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Apr 21, 2018 - Blarney

Saturday morning found us packing up and heading for Blarney. I had two major concerns about this part of the journey, the M50 and the M50. The M50 is the Motorway that by-passes Dublin. It is the busiest motorway in the country and with 2 days of driving experience I wasn’t sure I was ready for this challenge. But if ever there is a best time to travel a country’s busiest road, surely it is Saturday morning. The M50 is also the country’s most expensive toll and works exclusively through an electronic system. The rental agent explained to...

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Sep 28, 2016 - A bit of blarney

28 Sep We left Kinsale about 8am headed for Blarney Castle less than an hour away. The castle is set on beautiful grounds with miles or kilometers of trails and formal gardens. As you approach the castle it's tower pokes above the trees never quite coming into full view. The bus pulls into the Blarney Woolen Mills parking lot. The mills are a separate entity, adjacent to the castle grounds and just a few minutes walk away. As we walk towards the castle we are flanked by small trees their trunks wrapped with knitted sleeves. Unfortunately we...

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May 17, 2014 - May 17, 2014 Kissin' the Blarney and drive to Waterford

May 17,2014 Kissin' the Blarney and drive to Waterford Once again, 3 days in a row, the day dawned bright and clear. The weather forecast said overcast with showers but all day it was very nice, mostly sunny, and warm. It was great. We took off driving toward Waterford in County Cork. We stopped in Blarney to visit the Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone. The Blarney Stone, when kissed, is said to bestow the gift of Blarney or eloquence to the person who kisses it. Blarney is also know as bull**** for the uninitiated. An example:...

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Oct 29, 2013 - I kissed the stone!

Just like Guinness deserved its own entry, so does Blarney. Home of the MacCarthy's, the Blarney Stone was a gift from King Bruce of Scotland. Reputed to have special powers, legend has it that it languished in the McCarthy household, until Cormac brought life back to a drowned damsel (witch?) by mouth to mouth - the kiss! Now Cormac had a golden tongue and kept between Irish warlords and the English by his capacity to "gild the lily", which apparently was referred to by Queen Elizabeth I as Blarney. That's one interpretation of the...

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May 19, 2013 - Newsflash – “The Emerald Isle sinks into the Atlantic”

This week we have hiked to the top of an improbably named mountain, visited the last departure point of the Titanic, rambled through castles too numerous to mention, planted a kiss on the Blarney Stone and once again drunk beer(s) with the locals. We started the week in County Wexford in the “Sunny” South East and have ended in the famous village of Blarney, County Cork. Our intent to hike 3-4 times per week has been somewhat dampened by both of us being less than 100% healthy, but we have still completed a coastal walk and a hike to 3,000...

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The Emerald Isle

Oct 16, 2012 - Blarney

This morning dawned a beautiful day, and after a cooked breakfast we set off to walk the 2½ km into Blarney and the famous Castle. It was lovely to explore at our leisure and there were not too many people here. Of course we climbed to the top were we both did the “hang upside-down over a sheer drop to kiss the stone” experience, which is said to give the gift of eloquence. Seemed to have worked its magic on David! We then walked through the beautiful Rock Close gardens, said to be the site of an ancient druidic settlement. Leaving the...

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Jun 23, 2012 - Blarney Castle

We engaged in a different form of exercise this morning. One of our larger RVs wanted to go dump but found the left front tire sunk in the grass which quickly turned to mud after 2 days of rain. So, at 8:20 Ivan, 4 guys and I pushed from the front while Dieter rocked the RV back out of the hole. To my dismay none of the others not involved in the rescue thought to take a picture, including the wife IN the RV working on her computer while we were pushing her and her RV to safer ground! Really disappointed me as I felt this was a rather...

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Jun 22, 2012 - Ring of Kerry

Today was a great all-day bus tour on the 106-mile ring road around a lovely peninsula in County Kerry, southwestern Ireland. The peninsula is bordered by Dingle Bay on the north, the Atlantic Ocean on the west and Kenmare Bay on the south. It really is beautiful with its lakes, mountains, valleys and picturesque villages all along a narrow road I was so glad I didn't have to drive. I tried my first (and last) Irish Coffee and decided it wasn't worth 5.50 euros! The sheep dog demonstration was excellent! The day started with a quick...

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Jun 21, 2012 - Cliffs of Moher; Bunratty Castle

Rain and fog as we started our day driving to see the famous Cliffs of Moher. Standing 230 meters high they stretch for 5 miles along the Atlantic Coast south of Galway Bay. There is a new ecologically-minded visitor center and small museum bermed into the hillside. Wide paved trails and steps lead to various lookout points. Quite nice but not sure worth all the hype we read about them. (Perhaps if it had not been rainy...) More rain as we drove to Bunratty Castle. [Bun = end of a river, Ratty = the river's name]. It was restored between...

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May 23, 2012 - Making out with a stone wasn't what I thought...

It was better!! What a feeling to hang completely upside down to kiss a rock!! But more on that later... Visiting Blarney Castle was incredible and one of the best places I've seen so far. I highly recommend it for anyone coming to South West Ireland! The castle originally dates from before 1200, when a wooden structure was believed to have been built on the site, although no evidence remains of this. Around 1210 this was replaced by a stone fortification. It was destroyed in 1446, but subsequently rebuilt by Cormac Laidir MacCarthy, Lord...

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Mar 7, 2012 - Things to see and experience

Today I also woke up at 10:00, also by my mother. She told me that we were going to pick up my sister and then drive to Blarney castle which is located in Blarney who is just outside cork, it was a half an hour drive. Blarney castle was the place where rich earls lived. Now it's just a tourist attraction. It was a pretty cool castle, it was very high. It looked like it was all made of stone. Wherever I looked I saw walls of stone. The long spiral stairs who reach all the way up to the top was also made of stone, it was a small way up the...

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Aug 30, 2011 - Blarney

This morning we headed east to Blarney and to the castle. After climbing the 80 odd stairs, lying on my back and leaning back, I have now joined the millions of people before me to kiss a stone. In true tourist style they took my picture to prove it. The view from the top of the castle was amazing, gave me another chance to use the panoramic function on the camera. The grounds a pretty, with old trees, maintained gardens, they even had a poison garden. Yeah had a beautiful salad for lunch, first meal in a week, that did not have three...

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