24 Mar Craggaunowen Castle, County Clare
This castle is situated near the village of Quin.
It is on the Northwest side of the village.
The castle was built in 1550 and restored in 1975.
It is worth seeing on any tours of Ireland, as it also has something interesting in its grounds.
Within the grounds is a reconstructed Crannog.
This is a Bronze Age lake dwelling.
There is also a Ring Fort and a Souterrain (underground chamber).
Also, on display is the “Brendan”, which is a leather boat.
The writer “Tim Severin” sailed this boat from Ireland to Newfoundland in 1976.
He did this to prove that Saint Brendan, the Navigator, could have made such a voyage in the 6th Century.
This relates to the ancient chronicles of the time.
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