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Bunratty, from the Irish meaning “End of the Raite river”, is a village in County Clare, most famous for the world-renowned Bunratty Castle.

The current castle structure is a large 15th-century tower house, which now has an adjoining folk park. Earlier structures on the site date back to at least the 10th century and the Vikings.

The current Bunratty Castle was built by the MacNamara family in 1425, but later became the property of the O’Briens, who made it their principal seat as Earls of Thomond.

The castle was restored in 1954 to its former glory and contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art.

Bunratty Winery produces Bunratty Meade, the traditional wine served at the Medieval Castle Banquets which take place in Bunratty Castle all year round. 

The Meade is made using an ancient Irish recipe of pure honey, fruit of the vine and natural herbs.

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