Posted by: danielfee | October 18, 2011

Travel Photo of the Day 10-18-2011

Dromoland Castle – County Clare, Ireland

The Royal O’Brien clan descended in an unbroken line from the High King Brian Boru, the victor over the Danes at Clontarf in 1014. Since 1570, when it was made a gift to Donough O’Brien, Dromoland has been the clan’s ancestral home. Today it is a luxury hotel.  George W. Bush spent the night of Friday, June 26, 2004, at Dromoland Castle to attend the EU-US Summit held at the facility. President Bush was guarded by approximately 7,000 police, military and private security forces during his 16-hour visit. We stayed there a month  later on July 30, 2004 and did not require any police or military forces to protect us. In fact the castle staff told us they were much happier that we staying there than Bush because they had to go through months of training for the President’s visit and he didn’t even stay a full day or spend any money.

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