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Traditional HArvest Day Returns to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

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On Harvest Sunday visitors to the Folk Park will experience a flavour of rural Irish life from over 100 years ago. Enjoy old style threshing demonstrations, sheaf throwing and tug of war, sugan rope making, storytelling with local seanachaí, 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. 

In addition, the Bunratty Folk Park Bean a Ti' (Woman of the house) will demonstrate the art of bread baking and butter making and generously offer delicious tastings while the village school master will greet children and adults as they hand over their customary sod of turf for the tiny school room fire.

Visitors will be able to soak up the atmosphere of the musicians and the Strawboys performing in the Folk Park Village Street during the afternoon. All are welcome to enjoy traditional storytelling by the resident Seanachai, the music and dancing, the sheaf throwing demonstrations and the blacksmith demostrations.

“We are delighted to recapture the harvest traditions which brought communities together to support each other. This is a special event in our calendar and attracts people from all over the country,” said Ivan Tuohy, General Manager of Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

The Harvest Festival at Bunratty has gone from strength to strength each year and this year promises to be no exception. With the recent opening of the brand new Retail Emporium at the park and discovery of a fairy village there is lots for visitors of all ages to enjoy on what promises to be a great day out for the whole family.