More Mead M'Lord - Ireland's Medieval Banquets

Written by Kriss Hammond

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The Earl of Thomond greets me and my two accompanying wenches — Carol and Mary — atrepparttar gate of Bunratty Castle. He points overhead: “If you misbehave hot oil will scald thee!” The Earl points down: “and you will fall throughrepparttar 105389 trap door never to be heard from again!”

The medieval ages have returned to Ireland asrepparttar 105390 Earl of Thomond guides us up a serpentine stairway tunnel carved inrepparttar 105391 entrails ofrepparttar 105392 limestone fortress, debouching intorepparttar 105393 Great Hall, or clan gathering place inrepparttar 105394 center ofrepparttar 105395 Castle. The Ladies ofrepparttar 105396 Castle await with warm medieval mugs of mead. A fire burns inrepparttar 105397 Great Hall pit. The Great Hall served asrepparttar 105398 gathering place forrepparttar 105399 great Celtic clans for over five hundred years. A harpist and violinist perform traditional Irish ballads asrepparttar 105400 ladies sing in cherubic synchrony. Each lady is replete with period costume, heavy purple, indigo, russet, burgundy, or maroon velvet gowns that move as gracefully as their lithe bodies.

Overhead hangs a huge ancient Great Irish Elk antler, extinct long beforerepparttar 105401 Castle was built in 1425, but found inrepparttar 105402 local peat bogs, preserved because ofrepparttar 105403 bog’s lack of oxygen.

A King and Queen ofrepparttar 105404 medieval banquet are pulled fromrepparttar 105405 visiting tourist crowd (maximum group during each banquet is 140) and they are seated onrepparttar 105406 royal throne. This hails “More Mead M' Lord!”,repparttar 105407 fermented drink of choice, andrepparttar 105408 only fermented drink of choice, ofrepparttar 105409 medieval ages. One ofrepparttar 105410 Ladies ofrepparttar 105411 Castle informs us that mead, made from honey, is served to newlyweds for a month, from one moon torepparttar 105412 next, hencerepparttar 105413 name, “honeymoon!”

The Earl shouts, “More Mead!” The peasants respond: “Yes, More Mead M’ Lord.”

Thus begins a night of medieval debauchery, lecherous behavior, and gluttony.

The Clans gathered inrepparttar 105414 Great Hall.

The Castle Bunratty, often called Bunraite in ancient times, isrepparttar 105415 jewel ofrepparttar 105416 west of Ireland, andrepparttar 105417 26 acres surroundingrepparttar 105418 crenellated rectangular Keep,repparttar 105419 finest of its type in Eire, includes a reconstructed Folk Park village. Such villages sprang up around castles, whererepparttar 105420 merchants, serfs, farmers, and peasants lived and supportedrepparttar 105421 nobility with their wares and labors.

The Castle has two nightly banquets year around, but if you arrive inrepparttar 105422 summer you can take inrepparttar 105423 Ceili or traditional gathering with Irish music ofrepparttar 105424 people that is as old as time. Ceili is a 18th/19th century Gaelic word meaning a gathering, coming together inrepparttar 105425 biggest barn inrepparttar 105426 district to sing, dance, and tell stories. At Bunratty Folk Park a Ceili is held every night from May to October. This is an evening of wild entertainment with a difference, no where else can you experiencerepparttar 105427 fun of whatrepparttar 105428 Irish do best — enjoy themselves.

Is Coffee The Most Popular Drink In History?

Written by Mary Chambers

As far back as 850 A.D it is said that a lonely sheep herder and his charge stumbled across a strange and mysterious berry growing on a secluded and forgotten hillside. Before he could stop them, some of his sheep had already began to sample this strange fruit. After about ten minutes or sorepparttar shepherd began to notice something unusual about his sheep. They no longer looked tired after their long trek that day. In fact they appeared to be wide awake and very alert. The shepherd had never seen them behave this way and he was curious. Now being a little tired and weary himselfrepparttar 105386 shepherd decided to tryrepparttar 105387 berries for himself. Just as had happened with his flock he too became wide awake and pardonrepparttar 105388 pun, extremely "full of beans". Just then a monk happened by and after hearing what had happened proceeded to scoldrepparttar 105389 poor shepherd and lecture him on his foolish indulgence. Having had his sayrepparttar 105390 monk continued on his journey but before he set off he made absolutely sure that a plant was secured amongst his belongings.

Back atrepparttar 105391 abbeyrepparttar 105392 monks decided to try this new magical stimulant. Soonrepparttar 105393 endless hours of praying became easy to endure. Coffeerepparttar 105394 beverage had been unleashed. Its widespread use first took hold inrepparttar 105395 Ethiopian regions before then moving on torepparttar 105396 Arabian empire. Here it was to be held for many years as a sacred substance until it was illegally exported torepparttar 105397 outside world by an Arab called Baba Budan. Word of its effects then began to spread and in a short while coffee was to become one ofrepparttar 105398 most treasured commodities in our history. Today we drink a staggering 4 billion cups each and every year and there are many among us who would simply refuse to start our day without it.

Although coffee is well known for keeping us awake there are also health benefits associated withrepparttar 105399 drinking of coffee. It is said that those who suffer from asthma and partake ofrepparttar 105400 drink have 25% less symptoms due to a substance called theophylline. This is what is known as a bronchodilator and quite simply it is claimed to help those who suffer fromrepparttar 105401 disease to breathe a little easier. Drinking Coffee on a regular basis is also meant to help lower your risk of colon cancer by a figure also inrepparttar 105402 region of around 25%. It is thought to do this simply by helping to keep you regular which in turn helps fend off disease and illness.

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