Can you imagine what life was like for people in the Bronze Age?

How did they adapt? At Craggaunowen you will experience the resilience and fortitude of these early Bronze Age settlers.

At Craggaunowen you gain a fascinating insight into how the Celts made their homes on a Crannog.

Crannogs were found in Ireland during the Iron Age and early Christian periods. Though some homesteads were inhabited during the Late Bronze Age and in some cases were still being occupied as late as the 17th century.


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Crannog - lake dwelling

The Brendan Boat

Another important attraction at Craggaunowen is the 'Brendan Boat', the hide boat in which Tim Severin sailed from Ireland to the United States.

St. Brendan the Navigator (who died c. 583 AD.) was, according to a 9th century manuscript, “The Navigacio”, the first man to discover the 'Promised Land' across the Atlantic. This place he called High Basil and it first came to him a dream.


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Ring Fort

Craggaunowen includes a Ring Fort, a true reproduction of a farmer's house, dating from the 4th or 5th century.

Ring forts, of which there are about 40,000 examples throughout Ireland, were the standard type of farmstead during the early Christian Period (5th -12th centuries AD).


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Souterrain (below ground) or underground passages designed primarily as food storage areas, were ventilated, but draft free.

They maintain a constant temperature of around 4 degrees no matter how hot it gets on the surface. They could also be used as places of refuge during attacks on the Ring Fort, many souterrain have secondary or tertiary chambers which are difficult to enter, thereby affording their occupants a measure of security. Kids, big and small, just love them!


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The Souterrain

Fulacht Fia

his reconstructed cooking site was common throughout the country.

Hunting parties used them over a long period of time, from the early Bronze Age to the Elizabethan period. A rectangular hole was dug in low-lying land where it was sure to fill with water. This was clad on the four sides with wooden sections. Stones heated on the campfire were then used to boil the water in the wooden trough. A joint of venison was then wrapped in straw and put into the boiling water and cooked for a set period.


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This Iron Age wooden track or Togher was originally laid in 148AD.

The togher in Craggaunowen is a reconstruction of an Iron Age Road dating back to 148BC.

In some places, transport was a major problem during the Iron Age. Near the sea or rivers, skin covered boats or dug-out canoes made travel easy. In order to reach areas far from waterways it was necessary to travel through the heavily wooded or bog covered countryside. Occasionally to connect two important sites or places, wooden roadways were built across bogs or marshes. These were made by placing runners of birch or alder on the surface and covering them with large oak planks to make a road.


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Togher - Iron Age Road

Membership

Shannon Heritage is constantly looking at ways to enhance our customer experiences with value adding products and services.

We are delighted to offer our customers an Annual Membership programme that offers many benefits to users. 

Both cards offer special admission rates to all Shannon Heritage day visitor attractions and evening entertainments in Counties: Clare, Limerick, Galway and Dublin. 

Members can also avail of discounts on all purchases at Shannon Heritage operated Tea Rooms and Gift Shops.


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