|Blarney Castle in the background.|
A short walk out of town brings one to Blarney Castle property. The history of the castle is interesting and, as it turns out, there were three iterations of the structure over the centuries. An original wooden dwelling was built in the 10th Century replaced by a stone building in 1210. Finally, the current castle was built 1446 by the then-owner Dermont McCarthy. By kissing the Blarney Stone, it is purported that one will attain the "gift of gab". The stone was set into the castle tower in 1446. The story goes on an on -- but you get the idea. Right??
|Kissing the Blarney Stone.|
As we continued our climb it started raining, so we broke out our rain gear and umbrellas. It wasn't very cold, so it was fun to brave the elements on the top of the castle and find the Blarney Stone itself. The stone is on the "base" of one of the walls and difficult to get to. One must lay on their back and arch over -- head down and bent backwards to kiss the stone. No easy task for me and my "bad posture". Linda had no trouble at all. Me??!! Not so easy, so I'm not sure whether my effort counts or not. I did kiss "the wall". Still -- I hope my "gift of gab" has been enhanced a bit -- by proximity if nothing else..
|In the "8 young ladies"|
bedroom in Blarney Castle.
|Gimme a "Murphy's" will ya??|
|A delicious meal in Blarney and Internet|
all at the same time! Can't gt better than this..
As we continued our exploration of Cork, we found a "vegan" restaurant and shared a snack. We continued our way back to the hotel with good memories, full bellies and with great anticipation for what tomorrow will bring.
So, tune in then.....