What a wonderful eveing! I highly recommend you find time to enjoy the banquet at Dunguaire.
The evening begins by being welcomed in and offered a glass of mead. Be careful with this - it is a fermented apple and honey drink with 15% alcohol! You will spend some time in a reception hall where a harpist plays. After a bit, the actors come out and begin the show. We walk up the castle stairs and are seated in a large room. The capacity seemed to be about 50 or 60 people, so it was a very nice sized crowd and the setting still feels initimate. The actors are also your servers and they do some skits and singing between courses. The wine is plentiful and the food is pretty good. The potato-leek soup was quite delicious!
After the meal is over, the actors return to the stage and perform a nice variety of singing, folklore, and poetry. It was a lovely evening. Everyone in our large group thoroughly enjoyed themselves. It was a highlight of our trip for my husband and myself.
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