Tuesday 18 September 2018

Bunratty Castle wants YOU to name its two new Irish wolfhounds

Iconic animals return

Ronan Behan age 5 from Kildimo, County Limerick with the Irish Wolfhounds at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Photo: Sean Curtin True Media.
Ronan Behan age 5 from Kildimo, County Limerick with the Irish Wolfhounds at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Photo: Sean Curtin True Media.
Bunratty Castle in Co Clare. Photo: Deposit
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Decades after the last Irish wolfhounds roamed the grounds of Bunratty Castle, the iconic animals are back... and creating a stir with visitors.

How? After visitor feedback, Shannon Heritage has introduced two new female wolfhounds to the Co. Clare castle and Folk Park.

“Recently we asked our visitors at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park what would they like to see, and the recurring suggestion was to bring back the wolfhounds!" said Niall O’Callaghan, Managing Director at Shannon Heritage.

Irish wolfhounds can weigh around 100lbs and were once bred as hunting dogs (Cú Faoil). they inhabited Ireland long before the arrival of Christianity, and were regular guests at Bunratty Castle, its dining areas and great hall in medieval times.

Today, the dogs join an array of animals living on the Folk Park, ranging from sheep, goats and pigs to donkeys and free roaming poultry.

Bunratty isn't the only attraction adding the animals - recently, Ashford Castle introduced a pair of wolfhounds to its estate. Guests can walk with 'Cronan' and 'Garvan' at 10am daily, and the dogs even have their own Instagram account (@ashford_wolfhounds).

Six noses!!#morningwalk #irishwolfhound #ashfordcastle #redcarnationhotels #wolfhound

A post shared by Cronan And Garvan (@ashford_wolfhounds) on

“We are delighted with the positive reaction from visitors and indeed our own employees who have really taken the new arrivals to their hearts," O’Callaghan says.

More iconic animals will be introduced in the coming months, he adds.

To celebrate the new arrivals, Shannon Heritage is running a Facebook competition asking the public to suggest names for the two new wolfhounds.

Visit facebook.com/bunrattycastlefolkpark or facebook.com/ShannonHeritageLtd to enter, and you could win an annual family pass to Bunratty.

The competition closes on February 12, when the new names of the two female wolfhounds will be unveiled.

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