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Dunluce Castle – Music of the 17th Century and earlier Medieval Times
March 17, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pmFree
Dunluce Castle will be hosting “Music of the 17th century and earlier medieval times.”
The afternoon promises music from Scotland, Ireland and the wider world will played on a range of reproduction instruments that you might not have even heard of by our living history characters!
In the 13th century, Richard Óg de Burgh, 2nd Earl of Ulster, built the first castle at Dunluce. The castle is surrounded by extremely steep drops on either side, which may have been an important factor to the early Christians and Vikings who were drawn to this place where an early Irish fort once stood.
Dunluce Castle served as the seat of the Earl of Antrim until the impoverishment of the MacDonnells in 1690, following the Battle of the Boyne, since that time, the castle has deteriorated and parts were scavenged to serve as materials for nearby buildings.
The coastal castle has struggled to handle the test of time.
A local legend has stated that part of the kitchen next to the cliff face collapsed into the sea but while the kitchen is actually still intact there is substantial damage to the building.
In the 18th century the north wall of the residence building collapsed into the sea but while the east, west and south walls still stands UNESCO classes the whole Causeway Coast area as a major world heritage site.
The Castle has inspired various artists and writers such as C.S Lewis for his Cair Paravel in the Chronicles of Narnia.
The castle is also the subject of a 1990s song named “Dunluce Castle” written by George Millar and sung by the Irish Rovers.