Castle and Folk Park is the place to be this weekend (Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th July 2017) to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the 1798 rebellion. This dramatic period in Irish history will be brought to life as re-enactors from around Ireland in association with Shannon Heritage showcase this period in history in an interactive, educational and entertaining manner. 

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  • Fun and Fantasy await at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park June 17th & 18th


    Bunratty Castle and Folk Park will be a hive of activity this weekend June 17th and 18th as we host not one, but two magical events at this wonderful woodland setting.

    From fairies to face-painting, traditional carnival games such as test your strenght, rifle ranges, giant boards to adventure trails, princess-storytelling and more there is something to appeal to all visitors of all ages this weekend

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  • Muggles Magic and Wizardry Await at King Johns Castle

    Muggles event

    Calling all muggle born witches and wizards join us for a wonderful weekend of medieval mayhem

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  • Celtic Crafts Weekend at Craggaunowen


    Join us at Craggaunowen The Living Past Experience this June Bank Holiday weekend for our Celtic Crafts Showcase all taking place in this wonderful woodland setting

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  • Archery, Birds of Prey and Falconry - Bunratty Castle & Folk Park - this bank holiday Monday May 1st

    Interact with some of nature’s top predators and learn about the skill of archery all in the unique setting of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.  

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  • Fashion at the Folk Park - Exclusive Event April 9th

    fashion in folk park

    Join us on Sunday 9th April as we showcase the best in timeless Irish fashion now available at the Shannon Irish Design Store in Bunratty Folk Park.

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  • Easter fun and medieval magic on show at King John’s Castle, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and Craggaunowen visitor attractions


    The ‘magic of Easter’ will be dusted across the nationally renowned Shannon Heritage attractions of King John’s Castle, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and Craggaunowen as they are transformed into magical family playgrounds at the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend. 



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  • Shannon Heritage Launch their Easter Activity Camps 2017

    easter camp

    Shannon Heritage will host a series of Easter Activity Camps from 10th to 21st April 2017 at the iconic King Johns Castle, Limerick City and at the picturesque Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Co Clare.

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  • King John’s Castle scoops prestigious gong at Irish Travel Industry Awards

    ITIC award

    The Shannon Heritage-run King John’s Castle in Limerick took home the Best Leisure Tourism Innovation (city) award at last Friday’s Irish Travel Industry Awards, which were held at the Clayton Hotel on the Burlington Road, Dublin.

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  • 1798 Rebellion Reenactment at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

    Eviction pic

    An historic event is planned for February 12th 2017 at Bunratty Folk Park as Shannon heritage showcase the sights, sounds and smells of 1798 Rebellion in Ireland. 

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  • €1 million euro facelift unveiled at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

    Official opening of Shannon Irish Design Store

    New facilities include the Shannon Irish Design Store, a new shopping brand which is giving Irish entrepreneurs a platform to shine

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  • Historic Patrick Pearse Letter on display for a limited time only at GPO Witness History!

    Pearse Letter

    A letter of surrender written by Patrick Pearse on April 30th 1916, three days before his execution, will be on display in the GPO Witness History visitor centre between September 27th and November 28th

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  • Bluegrass and Blacksmiths to Banish Blues at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park


    Bluegrass and Blacksmiths may sound like an unusual combination but Shannon Heritage has combined both at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park on the 22nd and 23rd October to give visitors an opportunity to sample great music and see a unique form of art in the making. 

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  • Bunratty Bluegrass festival 2016

    bluegrass 2016

    Shannon Heritage and Bunratty Castle and Folk Park are once again delighted to be taking part in the 2016 Bunratty Village Bluegrass Festival taking place from the 21st to 23rd October.

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  • Fleadh Did Justice to Co. Clare’s Status as Home of Traditional Music

    A group of musicians playing traditional Irish music together

    Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016 has brilliantly reaffirmed Ennis and Co. Clare’s status as the home of traditional music, song and dance, Shannon Airport has stated. Looking back on what she described as “nine unforgettable days” in Ennis and across Clare, Mary Considine, Company Secretary of Shannon Group – the parent company of Fleadh sponsor Shannon Airport – said that Co. Clare wrapped its arms around the biggest annual Irish festival as only it can.

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  • Bunratty Castle and Folk Park to host a “Fun with the Fleadh event”

    Launch of Fleadh Nua at Bunratty Folk Park Sunday May 20th

    Bunratty Castle and Folk Park is embracing the arrival of Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann to Ennis and County Clare by hosing a special “Fun with the Fleadh event” where people can jam with the Folk Park’s traditional Irish musicians, learn about the history of musical instruments, or just listen to good toe tapping Trad!

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  • Shaping of a Nation at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

    medieval knights

    Bunratty Folk Park will been taken by storm on Sunday August 28th as a group of ardent reenactors will set up military camps and soldiers will present a living history time line taking visitors on a time travel experience of landmark events in our nation’s history starting with Medieval Ireland right through to the Napoleonic period, Irelands involvement in American Civil War, World War 1 and World War 2 and of course a special focus on events of 1916.


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  • Féile Lughnasa Festival ag Creagán Eoghain, Deireadh Seachtaine Saoire Bainc Mhí Lúnasa

    Lughnasa Thumb

    Tá ceiliúradh na féile Lughnasa á reáchtáil ag Oidhreacht na Sionainne in ionad cuairteoirí Chreagán Eoghain, gar do Chuinche i gCo. an Chláir Dé Domhnaigh an 31ú Iúil agus lá saoire bainc an Luain an 1ú Lúnasa. Déanfar athléiriú ar imeachtaí stairiúla ag aisteoirí a bheidh gléasta i gcultacha ó thréimhsí éagsúla ón Iarannaois go dtí Éirí Amach na Cásca 1916.

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  • Lughnasa Festival at Craggaunowen, August Bank Holiday Weekend

    Craggaunowen - The Living Past Expereince 150 x 152

    Re-enactors dressed in costume spanning from the Iron Age to the 1916 Easter Rising will take part in a special ‘Lughnasa’ celebration being organised by Shannon Heritage at their Craggaunowen visitor attraction near Quin in Co. Clare on Sunday July 31st and Bank Holiday Monday August 1st.

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  • Explorer Tim Severin to visit Craggaunowen for celebratory event to mark 40 years since the legendary Brendan Voyage

    Brendan voyage

    History will be made on board The Brendan boat on Saturday 9th July when explorer, adventurer, historian and writer Tim Severin makes a rare visit back to the boat’s home in Craggaunowen, Co. Clare to mark the 40th anniversary of the legendary Brendan Voyage.

    Severin has oat across the Atlantic in the wake of St. Brendan the Navigator,
    In 1976 Tim and four crew undertook an epic journey from Brandon, Co. Kerry, to re-enact the voyage of St. Brendan and prove that the saint and his monks could have discovered America 500 years before Columbus.

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  • An open invitation to Pentathlon Ireland's Opening Ceremony of the UIPM Youth A World Championships, King John’s Castle, 13th July

    UIPM Youth A World Championships

    King John’s Castle, Limerick will be a hive of activity on the evening of Wednesday July 13th as Shannon Heritage in association with Pentathlon Ireland host the Opening Ceremony of the UIPM Youth A World Championships taking place on the grounds of the University of Limerick from the 14th - 18th July.

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  • Discover the best in Irish Craft and Design at the New Bunratty Food & Retail Emporium.

    Bunratty Retail Unit

    One of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park in Co. Clare, has received a €1 million euro facelift. 

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  • Secrets of King John’s Castle to be unveiled

    The secrets of over 13,000 artefacts uncovered at King John’s Castle over eight years of excavations have been captured in a fascinating new book on the famous Limerick castle by archaeologist Ken Wiggins.

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  • GPO Witness History opens in Dublin to widespread acclaim

    GPO Witness History open in Dublin on March 25th 2016

    GPO Witness History- Shannon Heritage’s newest attraction- is a centrepiece of the 1916 programme and was opened officially by acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny at An Post’s opening ceremony on Friday March 25th 2016.

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  • Memmingen to West Coast of Ireland

    Memmingen Special Offer



    Fliegen Sie von Memmingen an die Westküste Irlands von April bis Oktober 2016 für nur €59,00* hin und zurück.

    Fly from Memmingen to the West Coast of Ireland from April to October 2016 from €59* return

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  • Commemorating the events of April 1916 with King John's Castle, Limerick

    King John's Castle is running a schools competition throughout March and April 2016 to commemorate the events of 1916.

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  • Winners of ‘InBUSINESS Editor’s Choice Awards’ Announced

    inBusiness Awards 15

    Irish companies and individuals were recognised at the fourth InBUSINESS Editor’s Choice Awards!

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  • Bluegrass Festival at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, October 11th

    Winter Music

    Visit Bunratty Castle & Folk Park on October 11th and experience Bluegrass Festival

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  • Octoberfest Beag

    Enjoy Octoberfest Beag at King John's Castle - October 22nd - 25th

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  • Limerick students learn to dish the dirt!

    King John's Castle Big Dig

    On Friday, 12th June, 2015: Almost 200 students from three Limerick primary schools,
    were given a unique opportunity to ‘dish the dirt’
    at a special archaeological dig at King John’s Castle, Limerick, thanks to an initiative
    organised by Shannon Heritage.

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  • Late opening and lots to enjoy at Bunratty Folk Park

    Animators at Bunratty Folk Park

    There's so much enjoy this summer at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.  Opening hours have been extended to 7.00p.m. There's an array of wonderful characters to interact with and the fabulous new playground is open for all to enjoy!

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  • Brook Catering Awarded Food Services Contract by Shannon Heritage

    Brook Launch

    Brook Catering Awarded Food Services Contract by Shannon Heritage

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  • European Sport Tourism Awards 2015 held at King John'S Castle

    European Sport Tourism Awards 2015

    The inaugural Shannon Group European Sport Tourism Awards 2015 were hosted on the evening of Thursday 14th May in King Johns Castle. 

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  • Shannon Group Annual Report

    Siege of Limerick Re-enactment

    Shannon Group makes positive start as first annual report shows all units of business achieving progress

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  • Shannon Heritage wins contract for €7m GPO Centre

    GPO Media Launch

    Shannon Heritage is delighted to announce it has been awarded the contract to operate and manage the new GPO Witness History Centre.  

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  • Shannon Heritage Picks up Awards

    CIE Awards

    Shannon Heritage scoop honours at CIE Tours International Awards for King John’s Castle and Malahide Castle & Garden

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  • Shannon Heritage Launches New Corporate Membership Card

    Corporate Membership Card

    Shannon Heritage Launches New Corporate Membership Card

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  • Banjo Pickers Festival & Harvest Day at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Sunday September 28th, 1 - 5 pm

    Harvest Day at Bunratty Folk Park Bunratty Co Clare Ireland

    Don't miss the Banjo Pickers Festival & Harvest Day at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Sunday September 28th, 1 - 5 pm

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  • Lughnasa Festival at Craggaunowen, near Quin, Co. Clare - Sunday August 3rd & Monday August 4th

    Craggaunowen - The Living Past Expereince 150 x 152

    Come and Experience Ireland's History and Heritage from Iron Age to Medieval Times!

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  • King John’s Castle is a visitor magnet for Limerick and Shannon Region

    Watch video clips of  the King John’s Castle official opening on Friday November 29th by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan

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  • Recalling the Visit of JFK to Shannon

    Not only did 1963 mark the beginning of medieval banquets at Bunratty Castle it also marked the year one of the world's most icon figures visited our shores.

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  • King John’s Castle re-opens today Friday June 28th

    Hear ye Hear ye - King John’s Castle re-opens today Friday June 28th by order of his Majesty King John!

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  • King John’s Castle ready for Limerick City of Culture 2014

    Shannon Heritage was delighted to participate in the exciting “That’s Limerick” event held in association with Failte Ireland and Shannon Region conference and Sports Bureau.

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  • Bunratty Singer performance for President Kennedy

    Irish Times article describing Bunratty Singer Joy O'Kane's performance for President Kennedy.

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  • Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet featured on primetime national radio

    Listen to this wonderful segment from RTE's Morning Ireland Show on the 50th anniversary of the Bunratty Castle Banquet.

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  • Launch of the 21st edition of the Glance Limerick Guidemap

    The people in the pic are: L-R : John Horgan Shannon Heritage, Dr. Fergal Barry President of Limerick Chamber of Commerce, Marie Brennan Shannon Heritage, John Rice Director Glance Promotions.

    Shannon Heritage has supported Glance Promotions, a local tourism publications provider who are now providing a nationwide service to hotels and tourist outlets.

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  • Bunratty Castle former Butler interviewed on Lyric FM

    Noel Murphy, former Butler at Bunratty Castle Banquet was interviewed for Lyric FM’s Culture File – this was aired recently on Lyric FM to highlight our 50th year of banqueting at Bunratty Castle and detailing stories of Noel’s time at the castles.

    Noel Murphy, former Butler at Bunratty Castle Banquet was interviewed for Lyric FM’s Culture File.

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  • Bunratty Castle celebrates 50 years of Banqueting

    Bunratty Castle Medieval banquet, Ireland’s longest running dinner entertainment, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

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  • Shannon Heritage Blooms in 2013

    Shannon Heritage Bloom

    Bloom is gaining in popularity year on year and Shannon Heritage is delighted to be part of the tourism focus for County Clare featured on the Clare Tourism Forum Stand at the Grand Pavillion at Bloom.

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  • Spooky Tales at King John's Castle Sat & Sun Oct 26th & 27th


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  • Christmas Evenings at Bunratty Castle with Crooning at Christmas - new for 2014.

    Christmas Evenings 14

    Crooning at Christmas’ joins Christmas at the Castle Evenings in Bunratty on selected dates. Shannon Heritage is delighted to unveil Christmas Evenings at Bunratty Castle on various nights from December 2nd - 23rd @ €40.00pp.

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  • Bunratty Castle & Folk Park presents'The Shannonside Winter Music Festival Saturday January 17th 2015, 12 noon - 5pm

    Jig Jam

    Enjoy a wide range of musical genres from bluegrass and Oldtimey to traditional Irish and classical at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

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  • Harvest Day at Bunratty Folk Park 2015

    Traditional Harvest to be re-enacted at Bunratty Folk Park 1pm-5pm Sunday 27th of September

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  • Traditional HArvest Day Returns to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

    harvest day 2015

    Owners of vintage tractors and machinery will come from far and wide on Sunday 24th September as Bunratty Castle and Folk Park host their annual Traditional Harvest Day taking place from 12 to 5pm.

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  • RTE Nationwide to broadcast special programme to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Shannon Free Zone, Co. Clare

    Nationwide on RTÉ One television will this Friday, 31st May, broadcast a special programme to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Shannon Free Zone in Co. Clare. The largest multi-sectoral business park outside of Dublin, Shannon Free Zone is managed by Shannon Group’s property company, Shannon Commercial Properties.

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