|Black Rock Castle|
We went back again last night and were welcomed by Mark and his "girl at reception" Tracey. A "getting to know you" chat ensued, and in answer to the questions "what do you do", I mentioned I build telescopes and gave Mark my card. Tracey then explained that one of her best friends works at Black Castle Observatory. She picked up her phone, called and got us an appointment for a private tour today at 11 a.m.
|Alan Giltinan and self in the "lab".|
The castle dates back to the 16th Century and was originally built to defend Cork Harbor and the "upper river". We had a chance to join a history tour to see those parts of the castle originally used as its defensive encampments. As has been the case with the other castles we've seen in Ireland -- the castle is fairly small, but solidly built and has a commanding view of the river. The walls, we learned, are 2.2 meters thick and will deflect a "cannon-ball" shot at close range!
|Black Rock Observatory.|
|Linda at the 17th Century Fireplace.|
We're off to Dublin tomorrow. We'll use the city as "base" from which to visit many of the surrounding villages, cities and attractions. I just know there'll be a "castle" or two to be seen!! One especially is the 72" "Lord Rose" telescope in Birr.
We want to thank Mark and Tracey at the Market Lane Restaurant in Cork, Clair at BCO -- and especially Alan Giltinan at BCO -- for their help in setting up this extraordinary visit. Linda and I appreciated every minute of it. . .