Day 3! Started off at Bunratty Castle and the Folk Park, and had a fantastic lunch at Durty Nelly’s pub (est. 1620). Then our wonderful guide snuck us on to the grounds to take pictures of Dromoland Castle, which was so gorgeous. Maybe we’ll stay there next time....😜 There’s more footage in my Instastory, if you’re an Instastory person.... #bunratty#dromoland#ireland#durtynelly#pub#castle#travel#history
Lord Inchiquin is selling this 430 year old Armada table for financial reasons. Let’s hope it stays in Ireland! “There is disappointment being expressed in Co Clare at the decision by Lord Inchiquin, Conor O'Brien, to sell at auction a 430-year-old table that was made from wood from the Spanish Armada.
Mr O'Brien said that he has to sell the table for financial reasons but the community in Spanish Point, who have strong links to the Spanish Armada, are asking the state to step in to keep the historic table in Ireland.
In the autumn of 1588 as many as 27 ships of the Spanish Armada were lost off the Irish coast, two of them were lost off the west Clare coast.
After their sinking the timber from the ships started to come ashore. The high sheriff of Clare recovered some of the decorative carvings from the galleon, which were then made into a 3m table.
The table was at Dromoland Castle, home of the O'Brien, clan for over 300 years until it was moved to Bunratty Castle in the 1960's.
Recently the table was removed from Bunratty by crane as Mr O'Brien plans to sell it at auction.” (Courtesy of RTE news). #lordinchiquin#antiquetable#spanisharmada#obrien#dromoland#bunratty#countyclare