The Burren & the Cliffs of Moher

Sherwood Harrington
August, 2006

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Castle Dunguaire (pronounced dun-GOOR-uh) in Kinvara on Galway Bay.  The castle is a typical tower house, but has been well-restored and its picturesque location at the shore of Galway Bay makes it one of the most-photographed places in Ireland (in fact, it graced the cover of the edition of Frommer's Ireland's Best-Loved Driving Tours that we lugged around with us wherever we went.)

At the start of our stay in the Burren, we partook of Castle Dunguaire's "Mediaeval Banquet," which Rick Steves touted highly in his travel books/tapes about touring Ireland.  We didnít take cameras to the banquet, thinking (rightly) that it would be too much of a hassle.  The banquet and entertainment were very good, and we had a pleasant time talking with a couple from New York State, first names Val and Larry.  The total number of attendees at the banquet was, I estimate, about 80 Ė almost all Americans, it seemed, including a tour bus load of middle-aged to senior drunken boors who frequently talked loudly and crudely throughout the live entertainment.  Sadly, and pretty embarrassingly, this was not our only encounter with loud, boorish Americans during our month in Ireland -- nor did we encounter any other nationalities behaving so immaturely.

Dunguaire Castle