Days 5, 6 & 7 – Bunratty & Dublin

Monday, March 15 – Depart Limerick and travel to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.  Opportunity to shop.  Lunch on your own.  Depart for Dublin, check in at the hotel.  Dinner at hotel, tentative performance in Dublin.

Tuesday, March 16 – Guided Tour of Dublin, lunch on your own.  The afternoon is free for shopping.  Dinner at hotel, evening at leisure.

Wednesday, March 17 – Participate in the Dublin International Band Competition and the ‘Official’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Return to hotel, lunch on your own, afternoon at lesiure.  Dinner at hotel.  Tentative disco for groups participating in the parade.

Note:  This ininerary is absolutely tentative and unofficial and is based on information dated Dec. 7, 2003




Bunratty (Bun Ráite) Castle and Folk Park is a popular tourist destination. The earliest known history of the site was when the Vikings set up a trading post on the site in 950 and the first castle was built by a Norman in the 13th century. Its strategic position on the river Shannon made it the centre of many a battle, and it has it has been destroyed and re-built on at least eight occasions. Today we can enjoy the Castle built in 1425 by the MacNamara Clan. The style is called Irish tower house. Americans might be interested that Admiral Penn, father of William Penn, resided here for a short time. It fell into ruin, and in 1954 Lord Gort bought the castle and with the help of Bord Fáilte restored it to its present condition.

The Folk Park, situated on 26 acres, is a living museum intended to show what village life was like in Ireland at the turn of the century. It contains farmhouses, cottages, and shops with great attention to authentic detail. The Park is a living museum: animals are tended, bread is baked, milk is churned, walls are whitewashed and roofs are thatched. You may visit an Irish farmhouse, watch the blacksmith fit a horseshoe, attend a weaving demonstration, and bake and eat scones at the local tea house. There are several options for eating and drinking within the Folk Park.





Shannon Heritage · Bunratty Folk Park, Co. Clare, Ireland.

Bunratty Castle History                 Bunratty Folk Park



Lee Hotels   Lee Hotels   

Mespil Hotel
Mespil Road, Dublin 4, Ireland.
Tel: +353 1 667 1222
Fax: +353 1 667 1244


A warm and friendly welcome awaits you at the Mespil Hotel.  Situated in the heart of Georgian Dublin overlooking the leafy banks of the Grand Canal and just a short walk from St. Stephen's Green.



Dublin, Ireland's capital city is steeped in history and buzzing with youthful energy.

Medieval, Georgian and modern architecture provide a backdrop to a friendly, bustling city where the cosmopolitan and charming converge in delightful diversity. Stroll through the streets of this wonderful city and you may still hear echoes of the generations of famous personalities that called Dublin home.


St. Stephen's Green  St. Stephen's Green


St.Stephen's Green is a 27 acre park in the heart of Dublin city centre. A popular lunchtime retreat for many of the office workers in the area, it was originally open public ground until 1663 when the Corporation fenced the area off. The green was then sold and the ground was closed to the public. It was during this time that the Georgian houses around the Green were built.     

The Green remained private ground until 1877 when Sir A.E. Guinness, a member of the Guinness brewing family, pushed an act through Parliament making the Green open to the public once again. He later paid for the laying out of the Green including the gardens and the ponds which date from 1880.     

The park has many statues including memorials to Yeats and also to James Joyce. Also present are the Three Fates, a group of bronze female figures watching over man's destiny.     

The Green today is very popular, particularly during the summer, to go and spend time watching the passing crowds or just spending time in the sunshine. The gates of the Green are open according to daylight hours.





On St. Patrick's Day the world is Irish! What better place to have been than Dublin for the best parade in the world. For an hour and a half hundereds of thousands of people were entertained by a fantastic array of colourful and creative pageants, marching bands, pomp, ceremony and celebration. The parade started at 12pm from St Patrick St. It followed a route through Dublin's finest streets - Patrick Street, Dame Street, Westmoreland Street and O'Connell Street.

This year's parade was an incredible spectacle with an 80% increase in performers, from 1,970 last year to 3,500 this year. The theme of Voyages and Visions was the inspiration for a host of talented street theatre groups and bands who took part. With bigger presentations from top street theatre groups such as Bui Bolg and Inishowen Carnival Group joined by new companies from Cork, Omagh and Kildare; as well as collaborations with Fatima Mansions, Emmet 200 and a new cross border initiative, this year’s parade was truly a nationwide event.





Dublin, the capital of Ireland, situated in the east of the country, offers the same facilities as any big European city while still maintaining the most traditional and vibrant of Irish culture. Dublin has attractions to suit anyones fancy, from museums to shopping, from castles to sport centres, from churches to restaurants, and of course a very special and exciting night life with pubs, cafés and night clubs. Getting bored in Dublin city is just not possible.
Dublin has some wonderful parts to explore, like the River Liffey that cuts the city in two parts or Grafton street, the cities shopping heart, and of course the famous O’Connor’s street. The home of Oscar Wilde, this city will prove a thrilling expirience for anyone, surrounded by music and the hospitality of the Dubliners. will inform you of everything you can see and do in Dublin, as well as providing you with listings of bed & breakfasts, guesthouse accommodation, self catering accommodation and hotels in the Dublin area.

We sincerely believe you will enjoy this magnificent city


Dublin - It's about time                                         


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