Shows & Entertainment in Ireland
Bunratty Castle was built in the 15th century by the Earl of Thomond and stands on the banks of the Rathy River. From here The Earl ruled over his Chiefdom and entertained lavishly, in fact he was famous for his hospitality. Join the Earl of Thomond in the splendour of the main guard of Bunratty Castle for a dinner experience not to be missed!
Bunratty Castle, was built in 1425 by the Earl of Thomond. Following his tradition of hospitality, the world renowned Bunratty Medieval Banquet is held twice nightly throughout the year.
Since 1963, the Ladies of the Castle, aided and abetted by the Earl's Butler, have welcomed guests from the four corners of the globe to dine at The Earl's Banquet at Bunratty Castle. The entertainment provided by the world renowned Bunratty Singers is a fitting compliment to a mead reception, a four course meal, and of course good wine.
The Banquet program: Guests reach the Castle after a short atmospheric walk through Bunratty Folk Park to the castle gate where a kilted piper plays a tune of welcome. Cross the drawbridge and enter the castle to the 'Bite of Friendship' offered to protect you within the walls of the castle. To the Upper Great Hall, resplendent with tapestries and furniture of the 16th Century, where you will receive a goblet or two of Mead. The Butler relays the history of Bunratty and you can enjoy a medieval madrigal by the Castle Singers. It is here that the Earl & Lady are crowned for the evening before descending to the banquet hall where bench seating, candle-light and long oak tables reflect the Banqueting style of the medieval era. The 4 course meal is a pleasant balance of contrasting Irish meat dishes served during the period and is accompanied with music and song. After dinner, you are invited to sit back, relax and enjoy the entertainment programme - a selection of Irish medieval and traditional songs and instrumental music by 11 Entertainers.
Knappogue Castle was built in the 15th Century in 1467 by Sean macNamara and is a superb example of a medieval tower house. The Castle stands near the village of Quin in Couny Clare and has a long history from being a battelfield to a stately residence. The Castle became the seat of the MacNamara Clan and remained in their power until 1659 when it was seized by Cromwells parliament, however it was restored to the MacNamara Clan after the monarchy was restored.
The castle is surrounded by a walled garden dating back to the 1817 which has recently been restored to its previous grandeur. Two of the inviting 19th century drawing rooms have also been restored with antiques from the time.
The Castle Medieval Banquet Evening features vibrant programme of music, song and dance saluting the past kings of Ireland. The banquet is a fun experience, you are greeted at the main door of the castle and then proceed to the Dalcassian Hall to intermingle with the entertainers and enjoy a goblet of the honey wine. Music includes Harp and Fiddle players together with medieval choral singing all dressed in the traditional dress from that time period. As you are seated to enjoy your lavish four course meal with the finest wines, the instated Earl receives his sword of office and presides over the proceedings.
This 35 minute display which follows dinner will take you on a magical medieval journey to be enjoyed by all ages. The entire evening lasts two and a half hours and the banquet runs nightly from April to October at 6.30pm and reservations are necessary.
One of the oldest pubs in Dublin, the Abbey Tavern oozes character and warmth. Dating back to the 16th century the pub has welcomed thousands of visitors from near and far, many of whom return time after time. A genuine tavern located in the lovely fishing village of Howth, with blazing turf fires, original stone walls flagged floors and gas lights, the Abbey Tavern is a haven from the hustle & bustle of modern life.
Apart from the charming old-world bar, the Abbey Tavern is home to the superb Abbot Restaurant,