We took a detour off the main motorway to come here when driving from Galway to Cork. The park is located just north of Limerick, and although our tour books said it was well-signed, we did not find that to be the case. A GPS or written directions would have been helpful.
However, we did arrive. Based on the website, I was expecting a park with a larger footprint and staff dressed in period clothing while re-enacting activities of daily living. Apparently, they do that one or two days per summer, and on the day we visited two women were spinning wool. Not the most exciting, and a little disappointing given our expectations, we we enjoyed the rest of the heritage park nonetheless.
The tower and the craggaun are explained so well in the reviews below that I won't attempt to improve upon the descriptions here. The small campfire in front of the craggaun contributed to the atmosphere. Be sure to go through the claustrophobia-inducing cellar of the craggaun and climb the ladder to the main living space. The replica of St. Brendan's boat that was constructed by the team re-enacting his voyage is housed in in a separate building. It is the last stop on the self-guided tour so be sure not to miss it.
On the Wednesday when we visited there were only a few cars in the parking lot. The park is located among lush greenery at the top of a hill, and it is hard to convey the peaceful setting. At the end of our tour, we enjoyed a pot of tea and delicious scones on the patio outside the visitor center.
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