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

Eviction pic

In 1798 Irish men and women with the help of their French allies rose against British rule for over 4 months, leaving between 20,000 and 50,000 dead. This Rebellion involved the soldiers of the United Irishmen, France and Great Britain.


Through a mix of Living History and Re-enactments, discover the reasons behind the Rebellion, the battles fought and the aftermath. Highlights will include historical reenactments, a harrowing eviction scene highlighting the unjust rental laws which dominated Irish history for a long period.


Speaking about the reason for the event, Ivan Tuohy, Shannon Heritage General Manager, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park said: “Our Irish visitors are hugely important to us and we really value the great customer loyalty they have shown over the years by returning to our sites year after year. It was with them in mind that a number of years ago we devised a calendar of 15 special events, like our events this weekend, at key sites throughout the year.

“It’s important to us that our visitors go away happy with their experience at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and with our recent €1 million investment to enhance our café and retail areas, we are getting encouraging positive feedback.”

This poignant period in history will be brought to life over the weekend running from 12 noon until 5pm on both days. Saturday 15th is Living History Day including talks, demonstrations, and a host of characters from the period in time. Sunday 16th will include 2 live battle scenes taking place 


Tickets are available on the day at the admissions desk Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. They are also bookable online on with family tickets available for €30.00 for 2 adults and up to 6 children.