Craggaunowen Prehistoric Park

Craggaunowen Prehistoric Park

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Carggaunowen Park is Ireland’s original award winning pre historic park. Set over 50m acres of woodland, the park interprets Ireland’s pre-historic and early Christian eras.
 
Stunning recreations of homesteads and artefacts which existed over 1,000 years ago enable the park to offer a true insight into life in Ireland at the time. One of the highlights is the crannog which was a Neolithic period dwelling that was built on an artificial island in order to provide added defence against potential intruders.
 
Also at Craggaunowen are ring forts and a medieval castle. The castle has connections to Knappogue Castle as one of the MacNamara descendents John MacSioda MacNamara built this castle in 1550.
 
The entire concept of the park was developed by John Hunt who envisioned bringing to life elements of the past so that people would have a greater understanding of how people lived at the time.
 
The last major attraction on site is actually called the Brendan Boat. It was a leather hulled bout that Tim Severin sailed from Ireland to the United States in. His journey aimed to show that the voyage of St. Brendan to America was indeed possible.

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